[2017 College Football Preview] The BIG 12

We continue THE USB’s 2017 College Football Preview with a look at a conference that I personally think doesn’t have any playoff teams in it, but go ahead and prove me wrong BIG 12!

Oklahoma definitely has the fire power to make the playoffs, but how will the team react to losing head coach Bob Stoops just months before the season begins?

TCU returns a bunch of guys and this could be another year where they are a sneaky good team.

Charlie Strong made sure that the Texas Longhorns are fully stocked for new head coach Tom Herman as he tries to bring Texas back to a power house. Is this finally the year they get back in the mix?

Oh, and don’t forget about Oklahoma State, Kansas State, and Baylor….they should all be pretty good as well.

Maybe I’m going to have to re-think this whole “no playoff team” thing I just mentioned.

LET’S GET TO THE PREDICTIONS!!!!!

 

 

 

10. Kansas Jayhawks

Last Year’s Record: 2-10

Last Year’s Bowl Game: None

Head Coach: David Beaty (2-22 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Daniel Wise (DL), Steven Sims (WR), Hakeem Adeniji (OL), LaQuvionte Gonzalez (WR), Joe Dineen (LB), Mike Lee (S), Bobby Hartzog (WR), Joe Gibson (OL), Mesa Ribordy (OL), Jayson Rhodes (OL), Dorance Armstrong (DL), DeeIsaac Davis (DL), Cole Moos (P)

Top Incoming Players: Octavius Matthews (RB), Peyton Bender (QB), Hasan Defense (DB), Dom Williams (RB), J.J. Holmes (DL), Willie McCaleb (DL), Kerr Johnson (WR), Shakial Taylor (DB), Liam Jones (K)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Ohio (September 16), @ TCU (October 21), Kansas State (October 28), Baylor (November 4), @ Texas (November 11), Oklahoma (November 18), @ Oklahoma State (November 25)

Predicted Record: 3-9 (0-9)


 

9. Iowa State Cyclones

Last Year’s Record: 3-9

Last Year’s Bowl Game: None

Head Coach: Matt Campbell (3-9 at Iowa State, 38-24 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Allen Lazard (WR), Kamari Cotton-Moya (CB), Willie Harvey (LB), Jake Campos (OL), Brian Peavy (CB), David Montgomery (RB), Deshaunte Jones (WR), JaQuan Bailey (DL), Jacob Park (QB), Chase Allen (TE), Julian Good-Jones (OL), Evrett Edwards (LB), D’Andre Payne (CB), Colin Downing (P)

Top Incoming Players: Matt Leo (DL), Kamilo Tongamoa (DL), Matthew Eaton (WR), Ray Lima (DL), O’Rien Vance (LB), Richard Bowens (DB), Devon Moore (QB), Jake Hummel (LB), Josh Johnson (WR), Angel Dominguez (DL), Robert Hudson (OL), Cordarrius Bailey (DL), Colin Newell (OL)

Toughest Games This Season: Iowa (September 9), Texas (September 28), @ Oklahoma (October 7), TCU (October 28), Oklahoma State (November 11), @ Baylor (November 18), @ Kansas State (November 25)

Predicted Record: 3-9 (1-8)


 

8. West Virginia Mountaineers

Last Year’s Record: 10-3

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Russell Athletic vs. Miami, FL (Lost 14-31)

Head Coach: Dana Holgorsen (46-31 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Dravon Askew-Henry (S), Justin Crawford (RB), Kyle Bosch (OL), Kyzir White (CB), Ka’Raun White (WR), Al-Rasheed Benton (LB), David Long (LB), Mike Molina (K), Jovon Durante (WR), Colton McKivitz (OL), Billy Kinney (P)

Top Incoming Players: David Sills (WR), Derrek Pitts (DB), Exree Loe (DB), Quondarius Qualls (LB), Kelby Wickline (OL), Tevin Bush (RB), Kenny Robinson (DB), Maverick Wolfley (RB), Reggie Roberson (WR), Isaiah Hardy (OL), Hakeem Bailey (DB), Dominique Maiden (WR), Jalen Harvey (DL)

Toughest Games This Season: Virginia Tech (September 3), @ TCU (October 7), @ Baylor (October 21), Oklahoma State (October 28), @ Kansas State (November 11), Texas (November 18), @ Oklahoma (November 25)

Predicted Record: 5-7 (3-6)


 

