2016 College Football Preview: BIG 12

Day two of THE USB’s college football preview of the POWER FIVE conferences continues with a look at the BIG 12 (which is really the BIG 10, but we can discuss that later….).

There are a lot of questions surrounding the BIG 12 this year.

Can Oklahoma get back to the playoffs?

Is this the year that Charlie Strong finally gets the Texas Longhorns back to the top?

How is Baylor going to do after the horrible off-season that they’ve had?

Can the Kansas Jayhawks actually win a game?

Can anyone else step up and take Oklahoma’s spot at the head of the table (looking at you TCU)?

Let’s get the answers RIGHT NOW……

 

big-12-teams

 

10. Kansas Jayhawks

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Last Year’s Record: 0-12

Last Year’s Bowl: No bowl game

Head Coach: David Beaty (0-12 at Kansas)

Top Returning Players: LaQuvionte Gonzalez (WR), Ben Johnson (TE), D’Andre Banks (OT), Dorance Armstrong (DE), Joe Dineen (LB), Marcquis Roberts (LB), Fish Smithson (S), Ryan Schadler (KR), John Wirtel (LS)

Top Incoming Players: Maciah Long (LB), Quinton Conaway (K)

Toughest Games (for 2016): TCU, @Baylor, Oklahoma State, @Oklahoma, @West Virginia, Texas

Predicted Record (for 2016): 1-11 (0-8)


9. Iowa State Cyclones

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Last Year’s Record: 3-9

Last Year’s Bowl: No bowl game

Head Coach: Matt Campbell (0-0 at Iowa State)

Top Returning Players: Mike Warren (RB), Allen Lazard (WR), Jake Campos (OT), Demond Tucker (DT), Willie Harvey (LB), Brian Peavy (DB), Trever Ryen (PR)

Top Incoming Players: Chase Allen (TE), Dylan Soehner (TE), Carson Lensing (TE), Sean Foster (OL), Steve Wirtel (LS)

Toughest Games (for 2016): @Iowa, @TCU, Baylor, @Oklahoma State, @Texas, Oklahoma, West Virginia

Predicted Record (for 2016): 4-8 (2-7)


8. Texas Tech Red Raiders

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Last Year’s Record: 7-6

Last Year’s Bowl: Texas Bowl vs. LSU

Head Coach: Kliff Kingsbury (19-19 at Texas Tech)

Top Returning Players: Patrick Mahomes (QB), Ian Sadler (WR), Madison Akamnonu (OG), Breiden Fehoko (DT), Malik Jenkins (LB), Jah’Shawn Johnson (S), Clayton Hatfield (K)

Top Incoming Players: Jett Duffey (QB), Da’Leon Ward (RB), T.J. Vasher (WR), Derrick Willies (WR), De’Quan Bowman (WR), Kevin Moore (DB)

Toughest Games (for 2016): @Arizona State, West Virginia, Oklahoma, @TCU, Texas, @Oklahoma State, Baylor

Predicted Record (for 2016): 5-7 (3-6)


7. Kansas State Wildcats

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Last Year’s Record: 6-7

Last Year’s Bowl: Liberty Bowl vs. Arkansas

Head Coach: Bill Snyder (193-101-1 at Kansas State)

Top Returning Players: Terrale Johnson (OG), Dalton Risner (C), Will Geary (DT), Jordan Willis (DE), Reggie Walker (DE), Elijah Lee (LB), Charmeachealle Moore (LB), Dante Barnett (S), Matthew McCrane (K), Nick Walsh (P), Dominique Heath (PR)

Top Incoming Players: Skylar Thompson (QB), Nick Lenners (TE), Byron Pringle (WR)

Toughest Games (for 2016): @Stanford, @West Virginia, @Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma State, @Baylor, @TCU

Predicted Record (for 2016): 6-6 (4-5)


6. West Virginia Mountaineers

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Last Year’s Record: 8-5

Last Year’s Bowl: Cactus Bowl vs. Arizona State

Head Coach: Dana Holgorsen (36-28 at West Virginia)

Top Returning Players: Shelton Gibson (WR), Tyler Orlosky (C), Kyle Bosch (OG), Adam Pankey (OG), Noble Nwachukwu (DE), Dravon Askew-Henry (S), Josh Lambert (K)

Top Incoming Players: Cody Saunders (QB), Martell Pettaway (RB), Kennedy McKoy (RB), Steven Smothers (WR), Brendan Ferns (LB), Kyzir White (DB), Jacquez Adams (DB), John Young (K)

Toughest Games (for 2016): BYU, TCU, @Oklahoma State, @Texas, Oklahoma, Baylor

Predicted Record (for 2016): 7-5 (5-4)


5. Texas Longhorns

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Last Year’s Record: 5-7

Last Year’s Bowl: No bowl game

Head Coach: Charlie Strong (11-14 at Texas)

Top Returning Players: Chris Warren III (RB), Patrick Vahe (OG), Connor Williams (OT), Kent Perkins (OT), Paul Boyette (DT), Naashon Hughes (DE), Malik Jefferson (LB), Anthony Wheeler (LB), Holton Hill (CB), Davante Davis (DB), Brandon Jones (S), Kyle Ashby (LS)

