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Coach Mack Brown: “I think right now this league race down the stretch is going to be the most exciting it’s ever been in our league.”
Well it’s time to buckle up and grab a frio light because the Baylor Bears are about to give you a November to Remember.
The league is the Big 12 and the Bears are currently the only undefeated overall team at 7-0 with the OU Sooners as -14 point underdogs ready to party in Waco on Thursday night.
So what about this league race is going to be exciting? Many people believe that Baylor is unproven because of it’s schedule thus far. As much as I have the need to rant about that, so far, the bears have played the #6, #7, #9 & #10 teams in the Big 12. So let’s just leave it at that.
Why does Mack Brown say this league race will be exciting?
- From a Baylor perspective, every game is going to be an opportunity for the bears to prove their worthiness of the Big 12 title and to hopefully get into the national title conversation.
- The Big 12 top half (Who we have yet to play) is looking stronger each week.
- Floyd Casey has taken her tarp off!
- Barry Patterson sweats even more after joining the Big 12.
- There’s always a possibility of Case McColt doing this.
- Kliff Princebury’s offense is good. Kind of. Well, not anywhere close to Baylor’s. But Kliff is good looking and the Raiderland likes him.
HALLOWEEN HAS COME AND GONE, but here’s what should strike fear into your green and gold (and black?) heart if you see it on Thursday night.
- The OU Sooners’ are snapping the ball with 0.5 seconds on the play clock like the Dallas Cowboys. Make no mistake about it, this will be a huge part of OU’s game-plan unless they get down by a couple of touchdowns.
- If this Blake Bell does this to Baylor’s defense.
- If this guy is on the sideline to will his team to a victory.
- If you see someone wearing Gold shirts instead of the blackout gear.
- If you don’t hear “jump-around” at least 6 times in the first half.
Enough of the scary stuff.
This is why you should wake up Thursday morning with your blackout shirt on, your fridge full of Frio, and a green and gold smile on your face.
- You made morning pre-victory love to your wife.
- Baylor’s defense is ranked 6th in the country in scoring defense.
- This guy backs the quarter for OU.
- Tevin Reese remembers having zero catches last year at OU.
- OU remembers this happened the last time they were here. Floyd Casey is a dark place (blackout joke).
- OU’s team and fans were told that Baylor is favored by -14 points.
- You can drink Frio light and shake hands with the bears at the “March of the Bears!” SIMULTANEOUSLY!
- In a giddy, joyful, frio-light induced haze you will take your #blackout shirt off and run on to the field and you’ll begin to cry, but you’ll open your wet eyes to see this glorious sight and then you’ll begin to cry again.
YOUR NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER BEGINS THURSDAY NIGHT.
**We will provide your in-depth, statistical, analytical preview each week before each game. Sic em’! And go ahead and take Friday off, your going to need it to recover from all of this Green, Gold, and Black Baylor glory that your heart and soul is going to consume Thursday night. And, the Frio your that your liver will try to consume as well.
Grab a Frio Light or your drink of choice and get through hump-day with some WorldWideWeblinkWednesday (also known as “Quadruple Dubya” or “Quad Dub”).
Organized vertically from MUST-READ to IF YOU HAVE TIME
- GIF filled article from Grantland about “The Architect” Art Briles, some nuances of his offense, and Brilesism like this one.
“The biggest thing in the success of our offense is the tempo at which we played,” explained Briles at a recent clinic. “I want to be the fastest team in America as far as the number of times we snap the ball. People do not pay money to come to a game and watch a slowdown offense. If they go to the restroom, I want them to come back and say, ‘What happened while I was gone?’ They will miss something if they leave the game. When we have the ball, we will do something with it. You only get 12 possessions a game, and we want to get our money’s worth.”
- Bowl Win Sparks Baylor Defense over at ESPN Big 12 blog on Baylor’s defense with good quotes from the players.
“I think people noticed that we’re changing the culture here at Baylor,” McAllister said. “This is becoming a really good football team and one that people should take notice of.”
- GIF recap of Saturday’s game from Iowa State blog.
“Because nobody has time for words and analysis, here’s some GIFs to explain what happened in Iowa State’s embarrassing outing in Waco.”
- Haters reasoning for “Why The Bears Won’t Go Undefeated.”
