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Big 12 Conference Preview: Can Oklahoma Continue its Dominance Over the Whole Conference?

Ah today we preview the Big 12, which Oklahoma has won the past five years. I do not expect it to be as close this year, even with some contenders continuing to get better. In this article we will sort the contenders from the pretenders and all post-season award predictions. Besides, who doesn’t love the Big 12? Very little defense is played, so you can stick to your television while these teams pack on points.

The Contenders: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, TCU, Iowa State, Baylor

  • Oklahoma: Oklahoma is King of the Big 12 Conference. They have won every conference championship dating back to 2015! New quarterback Spencer Rattler has had a great season thus far. Obviously Oklahoma can score with the best of them, and I predict they will win the conference fairly smoothly, and have the best offensive numbers it has ever had under Lincoln Riley.
  • Oklahoma State: Oh boy who is ready for some bedlam in Oklahoma! Yee-haw get your cowboy boots ready because Oklahoma State is one of two serious threats to Oklahoma’s Dynasty. Their three-headed monster on offense consists of quarterback Spencer Sanders, who is unknown status wise for this weekend after leaving the game this week in the first quarter. The other two threats are wideout Tylan Wallace, and running back Chuba Hubbard, who is a workhorse in the backfield. Depending on the seriousness of Sanders’ injury, the Cowboys from Oklahoma State are going to be right in the thick of the conference championship talk.
  • Texas: (2018) Texas is Back! (2019) Texas is back! (2020) Alright maybe Texas is not fully back but will be competitive in the conference championship talk. Sam Ehlinger is a stud at quarterback, and he will put up big numbers because he is the leader of the offense. I even predict that Ehlinger will be in New York after the season this year, for the Heisman Trophy Ceremony. Texas’ defense is better than Oklahoma’s, by a wide margin. Tom Herman might be on the hot-seat this year, depending on the outcome. As we all know this conference championship is probably going to be decided with the Red River Shootout.
  • TCU: Remember when TCU was good and head coach Gary Patterson was a name that all universities wanted on their sideline. First off, gambling wise, TCU is 25/1 to win the conference so that is a nice future bet. Patterson is still a good coach (who sweats a TON), and his defensive backfield, led by back Ar’Darius Washington, is the best in the league. I know that the Big 12 doesn’t play much defense, but this will be a year where TCU takes a giant step back into the national spotlight. I predict the Horned Frogs will finish third in the conference, and with that they take a huge momentum swing forward into 2021-2022.
  • Iowa State: Oh boy do the people in Ohio love them some Matt Campbell. The head coach of the Cyclones has Ohio roots, and Iowa State is a very underrated team so far into the season. Campbell’s offense is led by quarterback Brock Purdy, who threw for over 4,000-yards last year for 27-touchdowns. His favorite target is projected all-American tight end Charlie Kolar. On top of that Campbell has built a solid structure for a program that is getting better by the year. With that being said, I believe this will be Campbell’s last year at Iowa State, as he moves on to the NFL or another larger university.
  • Baylor: The Bears of Baylor kind of fell off the face of the earth in the off-season. First year head coach Dave Aranda, who was at LSU last year, looks to have a solid team up and down. Charlie Brewer is slated to have a big year, as he and new Offensive Coordinator Larry Fedora, is a match made in heaven. On the defensive side of the ball, they should be solid, with Aranda coming in and taking over. Watch for Baylor this year in big games. They seem to have a knack for knocking off other contenders.

Middle of the Road:

  • Kansas State: Kansas State’s offense is still led by Skylar Thompson, and with the last minute uncertainties in the country as a whole, having a veteran quarterback is a big deal. Chris Klieman, the Kansas State head coach, may have already exceeded expectations for the Wildcats with wins over Mississippi State, Iowa State, and an upset of Oklahoma. Look for Kansas State to be in a lot of close games this year.
  • Texas Tech: The school that produced the best quarterback in the NFL, the Red Raiders could be a lot of trouble this year without Patrick Mahomes and coach Kliff Kingsbury. Texas Tech, which is really known for its fast no huddle offense, was 1-5 last year in games decided by ten points or less. With that being said, the Red Raiders can indeed score points, but they just can’t stop anyone.

Bottom of the Barrel Teams:

  • West Virginia: Take me home, country roads, take me home, right back to the place I started from. That song will not be playing much in Morgantown this year. Coach Dana Holgerson will be able to score points with just about anyone, but they just can’t stop anything. West Virginia opens up the season with Baylor of the 26th.
  • Kansas: Stop playing football. Just end the pain and misery. I love Les Miles, but even he cant bring this team together and compete at a high level. Stick to basketball Jayhawks. There is a very good chance this year that Kansas goes win-less in conference play. Look forward to March Madness Jayhawk fans.

Awards & Predictions:

  • Offensive Player of the Year: Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State
  • Defensive Player of the Year: Ar’Darius Washington, S, TCU
  • Newcomer of the Year: Spencer Rattler, QB, Oklahoma (There is a very likely chance Rattler ends up at the Heisman Ceremony this winter).
  • Coach of the Year: Gary Patterson, TCU (TCU will get a New Year’s Six Bowl)

Bold Predictions:

  • Spencer Rattler and Oklahoma have their best offensive numbers ever under Lincoln Riley
  • TCU will finish a very respectable third place in the Big 12, and Gary Patterson will be a name flying around other coaching jobs this off-season.
  • Lincoln Riley will be coaching his last year at Oklahoma, this off-season he takes over the New York Jets as Head Coach.
  • Chuba Hubbard has over 2,000 all-purpose yards this year, and comes very close to getting that Heisman Trophy.

In conclusion, Oklahoma will win the Big 12 over Texas, and the Big 12 will be back and more fun than ever. However in other news, did you see Deion “Primetime” Sanders entrance and unveiling was incredible. That’s why they call him Prime I guess!

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Marching Band! Police Escort! Arena packed with fans. Even if Jackson State doesn’t play until Spring, it will be exciting no matter what with Primetime patrolling the sidelines!

In conclusion, Oklahoma will win the Big 12 over Texas, and the Big 12 will be back and more fun than ever. However in other news, did you see Deion “Primetime” Sanders entrance and unveiling was incredible. That’s why they call him Prime I guess!

Marching Band! Police Escort! Arena packed with fans. Even if Jackson State doesn’t play until Spring, it will be exciting no matter what with Primetime patrolling the sidelines!

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