Blair Kerkhoff

College Football Playoff committee’s choices question the Big 12 way

The Big 12 and some of its schools have waged PR and marketing campaigns in recent years to promote and advance accomplishments, so the conference shouldn’t have an awareness issue. But in at least one area, a disconnect may exist between how the Big 12 is perceived nationally and how it views itself, and that could have played into decisions made on the College Football Playoff bracket.

Blair Kerkhoff

Baylor has scoreboard but not ranking in its favor

Baylor and TCU own 11-1 records. The Horned Frogs’ loss was against the Bears in Waco. In any-tie breaking formula, the head-to-head result carries the day. But in the latest rankings released by the committee that will select and seed the four teams for the College Football Playoff bracket, TCU is ranked third and the Bears sixth, with Florida State and Ohio State in between.

Blair Kerkhoff

Huskers make solid hire with Mike Riley

The hiring of Mike Riley as Nebraska’s next football coach might be unspectacular, but he appears to be the anti-Bo Pelini, in personality and deed. Pelini may have won more at Nebraska than Riley at Oregon State. But Nebraska made it clear that first-place finishes are expected. The 15-year drought of conference championships is unacceptable.

Blair Kerkhoff

The University of Nebraska has mastered the 9-3 coach firing

Twice in the last 12 years, Nebraska has fired a football coach who had won at least 71 percent of his games and finished 9-3 in his final season. In 2003, it was Frank Solich. On Sunday, it was Bo Pelini. “We just weren’t able to win enough games that mattered,” said Cornhuskers athletic director Shawn Eichorst.

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