We now move on to a free preview of the Big 12 Conference. Last year they were shut out of the first ever College Football Playoff. That couldn’t possibly happen again, right?
|TCU Horned Frogs||12-0||With the return of QB Trevone Boykin and 16 starters, the Horned Frogs have a chance to be even better than last year, and they will most likely be favored in every game that they play. So maybe this year they can actually hold Baylor to less than 60.|
|Baylor Bears||11-1||Baylor will also be favored in every game as well aside from that matchup with TCU in Fort Worth. So it looks like it all comes down to that Nov. 27th showdown for the Bears. And then it will all come down to Sunday Dec 6th when the CFB Selection Committee submits their final poll with Baylor ranked 5th again.|
|Oklahoma Sooners||8-4||The Sooners are facing a tough decision on which QB to start. Fans like Baker Mayfield who is a playmaker. The coaching staff likes Trevor Knight who is more of an orthodox pocket passer. The bad news is that making good decisions under pressure is not always Bob Stoops’ strongest suit.|
|Oklahoma State Cowboys||8-4||Last year the Cowboys fought through a rebuilding year and managed a 7-6 record with very little experience. It was the kind of tough performance that you would expect from head coach Mike Gundy. After all…he is a man. And he is indeed 40.|
|West Virginia Mountaineers||8-4||The Mountaineers are a model of consistency. They are always tough at home. Their offense is always dangerous. Their head coach is always innovative. Their stadium in Morgantown always smells like burnt couch.|
|Kansas State Wildcats||7-5||On paper it looks like the Wildcats have just lost too many people to contend in this division. Then again on paper it looks like 75 year old head coach Bill Snyder should be sitting in a chair watching his “stories”.|
|Texas Longhorns||6-6||Longhorn fans were sick and tired of former head coach Mack Brown losing 3-4 games every year. Well they aren’t losing 3-4 games anymore now, are they?|
Texas Tech Red Raiders
|5-7||Let me guess…the Red Raiders under head coach Kliff Kingsbury will score 30 points a game but will allow 40 points? Yeah, some things just never change.|
|Iowa State Cyclones||2-10||The bad news is that the Cyclones have only won five games in the past two seasons and they play in a very tough conference. The good news is after this season we will say that they have only won seven games in the past three seasons. But then I’m a “glass half-full” kind of guy.|
|Kansas Jayhawks||1-11||Jayhawks football fans can complain about how bad they are if they want to but the simple fact is there is no such thing as a Jayhawks football fan. It is a myth like a chupacabra, a leprechaun, or a Charlie Weis diet.|
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