Welcome to the HCS Massive 12 Mailbag. This mailbag is for all of the soccer junkies drawn to the Massive 12 faculty who not solely have questions on your crew however the different groups within the convention as effectively. So, be a part of me, seize a chilly brew or your favourite drink and calm down whereas I reply all 12 huge questions in my mail bag. This week I obtained a number of questions from Twitter and Fb for my mailbag.
I wish to thank every one among you who submitted a query this week and for tonight’s favourite drink? You simply should see for your self.
@mat_with2ts_ asks: If Iowa State beats Baylor this weekend, do you suppose they may lastly have the elusive 10-win season for the primary time? Or are the massive 12 corporations nonetheless unsure?
duke: Let me begin by saying that I believe this Iowa State crew is quite a bit underrated. I do know they misplaced tons of manufacturing a 12 months in the past, however there’s quite a bit to love about this crew. Protection is stable as all the time beneath John Hickok, however the assault is what has stunned me a bit to this point. Hunter Dekkers has been glorious to this point this season within the quarterback along with his fast firing, huge arm, and fast resolution 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 unsure if I should buy ten Iowa wins. In the event that they win this weekend, that places them in a 4-0 tie however they nonetheless should play in Kansas, Kansas State, Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma. I might see eight or possibly even 9 victories within the Hurricanes, however I wasn’t ten but.
thomas_hembry asks: Who’s going to step into the sector and do a greater sporting service to characterize the Massive 12?
duke: Not being impolite right here, however does it actually matter? I do not suppose 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 precise 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 huge corporations will do every part they will 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 reputable probability to stay the coach subsequent season? As a result of I see, at finest, possibly three conferences win.
duke: Indubitably in my thoughts, Neil Brown could 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 1Avenue In 2023, the varsity 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 report, he won’t be fired at any level throughout the season for cash. Consider me after I say I used to be actually shocked to learn how a lot West Virginia owes Neil Brown.
BryanJMetcalf asks: After 3 weeks of matches, what are a number of the starkest considerations going through groups that should be addressed (if potential) to maneuver ahead into the rest of the season?
duke: There isn’t any excellent crew within the Massive 12 however generally it is exhausting to identify evident weaknesses at first 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 crew play. However I can attempt to give one weak level from every crew.
Kansas, West Virginia: complete protection
TCU and Kansas State: play quarterback
Texas Tech: Midfielder / offensive line
Baylor: huge future
Texas: Quarterback Well being
Oklahoma State: secondary
Iowa: particular groups
Oklahoma: Truthfully, it is exhausting to provide you with 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 special trophy ought to be introduced to the winner of this sport.
The trophy needs to be a tent form from the notorious 2019 sport of Waco. It was scorching as hell outdoors, and Iowa wasn’t ready to make use of a tent for shade on their aspect that was baking within the solar. The winner should take the trophy and the loser of the match should be on any sideline that’s in direct daylight with no tents for subsequent 12 months’s match. Somebody made it occur.