- DJ Gallo, ESPN.com
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Big 12 football > SEC football. That’s the implication made by Bob Stoops.
The Oklahoma Sooners head coach seems to believe the Big 12 is where it’s at and alluded to as much to the Tulsa World.
"So [the SEC has] had the best team in college football," Stoops said. "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."
"So you're listening to a lot of propaganda that gets fed out to you," he continued. "You're more than smart enough to figure it out. Again, you can look at the top two, three, four, five, six teams, and you can look at the bottom six, seven, eight, whatever they are. How well are they all doing? What'd we [the Big 12] have, eight of 10 teams in bowl games this year? Again, you figure it all out."
The SEC has had the best college football team for seven years in a row and has the best football players -- the conference just had 63 players taken in the NFL Draft, more than twice the number selected from any other conference – but does that all trump the fact that the Big 12’s worst teams might be slightly better than the SEC’s worst teams?
You tell me. You’re smart enough to figure it out. You figure it all out.
Maybe we should look at some important criteria to determine which conference is superior. Should we? You tell me.
The Heisman winner began his career in the Big 12 in 2011. He was redshirted. You redshirt someone when he’s not good enough to play for you. So Johnny Manziel was not good enough to play in the Big 12.
Then Texas A&M moves to the SEC, and Manziel suddenly suits up and torches the entire conference – including national “champion” Alabama. Manziel wasn’t good enough to play in the Big 12 … yet will go down as one of the greatest players in SEC history. What does that tell you? I’m just asking you. I don’t know. You figure it all out.
Is starting quarterback in the NFL an important job? I don’t know. You tell me. I hear that it is, but you figure it out. Well, if it is, a full quarter of the presumed 2013 starting quarterbacks in the NFL played in the Big 12 or for schools that joined the Big 12: Ryan Tannehill, Geno Smith, Andy Dalton, Brandon Weeden, Blaine Gabbert, Robert Griffin III, Josh Freeman and Sam Bradford. That seems like a lot. Is it a lot? I’m just asking you.
Meanwhile, only five starting quarterbacks in the NFL are from the SEC. Is eight more than five? I feel like it is, but you tell me. You’re smart enough to figure it out.
The Big 12 had four of the Top 10 highest scoring BCS teams in the nation last season. Is it possible to win a football game without scoring? Has a football game ever been won by the score of 0 to minus-1? You tell me. I’m just asking you.
Texas currently has the highest-rated 2014 recruiting class in ESPN’s rankings. Is it good to get the best class of recruits? Does it suggest that a conference is good when a team that went just 5-4 in-conference can reel in the best class in the nation? You tell me.
Three of the first eight picks in the NFL Draft either played the majority of their career in the Big 12 or finished their collegiate career in the Big 12: Luke Joeckel, Lane Johnson and Tavon Austin. No other conference boasted more than two such players. Is that good? I can’t be the one to say. You figure it all out.
The Wildcats were the worst team among all the bottom-feeders in the SEC last season at 2-10 (0-8). After the season they hired someone to turn the program around. They hired Mark Stoops. Is Mark Stoops the brother of Bob Stoops? I’m just asking you. Again, you figure it all out.
Colorado, Missouri and Texas A&M all left the Big 12 conference in recent years. The last time any of those schools won a Big 12 title was in 2001. Does that suggest they left because they couldn’t handle the level of competition in the Big 12? This is just a random question I’m throwing out there. You tell me.
SEC fans chant the name of their conference all the time, whereas Big 12 fans have no such chant. Even the traditional also-rans that haven’t won a BCS title chant “S-E-C!” Does it seem like SEC pride is a desperate attempt to overcompensate for something? Like a guy going through a mid-life crisis buying a sports car? What else could it really be? I’m asking you. Could it be that I’m simply out of random information to cherry-pick to suggest the Big 12 is better than the SEC at football? You’re smart enough to figure it out. You figure it all out.