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  • Big Twelve Second to SEC....

    By Pete Fiutak

    The SEC East is the best division in all of college football. Vanderbilt and Kentucky are each bowl worthy to go along with Florida, Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina. The Big 12 South isn’t far behind.

    Baylor screws things up with a rebuilding team (again) trying to find new pieces to fit into the Guy Morriss high-octane passing game (or at least an attempt at one), but the rest of the division is loaded with the potential for the best race since the Big 12 was formed.

    As always, Texas and Oklahoma are the big dogs, but while their each going into the year as their usual national title contenders, they’re not quite jaw-dropping killers; each has various flaws. Texas Tech might be missing receiver experience, but the defense will be better and QB Graham Harrell has the time in the system to bomb away. Texas A&M gets almost all the key parts back from last year’s 9-4 team led by a tremendous backfield that’ll run on everyone. And then there’s Oklahoma State.

    Always the second-fiddle in its state, the Cowboys are on the verge of having the type of team no one has any interest in playing. The offense could be the most balanced and explosive in the conference with a vast array of stars, while the defense is aggressive and athletic. As good as OSU might be, and it might be good enough to pull off a season-opening upset at Georgia, it still could turn out to be the South’s fifth best team.

    The North isn’t the South, but it’s slowly bouncing back after years of mediocrity. Iowa State has major rebuilding to do under new head man Gene Chizik, but it still has one of the league’s best quarterbacks (Bret Meyer) to work around. Kansas was able to get to 6-6 with the nation’s worst pass defense, which should be a bit better, Kansas State’s young, young, young team has enough talent to beat anyone on any given day (just ask Texas), Colorado will be better, Missouri will be far better, and Nebraska appears to be just on the verge of being a national super-power again.

    The league is finally back to being a killer again, even if it is, at best, number two behind the SEC. Whatever. It’ll be a week-in-and-week-out dogfight with plenty of wild games, upsets, and a fight to the last day for the spots in the title game

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  • #2
    Bold Predictions

    5 Bold Predictions
    1. Missouri will finally, finally, finally get over the hump. And if it doesn’t, Missouri fans will be ticked off at the coaching staff for not getting it done. The defense should be far better, the offense will be among the best in America led by QB Chase Daniel and his two star tight ends, Martin Rucker and Chase Coffman, and getting Nebraska at home will be enough to win the North berth in the Big 12 title game.
    2. Oklahoma State will win at Georgia, but the league will take a hit after Kansas State loses at Auburn, Florida State beats Colorado, USC beats Nebraska, and Texas A&M loses at Miami.
    3. Baylor will go back to being, well, Baylor. Guy Morriss might be one of the best head coaches in the league, but he doesn’t have the horses to handle the improved Big 12.
    4. Colorado will be better, but it won’t come up with a winning record.
    5. Sam Keller will be better than Zac Taylor. The Nebraska offense will explode, and old-school Nebraska fans will still want the old attack back when there’s yet another

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    • #3
      What Will Happen?

      What Will Happen
      - Missouri will beat Nebraska in Columbia to win the North, Texas will beat Oklahoma to win the South (helped by the other teams in the division picking each other off), and Mack Brown will have his second Big 12 championship in three years …
      - … and Brown still will get dogged for not being able to win a national title without Vince Young. The Longhorn fans will be a bit grouchy, despite winning the title, after losing two of the final three games of the year at Oklahoma State and Texas A&M.
      - Texas A&M will beat both Oklahoma and Texas … and won’t win the South. The Aggies will lose its share of heartbreakers on the road at Texas Tech, Nebraska and Missouri, but it gets the Longhorns at home to close out in what should be one of the most emotional games of the Big 12 season after the battles the two have played over the last two seasons. There has to be upsets somewhere. The Aggies will make amends for last year’s classic loss to the Sooners, when head coach Bob Stoops went for it on fourth down to seal the game.
      - Texas Tech will lose to Oklahoma State, Oklahoma State will lose to Texas A&M, and Texas A&M will lose to Texas Tech.
      - Texas A&M will average well over 200 rushing yards per game again, and will still finish second in the league behind Oklahoma State in rushing.

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      • #4
        Boo on the North predictions. Nebraska has this so easy it isn't even worth watching the season. Missouri is still a ways out and they no longer have a QB that can rush for 30000 yards on Nebraska.

        I don't get why people say Nebraska fans still want the option. I haven't heard one complain about not playing the option. The two complaints are either the coach or the fact that we haven't been a powerhouse. I think Nebraska fans would take any type of offense as long as we are good.

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        • #5
          Texas A&M beating Oklahoma and Texas, but loses to Texas Tech? That's just too crazy to happen.

          And I'm not sure if the Big 12 is the 2nd best division. I think they are 3rd behind the SEC and the Big 10.


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          • #6
            Originally posted by Broncos72690 View Post
            Texas A&M beating Oklahoma and Texas, but loses to Texas Tech? That's just too crazy to happen.

            And I'm not sure if the Big 12 is the 2nd best division. I think they are 3rd behind the SEC and the Big 10.
            Kind of off topic but I heard the Big 10 might add a couple of teams here soon.

            The big 12 is getting a lot better again though. I'm not sure they are 2nd yet but there are a few teams that are working their way back to the top. With most of the South plus Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri, this conference looks like it might be getting back to the top in the next couple of seasons. Most every team in it is improving a ton.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by jhns View Post
              Kind of off topic but I heard the Big 10 might add a couple of teams here soon.

              The big 12 is getting a lot better again though. I'm not sure they are 2nd yet but there are a few teams that are working their way back to the top. With most of the South plus Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri, this conference looks like it might be getting back to the top in the next couple of seasons. Most every team in it is improving a ton.
              The Big 10 would probably add just one team to make it six teams in each division.

              I agree though, the Big 12 should be the second best conference this year followed by Big 10, Pac 10, Big East, then ACC.

              "That's why you throw a lot in the off-season, with nobody covering. You pretend it's Champ Bailey covering. You have to throw a perfect throw and run a perfect route." - Peyton Manning

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jhns View Post
                Kind of off topic but I heard the Big 10 might add a couple of teams here soon.

                The big 12 is getting a lot better again though. I'm not sure they are 2nd yet but there are a few teams that are working their way back to the top. With most of the South plus Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri, this conference looks like it might be getting back to the top in the next couple of seasons. Most every team in it is improving a ton.
                They're going to take Iowa St and Nebraska.

                Since both teams suck in the Big 12, the Big 10 would be perfect for them.
                "It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate,
                tireless minority keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of
                men."

                -- Samuel Adams

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by rcsodak View Post
                  They're going to take Iowa St and Nebraska.

                  Since both teams suck in the Big 12, the Big 10 would be perfect for them.
                  No mercy on those Huskers hey rc.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Nomad Broncofan View Post
                    No mercy on those Huskers hey rc.
                    Not as long as Cowhand is coaching.....
                    "It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate,
                    tireless minority keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of
                    men."

                    -- Samuel Adams

                    sigpicJacks RULE!!!!!!

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