Big 12: Oklahoma State
It sort of got blown off as last season went on, but the Cowboys needed to scramble just to go bowling.
They were fun, exciting, and maddeningly inconsistent at times – scoring just 17 points against Texas Tech and 12 against Kansas State, losing both – with a thrilling victory over Texas the midst of a rough run.
It took a wild win over West Virginia to get bowl eligible, and they took out Missouri in the Liberty Bowl to finish with a winning season for the 13th straight year.
This year’s team won’t have to work so hard.
The receiving corps will be among the best in a loaded Big 12, four starters return to the offensive line, and the secondary – possibly the most important part in a pass happy conference – returns almost intact.
The offense will be able to keep up with anyone, it’ll be balanced, and it’ll get time to tune up with at Oregon State, McNeese State and at Tulsa to kick things off. In all, five of the first six games are against teams that didn’t go bowling, and there’s only one trip away from Oklahoma in November.
Don’t be stunned if the Cowboys find their way into the Big 12 Championship.