Predicting the Outcome of the Entire 2012 Big 12 Football Season

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIAugust 25, 2012

Predicting the Outcome of the Entire 2012 Big 12 Football Season

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    That's right folks, you're about to take a gaze into the 2012 Big 12 Conference crystal ball.

    So if you are currently on hold with DirecTV attempting to add ESPN GamePlan to your coverage, hang up the phone.

    Or if you're online and faced with the unfortunate truth that your hard-earned frequent flyer miles only equal a single one-way flight that connects through Memphis, fear not.

    No more worrying about how you'll possibly follow the big games of the Big 12 this year.

    SPOILER ALERT: The entire Big 12 season has been predicted.

Baylor Bears

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    It's going to take a couple of years for Baylor to recover from the loss of Robert Griffin III and others.

    1. Southern Methodist: Win
    2. Sam Houston State: Win
    3. at UL-Monroe: Win
    4. at West Virginia: Loss
    5. TCU: Loss
    6. at Texas: Loss
    7. at Iowa State: Win
    8. Kansas: Win
    9. at Oklahoma: Loss
    10. Kansas State: Loss
    11. Texas Tech: Loss
    12. Oklahoma State: Loss

    Final Record: 5-7 (2-7)

Iowa State Cyclones

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    A.J. Klein and Jake Knott will keep ISU in nearly every game they play, but lack of a proven quarterback will cause a regression in Ames.

    1. Tulsa: Win
    2. at Iowa: Loss
    3. Western Illinois: Win
    4. Texas Tech: Loss
    5. at TCU: Loss
    6. Kansas State: Loss
    7. at Oklahoma State: Loss
    8. Baylor: Loss
    9. Oklahoma: Loss
    10. at Texas: Loss
    11. at Kansas: Win
    12. West Virginia: Loss

    Final Record: 3-9 (1-8)

Kansas Jayhawks

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    The Charlie Weis Era has a rocky start as the rebuilding in Lawrence begins.

    1. South Dakota State: Win
    2. Rice: Win
    3. TCU: Loss
    4. at Northern Illinois: Win
    5. at Kansas State: Loss
    6. Oklahoma State: Loss
    7. at Oklahoma: Loss
    8. Texas: Loss
    9. at Baylor: Loss
    10. at Texas Tech: Loss
    11. Iowa State: Loss
    12. at West Virginia: Loss

    Final Record: 3-9 (0-9)

Kansas State Wildcats

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    Collin Klein leads KSU to another 10-win season, but the offense is too one-dimensional to take the Big 12 title.

    1. Missouri State: Win
    2. Miami (FL): Win
    3. North Texas: Win
    4. at Oklahoma: Loss
    5. Kansas: Win
    6. at Iowa State: Win
    7. at West Virginia: Loss
    8. Texas Tech: Win
    9. Oklahoma State: Win
    10. at TCU: Win
    11. at Baylor: Win
    12. Texas: Win

    Final Record: 10-2 (7-2)

Oklahoma Sooners

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    Oklahoma proves to be one of the top teams in the Big 12 thanks to Landry Jones and a strong defense led by Tony Jefferson.

    1. at UTEP: Win
    2. Florida A&M: Win
    3. Kansas State: Win
    4. at Texas Tech: Win
    5. Texas: Win
    6. Kansas: Win
    7. Notre Dame: Win
    8. at Iowa State: Win
    9. Baylor: Win
    10. at West Virginia: Loss
    11. Oklahoma State: Win
    12. at TCU: Win

    Final Record: 11-1 (8-1)

Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Despite Joseph Randle's best efforts, the losses of Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon and others are just too much for the Cowboys to overcome.

    1. Savannah State: Win
    2. at Arizona: Win
    3. UL-Lafayette: Win
    4. Texas: Loss
    5. at Kansas: Win
    6. Iowa State: Win
    7. TCU: Win
    8. at Kansas State: Loss
    9. West Virginia: Loss
    10. Texas Tech: Win
    11. at Oklahoma: Loss
    12. at Baylor: Win

    Final Record: 8-4 (5-4)

TCU Horned Frogs

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    TCU's inaugural season in the Big 12 starts off well, but a grueling finishing stretch proves too much for the conference newcomers.

    1. Grambling State: Win
    2. at Kansas: Win
    3. Virginia: Win
    4. at Southern Methodist: Win
    5. Iowa State: Win
    6. at Baylor: Win
    7. Texas Tech: Win
    8. at Oklahoma State: Loss
    9. at West Virginia: Loss
    10. Kansas State: Loss
    11. at Texas: Loss
    12. Oklahoma: Loss

    Final Record: 7-5 (4-5)

Texas Longhorns

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    An elite defense and running game brings Texas back into the Big 12 title contention, but without a serious passing threat, the Longhorns fall just short.

    1. Wyoming: Win
    2. New Mexico: Win
    3. at Ole Miss: Win
    4. at Oklahoma State: Win
    5. West Virginia: Win
    6. Oklahoma: Loss
    7. Baylor: Win
    8. at Kansas: Win
    9. at Texas Tech: Win
    10. Iowa State: Win
    11. TCU: Win
    12. at Kansas State: Loss

    Final Record: 10-2 (7-2)

Texas Tech Red Raiders

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    With Tommy Tuberville coaching for his job, strong quarterback play from Seth Doege and the return of Eric Stephens at running back, TTU makes it out of the red and back to a bowl.

    1. Northwestern State: Win
    2. Texas State: Win
    3. New Mexico: Win
    4. at Iowa State: Win
    5. Oklahoma: Loss
    6. West Virginia: Loss
    7. at TCU: Loss
    8. at Kansas State: Loss
    9. Texas: Loss
    10. Kansas: Win
    11. at Oklahoma State: Loss
    12. Baylor: Win

    Final Record: 6-6 (3-6)

West Virginia Mountaineers

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    In year-two under Dana Holgorsen's airraid offense, WVU lives up to the expectations in its inaugural year in the Big 12.

    1. Marshall: Win
    2. James Madison: Win
    3. Maryland: Win
    4. Baylor: Win
    5. at Texas: Loss
    6. at Texas Tech: Win
    7. Kansas State: Win
    8. TCU: Win
    9. at Oklahoma State: Win
    10. Oklahoma: Win
    11. at Iowa State: Win
    12. Kansas: Win

    Final Record: 11-1 (8-1)

Final Big 12 Standings

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    West Virginia overcomes an early-season loss at Texas with a home win over Oklahoma in one of the biggest games in program history.  

    Oklahoma wins its rivalry matchup with Texas, but drops the de-facto Big 12 title game in front of a hostile Morgantown crowd.

    1. West Virginia: 11-1, 8-1
    2. Oklahoma: 11-1, 8-1
    3. Kansas State: 10-2, 7-2
    4. Texas: 10-2, 7-2
    5. Oklahoma State: 8-4, 5-4
    6. TCU: 7-5, 4-5
    7. Texas Tech: 6-6, 3-6
    8. Baylor: 5-7, 2-7
    9. Iowa State: 3-9, 1-8
    10. Kansas 3-9, 0-9

    In closing, you may want to get DirecTV back on the horn, because there is no doubt that it will be a great year in the Big 12.  

    I have West Virginia barely winning it over Oklahoma, but there are as many as five or six teams who could legitimately take the title.

    There are a number of key games that will decide the champion, so you won't want to miss any of the in-conference action this year.