This week, we are loaded with four big Week 1 questions: what can the Big 12 expect from West Virginia in 2012, should the early performances of Oklahoma and Texas raise concerns, should Oklahoma State play a harder nonconference schedule, and how good will Penn State be this season.
Third, Through the Phog discusses the comments made by Oklahoma State’s billionaire booster Boone Pickens. Pickens said he wanted to see Oklahoma State put together a tougher nonconference schedule. Based on their 84-0 victory over Savannah State. Should Oklahoma State listen to him?
Do you agree or disagree with Pickens about how Oklahoma State should play harder non-conference opponents and why?
George: Oklahoma State whipped Savanah State. Wow, even with a new quarterback and new number one wideout, they are still going to be a force in the conference. Savanah State isn’t a worthy barometer on how they will be for the duration of the season, though it gives us a guess on what type of team they can be. Figured Oregon could of done the same vs Arkansas State if they wanted too, but Chip Kelly let up.
Ricky: Oklahoma State could add one more harder non-conference opponent, but they do not have to make all of their games harder opponents. The toughest non-conference opponent for the Cowboys this year will be the Arizona Wildcats. Last year, the Cowboys easily defeated the Wildcats. I say that Oklahoma State should try to schedule ONE non-conference opponent who would be ranked coming into the season. Yes, their conference schedule got harder with the additions of TCU and West Virginia, but I think the Cowboys could handle at least one ranked non-conference opponent a season.
Each week, the staff at Through the Phog will react on the previous day’s games in Big 12 football and other news that happens in the conference. Our current staff includes lead editor George Pike, along with staff writer, Ricky Widmer.