2012 Big 12 Football Projections

By: Maize_in_Spartyland

 

Now just 9 days from the beginning of college football, its time to unveil the 2012 Big 12 Conference projections! Only the TCU Horned Frogs are not in action week one – the remaining Big 12 teams are though. On Saturday, September 1, eight Big 12 teams are in action. The Iowa State Cyclones and Tulsa Golden Hurricane will meet at noon, as will the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Marshall Thundering Herd (The Friends of Coal Bowl). The Texas Longhorns and Wyoming Cowboys will also meet, at a time to be determined, as will the FCS Northwestern State Demons and the Texas Tech Red Raiders. At 7:00 PM EST, three games will begin: (1) Oklahoma State Cowboys and the FCS Savannah State Tigers, (2) Kansas Jayhawks and the FCS South Dakota State Jackrabbits, and (3) Kansas State Wildcats and the FCS Missouri State Bears.

 

At 10:30 PM EST, the Oklahoma Sooners will kickoff their national title hopes with a visit to the Sun Bowl, taking on the UTEP Miners. On Sunday, the Baylor Bears will host the SMU Mustangs at 6:30 PM EST in a battle of former Southwest Conference members.

 

Projected

Team

Overall

Conference

1

Oklahoma

(12-0)

(9-0)

2

Oklahoma State

(10-2)

(7-2)

3

Texas

(9-3)

(6-3)

4t

West Virginia

(8-4)

(5-4)

4t

TCU

(8-4)

(5-4)

6

Kansas State

(7-5)

(4-5)

7t

Texas Tech

(6-6)

(3-6)

7t

Baylor

(6-6)

(3-6)

7t

Iowa State

(5-7)

(3-6)

10

Kansas

(3-9)

(0-9)

 

Meet the favorites . . .

 

(1) Oklahoma Sooners

Landry Jones is one of the keys to this offense, having him back at quarterback is huge. The Sooners also welcome in a highly touted freshman, Trey Metoyer, who will play wide receiver. Really, the Sooners face very few tests in the Big 12. They draw Oklahoma State and Kansas State at home, but travel to Big 12 newcomers West Virginia and TCU.  Both West Virginia and TCU excelled in the Big East and Mountain West, respectively, but the Big 12 is a much tougher conference. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Sooner drop one of their three final games, but they are more than capable of making the BCS National Championship Game.

 

(2) Oklahoma State Cowboys

The Cowboys lose a lot of talent. The losses of Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon hurt. And the Cowboys are starting freshman Wes Lunt at quarterback. But really up until late October the schedule isn’t very challenging – Oklahoma State could be 6-0 or 5-1 heading into the home game against TCU. Five of their last six games are against teams who made bowl games last season. Even then, Baylor has huge losses offensively. I like the Cowboys to finish in the top third of the conference, but they won’t repeat as Big 12 Champions.

 

(3) Texas Longhorns

Texas is a trendy pick by many to finish second in the Big 12, if not first. I honestly don’t see that happening, especially with little certainty at quarterback. But the Longhorns have the best, if not one of the best, defenses in the Big 12, and that will go a long way. The non-conference schedule is very forgiving, as the ‘Horns face only one bowl team from last season (Wyoming). The opening to the Big 12 is brutal, with Oklahoma State in Stillwater, West Virginia in Austin, and Oklahoma in Dallas. The next four are very winnable and the final two could be toss ups. The key thing for Texas is winning at least one of the first three games. If they do that, they have a great shot at making a return to the Texas of old.

 

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