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College Sports: After another winning bowl record, it’s becoming a lot harder to make fun of the Big 12

Chuck Carlton, Big 12 beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered your questions about the league in a live chat on Wednesday. Below are highlights, edited for clarity. 

Do you put much stock into bowl records? The Big 12 as a conference fared rather well in bowl season.

Carlton: On the whole, bowl records don’t matter much. But in the case of the Big 12, the postseason the past three years has helped the conference’s image. The Big 12 has been above .500 each of the past three seasons and those much-mocked defenses have held up pretty well (Oklahoma in the playoffs, notwithstanding). It’s a lot harder to make fun of the Big 12 now than it was.

Now that the college football season has concluded, what are your main takeaways from the Big 12 season?

Carlton:

1. Everybody is still chasing Oklahoma, with four conference titles. Lincoln Riley’s hiring of new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch can only help the Sooners. 

2. For now, Texas looks to be … yeah, you know. Now can the Longhorns sustain despite losing eight starters off the defense? 

3. Assuming Oklahoma and Texas are 1-2 in the preseason poll, who is No. 3? Iowa State. Matt Campbell has things on the upswing with 16 wins in the past two seasons. 

4. The quarterback situation looks pretty good even with Kyler Murray and Will Grier leaving. Sam Ehlinger, Alan Bowman, Charlie Brewer and Brock Purdy are promising talents.

Does Kliff Kingsbury’s situation represent a great double standard in college football, where coaches can change jobs at will, but players have to sit out a year before they can play for a different school?

Carlton: Pretty much. At least in Kliff Kingsbury’s case, he went from a coordinator position to head coach. To me, the situation is even more egregious with Manny Diaz, who went to Temple, landed 17 players in the early signing period and then exited for Miami. Double standard? Yep.

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