Bob Stoops Steps In IT

Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops recently stepped in it by saying the SEC really wasn’t that great of a conference even though it has produced the National Champion the last seven years. Here is what the infinitely wise coach said:

Listen, they’ve had the best team in college football, meaning they’ve won the national championship. That doesn’t mean everything else is always the best.

So they’ve had the best team in college football. They haven’t had the whole conference. Because, again, half of ’em haven’t done much at all. I’m just asking you. You tell me.

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Roundup That Matters

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Gary Varvel nails the gun law debate with the above illustration. The Liberal Left’s answer to everything is “more laws.” In doing so, they refuse to accept the reality that more laws will make no difference at all when it comes to crime in the world. It just means that the criminals will break more laws, but nothing will be done to curb violence because, as we backwards types who are Christians understand, the law is powerless to change the human heart. The only thing that works with criminals is brute force. Thereby the best thing for our society is a well-armed citizenry so that we can protect ourselves and the innocent in society. Our founding fathers understood that principal and is one of the many reasons they gave us the Second Amendment.

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Aggies-Longhorn Game a Matter of Law?

AndyTEX011Apparently a Texas legislator has filed a bill in the house that would require Texas A&M and the t.u. longhorns to play football every year. If you will recall, the t-sips opted out of the rivalry after A&M bolted the Big 12 for the SEC because A&M was tired of the bully tactics of the t-sips. In a snit, the t-sips refused to play A&M any longer, even though A&M was ready to keep the rivalry alive.

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Congratulations Texas A&M University!!!

Today is the day that Texas A&M University becomes an official member of the Southeastern Conference! A&M is no longer a member of the Big 12, and is moving forward in joining the best athletic conference in the country, the SEC.

I can’t tell you how glad I am that this is taking place. I know it will be a challenge for the athletic program at A&M, but it sure beats sticking around in a conference that was run by the evil-burnt-orange empire known as t.u. I don’t care that we won’t be playing them any longer. That is fine with me. A&M has a much greater challenge in playing teams like Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Alabama, Ole’ Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Florida and host of other fine programs. It makes the season a lot more exciting and we don’t have to worry about our non-conference schedule being tough enough. In fact, Sports Nations has pointed out that A&M will have the toughest schedule in the country from late September to mid-November. That gets me excited.

Am I sad that A&M has left the Big 12? Not a bit. It was good while it lasted, but I’m glad its over. Texas A&M, welcome to the Southeastern Conference!

Watch both videos below. They will get your blood going! Gig ‘Em Aggies

The Day the Big 12 Died

I know we are only into early June, but I am looking forward to some Texas Aggie football in the fall. In view of that, I discovered the following video that has been around for a while, but new to me. It’s entitled the Day the Big 12 Died and is put to the tune of American Pie by Don McClean. If you know American Pie and SEC/Big 12 football at all, you will love all the references to both. Enjoy.

Also, Mike Tag has a great piece on the fact that Deloss Dodds, the athletic director for t.u., “can’t quit” Texas A&M. Ever since A&M up and bolted the Big 12 for the SEC, Dodds is acting like a spurned lover. He has to slam the SEC and A&M every chance he gets. It really makes me laugh. Dodds and the t-sips thought they ruled the roost for so long and to have A&M up and leave has this screaming like a brokenhearted school girl.

Mike writes:

Dodds cannot let it go. He simply cannot quit A&M. It is humorous to watch a school that for years has claimed that they were above a rivalry with A&M, try to get over the fact that the Aggies simply do not care about them anymore.

A&M coaches, players and fans are busy trying to figure out how they are going to beat LSU and Alabama on the field. Meanwhile the powers that be at Texas are acting like a lover scorned. A&M went and found a hotter, richer bride in the SEC and now Texas is busy trying to convince everyone that they never loved A&M in the first place.

Read the rest here.

I also would like to include this one as well, since it’s so exciting to watch.

Aggie Update: Big 12-2 Now Minus 3

According to Beergut at I Am the 12th Man, the Aggies should announce today or tomorrow that the move to the SEC is has been approved by the presidents of the SEC schools. Beergut writes:

I received a text message yesterday afternoon saying A&M submitted their request to join the SEC today. I received another text Tuesday evening saying SEC presidents have voted unanimously to accept A&M into the conference. The FWST is reporting that we are going to announce our move today.

He obviously has inside sources. This is good because the Big 12-2 is going to fall apart. Oklahoma and OSU are looking to join the Pac 10. With the lousy way Dan Beebe has fought to save the conference (he hasn’t), the conference may stay together, but it will be made up of t.u. and schools like Stephen F. Austin and North Texas.

