Preview 2018: Big 12 Team Rankings

Preview 2018: Big 12 Team Rankings

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Preview 2018: Big 12 Team Rankings


Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the Big 12 season with the team rankings.


Preview 2018: Big 12 Team Rankings

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This is NOT a prediction of how the teams will finish. They’re the rankings of how good the teams are going into the season.

Big 12 Rankings

10. Kansas

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– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense

Should be ranked higher because … the team is absolutely loaded with experience. With almost everyone back, and with a whole slew of JUCO transfers in the mix, veterans aren’t the problem.

Should be ranked lower because … talent is still the problem. There are too many good enough parts in place to go winless in the Big 12 again, but outside of LB Joe Dineen and DT Daniel Wise, there isn’t a whole lot to get fired up about.

2017 Final Big 12 CFN Ranking: 10
2017 Preseason Big 12 Ranking: 10

9. Baylor

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– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense

Should be ranked higher because … there’s a lot coming back to hope for a big turnaround in Year Two of the Matt Rhule era. The skill parts are strong enough to expect more, but it’s the defense that should make the biggest jump.

Should be ranked lower because … the offensive line isn’t going to be up to Big 12 snuff, and while the defense will be better, it’s going to take a while before it does what Rhule needs.

2017 Final Big 12 CFN Ranking: 9
2017 Preseason Big 12 Ranking: 7

8. Texas Tech

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– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense

Should be ranked higher because … the best players are actually on the defensive side. Dakota Allen and the linebackers are among the league’s best, and the secondary is loaded with safety talent.

Should be ranked lower because … the skill players are still a major question mark. Of course the Texas Tech offense is going to be fine, but a starting quarterback has to emerge, and playmakers have to rise up in fall camp.

2017 Final Big 12 CFN Ranking: 8
2017 Preseason Big 12 Ranking: 8

7. Iowa State

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– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense

Should be ranked higher because … Matt Campbell is still the head coach and not off somewhere else, and he has a special running back in David Montgomery to revolve the offense around. The secondary is more than good enough to keep the team in games.

Should be ranked lower because … there are massive losses at receiver, and the defensive line isn’t going to be quite the rock it was last season. Overall, the firepower won’t be there to keep up with the better Big 12 offenses.

2017 Final Big 12 CFN Ranking: 7
2017 Preseason Big 12 Ranking: 9

6. Texas

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– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense

Should be ranked higher because … there are just enough interesting new parts to the mix to fill in the blanks. Getting Rice OT Calvin Anderson is a huge plus, and landing Cal RB Tre Watson will make a big difference. If the quarterback play is better, the receiving corps will blow up.

Should be ranked lower because … the quarterback play will be fine. Fine won’t get it done in enough key games. The defense should progress and be among the league’s best, but the other side needs to score more points on a more consistent basis.

2017 Final Big 12 CFN Ranking: 4
2017 Preseason Big 12 Ranking: 2

5. Kansas State

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– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense

Should be ranked higher because … the offensive line has the potential to be the Big 12’s best, and the offensive backfield is special with two good quarterbacks along with RB Alex Barnes.

Should be ranked lower because … outside of end Reggie Walker, the defensive front seven it’s anything amazing. The ground game might be excellent at times, but there isn’t enough pop to the passing game.

2017 Final Big 12 CFN Ranking: 6
2017 Preseason Big 12 Ranking: 5

4. TCU

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– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense

Should be ranked higher because … the defense will be special again. The Horned Frog front six/seven is outstanding on the ends and has a special linebacker in Ty Summers to work around. The skill guys on the offensive side are solid, but …

Should be ranked lower because … QB Shawn Robinson has to be great in place of Kenny Hill right away. The offense will be good enough as long as the defense does its job, but overall, it’s just average compared to the top Big 12 attacks.

2017 Final Big 12 CFN Ranking: 2
2017 Preseason Big 12 Ranking: 4

3. Oklahoma State

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– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense

Should be ranked higher because … the machine isn’t going to stop just because it lost a few big parts of the passing game. Justice Hill is one of the nation’s best running backs, Justin Phillips and Calvin Bundage lead one of the Big 12’s top linebacking corps, and there’s a ton of talent on both sides.

Should be ranked lower because … losing Mason Rudolph, James Washington, and those parts to the passing game really does matter. The receiving corps is still going to be great, and there are good options at quarterback, but there’s going to be a drop-off.

2017 Final Big 12 CFN Ranking: 3
2017 Preseason Big 12 Ranking: 2

2. West Virginia

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– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense

Should be ranked higher because … the rest of the top Big 12 teams are a bit weaker, and the Mountaineers have the talent to go to another level. QB Will Grier and receivers David Sills and Gary Jennings are just part of the outstanding offensive puzzle. The secondary is going to be good enough to hold serve in shootouts.

Should be ranked lower because … the defensive line isn’t going to be anything special. While the rest of that side of the ball will be okay, the D will be among the league’s bottom five.

2017 Final Big 12 CFN Ranking: 5
2017 Preseason Big 12 Ranking: 6

1. Oklahoma

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– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense 

Should be ranked here because … Kyler Murray isn’t off to play baseball quite yet. He won’t be Baker Mayfield, but he’ll be outstanding. The interior of the offensive line is a killer for RB Rodney Anderson and the ground game, and the defense might just be a wee bit better as the season goes on.

Should be ranked lower because … Kyler Murray isn’t Baker Mayfield. Murray should be good, but there’s a reason Mayfield was the No. 1 overall pick. This is a complete team, but the West Virginia offense should be a bit better than OU’s, and the TCU and Texas defenses should be stronger, too.

2017 Final Big 12 CFN Ranking: 1
2017 Preseason Big 12 Ranking: 1

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