Halloween is fast approaching, so it’s only natural that pictures of babies dressed up as college football coaches got major play online Monday.
A mini Kliff Kingsbury, complete with fake stubble, captured the hearts of Texas Tech fans. Young Bill Snyder lookalikes were popular with Kansas State fans. Even the baby that resembled former Kansas coach Mark Mangino a few years ago was making the rounds.
That got me wondering: If all 10 of the football coaches in the Big 12 had time to dress up on Thursday, what costume should they choose?
Here are some ideas.
As the final undefeated team in the Big 12, Baylor is now the conference’s best and last shot at a BCS championship. The Bears are ranked fifth in the latest Associated Press poll and moved up to sixth in the BCS standings.
That puts them in the trophy conversation, but they need a lot of help to play for a title.
For starters, they need to go undefeated. The Big 12 isn’t strong enough to send a team with a loss to the BCS championship game. And even if the Bears go 12-0, which they appear good enough to do, they need three of the unbeaten teams ranked above them (Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State, Florida State) to falter.
An explosive offense will likely impress voters and help Baylor, but it remains on the outside looking in until further notice.
The majority of Big 12 teams seem no closer to settling on a starting quarterback than they were at the start of the season.
Baylor is set with Bryce Petty. Oklahoma likes what it is getting from Blake Bell. And Davis Webb remains the top option at Texas Tech.
Everyone else is juggling quarterbacks.
K-State appears to be the most back-and-forth situation. Jake Waters was the primary quarterback in its first four games. Daniel Sams played more in the following two. It was an even split against West Virginia.
Oklahoma State is using both Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh, but neither is playing well. Jake Heaps and Montell Cozart are both being used at Kansas. Casey Pachall took time away from Trevone Boykin at TCU on Saturday. Texas, West Virginia and Iowa State are using multiple quarterbacks as well.
It is a down year for Big 12 quarterbacks. The small number of legitimate starters is the main reason why.
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