By the way, I don’t buy the arguments made by those who are associated with t.u. that the conference is falling apart because of A&M. It falls squarely on t.u.’s shoulders. They wanted to run things and own Dan Beebe. This is why Nebraska bailed last year and why the conference will fall apart. Spend some time at I Am the 12th Man and follow the links. There are enough people in the press who recognize the problem for what it is: t.u. wanted to run the show, get all the money, have all the attention. That’s fine. They can just do it alone. Let A&M, Nebraska, Oklahoma, etc. join conferences that see the need for conferences. If you want to be a one-man show, that’s fine. Just don’t make us support you in your endeavors and don’t blame us for the conference’s demise.

UPDATE: A&M ACCEPTED PENDING BAYLOR’S LAWSUITE

Apparently the SEC has accepted A&M, but that is pending a lawsuit from Baylor University. According to Foxsportssouth.com:

The Southeastern Conference voted unanimously to accept Texas A&M as its 13th member, according to a statement released Wednesday morning by the SEC office.

But the invitation is contingent on each Big 12 school waiving its right to litigation.

According to a letter from Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe dated Sept. 2 and released by the SEC office Wednesday, Beebe confirmed that no legal action against the SEC relating to Texas A&M’s departure would be taken provided the SEC publicly affirmed the Aggies’ admission by Sept. 8.

Dr. Bernie Machen, the University of Florida president who is chairman of the SEC presidents and chancellors, said in the SEC’s statement Wednesday that one of the Big 12 schools had withdrawn its previous consent and was considering legal action.

Various reports Wednesday identified that school as Baylor. The president of Baylor is Ken Starr, former independent counsel whose inquiry led to the impeachment of U.S. President Bill Clinton.

OK, Ken Starr went from being a hero to a… anti-hero in one act!

BTW, this story is developing faster than I can post it. I started on this post much earlier this morning, but since I’m having trouble with my browsers… I have not been able to publish it.

Big 12-2 On the Verge of Collapse Again???

Last summer I predicted that the Big 12 would completely collapse after Nebraska and Colorado left for greener pastures. I had to admit that I was wrong in my prediction. But maybe I wasn’t. If you follow college football at all you know that Texas A&M took the next step in leaving the conference to head for the SEC. They formally issued a leader to the lemmings in the head office of the Big 12-2. This means that the Big 12-2 would become the Big 12-3 if they don’t find someone to replace A&M. Given that Dan Beebe of the Big 12 is proactive in only seeking to keep his job, the conference is doomed.

Now this just in: Oklahoma is toying with the idea of leaving the Big 12-2 as well.

University of Oklahoma president David Boren says multiple conferences have shown interest in the Sooners recently and he expects to decide whether to leave the Big 12 or not within the next three weeks.

Boren said Friday that Oklahoma is seeking stability in its conference relationship with ”partners that are both outstanding athletically and academically as well because a conference that’s strong is not only stable but it’s one in which there are multiple relationships, along with sports, between the university members.”

This cannot sit well with other members of the conference. The move to leave the sinking ship all starts with a simple desire to be a part of a ship that isn’t sinking. Once the desire is uttered, the forces behind that desire surface and that ship on the horizon looks so much more appealing than the one with the hole in under your feet.

I imagine that with this utterance by Boren, there will be those alumni who like the idea of bailing on a failing conference. Let’s face it, they can always play t.u. as a non-conference game. They did it for years before the formation of the Big 12, so it is nothing new for either group of fans.

If Oklahoma leaves, you can count on OSU leaving as well, since they are the little brother of that state joined at the hip known as the state legislature. There are just too many OSU alums in the state legislature that will insist upon OSU going wherever OU goes. If that happens, so goodbye to the Big 12. The rest of the teams will scurry off that ship like rats leaving the Titanic.

The Big 12 may survive. But it will be t.u., U of Houston, Stephen F. Austin, Arkansas State, North Texas, etc. And everyone will sit back and wonder if t.u. will ever lose their conference championship again.

Texas Aggies Move to SEC is Imminent

It seems the talks about the Texas Aggies leaving the Big12-2 and joining the SEC is heating up. I Am the 12th Man is reporting that the Board of Regents has moved up their next meeting to this coming Monday. Given that the presidents of the SEC are meeting tomorrow, you have an accelerated timeline in bringing about A&M move into the SEC.

