For the past five years, Oklahoma coaches have had few worries about who would lead the Sooners' offensive line. First All-American Gabe Ikard, then Ty Darlington starred at center and the two erudite linemen proved to be vital cogs on teams that won a pair of Big 12 Conference titles.
An email Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby sent late last month to the president of the University of Houston says the conference has "finalized our procedures for consideration of potential" new members.
Buried amid the excitement of competing for a Big 12 championship and a spot in the College Football Playoff last season was the fact that Oklahoma State struggled on defense at times, surrendering 151 points in its final three games — all of them losses.
By the 1950s, college football's balance of power had drifted from the elite Eastern schools to the Midwest, where Bud Wilkinson's Oklahoma Sooners dominated the polls and set a record winning streak that still stands.