For a conference that has made headlines since the offseason, the Big 12 continues to make waves in week 5. Here’s what we know about the Big 12 heading into week 6.
The BYU Cougars got their first win over a Big 12 opponent, but it was against another newcomer in the conference. Although Cincinnati reached the College Football Playoffs 2-years ago, that Bearcats team is long gone. The Cougars won, but they haven’t proven anything.
With that being said, all the other newcomers except for BYU took a loss. UCF allowed Baylor to comeback after being down 35-7 to stun them 36-35. Houston played great in the first half and then took a nap in the second against Texas Tech. So far, the newcomers are 1-7 combined against the veterans.
#12 Oklahoma and #3 Texas look like the cream of the crop. The winner of the week 6 Red River Rivalry will be in the driver seat to the College Football Playoffs. It’s fitting that the last year with Texas and Oklahoma in the Big 12 these two are undefeated.
The Big 12 isn’t weak compared to years prior, but the Big 12 hasn’t gotten stronger with the new additions. It doesn’t help that TCU was stepped on in week 1 and again by West Virginia in week 5.
The Mountaineers are good for the Big 12, but against top tier competition they’re average.
We must ask ourselves what this conference can do against the other conferences when the College Football Playoffs expand.?