The 2017 Daly Dose College Football Preview: The Big 12

Big 12

The Big 12 is in a bit of a funk. They aren’t pulling the recruits that they are used to getting. They have only made it to the College Football Playoff one single time, when Oklahoma got blown out 37-17 in 2015. Many accuse the conference of being out of date, and not appealing to the younger generation, but we aren’t buying it. Then again, their most esteemed coach is sporting a mullet. So, we could be mistaken.

Big12

1. Oklahoma Sooners

Predicted finish: 11-1

Bob Stoops might be gone, but the expectations for the Sooners remain the same. QB Baker Mayfield should contend for the Heisman with this high- powered offense. OU should roll to their third straight Big 12 championship, and then this group will get blown out in a playoff game. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

2. Oklahoma State Cowboys

Predicted finish: 9-3

The Cowboys could boast the nation’s best offense behind QB Mason Rudolph. The offensive line that used to be a weakness has grown into a The problem is that the defense will once again be very ugly. Not unlike a certain someone’s hair.

3. Kansas State

Predicted finish: 8-4

The Wildcats were playing very good football coming down the stretch in 2016, and they are hoping it will continue in 2017. Is there a chance that K-State could sneak up on everyone, and actually win the Big 12? Well, it hasn’t ever happened before, but who are we to crush their dreams?

4. Texas Longhorns

Predicted finish: 8-4

The Longhorns will face a challenging schedule that will see them play Kansas State, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State in consecutive weeks. New head coach Tom Herman inherits a talented group that outgoing coach Charlie Strong said should win 10 games in 2017. Oh sure, now he says that.

5. TCU Horned Frogs

Predicted finish: 7-5

The Horned Frogs could be a surprise in the conference, if they could get some decent play from senior QB Kenny Hill. Or if the defense could step up, and get some stops….okay, who are we kidding? I just wanted to see if I could say something about a Big 12 defense without laughing. I couldn’t.

6. West Virginia Mountaineers

Predicted finish: 7-5

The Mountaineers have a chance to surprise this year, because they are possibly the only team in the entire conference that actually plays anything resembling defense. Last year, they allowed just 24 points per game. So it is almost like defense. Like Dana Holgorsen almost has hair on top of his head.

7. Baylor Bears

Predicted finish: 6-6

Baylor hired former Temple coach Matt Rhule, who has no ties to Art Briles, or Baylor, or even Texas. Rhule and his staff were given mops, and lysol, and hazmat suits upon arrival in Waco, “Get that mess all cleaned up, Matt, and let’s never bring it up again.”

8. Texas Tech Red Raiders

Predicted finish: 4-8

Head coach Kliff Kingsbury is entering his 5th season in Lubbock, and his tenure has been a mixed bag. The Red Raiders have posted some amazing passing numbers, but inconsistencies in the running game, and poor defenses have been the cause of a below .500 record. Kingsbury’s job could be on the line this season, and considering the holes on this roster, he may want to update that resume very soon.

9. Iowa State Cyclones

Predicted finish: 4-8

The Cyclones went 3-9 last season, and that included a home loss to FCS school Northern Iowa. The good news is that this team should be able to get four or five wins. The bad news is that those pesky Northern Iowa Panthers are on the schedule again.

10. Kansas Jayhawks

Predicted finish: 1-11

Head coach David Beaty has actually done a pretty amazing job assembling some semblance of talent in Lawrence. You might not be able to tell, because he has gone 2-22 in his two seasons there. There is some actual progress here, and this year when the Jayhawks win three games, it will all come to fruition.

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The Daly Dose College Football Preview: The Big 12

We now turn our attention to a conference that could be looking to expand and add a few teams to make it a true super conference. Or maybe the Big 12 will collapse completely and go away forever.

Either way.

Big 12

1. Oklahoma Sooners

Predicted finish: 10-2

Baker Mayfield took over the QB position in Norman last year, and took the Sooners all the way to the College Football Playoff with his high-risk gambling pirate style. But then we saw what he did against Clemson in the Orange Bowl. Arrrgh!

