Welcome to the HCS Massive 12 Mailbag. This mailbag is for all of the soccer junkies drawn to the Massive 12 college who not solely have questions on your group however the different groups within the convention as effectively. So, be part of me, seize a chilly brew or your favourite drink and calm down whereas I reply all 12 large questions in my mail bag. This week I obtained just a few questions from Twitter and Fb for my mailbag.
I wish to thank each certainly one of you who submitted a query this week and for tonight’s favourite drink? You simply need to see for your self.
@mat_with2ts_ asks: If Iowa State beats Baylor this weekend, do you assume they may lastly have the elusive 10-win season for the primary time? Or is the massive 12 firms nonetheless unsure?
duke: Let me begin by saying that I believe this Iowa State group is so much underrated. I do know they misplaced tons of manufacturing a 12 months in the past, however there’s so much to love about this group. Protection is strong as at all times beneath John Hickok, however the assault is what has shocked me a bit to date. Hunter Dekkers has been glorious to date this season within the quarterback along with his fast firing, large arm, and fast choice making. As well as, the weapons assist him within the scrolling sport with Jaylin Noel and Xavier Hutchinson as effectively. And solely this previous weekend we noticed this operating sport start as Jirehl Brock appears to be like to take cost of that yard.
With that mentioned, I am undecided if I should purchase ten Iowa wins. In the event that they win this weekend, that places them in a 4-0 tie however they nonetheless need to play in Kansas, Kansas State, Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma. I may see eight or perhaps even 9 victories within the Hurricanes, however I wasn’t ten but.
thomas_hembry asks: Who’s going to step into the world and do a greater sporting service to symbolize the Massive 12?
duke: Not being impolite right here, however does it actually matter? I do not assume the Massive 12 cares who needs to broadcast the convention so long as the cash is true. Whether or not it is Fox, CBS, ESPN, Amazon, Apple, or no matter, the corporate that will get the appropriate to broadcast or broadcast Massive 12 video games would be the one which pays probably the most. Everyone knows that is all about cash and the 12 large firms will do every little thing they’ll to get probably the most cash. Sorry to be frank, however that is how I really feel about it.
@CMack0507 asks: What are the possibilities of Neil Brown’s job developing on Monday? Even when he wins, does this solely delay the inevitable or does he have a authentic likelihood to stay the coach subsequent season? As a result of I see, at greatest, perhaps three conferences win.
duke: Certainly in my thoughts, Neil Brown may have a job on Monday. I wrote an article final week about the price of getting him kicked out of West Virginia. If he was expelled earlier than January 1Road In 2023, the college will owe Neil Brown greater than $20 million. After that day, the acquisition fell to $16.4 million. Whereas I agree the long run is bleak for Neil Brown, no matter his document, he is not going to be fired at any level throughout the season for cash. Consider me once I say I used to be actually shocked to learn the way a lot West Virginia owes Neil Brown.
BryanJMetcalf asks: After 3 weeks of matches, what are a few of the starkest issues dealing with groups that must be addressed (if potential) to maneuver ahead into the rest of the season?
duke: There isn’t a good group within the Massive 12 however typically it is onerous to identify evident weaknesses at the beginning of the season. A few of these groups have not been examined a lot in non-conference and we do not know a lot about these groups till group play. However I can attempt to give one weak level from every group.
Kansas, West Virginia: complete protection
TCU and Kansas State: play quarterback
Texas Tech: Midfielder / offensive line
Baylor: extensive future
Texas: Quarterback Well being
Oklahoma State: secondary
Iowa: particular groups
Oklahoma: Truthfully, it is onerous to give you one for sooner.
@simon_wilson24 asks: Can we get the “handshake” trophy for the Iowa/Baylor State sport?
duke: On this case, anybody wonders if that is the picture Simon is referring to.
It is for Matt Campbell and Matt Roll after the 2018 sport. Pretty much as good as this image was, I believe a unique trophy must be introduced to the winner of this sport.
The trophy must be the tent form of the notorious 2019 sport of Waco. It was sizzling as hell exterior, and Iowa wasn’t in a position to make use of a tent for shade on their facet that was baking within the solar. The winner should take the trophy and the loser of the match have to be on any sideline that’s in direct daylight with no tents for subsequent 12 months’s match. Somebody made it occur.