In this week's Big 12 Twitter mailbag, we discuss the Heisman, the CFP format and West Virginia quarterback Will Grier.
On to the 'bag:
— Jimmie4Real (@OkieFromHell) December 9, 2016
Trotter: If I had to predict, I think the vote will go 1. Lamar Jackson, 2. Deshaun Watson, 3. Baker Mayfield, 4. Dede Westbrook, 5. Jabrill Peppers. That's not necessarily how I voted, and I have no inside info about how the vote went down. That's just a prediction. My sense is that Watson closed the gap a bit at the top, but Jackson will still win the award. We'll see.
@Jake_Trotter how do you like an 8 team playoff with big 5 conf Champions filling in one Dash five and 6-8 are the best teams after that?
— josh (@joshgoolsby6) December 9, 2016
Trotter: I love it. This is what I've been advocating for awhile now. The five Power 5 conference champs would get automatic bids. The committee's highest-ranked Group of 5 team would get a spot. And the last two slots would go to at-large teams selected by the committee. The first-round games could be played at home sites. And if you are worried about the season getting too long, you could eliminate the conference championship games, which, as Penn State can attest, clearly are somewhat meaningless now anyway. Who's with me on this?
@Jake_Trotter what is considered a success for the big 12 this bowl season? 4-2?
— Austin Wheeler (@tomballsooner) December 9, 2016
Trotter: I'd say 4-2 would be very solid, assuming two of those wins came over Auburn and Colorado. It won't do the Big 12 much good, in terms of public perception, to go 4-2 if its top two teams lose. But a 4-2 in which the Big 12 finishes with a winning record against the SEC (say, 2-1 vs. Auburn, Texas A&M and Georgia) and defeats a Pac-12 divisional champ would constitute a pretty successful bowl season.
@Jake_Trotter do you think Foreman should have gone to NYC?
— Alexander St. Onge (@astongecooper) December 9, 2016
Trotter: It's very difficult to get the invite to New York while playing on a 5-7 team. D'Onta Foreman was in my Heisman top five for a good chunk of the season; he got my Doak Walker vote, too. But the Heisman is also, in part, a team award (whether it should be or not). If Texas had gone 8-4, he'd probably be in New York right now. However, 5-7 teams just don't send players to New York.
@Jake_Trotter how enthusiastic should I be about Will Grier next year?
— Craig Chaney Sr. (@2chainyz) December 9, 2016
Trotter: If his first six games at Florida were any indication, you should be pumped. As a freshman, Will Grier went 6-0 overall as a starter, including 4-0 in the SEC. He shredded then-No. 3 Ole Miss for 271 yards and four touchdowns in his fifth career start. If Grier becomes that quarterback in Morgantown under Dana Holgorsen, look out.
@Jake_Trotter any other expected major coaching movies in the big 12? Such as head coach or coordinators
— Robbie Harbin (@RobbieHarbin) December 9, 2016
Trotter: It feels like the coaching carousel has come to a stop in the Big 12. Hopefully, at least.
@Jake_Trotter what's it like dealing with whiny fans on twitter everyday?
— Brian Moore (@BrianBTCoverage) December 9, 2016
Trotter: Whiny fans on Twitter? Whatever do you mean?
@Jake_Trotter BONUS QUESTION: what are the answers to my accounting final?
— Tristan McGonigal (@TristyMc) December 9, 2016
Trotter: If you're asking me, you probably already failed.
@Jake_Trotter way too early look at Big 12 favorite next year?
— Ryan E (@Restober) December 9, 2016
Trotter: Though this depends largely on who comes back and who leaves, it's difficult to pick against Mayfield and Oklahoma right now, considering the way the Sooners dominated the league again this season. If Mason Rudolph and James Washington return, Oklahoma State will be a factor. We just talked about what Grier could do for West Virginia. Bill Snyder is probably going to have a terrific team next year. TCU is still talented. And Texas, armed with all those former blue-chippers, now has Tom Herman. For now, Oklahoma is my pick. But ask me this question again in a month.
@Jake_Trotter Do you think Big12 being left out of the playoffs & the weak play by the conf make them reconsider expansion?
— 'lsi Mon (@ki676love) December 9, 2016
Trotter: For the sake of humanity, please no!