Way Too Early Top Ten for the 2016 CFB Season

By: David Parks
Twitter: @_Parksie

This is the way too early preseason top ten.  Chances are I don’t like your team and obviously have them too low.  SPOILER:  No poll really matters until mid-October (Except this one).

Off we go…

The real reason Nick Saban is smiling? The #1 ranking in this poll obviously

The real reason Nick Saban is smiling? The #1 ranking in this poll obviously

1) Alabama

Yes Derrick Henry is gone. Yes they’re likely losing three defensive linemen to the first round along with their middle linebacker. Yes their defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach is leaving. But we’ve seen this script before, and when has it mattered? The Tide are stocked at every position on the field and until the head coach himself leaves, it won’t matter which of his assistants come and go. [Read more…]

That New Guy at SMU? He Ain’t Big 12… But He Might Be One Day

By Scott Tyner
PSDC Big 12 Expert

Photo Credit: Scripps Media, Inc.

Photo Credit: Scripps Media, Inc.

I know Chad Morris. I grew up with Chad Morris. I worked for Chad Morris. And, I learned what the importance of establishing productive relationships within your organization means as it relates to translating into success. SMU just hired the literal second coming of Art Briles. He may also end up being (for my Big 12 readers) the third coming of Bill Snyder (well, third because there’s already been two for Snyder). What I can tell you about Chad Morris is this: there is not a human being alive that knows better what he wants and what he wants to accomplish in this life; and, there is no one on the planet that is as driven and undistracted as Chad Morris is about going to get what he wants or accomplish his aim. [Read more…]

Big 12 College Football: How Did it Come to This? And What is Going on at the Bottom?

By Scott Tyner
PSDC Big 12 Expert

Inexplicable. Hard to grasp. Confusing. That’s basically the best way I know how to describe what become of the pecking order in Big 12 football this year. We enter November (i.e.: the stretch run) and see that three programs that either played for the title a year ago or won an impressive bowl game are irrelevant. I’m talking to you Texas, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. The “would-be” dominant program (Oklahoma) is far from dominant, and is, in fact, one more conference loss away from the irrelevancy that the previously mentioned teams dwell in. [Read more…]

Big 12 College Football: Coaching Does Matter… Apparently

By Scott Tyner
PSDC Big 12 Expert

I’ve spent time the last couple of weeks on a bit of a tirade in the Big 12. My focus has tended to be concentrated on the many things that could potentially be wrong in Big 12 football. So in an effort to get “right with karma,” I’ve decided to find something good in the Big 12. What is it? Bill Snyder, Bob Stoops, Art Briles and Gary Patterson… those four guys are good at coaching football. And by the way, Mike Gundy and Dana Holgersen are not exactly terrible while Charlie Strong now goes on notice as a “guy with principles that now has to coach some too.” I’m going to attempt to point out what is really good about those four guys mentioned above, and I promise not to call out Kliff, Kansas or Iowa State in the interest of keeping things positive. So, in no particular order, enjoy the greatness of Big 12 coaching:

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1. Bill Snyder, Kansas State- Look people. Let’s keep this simple. Bill Snyder took a 50-year college football loser, in the Midwest, near nothing remotely marketable for big-time college football, and turned them into a perennial top 20 and even occasional top 10 program… TWICE! If you don’t understand how remarkable his tenure has been, then you are simply not a fan of college football. Bill Snyder doesn’t recruit via the prospect rankings or the magazines. He doesn’t recruit athletes or prospects. He recruits “teams.” He knows the type of player he wants on his roster, and then he does something truly amazing… He coaches the “you know what” out of them. Has anyone watched what this year’s K-State team is doing on offense? They are taking the “Tebow Jump Pass” play and have turned it into a scheme. Simply Amazing… I tip my cap yet again, Bill Snyder. [Read more…]

Hey Aggies! You Are Who We Knew You Were

By Scott Tyner
PSDC Big 12 Expert

There is absolutely no shame in it. In fact, there’s an element of honor to it because your sleeve patch suggests something special. But, for all of the borderline fanatics, borderline cultish Aggie fans, welcome to reality. The reality that “No!” you are not an SEC school or SEC program. In fact, you are who we all assumed you would be: A Big 12 school disguised as an SEC program. You… Aggies… Are Arkansas.

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“We ain’t Arkansas!” the Aggie quips. Oh, but in fact you are. Forget the abysmal run the Hogs are on now (but don’t forget that it was you, Ags, that came closest to being the Hog slump buster). Recall the Ryan Mallett days… You know, BPW (Before Petrino Wrecked). The Hogs went to a BCS game and were perennially anywhere from mediocre to pretty decent. No, Aggie fan, your Aggies are, so very Arkansas. You have come into the SEC and actually only accomplished one SEC worthy task in you tenure. That was to beat Alabama in Tuscaloosa. And you produced a Heisman Trophy winner. (BTW: RGIII won the Heisman also… at Baylor). [Read more…]

Get on the Couch, Big 12 Fan… We Are Going to Look at You

By Scott Tyner
PSDC Big 12 Expert

After last week’s thrilling Saturday of Big 12 football (all four games went down to the wire), I marveled at much of the Facebook, Twitter and media fallout and reaction from each fan base after their team’s games. It gave me pause to consider how any fan base could go from “we are number one” to “ we are done” so quickly. That reflection caused me to think about the things I know, the things I’ve seen and the things I perceive about each fan base. So it is with that inspiration that I give you “A basic psychological evaluation of each school’s ‘stereotypical’ fan at the season’s midpoint” … presented to you by a guy who played in the old Big 8, grew up a Longhorn fan and lives in Texas today. The format will be as follows:

1. Stereotypical fan is a fan because…
2. He or she is likely wearing… on Saturday
3. Their team is currently W-L
4. He or She is (Saying/thinking)…

This is going to be fun… And hopefully will upset a lot of people… And please take note: this is your stereotypical fan synopsis… You know… the ones that say they have season tickets but probably don’t. [Read more…]

It’s Officially Mid-Season… So Where Are We Big 12?

