#sports activities College Football Power Five Preview: Big 12 Edition… Can Oklahoma bounce again?
College soccer season is lastly upon us after months of untamed modifications, a switch portal stuffed with surprises, and a possible convention re-alignment nightmare forward.
For now, we are able to lastly finish months of hypothesis and watch some youngsters hit one another on among the greatest levels in America.
This is an element three of the DailyMail.com‘s five-part sequence devoted to previewing all the Power Five conferences within the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
Throughout the week, we might be grouping every of the groups within the greatest conferences into 4 classes:
- 1. College Football Playoff Contenders: the groups we anticipate to be within the nationwide dialog all 12 months lengthy.
- 2. Cinderella Hopefuls: the groups that might be near the highest of the school soccer panorama, however will most likely simply miss out on glory.
- 3. Also-rans: the groups we anticipate to be within the bowl dialog, perhaps even taking part in near New Year’s Day, however will most likely not shake the tree of the CFB elite.
- 4. Bottom feeders: be it a troublesome schedule, a brand new coach, or only a younger staff in full transition, these are the squads that can most likely not make any noise in faculty soccer this 12 months.
Today we might be looking on the 10 groups within the Big 12…
College Football Playoff Contenders
After a chaotic offseason, new Oklahoma head coach Brent Venables should rebuild the Sooners
No. 9 Oklahoma
The Sooners enter a brand new daybreak after head coach Lincoln Riley departed for USC in November of final 12 months.
Now, it enters the Brent Venables period. After six-straight convention titles, Oklahoma surrendered its stranglehold on the Big 12 with a loss to rivals Oklahoma State shattering their possibilities of competing within the title sport.
Venables’ transfer from Clemson’s defensive coordinator to Oklahoma’s head coach has not gone easily thus far, on account of a significant shakeup on his teaching employees. Assistant coach and former Sooners quarterback Cale Gundy stepped down after repeatedly saying a ‘racially charged’ time period to his gamers throughout a movie session, based on the varsity. Gundy, the brother of Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy, insists he uttered the offending time period inadvertently whereas studying it aloud off a participant’s iPad.
Regardless, the Sooners have a brand new quarterback in Dillon Gabriel, who threw for greater than 70 touchdowns and eight,000 yards throughout three years at UCF.
Oklahoma will face stiff competitors for the Big 12 crown, however with video games in opposition to rivals Baylor and Oklahoma being performed in Norman, the Sooners may high the Big 12 and past.
OSU head coach Mike Gundy just lately revealed he interviewed for the Tennessee job in 2017
No. 12 Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State will undeniably have their eyes on a Big 12 title after their 12-2 document (8-1 convention) final season.
The Cowboys defeated Notre Dame within the Fiesta Bowl, by which returning All-Big 12 quarterback Spencer Sanders lit up.
Seven of OSU’s eight high receivers are again in Stillwater whereas stud cross rusher Trace Ford returns to a protection that averaged 4 sacks a sport final season.
Trips to Waco and Norman in October and November, respectively, will seemingly determine the fortunes of OSU.
The Cowboys took care of each these groups final season, albeit at house. If they replicate these efforts, the Cowboys may experience to their first Big 12 title in a decade.
Blake Shapen led Baylor to their first Big 12 championship since 2014 with three TDs and 0 INT
No. 10 Baylor
After beautiful the Big 12 final season, the reigning-champion Bears might be out to show it was way more than a mere fluke.
Baylor has misplaced its two main rushers — Abram Smith and Trestan Ebner — however ought to have the next ceiling at quarterback with Blake Shapen embedded as their beginning sign caller.
The Bears misplaced six gamers to the draft and have a extra unsettled protection, plus extra depth considerations at working again than the staff had final season.
Baylor might discover it troublesome to repeat but when they can seize wins in opposition to Oklahoma, Texas and BYU on the street and beat Oklahoma State in Waco, they are going to have each likelihood to maneuver past the Big 12 championship sport.
Quinn Ewers might be underneath immediate stress as Texas’ QB following his switch from Ohio State
In all probability, the Longhorns will solely go so far as new quarterback Quinn Ewers takes them. Steve Sarkisian will hope for better stability underneath heart after final season.
Running again Bijan Robinson is the foremost faculty soccer star in Texas and can contend for the Heisman Trophy if he can replicate his most up-to-date season.
After a shocking sophomore 12 months with 1,127 yards and 11 touchdowns (and 4 receiving TDs) from 195 carries, Robinson will hope to scale even better heights in season three.
