The Big 12 has become known as an offensive conference over the past decade, and the coming year it will not disappoint. There are a number of top offenses that are littered throughout the conference that will be major players on the national stage in 2013.
The top five are very talented, but from top to bottom the conference has a lot of offensive-minded coaches and teams.
Looking ahead to the new season, this is how the Big 12 offenses stack up for 2013.
The Kansas Jayhawks picked up an offensive guru in Charlie Weis before last season, but the team still struggled to produce anything resembling a quality offense. The Jayhawks landed a ton of JUCOs in this past recruiting cycle, so things could change.
As of now, they are the bottom feeder of the Big 12.
Iowa State isn’t far behind, but the Cyclones win ballgames.
Kansas State may be the biggest surprise at No. 6. This squad returns a lot of offensive talent, and I think the team upgrades at quarterback. Daniel Sams is the real deal for the Wildcats.
Here is how the rest of the Big 12 stacks up:
No. 10: Kansas Jayhawks
No. 9: Iowa State Cyclones
No. 8: TCU Horned Frogs
No. 7: Texas Longhorns
No. 6: Kansas State Wildcats
Oklahoma loses its star in Landry Jones this season and will face a lot of questions at quarterback, but the backfield is loaded with talent.
The receiving corps is also stacked, so if the Sooners can simply find a game manager they will be fine. Blake Bell is the next in line, but he needs a lot of work in the passing department before he takes over full time.
This team will look to build an offense around the ground game. Bell is strong as a spread-option runner, and the Sooners return Damien Williams and a host of other backs.
This may not be the Landry Jones offense of the last four years, but it will be one that wins games in the Big 12.
The Red Raiders are another team that is losing its starting quarterback, but returns a host of playmakers from the 2012 season which will help ease the transition.
Michael Brewer is the next in line for the job, and first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury will be a great teacher to help Brewer develop. Kingsbury played for the Red Raiders from 1998-2002.
This program is always on the fringe of winning big inside the Big 12, and Kingsbury is the coach that can make that happen. It all starts with offense.
Kingsbury will bring back the offensive identity of the Red Raiders this fall, and this unit will become one of the most potent in the country before the end of the year.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys have been on a tear over the past few seasons through the Big 12. Expect the offensive explosion to continue heading into this fall.
The Cowboys will return both quarterbacks this year, but they do lose Joseph Randall at running back. He will be missed, but the offense will still be clicking this fall.
This team is resilient and showed this past fall that it will be an offensive force no matter who is guiding the program. The biggest issue will be who to turn the keys over to when the fall begins, as both Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh had strong showings in 2012.
Josh Stewart also returns at receiver after having a huge year with 1,210 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.
This program will be one of the most potent offenses in the Big 12 this year.
West Virginia is a leader in offense now that Dana Holgerson has got his grips on the program. I know that this team is losing three studs to the draft in Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, but the Mountaineers are still talented on offense.
This program is one of the rising stars in the Big 12. Last year it struggled to find wins in the middle of the season, but made adjustments like any other team joining a new conference.
The Mountaineers return bruiser Andrew Buie and speedy rising junior Dustin Garrison at running back.
Paul Millard is expected to take over at quarterback.
If West Virginia can find a defense, they will challenge for Big 12 titles.
Art Briles is one of the best coaches in the Big 12 right now. He continues to reload his offense, and after last season’s conference-leading performance (cfbstats.com) it is hard to expect anything less from the Bears.
This year there will be some change at quarterback for the third time in three years as Bryce Petty is expected to take the reins. Leading rusher Lache Seastrunk will also be back, as will rising senior Tevin Reese, who finished the year with 957 receiving yards.
The Bears have been rising over the past half decade, but they will arrive here shortly. This team is ready to challenge for Big 12 titles heading into 2013.
It all starts with the offense in this conference, and Baylor is the best around. There are high expectations coming out of Waco this spring, and there should be with the talent the Bears have on the field.