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Big 12’s true test comes in the next two weeks

by Berry Tramel Published: December 24, 2008
ntucky won at Louisville 27-2. Arkansas beat Tulsa 30-23.

Not a big difference. Give a little edge to the SEC for Florida’s road win at Tallahassee and a little edge to the Big 12 for OU’s wins over top-15 teams at home.

But do you see what I mean? The power of the Big 12 (and the SEC, too, for that matter) is inflated. The true test comes in the next two weeks, when the league starts playing quality competition at neutral fields.

OU-Florida. Texas-Ohio State. Tech-Ole Miss. OSU-Oregon. Missouri-Northwestern. Nebraska-Clemson. Kansas-Minnesota.

Win four of those games, and the Big 12 will have done OK. Win five, particularly if it’s the Big Bowl, and the league can strut its stuff. But win only two or three and lose the Big Bowl?

Well, that will end all talk about the Big 12’s reputation as the best conference in college football.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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