Texas would not play outdoors the state of Texas till an October 22 journey to No. 11 Oklahoma State – together with 5 video games at house in Austin.
In spite of the house area benefit, they do have the eighth hardest schedule within the nation, together with a Week 2 go to from the nation’s No. 1, Alabama.
Deuce Vaughan is ready to star for Ok-State this marketing campaign after speeding for 1,404 yards final season
After an affordable 8-5 document final season, Kansas State must be aggressive once more in most of its video games.
A schedule ranked solely 56th ought to enable them to supply one other profitable 12 months.
The Wildcats will be capable to wreak havoc in Manhattan with a formidable defensive entrance. But there are questions as to how efficient Nebraska quarterback switch Adrian Martinez may be.
Ok-State’s most vital new piece might be bolstered by the supporting forged of working again Deuce Vaughan, first-team All-Big 12 left deal with Cooper Beebe and receivers Phillip Brooks and Malik Knowles all returning.
Georgia switch JT Daniels might be an large enhance to the Mountaineers if he can stay wholesome
Morgantown is trying to their Mountaineers to do greater than merely make up the numbers this season.
On the again of increase switch JT Daniels – now on his third college – and offensive coordinator Graham Harrell from USC, West Virginia must be a enjoyable watch, if nothing else.
Top receiver Winston Wright and working again Leddie Brown have departed however Daniels ought to have sufficient expertise to work with to open the offensive floodgates.
WVU’s protection ought to be capable to convey the warmth and will definitely be aided by the addition of linebacker/security Jasir Cox Sr. from North Dakota State.
The Mountaineers are prone to go so far as Daniels can take them, which could possibly be anyplace from aggressive to a bowl sport winner.
Senior Tyler Shough will open the season as Texas Tech’s beginning quarterback vs. Murray State
The ninth-hardest schedule within the nation has Texas Tech followers lower than optimistic – and rightly so.
Out of convention video games in opposition to ranked NC State and Houston will make life very onerous for the Red Raiders who host Texas and Oklahoma in Lubbock.
The Red Raiders are coming off a profitable season and a Liberty Bowl win, so there’s hope with new offensive coordinator Zach Kittley on board and Tyler Shough as their quarterback.
Kittley guided Western Kentucky and New England QB Bailey Zappe to the No. 1 passing offense within the nation final season.
With first-year head coach Joey McGuire identified for his defensive thoughts, Tech will hope to tighten the screws on the again finish to a minimum of win one other bowl sport.
Hunter Dekkers has been given the gargantuan job of changing Brock Purdy at Iowa State
After a fairly disappointing season in Ames, the Cyclones discovered themselves on the tip of quite a few vital departures.
All-American working again Breece Hall is now in New York with the Jets and Brock Purdy now has a house with the San Francisco 49ers. Replacing the pair is a nigh-on-impossible job for head coach Matt Campbell.
Hunter Dekkers will take over the quarterback place after learning and studying from Purdy throughout final season.
The Cyclones have simply three returning defensive starters from 2021 however they are going to be buoyed by the return of Big 12 sack chief, Will McDonald.
While Iowa State may have the aptitude to trigger upsets all season lengthy, anticipate a bowl sport to be the purpose on this marketing campaign.
TCU QB Max Duggan might be hoping for an increase in wins and productiveness throughout his senior 12 months
The horned frogs have undergone a seismic change through the offseason after longtime head coach Gary Patterson was relived of his duties.
In steps Sonny Dukes for his first season in Fort Worth regardless of not making a convention championship – nor profitable a bowl sport – at earlier employer, SMU.
Max Duggan will return because the staff’s beginning quarterback after he threw for two,048 yards, 16 touchdowns and 6 picks because the Horned Frogs went 5-7.
TCU was a sole win away from a bowl sport final season and may have that in attain once more with video games in opposition to South Alabama, Tarleton State and Colorado on their schedule.
Kansas head coach Lance Leipold may have his work minimize out to maintain tempo with their Big 12 rivals
The Jayhawks had moments of success in Lawrence regardless of their paltry 2-10 document. Kansas supplied the nation with a present within the type of a 57-56 time beyond regulation win in opposition to Texas in Austin.
Jalon Daniels will begin at quarterback for Kansas after displaying indicators of promise after beginning the ultimate three video games of final season.
The conventional basketball energy have been the worst-rated offense and protection in a slew of classes.
Likely, nothing will change there. However, with the Jayhawks’ energy of schedule ranked twenty first, maybe a couple of extra shocks are to return.