Three Sentence College Football Team Previews: Big 12

Three Sentence College Football Team Previews: Big 12

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Three Sentence College Football Team Previews: Big 12

Three Sentence College Football Team Previews: Big 12


Quick three sentence previews giving you what you absolutely need to know about every Big 12 team going into the 2017 season. 


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Here’s what you absolutely you need to know about every team – previewing the Big 12 here – in three sentences, with links to the full-blown team previews if you’d like to dive in further.

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Baylor Bears

– It’s not going to be the high-powered offense Baylor fans are used to, but the pro-style attack should be effective thanks to a good rushing punch to balance out the attack a bit more.

– Really, really lousy at times throughout last year – especially over the second half of the regular season – the defense should be able to get into the backfield and to the quarterback, but this needs to be a tougher all-around group.

– No one’s expecting miracles right away under new head man Matt Rhule, but there’s way too much talent – and the schedule just easy enough – to expect another bowl run and at least seven wins.

– Baylor Preview | Schedule & Prediction

Iowa State Cyclones

– While the skill players are good enough to keep up with just about anyone in the Big 12, the O line might need a while to come together with four starters needing to be replaced.

– Thanks to the emergence of former quarterback Joel Lanning, the linebacking corps might be terrific, while the secondary is loaded with veterans and talent for a defense that should be far stronger than 102nd in the nation – what it was last year.

– There’s way too many positives to accept anything less than a winning season, but it’s a solid year for the Big 12 and there aren’t a whole slew of sure-thing victories on the slate.

– Iowa State Preview | Schedule & Prediction

Kansas Jayhawks

– It’s up to former TCU co-offensive coordinator Doug Meachem to try breaking some life into an offense that has a few nice receivers and good-looking running backs, but finished 120th in the country in scoring last season.

– DE Dorance Armstrong might be among the best linemen in college football, but there aren’t enough playmakers around him for a defense that’s going to be soft again against the run.

– Anything other than total and utter misery will be a positive step forward for a program that’s done absolutely nothing under head coach David Beaty – but expect another rough year.

– Kansas Preview | Schedule & Prediction

Kansas State Wildcats

– While it might not be flashy and splashy and dashy, the Wildcat offense should be as efficient and effective as any in the conference – at least for what it does – with a fantastic O line, a few okay receivers, and QB Jesse Ertz back to lead the way.

– As always, the hope is for the Kansas State try-hard types to shine on defense – especially around Will Geary and a great line – but losing an outstanding group of linebackers hurts.

– While everyone will be picking Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and even Texas to be the main players in the Big 12 title chase, don’t be shocked if Kansas State puts together a strong enough season to end up in the new championship game.

– Kansas State Preview | Schedule & Prediction

Oklahoma Sooners

– Obviously, the spotlight is glaring on new head coach Lincoln Riley, who’ll take the blame if another loaded Oklahoma squad doesn’t make it three straight Big 12 titles with at least a flirtation with the College Football Playoff.

– QB Baker Mayfield will once against be Heisman-finalist worthy, but the line should be among the best in the country, but the O needs the supporting cast to step up and help the cause with WR Dede Westbrook gone along with RBs Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon.

– It won’t be a brick wall of a defense, but there’s just enough talent to hold serve if the linebackers are more than just pedestrian and the secondary can come up with its share of big plays in Big 12 shootouts.

– Oklahoma Preview | Schedule & Prediction

Oklahoma State Cowboys

– Be severely disappointed is this isn’t one of the top five offenses in college football, with QB Mason Rudolph and WR James Washington a killer pitch-catch combo, and enough talent at running back to occasionally balance things out.

– The defense will get hit by big plays in shootout after shootout, mainly because the secondary is iffy behind an okay front seven that’ll be okay at times, but won’t come up with enough gamechanging plays.

– Oklahoma should be the Big 12’s strongest team by the end of the season, and there are too many good teams in the league to run through it without at least a blemish, it’ll be a massive failure if a team this good doesn’t at least get to the Big 12 Championship.

– Oklahoma State Preview | Schedule & Prediction

TCU Horned Frogs

– The offense that sputtered way too often needs to hope for QB Kenny Hill to become the consistent superstar passer everyone thought he’d be when he started at Texas A&M, while the receiving corps and running backs should be deadly.

– TCU doesn’t usually have two mediocre defensive seasons in a row, and it won’t have a problem this year if the line can come together in a hurry to hold up its end of the bargain in front of an amazing linebacking corps.

– No one’s talking much this offseason about TCU as a Big 12 title contender, and that’s a huge mistake considering how good the coaching staff is, and with a good enough group of talents to be able to beat anyone in the conference.

– TCU Preview | Schedule & Prediction

Texas Longhorns

– Former Ohio State offensive coordinator Tim Beck will have to make new head coach Tom Herman’s offense shine, and that won’t be a problem with a special line, a nice group of receivers, and if he really does nail down the gig, a great quarterback in Shane Buechele leading a passing game that’ll make up for the loss of star RB D’Onta Foreman.

– Defensive coordinator Todd Orlando comes over from Houston, and now his first job will be to get the shockingly soft group to tackle, tackle, tackle – the Longhorns have to be far more physical after getting steamrolled over.

– Forget about the new guy getting his feet wet, Charlie Strong left the cupboard fully stocked, and now it’ll be up to Herman to prove right away that he’s the right guy by taking the Longhorns to the Big 12 title game.

– Texas Preview | Schedule & Prediction

Texas Tech Red Raiders

– Even with QB Patrick Mahomes now a Kansas City Chief, it’s Texas Tech, so the passing game will continue to be among the best in the nation helped by a loaded receiving corps, all the top running backs returning, and a good-looking replacement for Mahomes in Nic Shimonek.

– The defense that couldn’t do anything right last season has to find one thing it does well, with a bad front line needing to occasionally hold up against the run, and the secondary that could use some help from a better pass rush.

– If it’s not a make-or-break season for favorite son head coach Kliff Kingsbury, it’s awfully close, needing to at least go bowling to be assured of keeping his gig – it’ll be close.

– Texas Tech Preview | Schedule & Prediction

West Virginia Mountaineers

– Will Grier, Will Grier, Will Grier – the former Florida quarterback is expected to step in right away and make the Mountaineer offense shine, but he’ll get some help with RB Justin Crawford and a running game that’ll be decent in time.

– There are just enough defensive holes to be concerned, but as far as Big 12 defenses go, West Virginia’s will be good enough as long as the corners are good out of the gate, and if the pass rusher is steadier against the better conference quarterbacks.

– 2016 was supposed to be West Virginia’s big season, and while this might be a bit of a step-back year, it should be just good enough to finish in the top half of the Big 12 and possibly in the top three – just not in the top two for the Big 12 Championship.
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– West Virginia Preview | Schedule & Prediction

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