Saving the conference…or not…
The “best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” It is hoped by OU and Big 12 officials that Seth Russell’s season- ending injury will not make this line come true. Their hope that Baylor will run the table and end up in the final four is now in jeopardy.
A final four may still happen, but Baylor with its 8th worst schedule in America was already on thin ice. A Baylor loss late in the season due to Seth Russell’s absence will doom Baylor’s hopes.
If this happens only TCU and OSU will be left to save the Big 12. TCU and OSU are still in the running for an undefeated season and saving the conference, but both have much harder rows to hoe.
Nationally, the Big 12 Conference is considered the weakest of the five power conferences. If the Big 12 is left out of the final four again this year, the conference will be on life-support.
Ever since the Sooners went down to the unranked Texas Longhorns OU officials have been privately rooting for Baylor to run the table and save the league.
For the Big 12 to be left out of the title hunt for a 2nd year in a row will also force OU leaders to do something they hate to do; think outside the box regarding the future of the Big 12 Conference.
Rumor has it that major OU donors are hedging their donation bets with a wait and see attitude. They want to see more bang for their buck than a watered down Big 12 will offer the Sooners.
These guys follow recruiting like we do and they realize the challenge that recruiting the best players in America to a weak football conference poses. The mid-season recruiting rankings that will be presented in the next blog will reinforce this point.
One cannot blame OU officials for trying, but as for me, nothing will make me happier than to see the Sooners derail Baylor and the OU leadership scheme on November 14…