FRISCO, Texas — Bob Bowlsby grabbed the bully pulpit with two hands and didn’t let go during his comments at the beginning of Big 12 media days on Monday.
Bowlsby pointed out the conference’s 4-2 bowl record, Oklahoma State’s 30-point triumph over Colorado in the Alamo Bowl, and the Big 12’s 2-1 bowl record against the SEC as examples of the strength of Big 12 football.
“I think our perception is somewhat a product of not being in the playoffs two of the last three years,” Bowlsby said. “The ACC was 2-13 in the BCS era and now they are on the top of the heap.
“It gets a little tiresome because we play at a high level, and top to bottom we are the best in the country. The method we conduct our championship and regular season is the best.”
With seven returning quarterbacks in the conference, Bowlsby believes the Big 12’s level of play could rise this season.
“I know they [Big 12 coaches] are recruiting and coaching them up,” he said. “I just think it’s an easy target and perception is not a reality.
“But make no mistake, it’s not making playoffs but winning championships. And that’s what we need to do.”