Wow, the 2010 Big 12 Championship came up quick. The winner of the north is Nebraska and the winner of the South is Oklahoma. This will be the last year for the big 12 championship since next year the conference is reduced to 10 teams. Nebraska and Oklahoma was a huge rivalry game when they were in the Big 8. However, since joining the big 12 they do not play every year. This is a perfect ending to the end of an era for the Big 12 Championship Title game.
What was Nebraska key to success in 2010? A great defense, great kicking game, and at times a great offense. The Offense is still a work in progress. Their were a lot of amazing 40-50 plus scoring games when Nebraska was really clicking. Their offense seemed to be built around their quarterback Taylor Martinez. He is one of the fastest guys that I have seen when he gets to his second step. With injuries to Taylor Martinez the offense has been up and down. For future years to come, Nebraska needs to continue to get depth at each position and recruit more quality wide receivers.As far as Oklahoma, they have improved since last year. Just like Nebraska had injuries to their starting quarterback, Oklahoma had injuries to their starting quarterback last year. Sam Bradford was the number one pick this year in the NFL draft. Oklahoma’s new quarterback struggled last year which led them to a disappointing 7 win season. However, Oklahoma finished the regular season in 2010 10-2 and ranked number 7 in the BCS. All in all it should be a great game.
What I don’t understand about conference championships in the NCAA is the lack of consistency. Some conferences do not have an extra game. Over the years, the extra game seems to hurt a team in the overall standings. I know it is tough to compare strengths of schedules but fair is fair. Maybe one of these days, their will be a playoff system.
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