We are getting ever closer to a new season of college football, and as such it is time to unveil my preseason power rankings for the Big 12 along with some minor footnotes.
12. Iowa St.
The cyclones are in a state of turmoil after their former coach gene Chizik left the team after two awful seasons to coach Auburn, I am still kinda shocked at that one...not that Chizik jumped ship, but that he landed at auburn. The only easy win on the schedule is North Dakota St. even then its still a upset alert. If the cyclones win one conference game I would be surprised.
Possible Record 2-10
Colorado has to win just enough games to get to a bowl and keep Dan Hawkins from being fired, I don't think that will happen. In fact it is not outside the realm of possibility that Hawkins gets axed half way into the conference schedule. The non conference slate is manageable (Colorado St, Toledo, Wyoming, and West Virgina) but considering the circumstances the buffs have no assured wins in the beginning of the season and a tough conference schedule. Hawkins was supposed to resurrect the program from a north title winner into a Big 12 title winner...so far Colorado has only regressed under Hawkins.
10. Texas A&M
These aren't your dads Aggie's, this team looks like it will have the skill to beat the lower tier teams on its schedule but get shanked by almost every team in the South Division, including Baylor. Jerrod Johnson is a capable QB but the defense is going to be the main weak point for the team.
9. Kansas St.
Well the Ron Prince era is over, and the Bill Snyder era has begun!!! again... This will not be and easy rebuild job, in fact Snyder will probably just be resetting the program on a better footing for the next coach in a few years. The current upheaval happening inside the K State program will do nothing but distract, and if this football team needs anything its stability.
Mizzou lost a lot of talent from last years squad and this looks to be a rebuilding year for the tigers.
Joe Ganz is gone, and most everyone thinks that the Huskers are a Big 12 Title contender once again, I disagree and think that the season after next will be the breakthrough year for NU.
This is it, this is the year Baylor makes a bowl game. and they will ride Robert Griffin all the way there. They have tough early test in Wake Forest and Connecticut but if they pull those out they leave themselves in a strong position to make a run at one of the best season in recent memory
Tech had a magical fairy tale season last year. well Crabtree and Harrell are gone and tech is going to revert to its average season win total
This will be Todd Reasings senior year and he will make the most of it, I will say that this prediction rest on Briscoe actually being on the team this season, however look out for Jake Sharp, that kid can run
3. Oklahoma St.
This will be a good season for pistol pete fans and they will enjoy the ride. However they are still going to fall to the big two in the conference no matter how all world their offense is.
This is kind of a toss up between Texas and Oklahoma, I am giving the Sooners the edge because the front seven this year will be the difference in the Cotton bowl.
I am sure this has been mentioned before but if OU's O-line can mold into a top unit this is a very scary team with a veteran defense that got better as the year went on last season, and great skill position players. Oh and a Heisman winner at QB.