Big 12 Team Season Grades
2019 Team Season Grades
ACC Atlantic | Coastal
AAC East | West | Big Ten East | West
Big 12 | C-USA East | West
Independents | MAC East | West
MW Mountain | West | Pac-12 North | South
SEC East | West | Sun Belt East | West
Big 12 Season Grade: C-
Did anyone other than Baylor overachieve? The league was a non-factor considering Oklahoma – not its fault – didn’t play a big non-conference game. Texas was a disappointment, TCU was a disappointment, and the rest of the conference was just sort of … meh. Oklahoma getting destroyed by LSU in the first half of the College Football Playoff didn’t help, but at least it got there.
Baylor Season Grade: A
It sort of helps that the conference was down and the non-conference slate was full of delightfully whimsical cupcakes, but 11 wins are 11 wins. This was supposed to be a decent year thanks to the schedule, but getting to the Big 12 Championship and an overtime loss away from going to the College Football Playoff wasn’t on the radar.
Iowa State Season Grade: B-
The Cyclones did what they were supposed to do. They beat most of the teams they should’ve, came up with a few decent victories, and got to a solid bowl game. It might have been disappointing to lose close battles to Iowa and Oklahoma, and it stunk to get blown out by Notre Dame in the Camping World Bowl, but it’s still not bad to come up with a winning season in a rebuilding year.
Kansas Season Grade: C
The first season under Les Miles wasn’t that embarrassing. There was a blowout road win at Boston College, a decent victory over Texas Tech, and a great performance in the loss to Oklahoma. Kansas turned Kansas at times in blowout losses late in the year – and with an early loss to Coastal Carolina – but it was supposed to win three games, and it won three games. It would’ve been nice to do a little bit more.
Kansas State Season Grade: B
Chris Klieman stepped in and made Kansas State back into Kansas State. The style might not have been scintillating, but it was a strong campaign with a 6-2 start, a win over Oklahoma, and with a victory at Mississippi State. Three of the five losses were by four points or fewer, but one of them was to Navy in the Liberty Bowl.
Oklahoma Season Grade: A
It all might have ended with a thud, but there’s no shame in losing to that LSU team in the College Football Playoff. Start with that last part – Oklahoma was in the CFP. It also won the Big 12 Championship, beat Texas, and kept is all going under Lincoln Riley. There weren’t many great wins, but most schools would’ve considered a season like this legendary.
Oklahoma State Season Grade: B
There weren’t any great wins – beating Kansas State made OSU the darling of the bottom of the College Football Playoff rankings – but it was a good enough year to get a decent bowl game. Inconsistency continues to be an issue under Mike Gundy – losing to Texas Tech hurt – the Cowboys were expected to win eight games, and they won eight games. Beating Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl, and/or Texas and/or Oklahoma, would’ve been nice.
TCU Season Grade: C-
Where was the offensive improvement? Where were the big defensive performances? After a lackluster 2018, the team took a slightly-stunning step back. As mediocre as the year was – a win over Texas was the only positive – it ended with a total gack in a home loss to West Virginia with bowl eligibility on the line.
Texas Season Grade: B
It wasn’t the big push forward after the great end to the 2018 season, but it wasn’t that bad a year considering all the various injuries. Losing to LSU and Oklahoma beat seven points each wasn’t bad, but dropping dates to TCU and Iowa State on the road wasn’t okay. Rocking Utah in the Alamo Bowl by four touchdowns made the year look a whole lot better – that saved the grade from going any lower.
Texas Tech Season Grade: C-
Yeah, the original call was that the Red Raiders would only win five games, and they won four, but it was still a flat season under Matt Wells. There was a win over Oklahoma State, and … and … West Virginia? They lost six of their last seven games after starting out 3-2. However, four of those losses were by three points or fewer. Outside of a few QB issues, there was no excuse to not at least get to six wins.
West Virginia Season Grade: C
Neal Brown was supposed to make a big splash in his first season handling a Power Five program, but the rebuilding job is going to take a bit longer than expected. The Mountaineers started out 3-1, won two out of their last three, and lost five games in the middle. The team got better late, but it dug too deep a hole. Ruining TCU’s bowl hopes in the regular season finale showed the team’s fight.