Chuck Carlton, Big 12 beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered questions about the league during a live chat recently. Here are some of the highlights:
Question: Is Kyler Murray officially the Big 12’s best shot at producing a Heisman Trophy winner this season?
Carlton: He’s awfully, awfully good. Again, the Heisman right now is Tua Tagovailoa’s to lose. But Murray is the Big 12’s best hope, unless Will Grier goes on a tear after the loss at Iowa State. The West Virginia QB will have a chance to put himself back in the hunt, with games against Texas and Oklahoma, plus possibly the Big 12 title game. We’ll see.
Question: How big of a confidence booster was last Saturday for the Oklahoma defense? Players certainly seem to have respect for Ruffin McNeill, no?
Carlton: The players do seem to have bought
Question: Are you surprised in the slightest that the Big 12 Championship game is once again slated for an 11 a.m. kick?
Carlton: Not necessarily. Other championship games, like the SEC and the Big Ten, are locked into specific time slots. The 11 a.m. start is a decent beginning for championship Saturday, kind of setting the tone. And if it’s Texas-Oklahoma matchup, both those teams are plenty familiar with 11 a.m. kickoffs from a certain game in Dallas.
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