Bold Predictions: The Big 12 Football Season

Josh PropeCorrespondent IJuly 22, 2008

With loads of talent both defensively and offensively in the Big 12 this year, the championship is very unpredictable. But I will try my best to give you a better idea of how things might go.

Missouri Tigers

The Missouri Tigers had a season to remember last year in the beginning of the post Brad Smith era. And the new Chase Daniel era. The Tigers started the season with high hopes and high expectations. With the plethora of talent on the offense, the opportunities seemed endless for Coach Gary Pinkell and staff.

As it turned out the Tigers had a magical season with a spread offense that seemed unbeatable. The Tigers finished the season with a respective record of 12-2 with both losses coming at the hands of a very talented Sooner team.

After losing the Big 12 championship game to Oklahoma, the Tigers prepared for a battle with Arkansas. In the bowl game the Tigers were victorious over the Razorbacks with a score of 38-7.

With all of the good things that came the Tigers way last year, and with the majority of last year's starters returning, the Tigers hope to overcome last year's bowl breakdown and come back to win the championship game.

Even with all of the returning talent of the offense, I am going to put the Tigers finishing second overall in the Big 12, with an 11-1 regular season but a loss to Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship, which should give the Tigers an excellent bowl game opportunity.

Oklahoma Sooners

With the Sooners scoring the daylights out of opponents last year, the expectations for this young Oklahoma team are very high this year. After finishing strong in the regular season with a respectable 10-2 record, the Sooners expect to be better this season.

After winning the coveted Big 12 title against the Missouri Tigers, the Sooners had a full month to prepare for a very tough West Virginia team. Although the Sooners lost their bowl game to West Virginia 48-28 the game was closer than the score suggests.

With a cavalry of talent returning for the 2008 season the Sooners look to overcome their bowl game woes and make a run at the National Championship. I think that with Oklahoma's favorable schedule they will go undefeated in the regular season and repeat as champions of the Big 12 on their way to a national title.

Kansas Jayhawks

The Kansas Jayhawks are on cloud nine coming into the 2008 season after an unexpected 2007 season. In '07 the Jayhawks went 12-1 with their only loss at the hands of Missouri, leaving them out of the Big 12 championship game.

The Jayhawks had a good postseason victory against Virginia Tech with a score of 24-21, proving that their so called sub-par defense was better than people give credit for.

This season with 5'11", 200 lb. Todd Reesing leading the Jayhawks aerial assault, I have the Jayhawks finishing with a respectable 10-2 regular season giving the Jayhawks another chance to prove themselves again on the big stage of the BCS.

Texas Longhorns

With last season being a proving ground for this young Texas team, the Longhorns look to try to improve in this 2008 season. With Colt McCoy leading the way the Longhorns are optimists when it comes to their chances at a title.

With a good season last year the Longhorns look to make 2008 their year to shine. Even with the talent of this Longhorn team I think that they will finish even with their '07 total and go 9-3 with a win in a bowl game.

Texas A&M Aggies

The 2007 season for the Aggies was an up and down struggle to keep par with the top dog's so to speak in the Big 12. With the dual threat of Stephan McGee calling the shots, the Aggies look to improve on their sub par '07 season. I will put the Aggies at 8-4 in the regular season, making a good bid for a bowl game.

Texas Tech Red Raiders

The '07 season was a step in the right direction for the Red Raiders. Graham Harrell lived up the hype of his '06 season and delivered a passing attack that was indescribable.

With plenty of starters from last year returning, the Red Raiders look to take back their spot as the top dogs in the Big 12 on the arm of Graham Harrell. With the talent of the Red Raiders I will put them at a respectable 7-5 regular season, just missing a bowl bid.

Colorado Buffaloes

The '07 season for Colorado was nothing to brag about, but left the Buffaloes looking forward to redeem themselves. Although they finished under .500 in the regular season the Buffaloes remained very competitive and very tough in all of their wins and losses.

With the undersized Cody Hawkins quarterbacking the Buffaloes as a freshman, Hawkins proved to be a very promising prospect. But with the lack of recruiting, the Buffaloes are going to have to work even harder this season to overcome '07 and finish over .500. With Colorado having a very tough schedule this year I have them at 3-9.

Kansas State Wildcats

In '07 the Wildcats fought and clawed their way through the season eventually ending up with a below .500 record. Offense seemed not to be a problem for the Wildcats but the defense seemed to be weaker even with the talent of the defense.

Look for the Wildcats to improve their defense and improve their record this year behind the arm of young QB Josh Freeman. I have the Wildcats finishing with a regular season record of 6-6 putting in a good resume for the bowl season.

Nebraska Cornhuskers

The '07 season proved to be a brutal one for the Cornhuskers, finishing at 5-7 and missing the postseason. The Huskers definitely did not look themselves in '07, struggling both offensively and defensively.

The defense ranked near to last in all defensive categories in '07, definitely not Husker football. But all of the blame can not be pitted on the Husker defense, because the offense struggled game after game to get points on the board.

It seems that the Huskers have the talent to finish near the top if they can get the talent of their team to play as one unit this year. I expect the Huskers to make a comeback this season with a new coach and finish the regular season at 7-5 going to a bowl game and winning it the Husker way.

Oklahoma State Cowboys

With hard fought wins and heart breaking losses in '07, the Cowboys look optimistic. With a very up and down regular season finishing at 6-6, the Cowboys took their regular season frustrations out on a very talented Indiana team, beating them 49-33 in the December bowl game.

The Cowboys definitely seem like they are going to improve their record in '08 with a regular season record of 7-5 getting them to a bowl game and another bowl game win.

Iowa State Cyclones

Expect the Cylones' woes to continue in this upcoming season. With a poor recruiting job in the offseason the Cyclones can only expect to be as good as the talent the front office gets to come to the school. Expect the '08 season to reflect the '07 season with the Cyclones finishing with a 3-9 record.

Baylor Bears

The Bears started off the season sizzling with a 3-1 record, then they were cooled down without winning another game that season. With Baylor predominantly a baseball program, look for the Bears to continue to be a weak program in the '08 season. I have the Bears finishing at 2-10, putting a bid towards being a DII school.


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