This means that this will be the last year that the Aggies play sports in the Big 12-2. I knew this would be the end result after last year’s contraction of the conference when Nebraska  and Colorado left the conference. Back then, the action of the Big 12 was to save the Big 12. In other words, let’s just do some damage control and maybe it will stay together. Once they managed to keep the schools together for the Big 12-2, they sat back on their backsides and patted themselves on the back. What they should have been doing is trying to increase the size and viability of the conference, in order to make it better. They didn’t and this is the result, especially given that t.u. now has their own television network, given them an untenable advantage over the other teams in the conference.

Now that the conference is really on the verge of taking a back seat in the world of college football, t.u. is scrambling by trying to prevent A&M’s departure from the conference. They know how that will hurt the conference, and their standing in the world as well.

Miketag over at the 12th Man reports:

“If you can’t beat ’em. join em.” That is how the old saying goes. In tu’s case, the most appropriate motto is, “if you can’t beat ’em and are afraid to join ’em, conspire against them.” After months of ignoring Texas A&M’s move towards the SEC, now that the time of the move is upon us, tu is trying to block it. Last night word came out that tu has hired the PR/lobbying firm HillCo Partners to try to smear A&M and lobby members of the state legislature to block our move to the SEC. It is extremely humorous to me that the same people who claimed we never had an offer to join the SEC, the SEC would never want us by ourselves, tu tells us what to do etc, is not doing everything in their power to keep us from joining this conference that supposedly did not want us.

t.u. hasn’t been honest in quite some time. One of their more recent ventures into dishonesty was their claim by their president that they would not be airing high-school football games on their new television network. By doing so, this would give them an unfair advantage in the recruiting process, by airing those games where potential recruits are playing. Their president said they would not do this, but later it was revealed, he was trying to do just that. The NCAA had to rule that the longhorn network could not air high school games, despite the fact that ESPN and t.u. plan on ignoring the ruling.

As for the move itself, I am glad. It will make A&M a better team in the long run. There may be an initial shock in the first year or so, but once the recruiting improves with the prospect of players playing in the best conference in the country, so too will A&M’s team. All you have to do is tell them that they will be playing teams like LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, etc., and that the last 5 National Championships have come from the SEC, and they will want to play at Kyle Field on a regular basis.

The other aspect is that we are ultimately telling t.u. we are not longer playing the roll of little brother. We’re moving out of the house and heading elsewhere to make our fortunes. Sometimes that is best. I’m not sure if A&M and t.u. will play on a regular basis after this. But that really doesn’t bother me since t.u. isn’t that good right now. Gig ‘Em Aggies! Beat the hell outta of the SEC!

Aggies Beat No. 8 Nebraska Cornhuskers 9-6

What a sweet game. I admit that I was on the edge of the couch for most of the night, and unable to sit down during the 4th quarter as the No. 19 Texas Aggies beat the No. 8 Nebraska Cornhuskers 9-6 in a defensive struggle for the ages. I have to say that the fans really came through for the Aggies as they made so much noise that the Cornhuskers were getting penalized over and over again. It even got to the point that Bo Pelini, the hothead coach for Nebraska, got a penalty thrown on him he was so mad.

But alas, cooler heads prevailed as Pelini’s former head coach, Mike Sherman, coolie guided the Aggies to the victory. What an exciting game. Hopefully, the Aggies will continue their winning ways and add another victory to their 5-game winning streak when they play the t-sips on Thursday. I’m so excited I can hardly contain myself. What a game.

Not only that, they are bound to bounce up in the polls again, and if they beat t.u., get a really good bowl bid to finish out the season. It’s hard to believe they have turned around so much after their early 3 game skid in the middle of the season. Gig ’em Aggies!

Special thanks go to Les and Debbie as they watched the game with me. Also to my lovely wife who made a wonderful dessert and fresh, homemade cornbread to go with my homemade chili. Made for a perfect evening. Now, I just need to double that chili recipe because there never seems to be much left afterward.

Aggie Round Up!

The Arkansas Game

O yes, I like this. In a story by Bleacher Report about 20 teams the odds makers of Las Vegas having it wrong, they refer to Arkansas and how there are four games that Arkansas should win. Here is their statement:

There are five games on the schedule you have to assume Arkansas will win; those would be against Tennessee Tech, Louisiana-Monroe, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, and UTEP.

