Posted on: November 10, 2011 1:18 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2011 1:22 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
This will come as a shock to many of you, but it seems that there are still some things not every school in the Big 12 can agree on. While the Big 12's interim commissioner Chuck Neinas has said that the conference will remain at 10 schools after adding TCU and West Virginia to replace Texas A&M and Missouri, some members of the conference would still prefer expanding to 12, with Louisville being a top candidate.
The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel spoke with a source who was present when Neinas met with Oklahoma regents last weekend and the source said that Neinas is the driving force behind remaining at 10 schools. Neinas seems to believe the conference is better off without a championship game and playing a round-robin nine-game conference schedule.
Another source in Tramel's column is also very much in favor of the conference expanding and sees Louisville as a key addition.
“We have to explore what type of growth would have to be better for our conference,” the source told Tramel. “There’s no data that a conference of 16 is better than a conference of 12. In our case, the number is not the issue so much as the quality. But to make it better for West Virginia, we have to add Louisville. For our conference stability, adding Louisville is good for us because it would be good for West Virginia. The more we can get people to start talking about the greater good, the more stable this conference can become.”
Tramel also spoke to Oklahoma athletic direcotor Joe Castiglione who also believes that the Big 12 should look to add more schools.
“I think what Chuck might be doing is settling everything down, not letting speculation develop,” Castiglione said. “He may very well believe that staying at 10 is the best thing, and I respect that. But I don’t believe we should stay at 10, not with other moving parts.”
In other words, the more things change in the Big 12 -- new schools, new commissioner -- the more they stay the same.
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Posted on: November 7, 2011 3:00 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
So, was LSU-Alabama boring or exciting? Is Oklahoma State's defense good enough? Does Boise State need to start winning more convincingly? Adam Aizer and J. Darin Darst recap the weekend and answer the biggest questions. Big wins for Cincinnati, Louisville, Baylor, UCLA and more. What happened to Michigan, Texas A&M and Nebraska? How much will the loss of Ryan Broyles affect Oklahoma?
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Posted on: November 7, 2011 1:14 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2011 1:14 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
What has already been a frustrating season for Texas A&M in 2011 got a bit worse on Monday afternoon. The school announced that running back Christine Michael suffered a torn ACL in the Aggies loss to Oklahoma on Saturday and his season is over.
Michael, a junior, is Texas A&M's leading rusher on the season, rushing for 899 yards and 8 touchdowns on the season. He's been part of a two-headed monster in the backfield, along with Cyrus Gray, for the Aggies all season long. He had four games of 100 yards rushing or more on the season.
Gray will take on a larger role in the Texas A&M ground game, and sophomore Ben Malena will likely take over as Texas A&M's second running back. He has 8 carries for 52 yards and a touchdown on the season and has appeared in four games this season.
Obviously this is a huge blow to a Texas A&M offense that has already had a lot of trouble playing a full 60 minutes and is 5-4 on the season and 3-3 in Big 12 play. Michael's absence will surely be felt in games remaining against Kansas State and Texas.
Posted on: November 7, 2011 12:16 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2011 12:17 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Oklahoma left guard Stephen Good probably should have stayed home on Saturday night following Oklahoma's win over Texas A&M on Saturday. Six hours after the game had ended, Good was arrested in Norman following an altercation at a restaurant.
According to a report in the Tulsa World, Good got into a fight at Seven47, a restaurant and night club, around 1am on Sunday morning, in which Good shoved his victim's head against a wall. Good was arrested on a misdemeanor assault and battery charge, but was allowed to leave the premises after signing the municipal complaint.
Good has only started 11 games at Oklahoma in his four years, including two starts this season against Ball State and Texas, but he's been a regular part of the rotation at left guard. He saw some time there against Texas A&M on Saturday.
There's been no word from Oklahoma yet on whether or not he'll be punished further by the team.
Posted on: November 6, 2011 2:07 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
This week's polls have been released. Here's how the Big 12 fared, from the top of the polls to the bottom, and what it means.
