Since the inception of the BCS and College Football Playoff only twice has a Big 12 team won the National Championship. Oklahoma did it back in 2000, while Texas and Vince Young were the last to do so in 2005.
2017 offers hope for the league as Oklahoma and Bob Stoops look to have a team worthy of playoff chatter, and Oklahoma State looks to have a team that could be in the picture late in November.
Texas begins the Tom Herman era in Austin and while it may take him a few years to get the Longhorns back on the national scene, look for him to make strides in year one as the Longhorns head coach.
Year on of the Tom Herman era begins in Austin in 2017. Photo courtesy of 247sports.com
Only two quarterbacks in the Big 12 rank above the Hour Glass average quarterback line and just four coaches are above the norm in the coaching analytics.
On the recruiting front only Oklahoma and Texas are within the College Football Playoff bust line on the Hour Glass Matrix; TCU is right on the outside looking in as far as recruiting is concerned.
In 2017 it looks to be Oklahoma or bust for the Big 12 when talking about bringing the league back to respectability on the national scene.