Yes, that’s right. Assume away Arkansas. Assume you will waltz into Jerryworld and walk all over the Aggies without a lot of trouble. This is exactly what we want you to do. In fact, think “cream puff” when you think of the Aggies and go ahead and mark it down as a win. I’m looking forward to that because I think it will be a lot closer than most hope for. Let’s mark the calendars for October 9th! That will be the day Arkansas gets a rude awakening.

The Wrecking Crew

I think the defense will really improve under new defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter. He helped turned around Air Force’s defense and really made his mark at the school. According to the Denver Post, DeRuyter is just what the Aggies need to bring back the Wrecking Crew.

AFA led the nation in turnover margin (plus-1.69), was 10th in scoring defense (15.69) and 11th in total defense (288.31 ypg).

And DeRuyter, 47, did it with a bunch of future pilots and inspirational speakers.

Now he has excellent talent. Well, he does on paper. At Air Force, only safety Reggie Rembert ran a 4.5. At A&M, every defensive back does — along with linebackers Von Miller, Garrick Williams and Sean Porter.

All Miller did was lead the nation in sacks with 17 and earn first-team All-American. So how did a team with this much speed — and Miller — give up 33.5 points and 426.3 yards a game? Sherman said he thinks it was the 3-4 scheme.

Miller, whom DeRuyter says is “the most athletic guy his size I’ve ever been around,” moves to a “joker” position, where he’ll spend more time standing up than in the down position of a year ago.

DeRuyter, who moved to California from Holland as a boy, was recruited by Harvard, Princeton and Air Force as a linebacker, but he blew off the Ivys. “Football was important to me,” he said.

He played on the 1985 Air Force team that went 12-1 and beat Notre Dame for the third straight year. A bad eye kept him out of flight training.

He never lost his football jones. Every week he’d call Jim Grobe, his old AFA linebackers coach, about the next week’s game plan. He even helped scout Cal, an Air Force opponent, when it played at Boston College.

In 1991, then-Air Force coach Fisher DeBerry called and asked if he wanted to blow a whistle for a living.

It’s 19 years later, and this Dutch boy is ready to put his finger in the dike that is the Texas A&M defense.

Again, I expect the Aggies to surprise quite a few people this year. The defense really stunk it up last year, and under a proven leader, that will change for the better. Hopefully, it will bring Sherman his first winning season as a head coach and put A&M back in the top tier teams in the country.

Add to this that A&M is switching to a 3-4 Defense and you have a real change coming about. ESPN U had a story about the number of teams switching to the 3-4 D.

Coaches and their defensive coordinators offer myriad reasons for the sudden resurgence of the 3-4. With four linebackers, defenses can put more speed on the field to attack spread offenses. Also, coaches say linebackers are more bountiful than defensive linemen on the recruiting trail.

“I think football is cyclical,” new Texas A&M defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter said. “Everyone is trying to stay ahead of the curve on things.”

And it certainly doesn’t hurt that teams such as defending BCS national champion Alabama have enjoyed so much success while running a 3-4.

Heisman Watch

Also, just a side note: Bleacher Report did a story on the top 10 longshots for the Heisman Trophy this year. Of note, Case Keenum of Houston, my Dad’s team. He would really have to perform to win it, but Houston quarterbacks have done so in the past.

Jerrod Johnson wasn’t on the list, since he is NOT a longshot to win it. Johnson is right in the running for it. Check it out here.

Texas Aggie Quarterback Jerrod Johnson Ranked Number 1 in Big 12

I like this. David Ubben with Espn.com ranked the top five quarterbacks in the Big 12 and Jerrod Johnson is ranked number one. After that, I quit reading! Whoop!

Here is what Ubben had to say about Johnson.

Johnson topped our overall players rankings, so there’s no surprise he leads the quarterback rankings too. He threw a league-most 30 touchdowns and ran for more than 500 yards and eight scores. He needs to improve his accuracy (59.6 completion percentage), but you could probably say that about every college quarterback. The talent around him at receiver and running back makes his job easier, and he sounds ready to make the jump. Better numbers won’t do anything to validate him as a star. All that’s left is to win games — more than the six the Aggies won in 2009.

O, I can’t wait for College Football Season to begin!

As you can see, he also ranks Johnson as the best player in the Big 12. Yup… it could be a really sweet season. Here are Ubben’s comments from that post, the Top 25 players in the Big 12!!!

No. 1: Jerrod Johnson, QB, Texas A&M

2009 numbers: Third in the Big 12 with 3,579 passing yards. Led the Big 12 and finished No. 5 nationally with 30 touchdown passes, while throwing just eight interceptions. He also rushed for 506 yards and eight touchdowns on 145 carries.