2/3. Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State moves up a spot in both polls following a narrow victory over Kansas State and Alabama's loss, but it's not all good news. Although Oklahoma State is second in the AP Poll, it's still third in the Coaches Poll behind both LSU and Stanford. The problem for the Cowboys here is that the Coaches Poll is part of the BCS formula while the AP isn't. Though it may not matter because Oklahoma State was behind Stanford in last week's Coaches vote and still finished ahead of the Cardinal in the BCS standings. So odds are that when the BCS does come out on Sunday night, Oklahoma State fans won't be all that worried about their standing with the graduate assistants of the world.
Oklahoma doesn't budge an inch in either poll after using a strong second half performance for the second week in a row to put away Texas A&M. This could be somewhat disconcerting for Sooners fans that are hoping their team has a chance to be a one-loss participant in the title game. Texas A&M may not be as good of a team as many thought they were in the preseason, but the Aggies are still somewhat respected. So if a win over the Aggies won't move the needle for Oklahoma with the pollsters, then I don't know how much impact possible wins against Baylor and Iowa State will have. So it seems that Oklahoma's best bet right now is to continue hoping that undefeated teams lose and that Oklahoma State is still unbeaten when the Sooners head to Stillwater to finish the season.
17/22. Kansas State
So I guess the media respects Kansas State's performance against Oklahoma State more than the coaches do. The Wildcats get one of those rare weeks in the AP poll where they lose a game but don't drop at all in the poll, while the coaches knocked Kansas State down three spots. I have to say I agree with what the media thinks on Kansas State more than I do the coaches. This is a team with two losses and both of those losses came against teams ranked in the top ten. Bill Snyder's team still has a chance to climb with games against Texas A&M and Texas the next two weeks. Win those and they'll climb up to the top 15.
Their opponents in the last two weeks may not have been the cream of the crop, especially given how terrible Texas Tech has looked since beating Oklahoma, but the Longhorns have been scary in both contest. This isn't a team that's going to win the Big 12 but could surprise some people in the final weeks and continue to climb, setting themselves up for high expectations in 2012.
Others receiving votes
Baylor (3 AP/3 Coaches), Texas A&M (0 AP/6 Coaches)
Posted on: November 6, 2011 10:59 am
Edited on: November 6, 2011 11:36 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer
The worst kept secret in the south became official Sunday morning, as the Southeastern Conference officially announced that Missouri would join the league in 2012 along with Texas A&M. The announcement from the SEC is below.
Posted on: November 6, 2011 1:13 am
Edited on: November 6, 2011 1:26 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli
A handy recap of who really won and who really lost that you won't find in the box score.
WINNER: Oklahoma State's BCS title dreams
This was here last week as well, but that doesn't change the fact that it's true. Though Kansas State gave Oklahoma State just about everything it could handle on Saturday night the Cowboys still emerged from the scorched earth and rumbling fault line that was Boone Pickens Stadium with a win. Now the Cowboys are 9-0 on the season and will move up in the BCS standings to the second spot after Alabama's loss to LSU.
So as long as Oklahoma State keeps winning -- and there are still three games to go, so nothing is guaranteed -- then it's going to end up in New Orleans. There is no Big 12 title game to get in the way, though a game against Oklahoma will serve as the Big 12 championship, but at least it's played in Stillwater and not Jerry World.
WINNER: Brandon Weeden's Heisman hopes
With Alabama losing that hurts Trent Richardson's chances because voters tend to vote for the best players on the best teams, and since Alabama has a loss now, they won't be considered one of the best teams. It's stupid, but it's reality. Now, Weeden likely won't be able to pass Andrew Luck without Stanford suffering a loss, but he's still the quarterback of the #2 team in the country. That alone is enough to get you consideration these days, let alone the fact that Weeden's now thrown for 3,212 yards this season and 26 touchdowns on one of the best offenses in the country.
LOSER: Ryan Broyles
To be clear, there has never been an injury suffered by any player that I've enjoyed. Every single one of them stinks, but Ryan Broyles' torn ACL on Saturday made me sadder than most. This is a kid that has not only been a great player during his career at Oklahoma, but someone who passed up on the chance to become a millionaire in the NFL last spring so he could return to Norman and play for a national title. Now his season is over and his draft stock is going to plummet. This world has never been fair, but sometimes it's just downright cruel.
