In this week's Big 12 Twitter mailbag, we discuss expansion, what would happen if I were in charge of the playoff and some of the best names in the conference.
On to the 'bag:
Trotter: Kansas State LB Charmeachealle Moore, Baylor WR Lynx Hawthorne and Texas Tech QB Jett Duffey.
@Jake_Trotter what are the top 3 best names in the Big 12? (player or coach)- Kyle Marcus (@KyleLMarcus) April 14, 2016
Trotter: It might be, but I was with Snyder earlier in the week, and he's still going plenty strong even at 76. Big 12 title dark horse might be pushing it. But I definitely believe the Wildcats could be a threat to finish in the top half of the league with improved quarterbacking.
@Jake_Trotter is this Bill Snyder's last year!? Kstate darkhorse in big 12 title race with decent Qb play?- Chris McLain (@chrismclain10) April 14, 2016
Trotter: Too early for predictions, but at some point, Oklahoma is going to show up for that game, right? Texas has outplayed the Sooners across the board three straight years now.
@Jake_Trotter what's your prediction for this year's red river game?- Elliot Withers (@ElliotHWithers) April 14, 2016
Trotter: Yes, it's been rather quiet lately regarding expansion, but that is about to change with spring meetings coming in May. A few things to point out: The Big 12 could vote to expand this summer but wait months to decide on who to add. Expansion could lead to an extension of the league's granting of TV rights by several more years (they expire in 2025), which obviously would help stabilize the league in the immediate future. And as far as potential expansion candidates, one school I keep hearing as a real contender, should the Big 12 expand, is the University of Connecticut. BYU and Cincinnati, among others, seem like obvious favorites. But Connecticut could be a real factor in the discussion should things heat up this summer.
@Jake_Trotter Seems like the B12 is really giving expansion its due diligence and keeping it quiet. (1/2)- Alex Apyan (@AeroApe51) April 14, 2016
Trotter: Hopefully soon, Jenn! I was in Manhattan this past week, but unfortunately didn't have a chance to stop by. To you lay people out there, Nelson's Landing is a restaurant in Leonardville, Kansas, owned and operated by the family of former K-State great Jordy Nelson. And yes, the pie is no joke.
@Jake_Trotter when are ya coming back to Nelson's Landing for some pie?? 🙂- Jenn MacFadyen (@ehcanuckATC) April 14, 2016
Trotter: Uh, yes. Um, it was fun. Not right now, no. Zero fun, sir.
@Jake_Trotter do you think football is fun?- ZK (@zkmavz) April 14, 2016
Trotter: If I were the CFP czar, we'd have an eight-team playoff, comprising the champs of the Power 5 conferences, two at-large teams and then the Group of 5 team ranked the highest. I would stage the first four games on home sites then play the semis and title game in the bowls, like they do now. And to those of you objecting that would be too many games for the players, I would contract the regular season back to 11 games, with apologies to those of you out there who enjoy seeing Alabama play Charleston Southern every year. How could anyone be against my format, which allows every team in college football to earn its way into the playoff? Maybe they should make me the playoff czar.
@Jake_Trotter A lot of talk lately of making a more uniform process to reach CFP, what, if any, change would you make to the current system?- Storm Lineberger (@StormLineberger) April 14, 2016
Trotter: I'm fairly certain the Aggies would find some way to duck that matchup -- just like they did Texas Tech last year.
@Jake_Trotter how exciting would it be if Oklahoma ended up playing Texas a&m in a bowl next year?- DEPUTY FROGLEGS (@deputyfroglegs) April 14, 2016