Most recent ranking: Johnson was unranked in the past offseason’s ranking of the conference’s top 40 players.

Making the case for Johnson: I remember sitting down to make this list over a month ago and complaining that unlike the 2009 season, there wasn’t a clear candidate for the conference’s best player. When people say “Jerrod Johnson,” that’s not the first thing people think. There are still plenty of people outside College Station whose response would be, “Who?” Six wins in 2009 is a part of that.

But looking at his production last season, it’s clear that he is the Big 12’s best player and the top performer at its most important position. Only one quarterback (Blaine Gabbert) threw for more yards and only one quarterback (Austen Arnaud) ran for more yards. Johnson has plenty of talent around him to help produce those numbers, but he’s the guy that makes it all go. He’s big, smart, elusive and does whatever is necessary to move the ball.

He’ll have the ball in his hands a lot in 2010, but he’ll have the Aggies’ fate, too. If he plays well, they’ll have a chance at winning the division for the first time in a decade. If he plays poorly, they won’t improve much past six wins.

The Big 12 Survived

Yes, it’s time for me to admit that I was wrong. Last week, in all the torrent known as “conference realignment” I proclaimed the Big 12 as dead! That, perhaps was a bit of wishful thinking on my part. It turns out that some are actually saying that the Big 12 remains together because of the Texas Aggies. I know all the attention is on texas, but had texas had their way, they would be in the PAC 10 right now instead of the Big 12 (which is actually 10 teams). The lone hold out was A&M in the move to the PAC 10. They wanted to go to the SEC and saw no benefits whatsoever to head to the PAC 10.

Jennifer Floyd Engel has a great post one what happened and why. She writes:

How the Aggies saved the Big 12 was by growing a backbone. When big-timers at A&M decided they were done following in lockstep with Bevo and Co., they slowed to a crawl what had been a Sherman-like march to the Pacific. Delay caused by the Aggies allowed for TV entities and ADs from schools with no rooting interest and politicians and big-time business types, all uninterested in mega-conferences for personal-gain reasons, to swoop in and build consensus and save the Big 12 from itself.

And make no mistake, during this downtime, Texas had second thoughts.

Pac-16 money claims were fuzzy.

Travel headaches were obvious.

Horns were definitely being sized for the ‘Horns.

And by Monday, Texas had a whole lot of reasons to stay in the Big 12. About the only team with a good reason to bolt was Texas A&M.

The dollar math is not fuzzy in the SEC, and you could feel the sentiment building, among old Ags and young: “Let’s break free from Texas.” A perfect chance existed, a chance to finally and wholly get out of Bevo’s shadow and to be in a killer conference.

And in this moment, they did what Aggies pride themselves on. They kept their word. They did not run.

That is an excellent assessment, because the Aggies were not willing to walk in lock step with texas, it caused everyone to slow down a bit and allow some reason to enter into their thinking. So the Big 12(10) is still alive and kicking. Now if they just add a few teams to the mix and get their numbers back up to 12 teams. Arkansas anyone?

Texas Aggies May Head to the SEC

OK, nothing official. But the presidents and AD’s of Texas A&M and texas met yesterday and came to no conclusion about the direction of the athletic programs and the Big 12. That is a good sign that A&M may still be pondering a move to the Southeastern Conference. In case you have not heard, the Pac 10 is making a push for texas, A&M, Oklahoma, OSU and Texas Tech to leave the Big 12 and join them on the west coast. Colorado already has made the jump and Nebraska is probably going to the Big 10.

A&M doesn’t like the idea of having to play on the west coast. They expressed this sentiment when the girls basketball team had to play in the NCAA tournament out in Washington state earlier in the year. Plus, there are already natural rivalries for A&M in the SEC. A&M already has a history with Arkansas and LSU. So it is a better fit for A&M to east and not west.

Aggie Gene Stallings has even weighed in on the issue. Remember, he played for A&M, coached them and coached Alabama to a National Championship after former A&M coach Bear Bryant retired from Alabama. (Do you see a connection here?)

Stallings was asked about the possibility of texas and A&M being different conferences:

“I would think there would be a possibility, but to say they’d definitely do that …?” Stallings, a former Alabama coach, told the newspaper. “I don’t know who all will be involved. But I’d be stupid not to say that. Whether it’s much of a possibility, I don’t know. I’m not going to venture out on that until I know what all the options are.”

