Should the Big 12 be Called Big Tex?

With the addition of TCU and the possible addition of SMU and Houston, maybe the Big 12 should consider a name change…

Right now the Big 12 (that has only 10 teams) has just four teams from the Lone Star State. With the news that they are gaining one in TCU (although losing one in Texas A&M), and possibly two more in SMU and Houston the conference might want to consider splitting back into two divisions.

Should that happen, they may want to take a page out of the Big Ten’s (who actually has 12 schools—kind of funny, right?) playbook and give their divisions some unique names. I’d like to suggest ’Big Tex’ and the ‘Other Guys.’

Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, and Missouri (if they are still there) might have a problem with that, especially perennial BCS title contender Oklahoma (someone from Oklahoma can come up with a name for that division). Should the play of many of the Texas college teams continue to stay at the level it is at, the unofficial nickname for the as yet unformed division would be earned.

Sooner fans are going to be quick to point out the shellacking that they gave the Texas Longhorns fans in Dallas yesterday, 55-17. They should; it was a good ‘ole fashioned, down home, behind kicking. Before they get too overconfident, I’d like to remind them that next season they will be the younger more inexperienced team while the Longhorns will be the talented, savvy, veterans. Care to guess how that game will end?

Baylor has emerged from obscurity, picking itself up off the doormat of college football to become a legitimate team. Robert Griffin III deserves to be in every Heisman trophy conversation, and will likely get an invite to New York in December.

Yesterday’s performance (212 yards passing and 107 on the ground; two touchdowns) in a 49-26 win over Iowa State will help keep Griffin in Heisman talks, but if wants a shot at winning it he’ll need to do even better when he plays on a national stage the next two weeks against the No 1 Oklahoma Sooners and No 6 Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Texas A&M may be leaving the fold, but should they decide to stay they earned their place at the table yesterday. After two straight losses due to second half swoons, the Aggies came away with a victory over a tough Texas Tech team, 45-40.

A&M will have to figure out how to slow offenses down in the second half going forward if they are going to finish the season as strong as they would like to. Texas Tech scored on five of eight second half possessions. The defense did help out with a blocked field goal kick returned for a touchdown, which was good since the offense could only manage one second half scoring drive.

Texas Tech fans may need a lesson in sportsmanship. Vandalizing someone’s buses with feces and spray paint is not even childish; it’s just stupid. It’s a shame that it has to overshadow the performance that the previously undefeated football team had on the field.

SMU and Houston have proven themselves to be worthy contenders as well. SMU was off last weekend, but they beat TCU 40-33 off a 349 yard performance by J.J. McDermott through the air and a 120 yard by Zach Line on the ground. They appear to be set at quarterback for the foreseeable future with McDermott, Kyle Padron, and possibly former Longhorn QB Garrett Gilbert looking to transfer.

Houston has typically been a high flying, exciting team to watch. This season will be one for the books as 6th year senior Case Keenum takes over the all-time career passing and touchdown mark. On Saturday he threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns, moving into second place on the all-time passing list.

They’ll be a different team without Case Keenum next year, but the Cougars will not be without a talented signal caller for long. David Piland will be more than happy to keep the team winning.

It may be just a pipe dream, but should the Big Tex division actually happen it will undoubtedly be an exciting one to watch!
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