7. Texas Tech Red Raiders

Last Year’s Record: 5-7

Last Year’s Bowl Game: None

Head Coach: Kliff Kingsbury (24-26 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Keke Coutee (WR), Clayton Hatfield (K), Jordyn Brooks (LB), Cameron Batson (WR), Dylan Cantrell (WR), Jah’Shawn Johnson (S), Da’Leon Ward (RB), Derrick Willies (WR), Paul Stawarz (OL), Terence Steele (OL), Travis Bruffy (OL), Kolin Hill (DL), D.J. Polite-Bray (CB), Kisean Allen (S), Michael Barden (P)

Top Incoming Players: Jack Anderson (OL), Jaylon Lane (DB), Octavious Morgan (DB), Will Farrar (OL), Dakota Allen (LB), Tony Jones (LB), Dawson Deaton (OL), Riko Jeffers (LB), Xavier Martin (QB), McLane Carter (QB), Vaughnte Dorsey (DB), Desmond Nisby (RB)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Houston (September 23), Oklahoma State (September 30), @ Oklahoma (October 28), Kansas State (November 4), Baylor (November 11), TCU (November 18), @ Texas (November 24)

Predicted Record: 7-5 (5-4)


 

6. Baylor Bears

Last Year’s Record: 7-6

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Cactus vs. Boise State (Won 31-12)

Head Coach: Matt Rhule (0-0 at Baylor, 28-23 all-time)

Top Returning Players: K.J. Smith (DL), Taylor Young (LB), Terence Williams (RB), Jordan Feuerbacher (TE), Mo Porter (OL), Ishmael Wilson (OL), Drew Galitz (P), Chris Platt (WR), Blake Blackmar (OL), Patrick Lawrence (OL), Bravvion Roy (DL), Tyron Hunt (DL), Lenoy Jones (CB), Henry Black (S), Davion Hall (S)

Top Incoming Players: Harrison Hand (DB), Xavier Newman (OL), Jalen Pitre (DB), R.J. Sneed (WR), Trestan Ebner (WR), Timarcus Davis (DB), DeMarco Artis (DL), Johnathan Lovett (RB), Terrel Bernard (LB), Charlie Brewer (QB), James Lynch (DL), Abram Smith (RB)

Toughest Games This Season: Oklahoma (September 23), @ Kansas State (September 30), @ Oklahoma State (October 14), Texas (October 28), @ TCU (November 24)

Predicted Record: 8-4 (5-4)


 

5. Kansas State Wildcats

Last Year’s Record: 9-4

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Texas vs. Texas A&M (Won 33-28)

Head Coach: Bill Snyder (202-105-1 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Reid Najvar (OL), Dalton Risner (OL), Will Geary (DL), D.J. Reed (CB), Byron Pringle (WR), Winston Dimel (RB), Reggie Walker (DL), Jesse Ertz (QB), Dayton Valentine (TE), Nick Walsh (P), Alex Barnes (RB), Tanner Wood (DL), Tyler Mitchell (OL), Scott Frantz (OL), Trey Dishon (DL), Duke Shelley (CB), Kendall Adams (S), Matthew McCrane (K)

Top Incoming Players: Elijah Walker (DB), Joshua Rivas (OL), Daniel Green (LB), Wyatt Hubbert (DL), Joshua Brown (DB), Xavier Davis (DL)

Toughest Games This Season: Baylor (September 30), @ Texas (October 7), TCU (October 14), Oklahoma (October 21), @ Oklahoma State (November 18)

Predicted Record: 8-4 (5-4)


 

4. Oklahoma State Cowboys

Last Year’s Record: 10-3

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Alamo vs. Colorado (Won 38-8)

Head Coach: Mike Gundy (104-50 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Justice Hill (RB), James Washington (WR), Zachary Crabtree (OL), Mason Rudolph (QB), Jalen McCleskey (WR), Chad Whitener (LB), Tre Flowers (CB), Zach Sinor (P), Marcus Keyes (OL), Cole Walterscheid (DL), Ramon Richards (CB), Jarrell Owens (DL), Matt Ammendola (K), Brad Lundblade (OL)

Top Incoming Players: Tylan Wallace (WR), Enoch Smith (DL), Patrick Macon (LB), Jelani Woods (QB), L.C. Greenwood (WR), Arlington Hambright (OL), Tracin Wallace (QB), Brendon Evers (DL), Fua Leilua (DL), Chuba Hubbard (RB), Brendan Vaughn (LB), J.D. King (RB)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Pittsburgh (September 16), TCU (September 23), Baylor (October 14), @ Texas (October 21), Oklahoma (November 4), Kansas State (November 18)

