Last week, the 11 remaining candidates for Big 12 invites traveled to Dallas for presentations. Only the 10 presidents could tell us where the board-room pecking order stands, but here’s where they’d rank on the field this season if they were a league unto themselves.
Note: This is an excerpt from Stewart Mandel's Week 2 column.
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The Owls have been outscored 77-28 in two games. If a Houston school is going to make the cut it won’t likely be this one.
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A week after losing 7-3 to Wake Forest, the Green Wave hung 66 on Southern. You don’t just come into Yulman Stadium and hold Tulane to 50.
Coach Scott Frost said his team “out-hit” Michigan during a 51-14 loss Saturday. Hopefully the school is more realistic about its chances.
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Georgia transfer Faton Bauta made his first start Saturday and beat UTSA – technically a Big 12 market.
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The Huskies got stuffed short of the goal line on the final play against Navy. Here’s guessing their candidacy will end similarly.
The Mustangs hung with Baylor for 2.5 quarters.
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It’s a great year to be a service academy. They’re all undefeated.
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The Bearcats notched a Power 5 win Saturday, if Purdue still counts as such.
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The Cougars lost a heartbreaker to Utah but they can play some defense. Up next: UCLA.
Even without star RB Marlon Mack, the Bulls racked up 658 yards in a rout of NIU.