4. Big 12
The Jayhawks have enough experience to be better, and the addition of Les Miles as the head man was a stunningly amazing get, but it’s still okay to pencil them in as the tenth-best team in the Big 12.
But they’re going to be more dangerous, and so will Kansas State. Bill Snyder is an all-timer coaching legend, but his team underachieved last season. Chris Klieman is walking into a nice situation, and so is Matt Wells at Texas Tech.
The Red Raiders will still be amazing offensively, and they’ll be bowl-worthy if they can keep their quarterbacks upright and healthy this season.
The other seven teams, though, are why the Big 12 is ahead of the ACC – and again, Kansas State and Texas Tech aren’t bad fringe options, either.
Former Troy head coach Neal Brown should keep all the fun going for another dangerous-looking West Virginia squad.
TCU is going to score this year – promise. The offense will be far better than the anemic 2019 version, and the defense will be there to go along with it.
Iowa State is loaded on the lines and has one of the league’s more interesting quarterbacks in Brock Purdy, Baylor appears ready to take a massive leap forward under head man Matt Rhule, and Oklahoma State quietly has the talent to be deep in the hunt for the Big 12 title.
Of course, the noise is all about Texas and what it’s expected to do after the way it closed out last season, and Oklahoma is going to be Oklahoma again.
The Longhorns might not be quite as good as all the hype considering all the big replacements needing to be made on the defensive front seven and the O line, but the talent level has undergone a big upgrade.
Can Oklahoma be just as good without a No. 1-overall-pick type of quarterback? Jalen Hurts is just good enough to keep it all going with another amazing array of Sooner skill guys to work with, and best of all, the defense might actually tackle this year.