“All those blowout wins resulted in the Bears receiving a No. 8 ranking in the first BCS standings. Baylor is fun to watch and all, but it’s terrorized a group of opponents who, simply put, aren’t all that good.”
- How Many Heisman Candidates Can Be on One Team? I don’t know, but I like articles like this.
“Baylor football has put up some mind-boggling offensive statistics in 2013. Through six games, its second-lowest output is 69 points. Those numbers have left the Bears with something not too many teams have ever been able to claim—four legitimate Heisman contenders halfway through a season.”
- I think CBSsports.com likes CAB for coach of the year and it might be hard to believe, but so do I.
“There’s a lot of different ways to skin a cat,” Briles said. “You use the knife you feel best about.”
- Baylor Lariat is picking up what the bear’s defense is putting down. Talking defensive turnovers.
“I think the biggest difference between last year and this year is just the maturity of our defense,” Lackey said. “Everybody knows where to be and when to be there. I think that’s most important, taking little steps and little edges and being able to execute.”
- Briles talks about the home crowd and playing on the road in this week’s press conference.
“What have we done? We’ve played six games and everybody else has played seven or eight. We’ve played six and been fortunate enough to win six and that’s it.”
-Oh yeah. Eddie Lackey was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week for the time in his career.
“Besides leading BU with eight total stops, Lackey also had a team-high five solo tackles. He produced one sack and 1.5 tackles for loss, which resulted in 12 yards of losses for ISU.”
- Athlon Sports says the Bears are atop the Big 12 in their power rankings and gives the defensive coordinator of the week to Phil Bennett. I like Phil.
TUESDAY’S TRULY QUOTABLE QUESTIONS
We attempt to answer the hard questions about Baylor football that nobody else will in a succinct, mostly rational, and peer-reviewed way.
- Does Bryce Petty have a girlfriend?
No he doesn’t. He has girlfriends. That’s girlfriend plural. Do you want to be one?
- Will Art Briles go to Texas?
Yes. He is planning on going to Texas next year with Bryce Petty in tow. And he will outscore them by 50 points.
- Will Baylor play in the national championship?
Yes. Even though BCS computers dont like us. Lache Seastrunk has an Xbox 360 and he will absolutely abuse Oregon.
- Will Jon Wilner put Baylor in the top 10?
- Will Baylor cover the 36 pt spread against Kansas on Saturday?
In spite of what your elementary teacher who you had a crush on told you, there ARE dumb questions. Baylor was a 33 point favorite against Iowa State and ended up covering that spread by an additional 31 points. Baylor is 5-1 against the spread this year. Betting Baylor is fun.
FRIO LIGHT/VICTORY LOVE/IOWA STATE/BCS MONDAY MUSINGS
Iowa State 7
#2 Florida St.
#4 Ohio St.
#10 Texas Tech
Amidst all of the griping and complaining about Baylor’s #8 BCS ranking released last night, we begin another football week by looking back at what Coach Briles and the team actually can control, the game against Iowa state on Saturday.
The truly great teams absolutely dominate their lesser opponents and we should know because for so many years Baylor was the recipient of just the kind of dominating game that you saw on Saturday evening. In the midst of my Frio Light induced buzz I realized that I am not sure how to handle being the dominating team. Here is the process I went through watching Baylor dominate Iowa St.
- Savor it.
- Grab another Frio Light.
- Wait for the backups to get in.
- Hope I get on the kiss-cam.
- Awe at Baylor’s special teams.
- Another Frio Light.
- Thank the Lord in a moment of prayer for Phil Bennett.
- Swoon in the presence of Art Briles’ voice on the postgame.
- Attempt to grab another Frio Light only to come back with icy cold, wet, empty hands. (Sure sign of a good Baylor night)
- Make sweet Baylor victory love to my wife
A TRAUMATIC PAST:
How many times have we been on the nasty side of games like this? If your a new Baylor fan, then you don’t know the heartbreak and ineptitude with which Baylor played the game of football for so long. These kind of beat-downs haven’t really happened under Coach Briles but if you go back to 2007:
Baylor at Kansas 58-10
Baylor at Kansas St. 13-51
Oklahoma St. at Baylor 45-14
How about 2005:
Texas Tech at Baylor 28-0
Texas at Baylor 62-0
And in 2004:
Baylor at Alabama Birmingham 14-56
Calamity of 2003:
Baylor at UNT 14-52
It’s a weird kind of nice, good feeling to be on the victorious end of these beat-downs EVERY WEEK. It’s weird because I don’t know what to do with it. Kind of like my wife saying “I want you to spend all the money we have so that we can get loge seating in the new stadium, and I want you to take our car and your friends to all of the away football games this year, enjoy all the bars and all the food.” (By the way that didn’t happen) It’s nice but I don’t know what to do with it. Other than write this blog.
