In this week's Big 12 Twitter mailbag, we discuss the conference's decision to play a championship game without divisions, where West Virginia's playoff chances stand and the best Big 12-themed Halloween costumes.
On to the 'bag:
@Jake_Trotter what is the correct setup for the B12 and how could it have possibly won in the court of public opinion with this CCG setup?
— #1 NFL TEAM FAN (@Moldy78) October 28, 2016
Trotter: I understand why the Big 12 decided what it did Friday. On the surface, it makes sense to guarantee that your two best teams will play in the championship game. But I favored the conference going to divisions for three reasons. (1) It would've punctuated divisional matchups (Bedlam, Texas-Texas Tech, Baylor-TCU) late in the season; those games would've meant more, and in turn, the Big 12 could've scheduled around the clunky potential of a late-season rematch. (2) It would've made a Red River rematch mathematically more likely, provided Texas and Oklahoma were pitted in opposite divisions; a rematch obviously is still possible, but in division form, OU and Texas would've had to beat out four teams to get to the championship game instead of eight they have to now. (3) The divisional format would've protected the regular-season champ to some degree. Chances are, the Big 12 is never going to get two teams into the College Football Playoff. Now, the regular-season champ -- and in most years, the Big 12's only playoff hopeful -- is going to have to play a tougher 13th game than it might have had the Big 12 gone to divisions.
@Jake_Trotter With the hype growing around WVU, how hard will it fall if they lose a game? Or will they sneak out like Ohio State...
— Jevon Hofer 🎃👻 (@RealJevJev) October 27, 2016
Trotter: West Virginia doesn't have nearly the margin of error that Ohio State does. The Big Ten is perceived to be the stronger league, and Ohio State's victory in Norman, Oklahoma, trumps anything West Virginia accomplished in the non-conference, even though the Mountaineers delivered a couple of decent wins (Missouri, BYU).
— Derek Hunter (@DHunt_) October 27, 2016
Trotter: Sugar-free, although I've gotten into the cranberry-flavored Red Bull a little bit lately. I'm mostly a black-coffee guy. But as Dana Holgorsen will attest, sometimes you need something with a little more punch.
@Jake_Trotter Do you think OU's defensive problem is really that bad, or did they plan to simply coast against TTU knowing they'd outscore them?
— Clayton Mitchell (@cheesecakefeast) October 27, 2016
Trotter: OU has given up at least 40 points in four of its past five games. This trend didn't just begin with Texas Tech. The Sooners have major defensive problems.
@Jake_Trotter where do you rank Mahomes among the best QBs nationally?
— Heath Clary (@Heath_Clary) October 27, 2016
Trotter: Patrick Mahomes is no worse than top eight, alongside Lamar Jackson, Jake Browning, Deshaun Watson, J.T. Barrett, Baker Mayfield, Greg Ward Jr. and Jalen Hurts. Jackson is clearly No. 1. After that, Mahomes stacks up well with any of those other six quarterbacks. Wins will be the only thing that keeps him from keeping to New York.
@Jake_Trotter Does Joe Mixon go pro after this season?
— Stephen (@SDuke108) October 27, 2016
Trotter: I think the chances are pretty good. I had one scout tell me earlier this month that Joe Mixon was the Big 12's top pro prospect for the 2017 draft, even though the scout said he might not go in the first round due to off-the-field reasons. If that video gets released, it will do nothing but hurt his draft stock. For that reason, I imagine Mixon would want to sign his first pro contract as soon as possible.
@Jake_Trotter How do you plan to celebrate the WVU Big12 championship?
— Tommy Gwinn (@gwinnUSAF77) October 27, 2016
Trotter: I'll have to think about that. My wife wouldn't be happy if I burned our living-room couch.
@Jake_Trotter Who has the inside track for Baylor HC job?
— Yancey Arrington (@YanceyArrington) October 27, 2016
Trotter: I'm on record predicting Cal coach Sonny Dykes, who not only has ties to Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades but is also a Texas guy who many believe wants to return to coaching in the Lone Star State. Dykes makes a lot of sense. He's not under the Art Briles umbrella yet has an offensive philosophy that would mesh at Baylor.
@Jake_Trotter best big 12 themed Halloween costume?
— Lee Williams (@leeonidas528) October 27, 2016
Trotter: Not sure either of these two will ever be outdone:
— David Scott Fritchen (@DScottFritchen) October 30, 2014
I miss baby Mangino pic.twitter.com/hcpRR0COyo
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) October 24, 2016