ISU Win Total, Neal Brown’s Job, and more

Welcome to the HCS Huge 12 Mailbag. This mailbag is for all of the soccer junkies drawn to the Huge 12 college who not solely have questions on your workforce however the different groups within the convention as properly. So, be a part of me, seize a chilly brew or your favourite drink and calm down whereas I reply all 12 large questions in my mail bag. This week I received just a few questions from Twitter and Fb for my mailbag.

I need to thank every considered one of you who submitted a query this week and for tonight’s favourite drink? You simply need to see for your self.

@mat_with2ts_ asks: If Iowa State beats Baylor this weekend, do you assume they’ll lastly have the elusive 10-win season for the primary time? Or are the large 12 firms nonetheless unsure?

duke: Let me begin by saying that I feel this Iowa State workforce is lots underrated. I do know they misplaced tons of manufacturing a yr in the past, however there’s lots to love about this workforce. Protection is strong as all the time beneath John Hickok, however the assault is what has shocked me a bit to date. Hunter Dekkers has been wonderful to date this season within the quarterback along with his fast firing, large arm, and fast determination making. As well as, the weapons assist him within the scrolling recreation with Jaylin Noel and Xavier Hutchinson as properly. And solely this previous weekend we noticed this working recreation start as Jirehl Brock appears to take cost of that yard.

With that stated, I am unsure if I should purchase ten Iowa wins. In the event that they win this weekend, that places them in a 4-0 tie however they nonetheless need to play in Kansas, Kansas State, Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma. I may see eight or perhaps even 9 victories within the Hurricanes, however I wasn’t ten but.

thomas_hembry asks: Who’s going to step into the world and do a greater sporting service to signify the Huge 12?

duke: Not being impolite right here, however does it actually matter? I do not assume the Huge 12 cares who desires to broadcast the convention so long as the cash is correct. Whether or not it is Fox, CBS, ESPN, Amazon, Apple, or no matter, the corporate that will get the fitting to broadcast or broadcast Huge 12 video games would be the one which pays probably the most. Everyone knows that is all about cash and the 12 large firms will do every thing they’ll to get probably the most cash. Sorry to be frank, however that is how I really feel about it.

@CMack0507 asks: What are the probabilities of Neil Brown’s job developing on Monday? Even when he wins, does this solely delay the inevitable or does he have a reputable probability to stay the coach subsequent season? As a result of I see, at greatest, perhaps three conferences win.

duke: Indubitably in my thoughts, Neil Brown could have a job on Monday. I wrote an article final week about the price of getting him kicked out of West Virginia. If he was expelled earlier than January 1Avenue In 2023, the varsity will owe Neil Brown greater than $20 million. After that day, the acquisition fell to $16.4 million. Whereas I agree the longer term is bleak for Neil Brown, no matter his report, he won’t be fired at any level in the course of the season for cash. Imagine me after I say I used to be actually shocked to learn how a lot West Virginia owes Neil Brown.

BryanJMetcalf asks: After 3 weeks of matches, what are a few of the starkest issues going through groups that should be addressed (if potential) to maneuver ahead into the rest of the season?

duke: There isn’t a good workforce within the Huge 12 however generally it is exhausting to identify obtrusive weaknesses in the beginning of the season. A few of these groups have not been examined a lot in non-conference and we do not know a lot about these groups till workforce play. However I can try to give one weak level from every workforce.

Kansas, West Virginia: complete protection

TCU and Kansas State: play quarterback

Texas Tech: Midfielder / offensive line

Baylor: large future

Texas: Quarterback Well being

Oklahoma State: secondary

Iowa: particular groups

Oklahoma: Truthfully, it is exhausting to provide you with one for sooner.

@simon_wilson24 asks: Can we get the “handshake” trophy for the Iowa/Baylor State recreation?

duke: On this case, anybody wonders if that is the picture Simon is referring to.

It is for Matt Campbell and Matt Roll after the 2018 recreation. Nearly as good as this image was, I feel a unique trophy must be introduced to the winner of this recreation.

The trophy must be a tent form from the notorious 2019 recreation of Waco. It was sizzling as hell outdoors, and Iowa wasn’t in a position to make use of a tent for shade on their facet that was baking within the solar. The winner should take the trophy and the loser of the match have to be on any sideline that’s in direct daylight with no tents for subsequent yr’s match. Somebody made it occur.