INITIAL BCS RANKINGS- BAYLOR #8
In case your wondering here is a very simplified version of how it’s calculated:
1/3 of TOTAL BCS score comes from Harris Interactive Poll (115 voters nominated by all D-1 football conferences)
1/3 of TOTAL BCS score comes from USA Today/Coaches Poll (62 head coaches of Bowl Subdivision Schools, including our own Art Briles, Mike Gundy Ok. State, Dana Holgerson WVU, Kliff Klingsbury TTU, and Bob Stoops OU)
1/3 of TOTAL BCS score comes from Computer rankings (6 computer polls as follows: Anderson & Hester, Richard Billingsley, Colley Matrix, Kenneth Massey, Jeff Sagarin’s USA Today, and Peter Wolfe)
*If your weird and want more than this then click on: http://www.bcsknowhow.com/bcs-formula
Harris poll has Baylor #5
Coaches poll has Baylor #5
Computer poll has Baylor #12
Without delving further, it’s easy to assume the computer’s don’t like us because of our “Strength of Schedule” but it’s worth noting that somehow it doesn’t mind Stanford’s loss to unranked Utah just last week. Go figure. At least humans like us.
BAD NEWS BUT MORE GOOD NEWS
The bad news is, there lots of good undefeated teams in front of us that don’t look to lose games anytime soon. The good news is, this is college football and teams that look they aren’t going to lose, actually do lose. Another piece of good news is, Baylor has it’s first BCS ranking of all time in the initial BCS ranking release. The other good news is Baylor’s SOS is only going to go up from this point on although I don’t see the Human Polls getting too much better unless someone loses ahead of us (Which is why we jumped so much this week). The last piece of good news is that we have an offense that is absolutely freaking ridiculous for real, and Baylor is getting lots of praise these days for being a fast, opportunistic defense. And I lied, the final piece of good news is we have Art Briles.
I just lied twice, the best good news is that I see many more Frio Lights and Art Briles swooning in my future. And Baylor victory love-makings with my wife too.
Baylor football is seriously GOOD! But here is the problem with most Baylor football guys. Your obsession with all things Baylor football grows in simultaneous proportion with Baylor football goodness. Grows to the point of, let’s face it, ridiculousness. And, as a result, you might be facing relationship problems with your wife/girlfriend because of your obsession with all things Baylor football. I want you to know that I am here for you. And by here for you, I mean I am here to make sure that your Baylor football experience is not interrupted by your wife/girlfriend and that it is enjoyed to the maximum extent. After all, there is only ONE football season per year (and there’s only ONE basketball season too, but we’ll address that in basketball season).
Here are some common traits of the Baylor football guy with wife/girlfriend probs:
- Injecting Baylor football players into every conversation with said wife/girlfriend.
Wife/GF: “Honey, what do you want for dinner?”
Baylor guy: “I don’t know because Tevin Reese ate my lunch.”
Wife/GF: “Honey, how was your day today at work?”
Baylor guy: “I’ll tell you about putting in work. Bryce Petty has better stats so far than Robert Griffin did his heisman year!”
Wife/GF: “Can you do the laundry please today?”
Baylor guy: “I will. AFTER I watch Coach Briles spit golden football quotes out of his mouth at the press conference”
- Rewatching Baylor football games on youtube multiple times that you saw live in person or on TV.
Wife/GF: “What are you going to see that you haven’t seen in the previous 3 viewings of the Kansas State game?”
Baylor guy: “Well funny you ask because I just saw Cyril Richardson absolutely dominated that linebacker on Glasco’s TD run in the 4th quarter! Good lord that guy is a beast.”
- Admitting that you have a man-crush on Art Briles.
Baylor guy: “Do we have anymore highlighters? My highlighter ran out halfway through Art Briles’ new book.”
- You sports-cry when Baylor’s pregame video play in the stadium with the team coming out and when you watch it on youtube at home.