By Scott Tyner
PSDC Big 12 Expert

In the absence of anything creative, I have decided to go full cliché in this week’s installment of Big 12 Expertise. That’s right. It’s the Mid-Season Report.  I’ve even got mid-season awards and stuff too. This will be an awesome read. Trust me! So with no further ado:

Where is the Big 12 in the larger picture of college football? [Read more…]

Big 12 College Football: Overshadowed

By Scott Tyner
PSDC Big 12 Expert

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It has been really difficult to come up with a relevant Big 12 football topic this week. I hope you will all excuse my absence last week while I was enjoying OSU’s Thursday night win over Texas Tech. But, as I returned home, I have labored for a thought. Week by week, I find it easy to center on a topic and consequently blabber and puke prose upon the Project Shanks populous. But, this week was different. It was hard. Nothing popped into my brain. Then it hit me! I couldn’t come up with anything because the Big 12 news of the week and the schedule for the weekend is blown away by… The SEC and “real football.” Charlie Weis got canned. So what? Charlie Strong kicked more dudes out. So what? Oklahoma/TCU and Texas/Baylor both look very intriguing. But! NOT THIS WEEK!!! Overshadowed. Simply stated. My article topic was so obvious that I couldn’t see it. What a weekend for college football fanatics? Let’s look at it: [Read more…]

Big 12 Football: Does Karma Matter? Or Is It Just Stuff?

By Scott Tyner
PSDC Big 12 Expert

I went on a journey over the last week. My “day job” suffered tragedy, controversy, emotions and choices. It was a week about choices in the interest of the greater good versus the ego. It inspired me to some introspection which over the weekend gave way to some “outrospection” (not a word). What I was inspired to consider was to think back over the last few years and apply many of the things we’ve witnessed in the Big 12 and ask the question, “Does karma matter?” My efforts today are confusing even for me, and my goal is to force a thought and maybe even a smile.

Charlie Strong and the Horns:

I want to first applaud Coach Strong. He has taken an approach in Austin to do things the right way with the right people. He’s trying to instill pride and self discipline in a program that had gotten submerged in its own arrogance. The issue is, however, in trying to instill pride and self discipline, he has lost players. By losing players, he has lost games. By losing games, he risks losing recruits to A&M, OU, etc. By losing recruits, he greatly decreases his chances for success. It’s too early to tell, but my guess is that it will take a great deal of good “karma” for Charlie to get the Horns going. It is uphill from here, and I like what he is attempting, but he may be attempting to cultivate a “white hat” team in a “black hat” world. [Read more…]

Big 12 College Football: Be Worried If…

By Scott Tyner
PSDC Big 12 Expert

It’s only one week in, so I don’t think it’s necessary to sound the big alarms. In fact, I would not even suggest to any fan base in the Big 12 to hit the panic button just yet. However, there are some of you that definitely need to locate the panic button or the Band Wagon “Emergency Exits” and just know where those types of things are. All in all, the Big 12 got off to good start in my humble opinion. The good teams were good. The bad teams were either bad or not as bad as I thought. And, hey, our preseason No. 5 Big 12 team took the defending champs and preseason nationally anointed to the gun. So, here’s to you Big 12. But! I did see a few things out there this week that compelled me to alert a few of the fan bases to some potential oncoming issues. With no further ado:

Be Worried If… [Read more…]

What Does Your Season Opener Say About You?

By Scott Tyner
PSDC Big 12 Expert

The Big 12 Psychiatrist Breaks It Down

It’s time!!! No more 1’s versus 1’s. No more half shell. No more Inter-squad. It’s time for your favorite Big 12 football programs to lace it up against someone else this week. As I perused the slate, it occurred to me that the season opening schedule said a lot of different things to me from a ton of different perspectives. Let me put the programs on the couch and break it down.

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“Let’s Keep Big Money Happy and Sell Tickets for a Sure Win” Category

Let’s begin with TCU, Texas Tech and Kansas State. All three are opening at home. All three are playing down a division into D-II or whatever they are calling it these days. TCU vs. Samford, Tech vs. Central Arkansas and Kansas State vs. Stephen F. Austin are the openers for these powerhouse programs. [Read more…]

Finally… Your Big 12 Expert Returns

By Scott Tyner
PSDC Big 12 Expert

Wait no more….your weekly dose of Big 12 expertise has returned. After an extensive summer of doing absolutely next to no (that’s zero) research, I present to you the five easiest things to predict in the 2014 edition of Big 12 football.

1. Playoffs… Schmlayoffs- Yes, college football has a new playoff system. No, the Big 12 will not win the national championship. That’s like almost a fact. Why? First of all, not even OU (who looks to be pretty good) is good enough to traverse the Big 12 schedule unscathed… [Read more…]