Big 12 Commish Bob Bowlsby Sticks Up For League's Defense

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The Big 12 has not had an issue finding its way into college football’s version of the Final Four of late—thanks entirely to the University of Oklahoma.

That said, the league continues to find itself on the wrong side of arguments from shouting heads on television sets around the country when it comes to the merit of winning the league.

The Sooners, who—again—have carried to torch for the league for the past several years, ranked 101st in scoring defense and 114th in yards allowed a year ago. And, perhaps because OU has been the face of the league, the perception that Big 12 defenses can’t stop anyone has persisted.

On Monday, commissioner Bob Bowlsby made a point to combat that narrative head on.

“We have been 13-8 over the last three seasons and have a winning record against every one of the autonomy conferences that we have played,” he said. “One particular statistic I would like you all to make note of, I want to see pencils moving and fingers tapping on this… 

[Editor’s Note: My fingers were, in fact, tapping]

“Last year of our seven bowl games, six of the seven were held below their season averages offensively by Big 12 defenses. Six of seven offenses were held below their season average by Big 12 defenses. Contrary to popular belief there are kids that tackle in the Big 12. Thank you for noting that.”

Noted, Bob. And you’re quite welcome.

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