Five bold, crazy, stupid, daring, wacky Big 12 college football predictions for the 2019 season.
5 (Potentially) Stupid Big 12 Predictions
What if you were told last year at this time that Kyler Murray was going to be the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft?
What if you were told last year at this time that Dana Holgorsen would make the movies-to-TV career choice of leaving a Power Five school for a Group of Fiver?
What if you were told last year at this time that Kliff Kingsbury would parlay a disappointing losing season into the Arizona Cardinal head coaching job?
What if you were told last year at this time that Les Miles would be a Big 12 head coach … at Kansas?
They’re the wild and wacky curveballs that make each season fun. Enough safe and sane, it’s time for dumb and dangerous with five (potentially) stupid predictions thrown at the wall to see if they stick.
5. Nine Big 12 teams will be bowl eligible
Yeah, yeah, yeah, the actual on-the-record call is that Texas Tech and Kansas won’t get to six wins, but forget that … we’re going wacky here.
It’s actually not that insane to suggest that nine of the ten teams in a conference that calls itself the Big 12 will end up going bowling.
Eight Big 12 teams got bowl eligible in 2017 and seven got there last season. In 2012, though, everyone but Kansas got a swag bag.
Oklahoma and Texas are mortal locks to get to six wins, and go ahead and throw Oklahoma State and TCU into that bucket, too.
Non-conference games at Missouri and against NC State keep West Virginia from being an automatic …. sorry. Of course the Mountaineers will go bowling.
Baylor’s non-conference schedule? Stephen F. Austin, UTSA and Rice. It’s getting to six wins.
Iowa State has earned the benefit of several doubts at this point, but it might be a wee bit of a fight if it can’t get by Iowa … whatever. The Cyclones are going bowling.
Kansas State is a bit of a wild-card – it’ll need to come up with something big late to get to six wins, but this is a better team than the 5-7 squad of last season. It’ll go bowling under new head man Chris Klieman.
That leaves Kansas – no – and Texas Tech.
Quarterback injuries kept last year’s Red Raider team from getting to six wins. This time around, new head coach Matt Wells will have to come up with at least a few upsets in Big 12 play, and it would be a huge help if he could pull out a win at Arizona.
Texas Tech is going 5-7, but that’s not why you called … give it a sixth win somewhere.