Big 12 2019 Pre-Spring Rankings, Depth Chart Projections, Biggest Issues

Big 12 2019 Pre-Spring Rankings, Depth Chart Projections, Biggest Issues

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Big 12 2019 Pre-Spring Rankings, Depth Chart Projections, Biggest Issues

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The 2019 pre-spring rankings and depth chart lookahead and projections for the Big 12.


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It was a terrific year for the conference, and 2019 should be even better with all ten teams having something to get fired up about, a new beginning, and/or plenty of positives to build on.

Here’s the problem, and it’s a good one for the league – everyone should be stronger. Go ahead and put teams 2 through 7 into a bucket, rearrange them, and you might have the order correct.

These can and will change after spring ball and going into the season, but for now, as a starting point, welcome to your pre-everything early ranking of all the Big 12 teams.

10. Kansas

There’s just enough to like to think that the right coach and a few tweaks – okay, major tweaks – can change everything around. Enter Les Miles, a tremendous get for a program that needed a shot in the arm.

There are just five current head coaches with a national title on the resumé, and the Jayhawks have one. Kansas needs to decide on its quarterback right away between Carter Stanley and Miles Kendrick, but the O line isn’t bad, and the backfield could be great depending on the status of Pooka Williams, but most of the top receivers are gone.

Six of the top ten tacklers are gone with the linebacking corps and defensive tackles an issue. However, the secondary is full of experience and should be what the new coaching staff builds around.

Final 2018 Record: 3-9 (1-8)
2018 Big 12 Conference Finish: 10
2018 Prespring Big 12 Conference Ranking: 10
Biggest Issue To Fix: Downfield Passing
Biggest Depth Chart Positive: Defensive Backs
Biggest Depth Chart Negative: Defensive Interior
– Kansas Schedule Analysis

9. Kansas State

The Wildcats don’t need a total rebuild, but head coach Chris Klieman does have some work to do to crank up a program that should at least be a part of the Big 12 title chase.

Experience isn’t a problem. The loss of RB Alex Barnes early to the NFL not only takes away the top rusher, but there isn’t a back on the roster who has gained a yard – that’s where Ball State transfer James Gilbert comes in. The receiving corps is fine, and there’s enough talent up front to not worry too much about the line.

Everyone is back on the defensive line, but Klieman and defensive coordinator Scottie Hazelton have to generate a pass rush from the group. Seven of the top nine tacklers are back, and the secondary should be okay if it’s helped from some pressure up front.

Final 2018 Record: 5-7 (3-6)
2018 Big 12 Conference Finish: T7
2018 Prespring Big 12 Conference Ranking: 6
Biggest Issue To Fix: Passing Offense
Biggest Depth Chart Positive: Defensive Line
Biggest Depth Chart Negative: Running Back
– Kansas State Schedule Analysis

8. Texas Tech

New head coach Matt Wells gets a decently-stocked cupboard, especially at quarterback if Alan Bowman is healthy and can adjust to the changes in the system. Finding new receivers is never a problem for the program, but Antoine Wesley left early. Da’Leon Ward is back to be a part of the running game behind a veteran line that returns four starters.

The nightmare of a secondary at least gets the top corners back, but safety is a concern. Even without Dakota Allen, the linebacking corps should be fine, but the line needs to be more productive and needs reinforcements and depth inside and out.

Final 2018 Record: 5-7 (3-6)
2018 Big 12 Conference Finish: T7
2018 Prespring Big 12 Conference Ranking: 9
Biggest Issue To Fix: Pass Defense
Biggest Depth Chart Positive: Quarterback
Biggest Depth Chart Negative: Defensive Line
– Texas Tech Schedule Analysis

7. Baylor

Being able to keep Matt Rhule from the New York Jets was the offseason’s biggest win, and now the program appears to be on the verge of taking off. Charlie Brewer has established himself as a rising Big 12 star quarterback, but he could use a few more targets to work. Three starters return up front, and everyone is back in the backfield.

The defensive line loses just enough to be annoying, but the linebackers are all back and six of the top seven tacklers return. Can the secondary be better and more consistent? Depth has to emerge along with a good rotation.

Final 2018 Record: 7-6 (4-5)
2018 Big 12 Conference Finish: T5
2018 Prespring Big 12 Conference Ranking: 8
Biggest Issue To Fix: Generating Takeaways
Biggest Depth Chart Positive: Quarterback
Biggest Depth Chart Negative: Defensive line
– Baylor Schedule Analysis

6. West Virginia

Just assume that the receivers are going to rise up under new head coach Neal Brown. Three of the top four pass catchers are gone, but Oklahoma transfer quarterback Austin Kendall is a huge plus, and the running game should be great with a deep group of backs working behind a line that gets back four starters from the bowl game.

There’s experience in the secondary, but top tackler David Long is gone early from the linebacking corps. In all, six of the top nine tacklers are back, but not having safeties Dravon Askew-Henry and Toyous Avery will sting. Finding more options on the defensive line will be a must this spring.

Final 2018 Record: 8-4 (6-3)
2018 Big 12 Conference Finish: T3
2018 Prespring Big 12 Conference Ranking: 4
Biggest Issue To Fix: Return Game
Biggest Depth Chart Positive: Running Backs
Biggest Depth Chart Negative: Defensive Linemen
West Virginia Schedule Analysis

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