Baylor guy: (Sports-tear falling down face) “I love that scene when they are jumping around with the down-syndrome kid that helps the team. These are great kids and I love this team.”
Wife/GF: “Please tell me you aren’t crying about Baylor football. You didn’t even cry in the movie Warrior!”
Baylor guy: “Leave me alone!! This is a special team with a special coach and special players! Don’t ruin it!”
Here are some ideas for Baylor guy in handling your growing obsession:
- Make a romantic dinner full on with candles, put on your best baylor gear, and for the love of Baylor university shave your face. Write a poem about your love for her but that you need to be you! AND YOU are a Baylor fan.
The following example is provided for your guidance:
Roses are red, violets are blue
I made this BA dinner for you
Sugar is sweet, I want you to know
We are going tailgating
then watching the Antwan Goodley show!
- Leave sweet little love notes in her car or where she gets ready.
“Baby you look so fine, almost as good as our golden chrome helmets at night”
“I’m so happy to have you in my life, Jan is her name and she is Coach Briles ‘wife”
“Hey Sweety, put this dress on, meet me at the truck at 8am, we are going to tailgate our balls off”
- Make sure she knows that you could have gone to this or that out-of-town game because Buddy X and Buddy Y had a ticket for you but that you decided to stay home and watch the game with her.
This is a good strategy to employ when you’ve had a particularly obsessive Baylor month or three. You still get your fix and she gets to feel like she won!
Baylor guy: “Wow it’s a hostile environment in Manhattan. I’m glad we got a calm collected QB in Bryce Petty and a senior leader in Ahmad Dixon. But my boys are there supporting them, and I’m just glad to be here with you in this smoky bar watching the game with you!” (smiles at Wife/GF)
- Keep winning at life. Your a Baylor guy through and through. Tell your wife how important it is for Baylor to stop the rushing attack, I mean, tell her how important it is to support your university because of the terrible past and how these players, and coaches are trying to build a winner.
Baylor guy: “You know Texas wants to steal Coach Briles right?”
Make no mistake about it. Baylor football needs you, and well, let’s be honest, you need a wife/GF. Same amounts of need. If you follow these steps you will find a lifetime of Baylor bliss and you just might turn your GF into your wife and you’ll be able to walk from your boat into the glorious light of the new Baylor stadium on the brazos with your wedding ring on your left hand, your Baylor ring on your right, and a beautiful Baylor babe (that’s yours) into Baylor Football glory!
Now that the euphoria of another dominating Baylor offensive performance, and a more dominating Baylor DEFENSIVE performance, has had some time to settle in, let’s take a look at how Baylor stacks up historically in bowl games.
Lest we never forget, Baylor’s administration decided to bury the program right at the time the internet and ESPN were exploding and bowl games were expanding to a point where anyone with a pulse qualified. There were several times in the prior 50 years before the Big 12 started that Baylor was bowl eligible, but due to her size or other factors, wasn’t invited to a bowl game.
Baylor is now 10-9 all time in bowl games. Some of these factoids may shock you. Keep this in mind when someone tries to tell you Baylor has no football tradition.
We’ve played in 19 bowl games, more than the following:
- Vanderbilt (7)
- Rutgers (7)
- Duke (9)
- Indiana (9)
- Wake Forest (10)
- Washington State (10)
- Northwestern (11)
- Iowa State (12)
- Kansas (12)
- Boise State (13)
- Oregon State (14)
- Minnesota (15)
- SMU (15)
- Kentucky (15)
- Mississippi State (16)
- Kansas State (16)
- Arizona (17)
- Louisville (17)
- Purdue (17)
- Illinois (17)
- South Carolina (18)
We’ve won 10 bowl games, greater than or equal to the following, and a few within shouting distance:
- Northwestern (2)
- Vanderbilt (3) – first win this year since 1949
- Duke (3)
- Indiana (3)
- Iowa State (3)
- Minnesota (5)
- Wake Forest (5)
- South Carolina (6)
- Washington State (6)
- Kansas (6)
- SMU (6)
- Kansas State (6)
- Arizona (6)
- Louisville (7)
- Virginia (7)
- Boise St (8)
- Oregon State (8)
- Kentucky (8)
- Illinois (8)
- Houston (8)
- Purdue (9)
- Virginia Tech (9)
- Cal (10)
- Air Force (10)
- Oregon (10)
- Wisconsin (11)
- Stanford (11)
- Maryland (11)
- Colorado (12)
- Texas Tech (13)
- TCU (13)
- Missouri (13)
- North Carolina (13)
- BYU (13)
- Arkansas (13)
- Texas A&M (14)
- Notre Dame (15)
1) Michigan, as always, is way overrated. Denard Robinson is a very poor man’s Robert Griffin. There’s really no comparison. He’s more on Terelle Pryor’s level.
