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Big 12 = Overrated

There are two things that so many champioship teams have in common. The first being that they run the ball extremely well.  Be it from a Power I, a single back set, an option offense, or a wildcat formation, the team that runs wins.  The other thing is defense.  Championship teams play great defense.  Last night, Oklahoma played better than expected defense.  It was okay, but not good.  Florida played great defense.

Everyone points to Oklahoma wasting two chances in the red zone and taking control of the game.  There is no doubt in my mind that if they were playing against a Big 12 school last night, they get in the end zone those occasions.  It was not questionable play-calling that spoiled those opportunities. It was swarming Gator defense.  Florida played great defense all year long, except with one major hiccup against Ole Miss.  Oklahoma was trying to do what they normally did all year, but Florida’s defense stepped up and made the plays against them that no one in the Big 12 could do all year

People became enamored with the great offenses of the Big 12 this year.  They sure were fun to watch for most, no doubt.  They were good, not taking anything away from that. However, the stats were amplified by the porous defense that was played in the Big 12 all year.   Ole Miss lit up Texas Tech.  A below avg Northwestern lost in OT but out-gained Missouri.  Texas beat tOSU in the last 10 secs, but did not look like the offensive juggernaut we saw all year long and when he wasn’t sitting on the bench, Beanie Wells could not be stopped.

The Big 12 did go 4-3 in bowl games, not bad, but was not good against the spread this season, going 2-5.  That latter record was more indicative of how they (more specifically, their offenses) were overrated going into this bowl season.

Now go ahead and tell me how wrong I am.