The Big 12: What It Needs To Do This Bowl Season To Become "Legit."

Dakota HersheyCorrespondent IDecember 23, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 5: Colt McCoy #12 of the Texas Longhorns lifts the trophy after winning the Big 12 Football Championship game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Cowboys Stadium on December 5, 2009 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Bowl Season is what establishes the conferences, and puts them in their place.

When a conference goes undefeated in their bowl season, it doesn't always make them the best. The PAC-10 6-0 last year in the Bowl Season but no one considers them the best. All you hear now is the "SEC this, SEC that."

Everybody thinks they are the best conference, and I don't disagree since they have won the last 3 National Championships, and playing for their 4th straight.

So what does the Big XII need to do this Bowl Season to make themselves become "legit?" Since no one else thinks they are.

The best way they can do this is win all 7 games, but that's probably not going to be the case.

1st of all, Oklahoma State needs to knock off an SEC team in the Cotton Bowl, that team is Ole Miss. While Ole Miss didn't have the year they were hoping for at the beginning of the season, it would really help out the Big XII if the Pokes were to beat Ole Miss, making their record 2-0 this season against the SEC. While OK State thought they proved themselves at the beginning of the year against Georgia, the Bulldogs decided to have a horrible season which made the Pokes look as if they would be about 6th in the SEC. A win from the Cowboys in the Cotton Bowl would really help bring the Big XII up to being "legit."

Another bowl game that will be important to the Big XII, the Independence Bowl, where Texas A&M will face the Georgia Bulldogs. UGA is heavily favored in this one and it will be a huge help to the Big XII if the Aggies could pull off the upset. Now Texas A&M isn't anywhere near the best team in the Big XII, so this would make them look "legit" because it would bring out the fact that the Big XII has balance, and that every team is decent.

And Finally, the most important would be Texas winning the National Championship over Alabama. Texas has the team, and hopefully they win the National Championship to give the Big XII some bragging rights it has missed out on the last few years.

None of the other bowl games are that important to the Big XII. Why? Because the one conference that we need to beat is the SEC.

The Big XII used to be known as the best, and now they are only known as "one of the best" conferences. They aren't thought of as "legit," and winning these certain bowl games would help us to be known as the best, and to drag the SEC behind us. Your thoughts and what else does the Big XII need to do?