The Big 12 is the best place in America to prove that massive, substantive change is possible in college football.
The elite can be overthrown. The meek can inherit the earth.
After Oklahoma and Texas won every league title from 2004-09, the two historic kingpins of the Southwest have managed just a share of one Big 12 championship since – that by the Sooners in 2012, when they were clearly the second-best team to Kansas State. Oklahoma and the Longhorns are both in the top seven in FBS history in winning percentage.
Lately, the conference has been overtaken by programs with a long history of being trod upon.
In 2011, Oklahoma State – No. 87 in FBS history in winning percentage, at .506 – ended the Oklahoma-Texas hegemony. In ’12, it was Kansas State – No. 112 in winning percentage, at .447. In 2013, it was Baylor – No. 82, at .510.
And last year, quite memorably, Baylor and TCU (No. 70, at .534), were controversial co-champions.
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