2. Oklahoma State Cowboys   

Predicted finish: 9-3

Okie State actually has a chance to contend in this conference, as they return 10 starters from an offense that averaged almost 40 points per game last year. But the Cowboys do also have to play defense. And I think we all know how that usually turns out.

3. TCU Horned Frogs

Predicted finish: 9-3

The Horned Frogs are going to miss talented QB Trevone Boykin. Can Texas A&M transfer Kenny Hill take the reins? Or will he get beat out, cry about it, and transfer again? No seriously, I’m asking.

4. Baylor Bears

Predicted finish: 9-3

The Bears lost some major talent on both sides of the ball, and then Art Briles got fired because his players were quite literally raping and pillaging the Baylor campus. So the win total will probably go down this year, but the crime numbers will drop too.

5. Texas Longhorns

Predicted finish: 8-4   

The team that might stand to benefit the most from Baylor’s slide might be Texas, who has been patching together their roster over the past two seasons. Now they are finally  assembling some talent. So maybe they only lose to Notre Dame by 20 in this year’s opener instead of 50.

6. West Virginia Mountaineers

Predicted finish: 7-5   

The WVU offense has some studs. Skyler Howard, Shelton Gibson, and Daikiel Shorts could compare to former Mountaineer greats Geno Smith, Tavon Austin, and Stedman Bailey. Which means they will put up some big meaningless numbers this year and then get punched in the face in the NFL.

7. Texas Tech Red Raiders

Predicted finish: 6-6   

Texas Tech is like a big budget summer blockbuster movie. Yes, there will be special effects (high powered offense). But there will also be poor acting (no defense). And we ultimately know the outcome: the plot goes nowhere, and we end up with diarrhea from all that butter on the popcorn.

8. Kansas State

Predicted finish: 5-7   

Sure, Bill Snyder is 104 years old, but he has the passion and exuberance of an 87 year old.

9. Iowa State Cyclones

Predicted finish: 4-8

You might look at this pick and think I am down on the Cyclones, but look who’s picking them to double their win total from a year ago! This mostly drunk guy!

10. Kansas Jayhawks   

Predicted finish: 1-11

Aww come on, it isn’t that bad, Jayhawk fans. OK, maybe it is.

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The Daly Dose Sports College Football Bottom 5 Power Rankings!

Oh sure, it is easy to pick who the great teams are.

Anyone can do that.

But it takes a special eye to pick out the truly horrible teams.

And now you probably need to make sure that your favorite team didn’t make the list.

Bottom 5

Team/Record Last game/Next game Outlook
1. Wyoming Cowboys 0-5

Last week: 1

Last game: Lost @Appalachian State 31-13

Next game: Sat. vs. Air Force

I can’t figure out why the Cowboys have been so bad this season, losing their five games by an average of two touchdowns, but I’m pretty sure playing in cowboy boots hasn’t helped.
2. Kansas Jayhawks 0-4

Last week: 2

Last game: Lost @ Iowa State 38-13

Next game: Sat. @ #3 Baylor

The Jayhawks have allowed 41 points to South Dakota State and 55 points to Memphis. So I guess we are going to see if the third digit on the Kansas scoreboard works this week against Baylor aren’t we?
3. New Mexico State Aggies 0-4

Last week: 3

Last game: Lost vs. New Mexico 38-29

Next game: Sat. @ #14 Ole Miss

Unlike some of the teams on this list the Aggies have actually been close in a few games, losing by two to Georgia State and by three to UTEP. And that counts for something doesn’t it? Well…no. Actually…it doesn’t count for anything.
4. North Texas Mean Green 0-4

Last week: 4

Last game: Lost @Southern Miss 49-14

Next game: Sat. vs. Portland State

With losses to SMU and Rice it would seem that while the University of North Texas football team might indeed be green. They are, in truth not all that mean.
5. Texas Longhorns 1-4

Last week: 5

Last game: Lost @TCU 50-7

Next game: Sat. vs. #10 Oklahoma

So apparently Bevo XIV the 2,100 longhorn steer that serves as the mascot for Texas is sickly and will not make the trip to Norman for the Red River Shootout on Saturday. He obviously saw the TCU game.

The Daly Dose Sports Big 12 College Football Preview

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?

Big12

Team Predicted finish Outlook
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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