4. The Big 12 will have the best quarterback play in college football
No, there isn’t a Trevor Lawrence anywhere in the Big 12, and there’s no Justin Fields – at least for the moment – but for a ten-team league, the overall quarterback play might just be the best in any conference.
And yes, that would’ve been true if the Big Ten and Pac-12 were still playing, too.
The SEC could quickly blow this notion out of the water – Florida’s Kyle Trask is a next-level talent, and the winner of the gigs at Alabama, LSU and Georgia should be special – but the Big 12 has the experience and it’s going to have the stats.
Assume that Spencer Rattler will do what Oklahoma quarterbacks do, assume that Sam Ehlinger is Tebow-like for Texas, and assume that Brock Purdy will come up with another amazing year for Iowa State.
Charlie Brewer is back at Baylor, Skylar Thompson returns at Kansas State, and Spencer Sanders should be outstanding with all the skill talent around him at Oklahoma State.
If Texas Tech’s Alan Bowman can stay healthy, he leads the Big 12 in passing, and then there’s TCU. Max Duggan is a terrific talent who was about to burst onto the conference scene before a health issue was discovered. If he can’t go, in this of all years, finding a big-time transfer shouldn’t be an issue if needed.
West Virginia will get better quarterback play with either Jarret Doege or Austin Kendall handling the work, and Kansas has hope with either Miles Kendrick or Thomas MacVittie.
Again, the superstar, high-end NFL talent might not be there, but even with a ten-game Big 12 season, 3,000-yard passing seasons will be the norm.