Game Of The Year
Texas vs. Oklahoma (in Dallas), Oct. 6
There are going to be several Game of the Year moments, from Oklahoma’s showdown at TCU on October 20th, to the Sooners going to Morgantown to face West Virginia on November 23rd, to TCU and Texas going at it on September 22nd. But for a whole slew of obvious reasons, the Red River Rivalry – or whatever you want to call it – is going to be the biggest game before the Big 12 Championship.
Tom Herman’s Texas team made it a fight last year before Baker Mayfield went Baker Mayfield in the clutch, but this year, winning might be a must coming off a trip to Kansas State. Win, and the rest of the schedule isn’t bad. For Oklahoma, it still has those dates at TCU and West Virginia – it can’t afford a loss.
5 Big-Time Players Who Deserve A Bigger Spotlight
Five players who have been a bit under the radar on a national level, but should rise up and be among the season’s best players.
1. DE Ben Banogu, Sr. TCU
2. LB Dakota Allen, Sr. Texas Tech
3. S Justus Parker, Jr. West Virginia
4. DE Jordan Brailford, Jr. Oklahoma State
5. WR Denzel Mims, Jr. Baylor
5 Big 12 Coaches On The Hot Seat
Most of the Big 12 coaches are more than fine when it comes to worrying about losing their jobs, but a few are under incredible pressure to start winning now to live up to expectations. When it comes to the idea of the Hot Seat, there’s an interesting blend of coaches who have to win now, or else, and those who have to win now, or next year will be rocky.
1. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech
2. David Beaty, Kansas
3. Tom Herman, Texas
4. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia
5. Matt Rhule, Baylor
5 Non-Conference Games That Big 12 Teams Had Better Take Very, Very Seriously
The Big 12 has a slew of solid non-conference games, but not a lot of massive ones. However, there are plenty of dangerous games that could be a problem if there’s a brain-cramp. UTSA and its tough defense will be a problem for a few Big 12 teams, Army’s offense could throw the curveball on the right day against Oklahoma, and the Sooners have to deal with Lane Kiffin’s FAU squad that’s looking to make a statement.
1. UTSA at Kansas State, Sept. 15
2. Florida Atlantic at Oklahoma, Sept. 1
3. Akron at Iowa State, Sept. 22 4. Army at Oklahoma, Sept. 22
5. South Alabama at Oklahoma State, Sept. 8
5 Best Pro Prospects
1. RB Justice Hill, Jr. Oklahoma State
2. RB David Montgomery, Jr. Iowa State
3. OL Dalton Risner, Sr. Kansas State
3. WR David Sills, Sr. West Virginia
5. QB Will Grier, Sr. West Virginia
5 Biggest Shoes To Fill
1. QB Kyler Murray for Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
2. QB Taylor Cornelius, Keondre Wudtee or Dru Brown for Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State
3. WR Tyron Johnson for James Washington, Oklahoma State
4. OT Bobby Evans for Orlando Brown, Oklahoma
5. QB Shawn Robinson for Kenny Hill, TCU