The return of quarterback Jake Waters, and all-star WR Tyler Lockett, as well as key defensive cog, Ryan Mueller make the Cats a favorite to win the conference. An early date against Auburn may clear up any questions some may have about the Wildcats. The matchup in Norman against Oklahoma may end up being for the conference crown.
No one finished the 2013 season better than the Sooners. A two touchdown win over heavily favored Alabama could serve as a springboard for Oklahoma in 2014. A lot may rest on the continued development of quarterback Trevor Knight.
Baylor lost a lot of talent after a disappointing end to 2013. However, don’t discount Art Briles’ ability to get the Bears right back in contention. Returning a quarterback in Bryce Petty who may get Heisman consideration doesn’t hurt either.
THE DARK HORSES
The pokes lost a lot of talent from 2013, including quarterback Clint Chelf, three of their top wide receivers, and several key defensive players. For Oklahoma State to contend for a title in 2014, this young team will need to grow up quickly.
Texas is the big wildcard in this race. Returning much of their talent from 2013 will make new coach Charlie Strong’s job a bit easier. However good the returning talent is, strange things happen in Texas, and it’s hard to gauge how quickly, or if, Strong will succeed.
In 2013, TCU was one of the worse offensive teams in the nation. Coaching was bad, and talent was sketchy. If the new offensive co-coordinatos can exhibit some success to match the defense, which should be quite good, TCU will surprise people.
Texas Tech had a solid 2013 at 8-5, with a great finish in beating Arizona State soundly in the Holiday Bowl. However, losing Jace Amaro, Eric Ward, and much of their defense will sting. If the new guys can step up, they’ll be fun to watch.
Things don’t look awfully good for Iowa State after finishing 3-9 in the 2013 campaign. On the offensive side of the ball, ISU has some athletic players in Wimberly and Bundrage at RB and WR respectively. Coaching has been upgraded with Mark Mangino joing the staff as OC. Will they make a run? Doubtful, but stranger things have happened.
Excepting an early season run in 2012, Dana Holgorson still has yet to show he can compete in the Big XII. The defense is average at best, but won’t get much rest with an ailing offense preventing them from catching their breath.
I’d call them a pretender, but let’s be real; they aren’t pretending to contend for anything other than the privilege of being the conference’s doormat. Quarterback Jake Heaps has transferred, and James Sims has graduated, leaving little offensive talent. Don’t expect them to make much noise in 2014; and do expect Charlie Weis to be putting his resume together.
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