CFN Big 12 Preview 2019: Stronger From Top To Bottom

CFN Big 12 Preview 2019: Stronger From Top To Bottom

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CFN Big 12 Preview 2019: Stronger From Top To Bottom

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Game Of The Year

Oklahoma vs. Texas, Oct. 12

Of course this is a big deal, but it might just be the first of two showdowns again. Last year’s Texas win over OU only mattered because it helped set up a rematch in the Big 12 Championship, but the Sooners won when they really had to.

This time around, considering TCU should have a better offense than the 2017 version, Oklahoma State should be solid, Iowa State and Baylor will be terrific, and the league as a whole has enough landmines and potential high-risers to be factors. The loser in this might be in big, big trouble.

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. RB Chuba Hubbard, Soph. Oklahoma State
2. DE JaQuan Bailey, Jr. Iowa State
3. DE Reggie Walker, Sr. Kansas State
4. CB Jeff Gladney, Sr. TCU
5. QB Austin Kendall, Jr. West Virginia

5 Big 12 Coaches On The Hot Seat

It’s not necessarily about who’s about to get fired – most of these coaches have little to no shot of getting canned. Who has to win now to avoid getting yelled at, and who could really use a very big season? Fortunately for almost all the Big 12 coaches, there’s no one who’s on a traditional win-or-get-fired hot seat, so when it comes to the pressure to come through …

1. Matt Wells, Texas Tech
2. Tom Herman, Texas
3. Matt Rhule, Baylor
4. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State
4. Neal Brown, West Virginia

5 Non-Conference Games That Big 12 Teams Have To Be Very, Very Worried About

These are the showdowns that should be no big whoop for the Big 12 teams, but have landmine potential. Think about how Army pushed Oklahoma last year and Texas lost too Maryland.

1. Houston at Oklahoma, Aug. 31
2. James Madison at West Virginia, Aug. 31
3. SMU at TCU, Sept. 21
4. Coastal Carolina at Kansas, Sept. 7
5. Oklahoma State at Tulsa, Sept. 14

5 Best Pro Prospects

1. WR CeeDee Lamb, Jr. Oklahoma
2. WR Jalen Reagor, Jr. TCU
3. TE Grant Calcaterra, Jr. Oklahoma
4. WR Collin Johnson, Sr. Texas
5. LB Kenneth Murray, Jr. Oklahoma

5 Biggest Shoes To Fill

1. QB Jalen Hurts for Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
2. QB Austin Kendall for Will Grier
3. OT Adrian Ealy for Cody Ford, Oklahoma
4. DE Ochaun Mathis for LJ Collier, TCU
5. OT Nick Kaltmayer for Dalton Risner, Kansas State

Big 12 Team Previews, 5 Things To Know
Baylor | Iowa State | Kansas | Kansas State | Oklahoma
Oklahoma State | TCU | Texas | Texas Tech | West Virginia

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