Big 12 Media Days: There's a lot to like about Big 12 football (no, really)

It’s select to whack a Big 12.

You know a narrative: The Big 12 put a “funk” in dysfunction. Oklahoma and Texas are renting, not owning, in a smallest discussion in FBS.

The joining can’t get out of a possess approach either it’s a Baylor scandal, a misdirected enlargement routine or de facto commissioner David Boren (OU president).

I’m here to tell we there is a lot to like about a Big 12 as a media days start Monday in Frisco, Texas. Here are 5 things to watch as a discussion gets during slightest a makeover in notice by entertainment a media days during a Cowboys’ imagination new use facility

Big 12 football future

It seems to hinge on Texas’ Tom Herman and Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley.

The 33-year aged Riley became FBS’ youngest manager when he took over for Bob Stoops in June. How many guys — like Herman during Texas — get their dream pursuit during age 42?

Let’s wish this leads to a long-lasting Red River Shootout rivalry. That alone would assistance column adult a league.

In box we missed it, Texas and Oklahoma together are fundamentally since a joining exists during all. A array of constrained Texas-OU games puts a Big 12 behind in a playoffs and inhabitant spotlight.

The off-field future

No, a Big 12 is not violation up. At slightest not anytime soon.

The soonest any shuffling anywhere could occur is 5 years from now. But by that time both OU and Texas will be creation $60 million any since of a backloaded inlet of a media rights contract.

That’s cost certainty in a joining that is easier to win than any other Texas and OU could play in right now.

Baylor reset

New manager Matt Rhule has given Baylor football a chance.

Despite a drip, drip, deteriorate of clearly weekly additions to a scandal, Temple’s former manager has built a plain substructure on a field. He fundamentally offering each actor in Texas value a damn. That’s a good place to start.

So is being a plain manager and a plain citizen. For now, a Bears aren’t going to tumble off a finish of a earth competitively. However, there are no guarantees when conferences realign 5 to 8 years from now. (See above.)

The Wildcat in winter

How’s this for Big 12 serendipity? Bill Snyder turns 78 a day Kansas State travels to Texas for one of a biggest Big 12 games of a season.

At interest will be a diversion (Snyder is 7-4 opposite a Horns), maybe a joining and a coach’s legacy. After Snyder’s cancer scare, many observers trust this will be Snyder’s final season.

This could be an epic farewell tour. It’s never correct to blink Snyder, whose group shouldn’t be picked reduce than third in a Big 12. Fourteen starters return. Conference favorite Oklahoma comes to Manhattan. Quarterback Jesse Ertz looks like a reincarnation of former Heisman contender Collin Klein.

How durability is Snyder’s greatness? On Oct. 21, a game’s oldest manager (Snyder) will accommodate a youngest manager (Oklahoma’s Riley).

Big 12 Championship Game

The joining has left all-in on a playoff follow by reinstituting a championship diversion it staged from 1996-2010.

As a initial joining to skip a 3-year aged College Football Playoff twice, a Big 12 desperately needs to be a member in 2017 to revitalise it flagging rep.

Having stepped behind from expansion, joining leaders motionless a champ diversion would yield a correct extract for a Big 12 leader — who can forget that 13th diversion “data point”? — as good as $3 million per propagandize in annual revenue.

The Big 12 will be a usually joining that automatically matches a dual best teams (instead of multiplication winners). That creates it some-more expected dual 11-1 teams block off where there can be no “loser” in a CFP’s eyes.

The diversion is also guaranteed to be a rematch in a usually discussion that plays a loyal round-robin.

Beware: During those 15 years, a Big 12 champ diversion was a many flighty around. The joining mislaid during slightest 4 probable BCS pretension diversion participants due to upsets.

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