2) Can someone tell me why Texas is ranked #15? I heard a couple of announcers say something to the effect of “Texas is the only Big 12 school with an SEC defense”. What? As I type this, they’re only up 31-14 on Wyoming (who gifted them 14 points on turnovers) and have given up 315 yards of offense in 3 quarters. They may win this game. They still don’t have an offense that anyone will fear
I also like the fact that Texas’ slogan this year is “Rise”. Often imitated, never duplicated, they steal one from Baylor from a couple of years ago. I thought Mack Brown just waited for Briles to make offers to determine what the good ideas are.
3) Kansas State takes forever to get started. SEC homers like to brag about how they beat the 2nd best team in the Big 12 and shut down their offense. KState probably had about the 7th best offense in the Big 12 last year. They got rolling late in this game, but with experience on the offensive side of the ball, I expected them to come out a little sharper against directional Missouri school.
4) Oklahoma State – you should be embarassed. 1) Classless. 2) WTF? 3) Classless. Get off my blog. I’m done with you this week.
5) Alabama made me bookoo $$$. 13 point favorites? Yep. Gettin paper
6) While I would much rather play Iowa State in Waco (we are, in fact, apparently their most hated rival, although no one south of the Red River knows that – these people serrrrrrriiiiiiiooooousssssllly HATE BAYLOR), after watching this game, I’m not as concerned as I was. Oh and Cody Green sucks.
7) Florida is, well, suspect at best so far. Bowling Green? Really? Who’s biggest claim to fame is Orel Hershisher? SEC SEC SEC!!!!
Due to hurricane Isaac, we have to wait a whole nuther week to see the aggies trot out their 4 Heisman pre-season favorites (2 of them are on defense!). The hurricane may have actually kept the aggies undefeated a week longer than expected.
9) How will Nick Florence look tomorrow? Will Bill Bennett be able to show improvement on the defensive side of the ball? Baylor plays the most compelling Big 12 pre-conference matchup. Says a lot about the state of college football scheduling to manufacture bowl games.
Oh and Robert Griffin III, as the most highly compensated NFL rookie in endorsements in NFL history, is an absolute gold mine for Baylor. I enjoyed watching him in his Baylor uniform in the background of the CBS set all day along with his never ending list of commercials.
Briles brings the sizzle. Can’t wait for this season to start.
It will forever be known as the Year of the Bear. Baylor is the new leader in the club house and will look to pile up more wins as the baseball season progress as it becomes the new standard bearer for the NCAA as it’s winningest season in history continues.
The 2011-2012 season has been one of the ages for Baylor. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are aware that Baylor has been chasing down the winningest season in NCAA history for a couple of months now. Texas had the previous all-time record in 2003-2004 with 123 wins in the 4 major sports.
With today’s pummeling of KState, Baylor now sits atop the NCAA throne as the winningest program in a single season of all time.
Men’s Basketball 30-8
Women’s Basketball 40-0
Baseball 44-13 (and counting…)
For those that aren’t from Texas or Big 12 country, you may not be aware of the nationally solid programs Baylor has built in the spring sports for more than a decade now.
With women’s basketball being nationally prominent throughout most of the 2000s and men’s basketball being a major national player the last several years, the last remaining cog required to reach this level of immortal athletic greatness was football.
The hiring of Art Briles 4 years ago, the construction of one of the top on campus practice facilities in the nation, the hiring of elite Defensive Coordinator Phil Bennett, a Heisman tropy and a 10 win season in 2011 has built immeasurable momentum and helped propel Baylor as the new NCAA standard for greatness in a single season.
Just when you think it couldn’t get any better, the Baylor Big Fish announce they are funding the creation of what will likely be one of the top 2 or 3 most scenic stadiums in the nation. Nestled on the Brazos river, overlooking the amazingly scenic and serene Baylor University campus, the stadium is currently scheduled to open for the 2014 season.
