2016 CollegeFootballNews.com Midseason Top Big 12 Players, Coaches, Rankings, Games, Surprise & Disappointments
2016 Big 12 Midseason Roundup & Analysis
There’s still hope to get into the College Football Playoff hunt with Baylor and West Virginia still unbeaten, but realistically, it’s going to be tough to get a team into the big four for a second straight year.
Oklahoma losing to Houston to start the year didn’t exactly set a tone, but it was hardly a positive considering the Sooners were supposed to be front and center in the CFP race. Getting roasted by Ohio State didn’t help, either.
Texas losing to Cal ruined the fun of beating Notre Dame, Oklahoma State lost Central Michigan – controversial as it was – TCU lost to Arkansas and Kansas State lost to Stanford – the league just hasn’t been able to put it all together.
Eight of the ten teams have two losses or more, but the Big 12 title chase should be a fun fight with everyone – including Iowa State and Kansas – competitive enough to hang with everyone else.
Big 12 Midseason Offensive Player
QB Baker Mayfield, Jr. Oklahoma
The season might not be going the way Oklahoma wanted – at least so far – but Mayfield has been Mayfield again completing 69% of his throws for 1,457 yards and 12 scores with four picks, and he’s rushed for three scores. There are plenty of good, strong quarterbacks throughout the Big 12 this season, but Mayfield is getting it done again.
Big 12 Midseason Defensive Player
CB Jordan Thomas, Jr. Oklahoma
He only has 15 tackles on the year, and he got roasted for a score against Texas, but he also dominated the Longhorns at times with four broken up passes, coming off a great day against TCU. In the pass-happy Big 12, a playmaking cover-corner is worth his weight in gold.
Big 12 Midseason Top 10 Players
1. QB Baker Mayfield, Jr. Oklahoma
2. QB Patrick Mahomes, Jr. Texas Tech
3. WR James Washington, Jr. Oklahoma State
4. RB D’Onta Foreman, Jr. Texas
5. QB Mason Rudolph, Jr. Oklahoma State
6. CB Jordan Thomas, Jr. Oklahoma
7. DE Jordan Willis, Sr. Kansas State
8. RB Samaje Perine, Jr. Oklahoma
9. QB Kenny Hill, Jr. TCU
10. WR Jonathan Giles, Soph. Texas Tech
Big 12 Midseason Coach Rankings
1. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia
2. Jim Grobe, Baylor
3. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma
4. Matt Campbell, Iowa State
5. Bill Snyder, Kansas State
6. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State
7. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech
8. Charlie Strong, Texas
9. Gary Patterson, TCU
10. David Beaty, Kansas
Big 12 Midseason Three Best Games
1. Texas 50, Notre Dame 47, 2OT, Sept. 4
2. Arkansas 41, Texas 38, OT, Sept. 10
3. West Virginia 35, BYU 32, Sept. 24
Big 12 Midseason Best Surprise
Texas QB Shane Buechele. There actually aren’t a lot of crazy surprises – Baylor was supposed to do this with the light and breezy schedule. Buechele was supposed to be good, but to be so strong as a true freshman with over 1,200 passing yards, 11 scores, just four picks and a rushing touchdowns, he’s exactly what the Longhorns have needed to be the star of the offense for the next four years.
Big 12 Midseason Biggest Disappointment
TCU’s defense The Texas secondary is No. 1A on the list. The question mark was supposed to be the offense that needed to retool and reboot a bit, but Kenny Hill – throat slash against Arkansas aside – has been terrific. However, the defense was supposed to be a rock with all the returning talent and experience. No one really plays D in the Big 12 other than Kansas State, but the Horned Frogs have been stunningly bad.
Big 12 Midseason – We Were Right On …
The Kansas State D The defense returned loaded with experience and toughness across the board, and it’s all coming through with the best D in the Big 12 by far. Even with games against Stanford, West Virginia and Texas Tech on the slate, the Wildcats are allowing just 310 yards per game – 30 fewer yards than Baylor and more than 100 fewer than the Big 12’s No. 3 D, West Virginia.
Big 12 Midseason – We Were Wrong On …
Texas The defense really does have talent. It really has skill and upside in the secondary, and it really has the pieces falling into place. But the D couldn’t come up with a stop against Cal, and Oklahoma State was a game it had to win. The record should be 4-1 and not 2-3, and now the pressure is really on.