Big 12 2018 Spring Rankings & Analysis

Big 12 2018 Spring Rankings & Analysis

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Big 12 2018 Spring Rankings & Analysis


The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Big 12.


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Big 12 2018 Spring Rankings

Based on how good the teams appear to be this spring.

10. Kansas Jayhawks

As always, Kansas seems like it should be solid on paper. Experience isn’t an issue with everyone back on offense, several options at the skill spots, and ten starters returning on the defensive side. But getting back veterans hasn’t meant much in the past under David Beaty. Long-suffering Jayhawk fans deserve a break – the program is way overdue for something positive.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

9. Baylor Bears

Baby steps. Getting NC State grad transfer Jalan McClendon might help boost the quarterback situation, but the program has a long way to go under second-year head man Matt Rhule. The lines are experienced, almost all the top skill guys are back, and nine starters return on D. Now everyone has to be a whole lot better.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

8. Texas Tech Red Raiders

All five starters return on the offensive line. Just about everyone else, though, has to be replaced on offense. It’ll be a plug-and-play thing under Kliff Kingsbury – hoping the system can overcome the lack of experience. On the plus side, the secondary gets back everyone, and there’s hope for the veterans on the defensive front to finally bring more production.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

7. Iowa State Cyclones

Can the miracle keep on going? QB Kyle Kempt got another year of eligibility, but Re-al Mitchell might just be better. So what’s the problem? The receiving corps is missing Allen Lazard and some of the stars who made last year happen. The defensive front is just okay – the running game will have to control games to keep the D off the field.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

6. Kansas State Wildcats

This might be way, way too low – don’t be stunned if the Wildcats find their way into the Big 12 Championship. The offense is loaded, with a slew of strong skill spots working behind an improved line. The D might take a hit up front, but the secondary will be good enough to get by – at least compared to last year’s group.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

5. Oklahoma State Cowboys

Oklahoma State occasionally needs to build things back up under Mike Gundy, and then the big things happen. This should be one of those years, even if RB Justice Hill cranks up a fantastic running game. You just don’t get better by losing QB Mason Rudolph and WR James Washington. However, the D might surprise with seven starters back.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

4. TCU Horned Frogs

How quickly can Gary Patterson crank up the lines? Even without Kenny Hill at quarterback, the offense will be more than fine. And it’s TCU, so the defense will be rock-solid with a little tweaking. However, the difference between being good and getting back to the Big 12 Championship might just be about both lines restocking the shelves.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

3. Texas Longhorns

Defense – it’s a novel ideal in the Big 12, and Texas should have another good one. The Longhorns might need steadier quarterback play in Year Two of the Tom Herman era, but the running backs are great and the line – even without Connor Williams – will be terrific. And then there’s the D. It loses stars in the secondary, but there’s a whole lot to like.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

2. West Virginia Mountaineers

Alright, West Virginia, it’s time to take this whole thing under Dana Holgorsen to another level. Getting QB Will Grier and WR David Sills back for another year is everything, especially working behind a solid line. The defense isn’t necessarily along for the ride, but the Mountaineers have to win because they just so happen to have the best quarterback in the conference, and they have the offense, like …
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

1. Oklahoma Sooners

Yeah, the Sooners are going to be great, but they’re hardly a lock for the No. 1 spot. Baker Mayfield might just have been an all-timer who really can’t be instantly replaced, but there’s a world of talent across the rest of the O. The other side of the ball will be just good enough to get by, but like last year, the Sooners will have to win shootouts.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

 

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