The Year of the Bear has been unprecedented. As we watched some of our conference brethren destabilize the conference in the hopes of destroying it, and ultimately realize they weren’t as big as they thought, while showing the world they were incapable of working out their differences with their century-long rivals, all Baylor did was this:
When you do that, you don’t worry about things like the LHN network which nobody watches. You go and get your own network. I like to call it BSPN – Baylor Sports Programming Network, as coverage of Baylor ran non-stop for months, nation-wide.
What an amazing time to be a Baylor alum, student, athlete and fan. When you’re the winningest program the NCAA has ever had, you can proudly say:
This year has been quite interesting from a human behavior standpoint. Alumni from other schools have literally disappeared when the discussion of Baylor comes about. Baylor, with a couple more wins, will become the winningest school in NCAA history for a single season in the four major sports, eclipsing what Texas accomplished in 2002-2003.
If you can get someone from another school to talk sports with you, they generally try to turn the conversation to how anyone can get lucky one year. Of course, when you mention that they’ve likely been at it the same 120 years or so that Baylor has and never been able to do it, the conversation quickly goes silent.
Regardless, as much as I am proud of Baylor’s top to bottom accomplishments this year, football is the bell cow. That is the foundation your entire sports program has to be built on. President Sloan and former Athletic Director Tom Stanton had no clue about this and destroyed a once proud football program in no less than a couple of years.
The 20 years prior to the Big 12 being created in 1994 (and then starting in 1996), Baylor had the 28th winningest “BCS” (if you will, since BCS didn’t exist then) football program in the nation. Put that in your pipe and smoke it all you Ann Richards conspiracy theorists. By the way, for perspective, Texas Tech had the 45th winningest program and Baylor, over more than half a century, had won 67% of the games played between Baylor and Texas Tech. However, in this age of propaganda, we all know you can’t let facts get in the way of anything. It’s all about who speaks the loudest.
All that said, one measure of a football program and it’s ability to develop and produce talent is NFL first round draft picks. Certainly this isn’t the only measure, but it’s a pretty telling one. Just wait until you see the numbers below. For those that want to argue, well, next year Baylor is going to suck because RG3 is gone, don’t realize that, apparently in the dark of night, Baylor is starting to become a talent producing machine. This is no one hit wonder. The following numbers don’t lie.
Baylor and Alabama are the only 2 schools in the nation to produce multiple 1st round draft picks in each of the last two NFL drafts.
Also, there are only 2 schools, yes all of TWO schools, in the nation that have produced more NFL 1st round draft picks than Baylor has in the Art Briles era (drafts 2009 – 2012).
Here’s the data in all it’s glory. Congratulations Baylor administration for finally realizing, in 2008, that you have to putthe money into the one program that can make or break your entire university. This investment has helped build a national brand that silences the critics. Baylor Nation should be proud:
In case you missed some of these details:
Oklahoma – 4 (all in 1 year, 2010)
Texas – 2 (all those top 5 recruiting classes produced 2 1st rounders)
Texas A&M – 2 (all those top 25 recruiting classes produced the exact same record as Baylor since Briles arrived and only 2 1st rounders)
Texas Tech – 1 (we always knew they had quite a bit of smoke and mirrors going on out there, but still had a solid program given the talent they could get to come out to Lubbock. The hot seat for Tubbs is white hot this season)
TCU – 1 (Definitely a solid program where you must respect what they accomplished. However, they haven’t had a single Strength of Schedule < 80 in the past decade. Will be interesting to see what the next decade looks like for them)
KState – 1
Baylor is not going to be a flash in the pan and, not\w that we’ve kicked the door in, the power shift in the Big 12 is going to be interesting to watch over the next many years. Coaches can no longer negative recruit against Baylor saying tings like, you’ll never be on national tv, you’ll never be a 1st round pick or you’ll never win a Heisman by going to Baylor.
In fact, you may be more likely to do that at Baylor than by going to 95% of the other schools you can choose to take your talents.
Finally, the SEC has produced 32 1st rounders the last 4 years while the Big 12 has produced 24. If the SEC were willing to play the Big 12 a little more, there’s another myth that could be brought a little closer to reality regarding the strength, top to bottom, of the two best football conferences in America.