Here is the clear message so far: A&M is not sold on the idea of going to the Pac 10, even after they met with texas officials yesterday. What this means: A&M is still open to moving to the SEC.

My hopes? Move to the SEC!

That way if we stay in Jackson, TN, it is only a few hours drive to see them play in Oxford, MS, Baton Rouge, LA, Fayetteville, AR, Starkville, MS, Tuscaloosa, AL, and Knoxville, TN. Plus… they will be on the television a lot more in this area. So you can see I have a personal interest in seeing them not go out to the west coast.

The Big 12 is Dead!

With the announcement that Colorado is leaving the Big 12 and going to the Pac 10, the Big 12 is now officially dead. It’s all a matter of saying good bye and burying the patient.

I’m afraid A&M will go to the Pac 10 as well. I was really hoping the SEC would step up and draw some of the Big 12 their way. But alas, nothing from them as of yet.

Read about here. BTW, I read that Colorado made the jump quickly to ensure that they would make it into the Pac 10. There were rumors that it would be either Baylor or Colorado, but not both. This shuts the door on Baylor, which is OK with me. They are door mats.

There was supposed to be a meeting between texas and A&M today. That could define what really happens to the Big 12. Nebraska is rumored to already be bolting for the Big 10. OSU is talking about not going to the  Pac 10, but not sure where they would end up, since the story was on ESPN’s Insider, which I’m not a member of.

Beergut at 12th Man still contends A&M would be a better fit in the SEC. I agree. We already have rivalries with Arkansas and LSU. There are no rivalries at all with the schools in the Pac 10. I’m not sure we’ve played many of them, at least nothing comes to mind.

UPDATE: I found this on the Houston Chronicle web site:

With the Big 12 splitting up, University of Texas officials confirmed Wednesday that there’s a meeting scheduled between Texas A&M and UT leaders today to discuss their potential courses of action. One insider described the entire situation as “extremely fluid” on Wednesday night, with several possible outcomes, and another said Texas and Texas A&M haven’t ruled out becoming members of the Southeastern Conference.

This is good because it means the SEC may still be in play.

College Football Saturday – Conference Mergers

Just enough interesting college football news for a posting.

In case you have not heard, there are more rumblings from the PAC-10 about a possible merger with teams from the Big 12. The goal in these merger talks is to make a super conference, so that there is more television revenue. The key word being “revenue.”

Since the Big 10 made their deal with their own network and the other conferences are hoping to cash in as well. The Pac-10 is hoping to lure away texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Colorado. They would then put Arizona and Arizona State in with those schools to make the Pac-10 South. That would be one powerful division in the Pac-10, but difficult when it comes to travel expenses.

There is also talk that the Big 12 would press on by adding Boise State, BYU, Colorado State, Fresno State, Houston, Nevada, San Diego State, SMU, Southern Miss, TCU, UNLV, Utah. That means the conference would drop in prominence, but really help those programs that it picks up and give them a boost. It’s sad that the Big 12 cannot just stay together and add Houston, SMU, TCU, Colorado State and Utah. That would make the conference even better and keep it somewhat regional.

The problem with keeping the Big 12 together really boils down to texas. Both the Pac 10 and the Big 10 are courting texas, trying to lure them away. This is because it brings in a powerhouse into their conference, AND opens the door for those conferences to start recruiting better in the state of Texas. Whatever texas does, I’m sure the Aggies, Oklahoma and OSU will follow. Texas Tech might as well, but Baylor is going to be left alone out of the Big 12 South no matter what happens. It’s getting to the point where the private schools cannot compete in college football. That is OK with me. Just as long as hell freezes over one more time and A&M wins another National Championship at some later date.

What I really wish would happen is that the teams from Texas and Oklahoma would just join the SEC. I’m sure there is some logical reason against this, but if you look at the schools that have won the National Championship over the past 10 years, most have come from the SEC, or the Big 12. That would make an excellent conference, and since I live in SEC territory, I might actually get to see my Aggies play on the television now and then. If they go to the Pac 10, well, I’m not sure I’m willing to stay up until 10 p.m. to watch a game when I know I have to preach the next morning. I need some time to wind down after the game. A 10 p.m. start might mean I’m up all night.

Also, you can go here for a look at the various picks for the preseason Top 25. A&M is not in anyone’s pick. Most pick Alabama as the pre-season No. 1. That is a safe bet. Phil Steele is the lone hold out for No. 1, he is picking Oklahoma. I don’t think the Sooners are that well equipped.