Thursday, September 27, 2007

Big 12 Round Table – The State of the Conference

The Big XII Roundtable is firing up again over at the Crimson & Cream Machine, this time looking at the state of the conference.

The Big 12 conference has only four unbeaten teams left and has endured numerous embarrassing performances on television. State where you believe the Big 12 ranks among the BCS conferences.
Not best, and not worst. Here's my rankings: SEC, Pac 10, Big East, Big XII, Big Televen, ACC

The gap between the SEC and Pac-10 isn't very large, but the gap between the Pac-10 and the Big East is huge. The Big XII wins out over the others due to the strength of the Sooners. I might be generous with the Big Televen, as they have many more head scratchers than solid wins. (Ohio State's victory over Washington being the exception...)

What has been the conference’s best victory and worst defeat so far this season?

Best victory: Oklahoma's demolition of Miami-Florida. Honorable mention: bottom feeder Iowa State's defeat of the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Worst defeat: Troy's demolition of Oklahoma State. Dishonorable mention: Northern Iowa over Iowa State, Miami-Florida over A&M.

Who is the worst coached team in the conference?
Since Missouri is off to a 4-0 start, Gary Pinkel gets a pass. That means that Coach Fran moves into the lead after showing suckage in three of four games. Dishonorable mention: Bill Callahan is going to start getting some mention if he and Kevin Cosgrove can't figure out what's wrong with the Blackshirts.

With the regular season already a third of the way over, which players received too much hype in late August and which players didn’t receive enough?
Too much hype? Well, I'd have to say Adarius Bowman of Oklahoma State and Bo Ruud of Nebraska. If you were to change the timeframe to early September to now, Marlon Lucky of Nebraska would be well out in front. His second half performance against Nevada was stunning, but that was it from Lucky.
Not enough hype? Easy... Oklahoma's Sam Bradford.

Conference Power Rankings. The best part of the roundtable is voicing how we believe the conference teams rank each week, from top to bottom. So, go ahead, let us know who’s up and who’s down in your book this week.

Already posted these: Oklahoma, Oklahoma second string, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Kansas State, Nebraska, Colorado, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma Scout Team, Baylor, Iowa State

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