Whats a conference that is primarily in the Midwest and has games that could have 14 to about 95 points scored? No, I am most certainly not talking about the Mountain West. I am talking about the BIG 12. A conference that not only knows how to win, but guarantees you at least a handful of upsets each and every year. I have to say this, if you aren’t a fan of the BIG 12, then you are a moron. Excitement and points scored are something this conference prides itself on, just watch it.
My conference favorite is last year’s conference champion and playoff team, the Oklahoma Sooners. Led by QB and Heisman candidate Baker Mayfield (I have to name my son after him because of the their win against TCU last season), the Sooners should have the most explosive offense in the conference and possibly the country. Mayfield is an absolute stud, and I think he is the best QB in the entire country. He has an ample amount of weapons, one by the name of Samaje Perine. Perine is a guy who could slash up a defense for 120 yards on the ground in the first half. The Sooners get Ohio State and Houston in the non-conference games this season, and a couple big ones right before the half-way point of the year. Oklahoma is a team to watch, not only based on talent but as well as prestige. It should be interesting to see how they stack up against the toughest teams in the country during the early portion of the season.
Texas has been a disappointment the past few seasons. Ever since Charlie Strong became the head coach, he hasn’t been the answer for the Longhorns. But with a defense who is looking a lot better than before, the Longhorns could be looking at a big time improvement this season. Strong’s head is easily on the chopping block if Texas can’t climb out of mediocrity. I will say this, if Texas is to start off winless or lose badly to Oklahoma, Strong will be out of a job. Texas has Notre Dame to open the year at Texas Stadium. If they open up the year with a win at home against the Irish, I think we could see the revival of Longhorn football.
A team I think will drop off is the Baylor Bears. The Bears were trounced by a University wide scandal, that forced coach Art Briles out. I thought the rightful replacement would have been Kendall Briles, Art’s son. But they went another way with coach Jim Grobe. A new system and no Corey Coleman playing WR, I think the Bears could be a major disappointment. Shock Linwood and Johnny Jefferson are very talented backs, but I am unsure to how they will fit in Grobe’s system. Baylor doesn’t have to worry about a tough non-conference schedule. But when conference play hits, I think they may end up in some major trouble.
To me, I think TCU could also be a major disappointment. Since former Texas A&M QB Kenny Hill(Trill) transferred to TCU, people are saying they can spoil the Sooner’s party. As far as I am concerned, Oklahoma may have nothing to worry about. Gary Patterson is going to have his hands full with Hill. He was a stud in the first few games last season, then the attitude kicked in and fell off the face of the earth. I think TCU is in big, big trouble. But for my rundown, I will give them the benefit of the doubt.
Let’s get to the predictions. I think Oklahoma wins the conference. Mayfield is too good, and that offense it too explosive. Bob Stoops brings home another one to Norman, and the Sooners most likely are playing in the playoff.
And here is my Conference Rundown:
- Oklahoma Sooners- 10-2 (8-1)
- Oklahoma State Cowboys-9-3 (6-3)
- TCU Horned Frogs-9-3 (6-3)
- Texas Longhorns-8-4 (5-4)
- West Virginia Moutaineers-8-4 (5-4)
- Texas Tech Red Raiders-8-4 (5-4)
- Baylor Bears-7-5 (5-4)
- Kansas State Wildcats-6-6 (4-5)
- Iowa State Cyclones 3-9 (1-8)S
- Kansas Jayhawks 1-11 (1-8)
So those are my picks and I am sticking to them. Kansas gets a big W in the conference and I think the other numbers speak for themselves.