As the renowned Red River Rivalry kicks off this weekend, reports of the Big 12's demise have been greatly exaggerated. The conference has exonerated itself by posting the No. 1 team in the nation early in the season and some impressive wins over non-conference foes.
The results could be reviewed as being mixed if you consider Texas A&M's somewhat disappointing start. They are scurrying to the SEC in the very near future. Oklahoma State handed them their walking papers and so did future rival Arkansas.
Jerry Jones' Arkansas and Dallas connections notwithstanding, the Big 12 comes to Dallas, Texas on Saturday in the persons of OU and UT. The Sooners were ranked No. 1 through the first five weeks of the season but were bumped by LSU and Alabama in the AP Poll.
Texas was hiked to No. 11 in the AP whether their Longhorn Network haters liked it or not. Where did the Sooners and Horns end up on my list? I'm sure I'll surprise most of you whether you like it or not. Roll the drums...