It’s been 12 years since Texas won the Big 12’s last national championship in 2005, but commissioner Bob Bowlsby is staking his claim to a different sort of title at the conference’s media days event.
“I know that top to bottom, we’re the best in the country in terms of balance,” Bowlsby said on Monday, as per Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated.
It’s an interesting claim to make, and one that appears to be Bowlsby dancing over the fact that only Oklahoma emerged as a top program last season. The Sooners were the only school from the conference that finished in the final AP Top-25 poll.
The lack of Big 12 teams in the top 10 isn’t a new development, as it’s been 10 years since the conference featured more than two schools inside the top 10 in the final AP poll.
The “most balanced” argument is a particularly tough one to make when a struggling program like Kansas plays in the conference. The Jayhawks have won a total of two games in the past two seasons, and went 19 straight conference games without a victory.
Only four teams finished with a winning conference record in the Big 12 last season, and only five finished above .500 on the overall schedule. Most conferences would look at that as a weakness, but Bowlsby attempted to spin that into evidence of the Big 12’s parity on Monday.
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