ARLINGTON – Year after year, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby steps to the microphone first at Big 12 Media Days to talk about the state of the conference, events of the previous year, and exciting aspects of the new season. Normally, the casual fan can gloss over many of the nuts and bolts aspects of the commissioner’s speech, but this year there were several updates provided by the commissioner that normal fans will want to pay attention to.
Things almost got interesting there at the end...again, but then Joseph Ossai won to the QB on a stunt and knocked the ball out for his senior teammate Charles Omenihu to recover and that was that. No more late game shenanigans and hiccups this week as the Longhorns finally put their opponent down and held them there until the clock ran 00:00. My Five Quick Thoughts.
The preseason magazines and pundits like to rank the Big 12 QBs 1-12, and I was tempted to do the same, but I'm not sure how useful that is in helping to understand individual situations, different system requirements, providing context to productivity and statistics, or assessing the role of supporting casts. Is ISU's Kyle Kempt better than Sam Ehlinger? Is KSU's dual-headed QB combo better than TCU's Shawn Robinson? Does anyone know how good Kyler Murray really is and can we tease his numbers out from his supporting cast? So I've broken up the Big 12 QB situations into four groupings that will offer a more holistic view.