2017 Big 12 Prespring Rankings & 3 Key Storylines

2017 Big 12 Prespring Rankings & 3 Key Storylines

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2017 Big 12 Prespring Rankings & 3 Key Storylines

Big 12 Prespring Preview, Rankings, Key Storylines


Ranking and breaking down the Big 12 teams as the spring football season starts to kick in.


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What does each ACC team have to work on this spring? What are the main storylines? How good are the teams going into the key part of the offseason? Ranking all the ACC teams based on how they look now, and what each team needs to do.

– CFN Prespring Rankings & Lookaheads No. 1 to 130
Big 12 Schedule Analysis

2017 Big 12 Prespring Rankings & 3 Key Storylines

10. Kansas Jayhawks

– Just how good is Washington State transfer Peyton Bender? With Montell Cozart transferring, the QB situation has to be a rock right away.

– How much pressure is there compared to the past few seasons? Head coach Dave Beaty has needed time to build up a bad situation, but there has to be a massive leap forward. How much does that change the spring approach?

– The return game has to be better. The Jayhawks have to score, they have to be better defensively, and they nee to come up with wins – there’s a ton of work to do. Special tams might not seem that important, but they were dead last in the nation in punt returns and averaged under 19 yards per kickoff return.
Full Prespring Analysis

9. Iowa State Cyclones

– Offensive line, offensive line, offensive line. The Cyclones need to replace four starters up front.

– Defensive line, defensive line, defensive line. With three starters done on the defensive front three, this might be a more important area than the O line.

– Can the quarterback rotation keep on working? Will any of the options step up and be too good to keep off the field?
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8. Texas Tech Red Raiders

– Replacing Patrick Mahomes – that’s not going to be easy. The receivers are great, the system is sound, but the Red Raiders need a new triggerman.

– The secondary has to be far stronger. Three starters have to be replaced from the nation’s fourth-worst pass defense.

– Defense, defense, defense. The offense is going to do its part and work just fine, but the nation’s worst scoring D has to find one thing that works well.
Full Prespring Analysis

7. Baylor Bears

– Anything interesting happen in Waco lately? Can new head man Matt Rhule get the program to focus on playing football well, when more important matters keep swirling around the school?

– Penalties. The Bears haven’t cared about them over the past several year, but they’re not good enough now to finish last in the nation in penalties and penalty yards like they were last year.

– Just how much will the offense and the team change? Will the defense start to look and play stronger? Will the passing game still be amazing? It’ll be an interesting spring on the field.
Full Prespring Analysis

6. West Virginia Mountaineers

– How is Will Grier going to look? It’s not like the Florida transfer is coming in out of the mothballs, but there’s a lot of hope being put into him becoming a star for the offense.

– The receiving corps needs some work. The new guys should be more than fine, but the passing attack has several new moving parts.

– Can the secondary be better without four of the five starters returning? A few of the key backups are gone, too, from the nation’s 104th-ranked pass defense.
Full Prespring Analysis

5. Kansas State Wildcats

– The biggest storyline overall is the health of head coach Bill Snyder. He’s claiming that all is fine in his fight with throat cancer, but his status and progress will outweigh everything and anything on the field.

– How quickly can the linebacking corps be back up to snuff? Last year’s group was a killer, and now it’s starting over looking for three new starters.

– Now that the offense is absolutely, positively up to QB Jesse Ertz to run, how does the stability make the attack more dangerous?
Full Prespring Analysis

4. Oklahoma State Cowboys

–  Just how much better can the passing game be? Ninth in the nation last year, now it’s expected to go through the roof with QB Mason Rudolph and WR James Washington returning.

– Defensive tackle. On a defense that loses a ton of key talent, how quickly can the interior be a rock again without its two solid starters?

– All secondaries are going to struggle in the Big 12, but losing CB Ashton Lumpkin and S Jordan Sterns isn’t going to help a pass defense that gave up 253 yards per game.
Full Prespring Analysis

3. TCU Horned Frogs

– Okay, Kenny Hill. Time to be fantastic. When he was on, he looked like one of the Big 12’s best quarterbacks. But now he has to be even better, more consistent, and far more efficient.

– The defense can’t be that bad again. TCU was fifth in the nation in third down D in 2015, allowing teams to convert just 28% of their chances. Last year, the Horned Frogs were 103rd in the nation allowing teams to hit 44% of the time.

– The defensive ends have to be replaced. It’ll be hard to be much better on D unless the Horned Frogs find good new guys for Josh Carraway and James McFarland.
Full Prespring Analysis

2. Texas Longhorns

– How much will the offense change and how will it look? It won’t be all D’Onta Foreman anymore, and now the O might work around QB Shane Buechele a lot more under the new coaching staff. However, the offense wasn’t the problem, finishing 16th in the nation.

– How quickly can Texas rock under Tom Herman? The pieces are there to be a major player in the Big 12 again right away – there won’t be any honeymoon. The expectations will be through the roof starting this spring.

– The defense has to start tackling better. That was the downfall under Charlie Strong – the veteran group has to be far more physical.
Full Prespring Analysis

1. Oklahoma Sooners

– Just how much will the Baker Mayfield problems matter for the program? Will this be a big distraction, or will be it be business as usual for the offense?

– Wil het secondary be more consistent? The offense will be great, and the preseason hype will be there, but the defensive backfield has to be a bit stronger after giving up 269 yards per game.

– Who’s the new star receiver going to be? It was Sterling Shepard, and then last year Dede Westbrook became an unstoppable playmaker. Who’s the next man up for the OU attack?
Full Prespring Analysis

CFN Prespring Rankings & Lookaheads No. 1 to 130
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