In today’s Big 12 mailbag, we discuss D'Onta Foreman's pro day, Big 12 scheduling, press boxes and much more.
— John Rocha (@roachpower78) March 28, 2017
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.
@max_olson B12 player to get drafted higher than expected
— James Engel (@jrengel629) March 28, 2017
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.
@max_olson Do you believe that Big12 teams should refrain from playing FCS teams to bolster the SOS in the eyes of the committee?
— Tristan McGonigal (@TristyMc) March 28, 2017
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.
@max_olson don't you think an annual Texas Tech and Oklahoma State matchup at JerryWorld could be more fun? Sorry Baylor.
— Nicholas Tam (@nick_tam1991) March 28, 2017
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.
@max_olson Can Baylor win more than 5 games?
— Phil (@GTOphil) March 28, 2017
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.
@max_olson any chance of expansion still? anyway to poach Arkansas or get mizzou and Nebraska back?
— Nick E. Williams (@NickE_Williams) March 28, 2017
@max_olson where that DL from Clemson end up transferring too?
— Rudyt (@Mr_Tul) March 28, 2017
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.
@max_olson best press boxes in the Big 12
— Jordan R. M. D'Silva (@jordandsilva1) March 28, 2017
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.
@max_olson Superbad or Pineapple Express?
— Luther VanSauce (@SQUALLA_WISDOM) March 28, 2017
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.”