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Big 12 Football: Big 12 Insanely Overvalued in BCS Rankings

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 06:  David Ash #14 of the Texas Longhorns celebrates a touchdown against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 6, 2012 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Richard LangfordCorrespondent IOctober 15, 2012

Let's see: This past Saturday, West Virginia lost by 35 points, which is seven closer than the 42 Texas lost by, and both were two of the seven Big 12 schools to appear in the 2012 debut of the BCS standings (h/t ESPN).

That isn't right. It's not like these teams were playing Alabama. They were playing other flawed Big 12 teams, and therein lies a huge part of the problem with these poor standings.

We'll get into that, but first, here are where the seven fall in the BCS standings: No. 4 Kansas State,  No. 9 Oklahoma, No. 13 West Virginia, No. 17 Texas Tech, No. 23 TCU, No. 24 Iowa State and No. 25 Texas.

Now, once we get locked into conference play, it can be hard to measure the strength of a specific conferences because they are only whooping up on each other. 

So, last week, Texas Tech was ultra impressive while dismantling West Virginia and Oklahoma looked like it could beat the Cleveland Browns when they were destroying Texas.

The problem is these games were a better highlight of the flaws of the losing teams than the strength of the winning teams.

Those were both easy victories over teams that were completely out muscled, and teams that don't belong anywhere near the Top 25. 

The biggest problem with the whole mess is that the conference hasn't done anything this season to prove they are worthy of this high regard. In fact, none of the Big 12 teams in the Top 25 of the standings have a win over a team in the Top 25 that is outside of the Big 12. 

So these teams are proving themselves against other teams who have shallow resumes, and the only thing this is proving is that there is very little defense being played in the conference.

These teams are holding a prime spot in the rankings that should be going to better teams, and considering that there isn't an opportunity for these teams to be exposed by out-of-conference schools in the regular season, they are going to wind up being over their head in the bowl games, at which point, everyone will say, "Hmm, maybe we had the Big 12 overrated." 

Yes, yes you did. 

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