LOSER: Preseason expectations
Before this season started Texas A&M was ranked 8th in the AP poll and 9th in the Coaches poll. Well, just in case you needed any more evidence to see why preseason polls are absolutely ridiculous since we're offering opinions on teams before seeing a single down played, just look at Texas A&M. After getting beat soundly by Oklahoma on Saturday the Aggies are now 5-4 and 3-3 in the Big 12 staring at a date in the Alamo or Sun Bowl. Considering that the school is moving to the SEC next year, those preseason expectations may also end up costing Mike Sherman his job.
WINNER: Smashmouth football in Austin
Why should Bryan Harsin even bother calling a pass at this point? Over the last two weeks he's seen his offense rush for 880 yards and 11 touchdowns. After scoring 6 rushing touchdowns against Texas Tech it's the first time the Longhorns have run for at least 5 scores in consecutive games since 2005. Making things even more impressive, the Longhorns didn't even have Malcolm Brown available on Saturday. The combination of Brown and Joe Bergeron over the next few seasons, with some David Ash mixed in, is going to keep defensive coordinators up at night.
LOSER: Justin Tucker
Who is Justin Tucker? I'm glad you asked. Justin Tucker is Texas' punter. He's only had to punt once the last two weeks. Though I suppose that could just as easily make him a winner. Plus, at least he's also the placekicker and gets to kick field goals from time to time. Just to keep his leg from falling asleep.
WINNER: Baylor's offensive virility
Yes Baylor was able to put up a lot of yards in its last two games against Texas A&M and Oklahoma State, but it still wasn't able to put a lot of points on the scoreboard in either matchup. That changed on Saturday night against Missouri when the Bears not only scored 42 points to beat Missouri 42-39, but also picked up a school record of 697 yards of total offense in the process. Robert Griffin was responsible for 470 of those yards and 4 touchdowns while Terrence Ganaway rushed for 186 yards on only 12 carries. 15.5 yards per carry is a pretty good clip.
LOSER: Texas Tech
What the hell has happened, Raiders? Two weeks ago you were ahead of Oklahoma 31-7 in the second half, preparing to shock the world. Since then you've been outscored 124-37. I mean, you lost to Iowa State 41-7 last week and Iowa State was only able to beat Kansas 13-10 on Saturday night. Kansas!
WINNER: Speaking of Iowa State...
Hey, so it wasn't pretty, but the Cyclones picked up a 13-10 win against Kansas on Saturday night. The win improved Paul Rhoads' team to 5-4 on the season, which means it's only one win shy of bowl eligibility. That's great news for the program. Unfortunately, here's the bad news: Iowa State's last three games are against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Kansas State.
LOSER: Kansas' chances of winning a Big 12 game in 2011
Listen, we all know Kansas is a bad football team. I'm not going to pile on the program even more, but the school's best chance of winning a Big 12 game this season was on Saturday night in Ames, and the Jayhawks fell short 13-10. Now the Jayhawks finish the year with Baylor, Texas A&M and Missouri. Three teams who aren't untouchable by any means, but I'm not liking Kansas' chances in any of them.
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Posted on: November 5, 2011 7:40 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2011 8:40 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
We were hoping for the best and expecting the worst when it came to the status of Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles' injured left knee, and we've gotten what we were expecting. According to John Hoover of the Tulsa World, Broyles has suffered a torn ACL in the knee and his season, and Oklahoma career, are over because of it.
Broyles suffered the injury in the third quarter of Oklahoma's 41-25 win over Texas A&M on Saturday. He planted on his left leg in an odd fashion after making a catch and turning upfield to gain more yards. He clutched the knee after being tackled and was then helped off the field before being seen in tears on the sideline.
Broyles finishes the season with 83 receptions for 1,157 yards and 10 touchdowns.
In his career Broyles has caught 347 passes for 4,586 yards and 45 touchdowns. The 347 receptions are more than any other player in NCAA history. Broyles was also a Biletnikof finalist last season and decided to come back to Oklahoma for another season even though he'd have been a first round pick in the NFL to try and win a national championship.