Going into the summer, welcome to the post-spring football rankings for all the Big 12 teams.
Based on how good the teams appear to be after spring ball, welcome to the Big 12 post-spring football rankings. The 2015 record is next to each team.
10. Kansas (0-12)
After years of misery, can there be something positive to build on? As long as the Jayhawks are a little more competitive, that’ll be a start, but it’ll take a massive upset to bust through the Big 12 dry spell. The offense has to come up with something it can rely on.
9. Iowa State (3-9)
New head coach Matt Campbell has a superstar running back in Mike Warren to work things around, but he needs the defense to pull out something shocking to make this a decent first season. The running game will be good, but it won’t be enough.
8. Kansas State (6-7)
The Wildcats are going to run the ball, rely on a decent defense, try to keep the mistakes to a minimum, and control games by grinding them out. Will they have enough defensive toughness to keep the high-powered Big 12 offenses off the field?
7. Texas Tech (7-6)
The defense is going to continue to be a big, big problem, but the offense should start to be just a little bit better – that’s all it could take. There’s not enough there to win the Big 12, but the Red Raiders will start to win their share of battles.
6. West Virginia (8-5)
After a scintillating bowl performance, the offense should keep the momentum going with one of the best juggernauts in the Big 12. Can the defense hold its own with a secondary that needs to be rebuilt? It’ll be a fun season with lots and lots of firefights.
5. Texas (5-7)
The pressure is on Charlie Strong, but he finally has a team to win with. It’s going to be an interesting year no matter what. The tremendous running backs will carry the team for a while, but the quarterback situation has to be settled and the defense has to replace several key players coming off an awful season.
4. TCU (11-2)
The Horned Frogs had to deal with key defensive losses over the past few years and came out okay. This time around it’s the offense that needs help and needs to replace the key parts. Eight starters are gone, but this time around the defense will pick up the slack.
3. Oklahoma State (10-3)
QB Mason Rudolph has grown into his role and now should be among the Big 12’s best and most productive passers. Ten starters are back to the dangerous attack that should be unstoppable at times, while the defense will be more than fine despite losing pass rushing terror Emmanuel Ogbah and CB Kevin Peterson.
2. Baylor (10-3)
Seth Russell wasn’t healthy this spring, and Jarrett Stidham is still battling, but no matter how it all shakes out, the quarterback situation will be terrific. Baylor needs help on the lines, though, losing four starters on the offensive side and three on the defensive front. It all started to come together in spring ball, but that’s going to be the focus in fall camp.
1. Oklahoma (11-2)
Can Baker Mayfield stay healthy? That’s going to be the one big question mark, because everything else is there including a killer running game, a good-enough receiving corps, and a defense that’s just good enough to overcome the loss of key playmakers Eric Striker, Charles Tapper and Zack Sanchez. Last year’s team found its groove, and now everyone knows what they’re doing. The results should be amazing.