Judgement Day in the Big 12

I guess you could call this Saturday “Judgement Day” in the Big 12, cause well, it kinda is.

Kansas State at TCU. Baylor at OU. Two huge games in both the Big 12 and the race to gain a berth in the College Football Playoff.

Both Kansas State and Baylor control their own destiny. KSU, the lone remaining team in the Big 12 without a conference loss, is scheduled to travel to Baylor on December 6. Should both come out with a win Saturday, that game in Waco on the last weekend of the season could be for the Big 12 title.

TCU has other plans for them. While I am still scratching my head as to how the Frogs blew that game at Baylor a few weeks ago, the fact is, the Bears walked away with the victory. What it means is … Read More »

Big 12 Media Days

Last week the SEC marked the de facto beginning to the 2014 college football season with its media days in Alabama. Starting today in Dallas, the Big 12 takes its turn.

Not much is new to the league overall, save perhaps a fresh logo. There are no real changes to the league’s format, a round-robin schedule that is one-of-a-kind among the five power conferences with no championship game.

Ah, but there is change in college football with the new playoff system, and the Big 12’s goal on that front is simple – land its champion among the four teams who will vie for the title. The game will even be played in the heart of Big 12 country – set for AT&T Stadium in Arlington.


The Best Bets

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that Oklahoma or Baylor probably have the best … Read More »

SEC’s Gain is Big 12’s BIG Loss

Posted on December 4th, by Tom Fireoved in All, Big 12, College Football, Missouri Tigers, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, SEC, Texas A&M. No Comments

It seems that whatever the SEC touches in the world of college football the last few years has turned to gold. Witness the University of Missouri and Texas A&M, relative newbies to the power conference of all power conferences.  In just under two full SEC football seasons they’ve added a Heisman Trophy winner, a Cotton Bowl victory and an SEC East Champion (with a shot Saturday afternoon for the conference championship and perhaps even more) – all at the expense of the Big 12.

When A&M and Mizzou fled from the shrinking Big 12 (Colorado and Nebraska were also recent refugees), they were replaced by TCU, coming off an undefeated season and a Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin and a nationally final ranking of No. 2 just two seasons previously, and West Virginia, a puzzling choice geographically but a traditionally strong … Read More »

College Football Preview and Picks for Saturday, Nov. 16

Posted on November 15th, by Tom Fireoved in All, Baylor Bears, BCS, Big 12, College Football, NCAA, Oklahoma, SEC, SMU, TCU, University of Texas. No Comments

As far as must see TV for college football Saturdays, this weekend runs kinda luke warm at best. The top three “big boys” all have games where they should be able to inflate their respective stats for both the BCS human factor and computers.

No. 1 Alabama 9-0, (6-0 SEC) heads to Mississippi State to take on the 4-5 Bulldogs.  While sporting only a 1-4 SEC in-conference record (the win coming against Kentucky 28-22), the Bulldogs did hang tough against Auburn before losing 24-20, and against Texas A&M in a 51-41 loss (no huge shame in giving up half a hundred to Johnny Football and company). All that being said, look for the Crimson Tide to take care of business handily and continue to impress the BCS.  I’ll take Bama giving 23.5 points.

No. 2 Florida State 9-0, (7-0 ACC) also has … Read More »

BCS Weekly Wrap Up and Look Ahead

Posted on November 4th, by Tom Fireoved in All, Baylor Bears, BCS, Big 12, College Football, NCAA, Oklahoma. 2 comments

If the match ups and results from this week’s college football games were what I would classify as somewhat lackluster (with apologies to Florida State for the beat down it applied on Miami), the upcoming week’s games and potential BSC tremors could be huge. No ranked team lost to an unranked one this weekend, so movement up or down in the rankings were minimal. Texas Tech was the biggest rankings loser dropping from No. 15 to No. 25 after their 52-34 home defeat by Oklahoma State. Texas A&M inexplicably dropped 3 spots down to No. 15 after crushing UTEP 57-7.

Florida State flipped spots with Oregon again after pasting the previously 7th ranked Hurricanes 41-14 on national TV. But with FSU having a less-than-stellar remaining schedule of Wake Forest, Syracuse, Idaho and Florida (all teams with losing … Read More »

BCS Results Week 2

Posted on October 28th, by Tom Fireoved in All, Baylor Bears, College Football, Oklahoma, SEC. No Comments

Unlike the shakeups that occurred last weekend in college football, this week remained fairly constant, with no major upsets, albeit some disappointments. The one significant move was by Oregon, which jumped Florida State to the number No. 2 spot by way of their 42-14 thumping of previously No. 12 ranked UCLA (which fell to #20 in this week’s poll). Auburn made the biggest jump moving up six places to No. 11, edging Oklahoma State for the spot by 1 point (804 to 803) and No. 13 LSU (804 pts.).

Alabama stayed secure in it’s No. 1 position with a convincing 45-10 win over Tennessee, and Auburn’s recent surge sets up a potentially huge Iron Bowl matchup with Bama on November 30, with SEC Championship Game and potentially BCS implications on the line.

Two Fall, Eight Unbeaten Teams Remain

Falling from the ranks … Read More »

Hoping For One Last Chance at BCS Chaos

Posted on October 21st, by Tom Fireoved in All, Baylor Bears, College Football, NCAA, Oklahoma, SEC, Texas A&M. No Comments

Well the initial Bowl Championship Series rankings for the 2013 college football season were released last night, and already there were a couple surprises/controversies; Florida State (ranked #3 in both polls) jumping up to number 2 over Oregon, and a one-loss Stanford team being ranked ahead of undefeated Baylor, for example. But at this point in the season these are just water-cooler talking points. No, the real controversies start later in the season, when things really DO matter.


Before I even get started here, let me state for the … Read More »

Oh No OU! Brown and the Longhorns Shock the Sooners

Posted on October 14th, by Tom Fireoved in All, Big 12, College Football, NCAA, Oklahoma, University of Texas. No Comments


On a sweltering October day in Fair Park just east of downtown Dallas, where the temperature pushed into the low 90s, Mack Brown felt the intense heat that’s been on him all season long finally dissipate….for now.   With a shocking 36-20 win over archrival Oklahoma, Brown and his Longhorns have quieted his critics, at least until their next game on October 26th when they meet the Horned Frogs in Fort Worth.  In an ironic twist of fate where many Longhorn fans were thinking a loss might not be such a bad thing this year (so the final nail could be driven into in Mack’s proverbial coffin), the Burnt Orange Nation excited the Cotton Bowl some 3 plus hours after the 11:00 am kickoff in a mixture of joy and yes, for most, surprise.

The Longhorn’s suddenly much improved defense under new … Read More »

Oklahoma Tops TCU in Defensive Battle

Posted on October 7th, by Tom Fireoved in All, Big 12, College Football, Oklahoma, TCU. No Comments

College football Saturday in Norman, Oklahoma on a beautiful October evening – what more could anyone football fan ask for?

Well, if you’re one of the TCU faithful that made the trek across the Red River for the game, you might want to start with an offense that realizes that first half points count too.  In what has been a reoccurring theme for the Frogs this year (2-3, 0-2 Big 12), the offense didn’t wake up until after the bands had left the field and the bright sunshine had long departed.


The Horned Frogs offense failed to cross midfield in the first 30 minutes of play, and didn’t … Read More »