In 2008, the Big 12 gave us exactly what we've come to expect from the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision: three months of thrills followed by a wholly unsatisfying finish. Remember, heading into the Oct. 25 slate of games, the best four Big 12 South teams boasted a combined 27-1 record. Ultimately, thanks to a tiebreaker system that
This is no knock against the Sooners, who fielded an excellent team, but the end didn't do justice to the glorious shootout Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech -- who all finished with a 7-1 conference record -- staged. Too many computers. Too many polls.
The conference will likely reassess its tiebreaker procedure in a few months, but that probably won't matter in 2009. As has been the case for most of this decade, one head-to-head matchup conducted in a
Probably not. While other programs rebuild, Texas and Oklahoma reload. Take, for example, the receiving corps at Texas.
In Norman, where the returns of quarterback and reigning Heisman Trophy winner
It won't be easy, because the Cornhuskers can't collect talent like Texas or Oklahoma. But coach
That's a tough one, especially given Bradford's, McCoy's and Oklahoma State tailback
The loss of quarterback
Replacing Crabtree, a receiver no one could cover, and the center, left guard and left tackle from a line that allowed just 11 sacks all season will be a bigger concern for Leach. Everyone in Lubbock already knows junior receiver
The reign of Chase is over. Long live the Blaines. The Chases (quarterback