Top Incoming Players: Shane Buechele (QB), Kyle Porter (RB), Collin Johnson (WR), Reggie Hemphill-Mapps (WR), Lil’Jordan Humphrey (WR), Devin Duvernay (WR), Peyton Aucoin (TE), Jean Delance (OL), Denzel Okafor (OL), Tope Imade (OL), J.P. Urquidez (OL), Patrick Hudson (OL), Jordon Elliott (DL), Chris Daniels (DL), Andrew Fitzgerald (DL), Marcel Southall (DL), Gerald Wilbon (DL), Erick Fowler (LB), Jeffrey McCulloch (LB), Demarco Boyd (LB), Brandon Jones (DB), Eric Cuffee (DB), Chris Brown (DB)

Toughest Games (for 2016): Notre Dame, @California, @Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Baylor, West Virginia, TCU

Predicted Record (for 2016): 7-5 (6-3)


4. Oklahoma State Cowboys

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Last Year’s Record: 10-3

Last Year’s Bowl: Sugar Bowl vs. Ole Miss

Head Coach: Mike Gundy (94-47 at Oklahoma State)

Top Returning Players: Mason Rudolph (QB), Barry Sanders (RB), James Washington (WR), Blake Jarwin (TE), Michael Wilson (OG), Victor Salako (OT), Vincent Taylor (DT), Chad Whitener (LB), Jordan Burton (LB), Jordan Sterns (S), Zach Sinor (P), Ben Grogan (K)

Top Incoming Players: Keondre Wudtee (QB), Justice Hill (RB), Tyrell Alexander (WR), Tramonda Moore (OL), Tralund Webber (DL), Calvin Bundage (LB)

Toughest Games (for 2016): Pittsburgh, @Baylor, Texas, West Virginia, @TCU, @Oklahoma

Predicted Record (for 2016): 8-4 (5-4)


3. Baylor Bears

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Last Year’s Record: 10-3

Last Year’s Bowl: Russell Athletic Bowl vs. North Carolina

Head Coach: Jim Grobe (0-0 at Baylor)

Top Returning Players: Seth Russell (QB), Shock Linwood (RB), Johnny Jefferson (RB), KD Cannon (WR), Kyle Fuller (C), Travon Blanchard (LB), Taylor Young (LB), Orion Stewart (S), Chance Waz (S), Drew Galitz (P)

Top Incoming Players: Zach Smith (QB), Jared Atkinson (WR), Bravvion Roy (DL), Deonte Williams (LB)

Toughest Games (for 2016): Oklahoma State, @Texas, TCU, @Oklahoma, @West Virginia

Predicted Record (for 2016): 8-4 (5-4)


2. TCU Horned Frogs

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Last Year’s Record: 11-2

Last Year’s Bowl: Alamo Bowl vs. Oregon

Head Coach: Gary Patterson (143-47 at TCU)

Top Returning Players: Kyle Hicks (RB), John Diarse (WR), Joseph Noteboom (OT), Aviante Collins (OT), Josh Carraway (DE), Aaron Curry (DT), James McFarland (DE), Travin Howard (LB), Denzel Johnson (LB), Montrel Wilson (LB), Ranthony Texada (CB), Jeff Gladney (CB), KaVontae Turpin (PR)

Top Incoming Players: Brennan Wooten (QB), Darius Anderson (RB), Sewo Olonilua (WR), Ryan Parker (WR), Taj Williams (WR), Isaiah Graham (WR), Camron Williams (WR), Dylan Thomas (WR), Artayvious Lynn (TE), Austin Myers (OL), Lucas Niang (OL), Chris Gaynor (OL), Isaiah Chambers (DL), Ross Blacklock (DL), Tyree Horton (LB)

Toughest Games (for 2016): Arkansas, Oklahoma, @West Virginia, @Baylor, Oklahoma State, @Texas

Predicted Record (for 2016): 10-2 (7-2)


1. Oklahoma Sooners

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Last Year’s Record: 11-2

Last Year’s Bowl: College Football Playoff vs. Clemson

Head Coach: Bob Stoops (179-46 at Oklahoma)

Top Returning Players: Baker Mayfield (QB), Samaje Perine (RB), Joe Mixon (RB), DeDe Westbrook (WR), Geno Lewis (WR), Mark Andrews (TE), Orlando Brown (OT), Dru Samia (OT), Jonathan Alvarez (C), Charles Walker (DE), Matthew Romar (DT), Jordan Evans (LB), Jordan Thomas (CB), Steven Parker (S), Ahmad Thomas (S), Austin Seibert (P), Wesley Horky (LS)

Top Incoming Players: Austin Kendall (QB), Abdul Adams (RB), Mykel Jones (WR), Erik Swenson (OL), Johncarlo Valentin (OL), Ashton Julious (OL), Ben Powers (OL), Amani Bledsoe (DL), Mark Jackson (DL), Caleb Kelly (LB), Jon-Michael Terry (LB), Jordan Parker (DB), Chanse Sylvie (DB), Braxton Pickard (K)

Toughest Games (for 2016): Houston, Ohio State, @TCU, Texas, Baylor, @West Virginia, Oklahoma State

Predicted Record (for 2016): 11-1 (8-1)

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