Predicted Record: 8-4 (6-3)


 

3. Texas Longhorns

Last Year’s Record: 5-7

Last Year’s Bowl Game: None

Head Coach: Tom Herman (0-0 at Texas, 22-4 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Connor Williams (OL), Malik Jefferson (LB), Chris Warren (RB), Chris Nelson (DL), Poona Ford (DL), Malcolm Roach (DL), Breckyn Hager (LB), Shane Buechele (QB), Zach Shackelford (OL), Jason Hall (CB), P.J. Locke (CB), Michael Dickson (P), Devin Duvernay (WR), Collin Johnson (WR), Patrick Vahe (OL), Brandon Hodges (OL), Naashon Hughes (DL), Kris Boyd (CB), Holton Hill (CB)

Top Incoming Players: Gary Johnson (LB), Sam Ehlinger (QB), Toneil Carter (RB), Damion Miller (WR), Ta’Quon Graham (DL), Montrell Estell (DB), Josh Thompson (DB), Kobe Boyce (DB), Reese Leitao (TE), Marqez Bimage (LB), Jordan Pouncey (WR), Derek Kerstetter (OL), Jamari Chisholm (DL), Cade Brewer (TE), Daniel Young (RB)

Toughest Games This Season: @ USC (September 16), Kansas State (October 7), Oklahoma (October 14), Oklahoma State (October 21), @ Baylor (October 28), @ TCU (November 4)

Predicted Record: 8-4 (6-3)


 

2. TCU Horned Frogs

Last Year’s Record: 6-7

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Liberty vs. Georgia (Lost 23-31)

Head Coach: Gary Patterson (149-54 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Kyle Hicks (RB), Ty Summers (LB), Travin Howard (LB), Austin Schlottman (OL), Nick Orr (S), KaVontae Turpin (WR), Patrick Morris (OL), Mat Boesen (DL), L.J. Collier (DL), Niko Small (S), Ranthony Texada (S), Joseph Noteboom (OL), Sammy Douglas (LB), Kenny Hill (QB), Taj Williams (WR), John Diarse (WR), Shaun Nixon (WR), Matt Pryor (OL), Jeff Gladney (S), Jonathan Song (K), Adam Nunez (P)

Top Incoming Players: Shawn Robinson (QB), Omar Manning (WR), Wes Harris (OL), Jalen Reagor (WR), Corey Bethley (DL), Michael Onyemaobi (DB), Al’Dontre Davis (WR), Dennis Collins (DL), Garret Wallow (LB), Quazzel White (OL), George Ellis (DL), Kenedy Snell (RB)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Arkansas (September 9), @ Oklahoma State (September 23), @ Kansas State (October 21), Texas (November 4), @ Oklahoma (November 11), Baylor (November 24)

Predicted Record: 9-3 (6-3)


 

1. Oklahoma Sooners

Last Year’s Record: 11-2

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Sugar vs. Auburn (Won 35-19)

Head Coach: Lincoln Riley (0-0 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Baker Mayfield (QB), Mark Andrews (TE), Orlando Brown (OL), Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (LB), Jordan Thomas (S), Erick Wren (OL), Bobby Evans (OL), Neville Gallimore (DL), Steven Parker (S), Austin Seibert (K), Dimitri Flowers (RB), Dru Samia (OL), Ben Powers (OL), Emmanuel Beal (LB), Caleb Kelly (LB), Jeff Badet (WR), Jeffery Mead (WR)

Top Incoming Players: Levi Draper (LB), Tyrese Robinson (OL), Marquise Brown (WR), Trey Sermon (RB), Justin Broiles (DB), Adrian Ealy (OL), Chris Robison (QB), Robert Barnes (DB), Addison Gumbs (LB), CeeDee Lamb (WR), Tre Brown (DB), Ryan Jones (DB), Grant Calcaterra (TE), Charleston Rambo (WR), Marcelias Sutton (RB), Kennedy Brooks (RB), Creed Humphrey (OL), Isaiah Thomas (DL), Marquis Hayes (OL), Jeremiah Hall (RB), K’Jakyre Daley (LB), Kenneth Murray (LB)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Ohio State (September 9), @ Baylor (September 23), Texas (October 14), @ Kansas State (October 21), @ Oklahoma State (November 4), TCU (November 11)

Predicted Record: 10-2 (8-1)

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