Chuck Carlton, Big 12 beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered your questions about the league in a recent live chat. Here are some highlights:
Do you think the barely watchable CFP semifinal games and a boring slate a bowl games in general will contribute to the CFP expansion narrative?
Carlton: Probably not. We’re at the stage where a lot of power brokers are saying its time to start talking about possible changes in the College Football Playoff. But I haven’t heard anyone in any real authority pound the table and say it’s time to expand the playoff to eight teams. And this year didn’t help. Let’s look at who would have been in an eight-team playoff: No. 5 Georgia, No. 7 Michigan and No. 8 UCF, each of whom lost. That’s not a ringing endorsement for making the field larger. Plus, there would be existing bowl contracts to deal with as well as ESPN, which isn’t flush with money right now. Don’t expect much movement toward an eight-team playoff any time soon.
Biggest Big 12 football departure that’ll have to be replaced is _?
Carlton: At the risk of being Captain Obvious, Kyler Murray. While Lincoln Riley was able to plug Murray into the quarterback spot after Baker Mayfield’s departure, there is no obvious can’t-miss prospect to replace Murray. Backup Austin Kendall? Incoming freshman Spencer Rattler? Or maybe a transfer, like former five-star recruit Justin Fields? Who knows. Best guess is whoever Riley finds will produce big numbers even with receiver Marquise Brown and offensive tackle Cody Ford declaring for the NFL draft.
Where do you think Kliff Kingsbury ultimately lands? It’s USC, right?
Carlton: Have to kind of think so. I know you have the Yahoo Sports report about the Jets and the Cardinals willing to talk to Kliff Kingsbury about their head coaching job despite a 35-40 record at Texas Tech. Yes, the NFL is intrigued by college offenses and Kingsbury is a beneficiary. But an interview is one thing, an actual hire is another. While Kingsbury has grown as a head coach, he doesn’t have the track record and overall experience and background for longterm NFL success. He’s a much better fit as an offensive coordinator.
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