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.


5. Oklahoma State

For the second straight year there are some big offensive losses, but this time around, they’re not quite as bad. Former Hawaii transfer Dru Brown or Spencer Sanders should add more mobility to the quarterback situation, and they have good targets to work with.

Tyron Johnson is leaving early, but leading receiver Tylan Wallace and three of the top four receivers return. RB Justice Hill is gone, but Chuba Hubbard is more than fine as the No. 1 guy behind a line that gets back four starters.

The defensive front is the issue. The linebacking corps needs more options, and the early NFL entry of Jordan Brailford means that three of the top six tacklers are gone. The secondary returned loaded with experience, and the defense tackle situation is fine.

Final 2018 Record: 7-6 (3-6)
2018 Big 12 Conference Finish: T7
2018 Prespring Big 12 Conference Ranking: 3
Biggest Issue To Fix: Run Defense
Biggest Depth Chart Positive: Defensive Backs
Biggest Depth Chart Negative: Defensive Line
– Oklahoma State Schedule Analysis

4. Iowa State

The 2018 Cyclones proved that the 2017 version was no fluke, but can they overcome the loss of star WR Hakeem Butler and RB David Montgomery? The running game was an issue with Montgomery, and now he’s going to the NFL early. However, all five starters are expected to be back up front, the receiving corps should be okay, and Brock Purdy is one of the Big 12’s new star quarterbacks.

There’s a whole lot to like on a defense that should have one of the league’s best groups of safeties. Corner is a concern, and the linebacking corps is a bit thin, but the line is strong, and six of the eight top tacklers return.

Final 2018 Record: 8-5 (6-3)
2018 Big 12 Conference Finish: T3
2018 Prespring Big 12 Conference Ranking: 7
Biggest Issue To Fix: Rushing Offense
Biggest Depth Chart Positive: Quarterback
Biggest Depth Chart Negative: Cornerback
– Iowa State Schedule Analysis

3. TCU

Gary Patterson has to find more offense, more scoring, more passing, more …  everything, at least offensively. Justin Rogers or Kansas State transfer Alex Delton need to rise up into the starting quarterback job, but they have a loaded backfield to hand off to behind a terrific-looking line. Jalen Reagor is a weapon, but three of the top five receivers are gone.

Seven of the top eight tacklers have to be replaced, but the defensive tackles are good and the corners should be solid. The linebacking corps and the pass rush could use a boost, but it’s TCU – everything will be fine.

Final 2018 Record: 7-6 (4-5)
2018 Big 12 Conference Finish: T5
2018 Prespring Big 12 Conference Ranking: 5
Biggest Issue To Fix: Stop Turning the Ball Over
Biggest Depth Chart Positive: Running Back
Biggest Depth Chart Negative: Defensive End
– TCU Schedule Analysis

2. Texas

Everyone will fall in love with the Longhorns after the way the 2018 season ended, but there’s a whole lot of work to do with four of the top five and seven of the top ten tacklers gone. The front six/seven needs to undergo a complete overhaul, and the secondary needs the young cornerbacks to come through.

Sam Ehlinger is the star quarterback and the face of the franchise, but he has to stay in one piece with Shane Buechele transferring. Top receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey is leaving early, but Collin Johnson coming back was a huge break. The O line returns just two starters, and leading rusher Tre Watson is done. However, the backs are fine.

Final 2018 Record: 10-4 (7-2)
2018 Big 12 Conference Finish: 2
2018 Prespring Big 12 Conference Ranking: 2
Biggest Issue To Fix: Better Rushing Offense
Biggest Depth Chart Positive: Offensive Backfield
Biggest Depth Chart Negative: Defensive Line
– Texas Schedule Analysis

1. Oklahoma

As good as Jalen Hurts is, it’s asking way, way too much to expect him to be another Kyler Murray or Baker Mayfield when it comes to stats. When it comes to winning a College Football Playoff game, through … OU might just get another shot in the big tournament. He leads another amazing backfield, the receiving corps is strong despite the loss of Hollywood Brown to the NFL, and the O line that was so fantastic should be almost as good.

The Sooner defense has miles to go to be merely decent, but at least the experience is there with the front three returning and all five starters in the secondary back. The top eight and almost all of the top tacklers return. It was a really, really young D – it won’t be worse. However, the kicking game should take a big step back losing Austin Seibert.

Final 2018 Record: 12-2 (8-1)
2018 Big 12 Conference Finish: 1
2018 Prespring Big 12 Conference Ranking: 1
Biggest Issue To Fix: Defense, Defense, Defense
Biggest Depth Chart Positive: Offensive Backfield
Biggest Depth Chart Negative: Kicker/Punter
– Oklahoma Schedule Analysis

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