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Big 12 mailbag: Draft prospects, scheduling, press boxes

Texas running back D'Onta Foreman impressed at the Longhorns' pro day. AP Photo/Eric Gay

In today’s Big 12 mailbag, we discuss D'Onta Foreman's pro day, Big 12 scheduling, press boxes and much more.



Olson: Absolutely. As the legendary Gil Brandt pointed out this afternoon, we haven't seen a 232-plus pound running back run a 4.45 at the NFL combine in the past 15 years. That's what Foreman reportedly ran today, though he told me he heard times in the 4.41 to 4.48 range. Foreman was in great shape at 234 pounds, down from 249 last season. He definitely made some money today, and I think he'll end up hearing his name called in the second round.



Olson: Somebody is going to fall in love with Patrick Mahomes II and grab him in the first round. I really do think that's going to happen, and I don't think it will end up being a mistake. As I've said before, I just hope he goes to a good organization that puts in the teaching and time to develop him into a star instead of throwing him into the fire early.



Olson: Now that Big 12 teams are required to schedule a Power 5 non-conference foe every year, I do wonder what effect that has on scheduling FCS foes. You have to keep in mind how important these games are for the finances of FCS programs. They'd definitely be hurting if the Big 12 were to stop scheduling them. But from a playoff resume standpoint, yeah, an FCS game does not help much. I would schedule them more sparingly, I guess, but you can't totally shut these FCS schools out.



Olson: That is an interesting proposal. I believe Texas Tech and Baylor are locked in for playing at AT&T Stadium through 2018. Keep in mind, it was Ian McCaw who agreed to that extension, and he's gone now. I don't know how Mack Rhoades feels about giving up a home game at their fantastic McLane Stadium every two years to play a neutral-site game. I do know it's a great deal for Texas Tech, and Oklahoma State would benefit from extra exposure in D/FW, an area the program heavily and successfully recruits. So this is not a bad idea.



Olson: Yes. They'll likely start off 3-0 in nonconference play, and then they only need to go 3-6 in Big 12 games to go bowling. That's not a very high bar, is it? I don't think it's unreasonable to believe they can win six or more games. I'd like to know a lot more about the quarterback situation before projecting more than six wins, but Baylor still has talent, and this new coaching staff seems legit.



Olson: No.



Olson: You're referring to Scott Pagano, the Clemson grad transfer who still hasn't made his decision. He's reportedly canceled his official visit to Oklahoma and eliminated the Sooners from contention, so it looks like Notre Dame and Oregon are the top contenders now.



Olson: I checked with Jake and Mitch on this and was told Jake already ranked the press boxes in a previous mailbag. Here was his order: Texas Tech, TCU, Kansas State, West Virginia, Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Texas, Oklahoma. I think that's fair, though I still haven't been to all 10, so I'm no expert.


Olson: Not even close, in my opinion. “Superbad” is an all-time classic and it holds up incredibly well on repeated viewing. I can definitely quote most of it. “Pineapple Express” is really good, don’t get me wrong, but my favorite of all the Seth Rogen-James Franco movies would be “This is the End.”