2007 Big 12 Football Preview
Big 12 football preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official big twelve conference football preview as well as individual team previews for all 12 big 12 football teams and our big 12 predictions. Dont miss our Free football predictions against the bookmakers college football betting line.
BIG 12 SOUTH OVERVIEW
Of the two divisions in the Big 12, the South division is the toughest and most competitive. Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and the Texas Tech Red Raiders are all highly competitive and probably bound for a bowl.
The Texas Longhorns have a fine QB in second-year man Colt McCoy and some good receivers. The defensive line and secondary are scary. Texas lives and thrives on scoring and stopping other teams from scoring. The RB position looks good.
Last year's conference champion, Oklahoma Sooners, have a great group of guys, including playmakers at RB, WR and secondary. Who will be the team leader and QB? Whoever it is, he will have little to no experience. The defensive frontline and middle also look problematic.
The Texas A&M Aggies have a fine QB in Stephen McGee, who looks to make better decisions in 2007 than when in the thick of things. Talented running backs and a solid offensive line make this team strong. The weak link for the Aggies is the defense, which has been improved to a degree but still needs more help.
Look for the Texas Tech Red Raiders to get massive output from quarterback Graham Harrell and running back Shannon Woods. The team's weaknesses include inexperienced wide outs, a depleted offensive line and an inexperienced defense.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys still need a better defense despite the fact that they have great playmakers in QB Bobby Reid, RB Dantrell Savage, WR Adarius Bowmen. Look for the offensive to be dynamite and the defense to be confused.
The Baylor Bears will have a tough time winning, despite the fact that they have solid linebackers and defensive frontline. However a lack at QB, RB and secondary are worrisome.
Whatever team takes the Big 12 South will most likely be favored to win the entire conference. Sound QBs and solid receivers are important, while a tough defense means the difference between winning and losing.
BIG 12 NORTH OVERVIEW
The Big 12 North does not have the same strength or depth as the Big 12 South. Look for Nebraska and Missouri to battle for the top position in this division.
Zak Taylor, the Nebraska Cornhuskers' All- Big 12 QB is gone, but fifth-year senior transfer Sam Keller should be able to step right in. The team sports a balanced attack with plenty of talent to go around. Running back could use more depth and the defensive line, although talented, is new.
For the Missouri Tigers, QB Chase Daniels will vie for All-Conference honors. He's got a lot going for him, including the ability to run the option. The defense for the Tigers doesn't look much improved and that will hold this team back.
The Kansas State Wildcats are a team in development with a young QB who has grown in leaps and bounds. The offensive line needs to show improvement. The defense is going through a major transformation from a 4- 3 look to a 3- 4 scheme. As long as the players can adapt, this should help the team be even more competitive.
Looking at the Kansas Jayhawks pass defense last year, which was ranked 119th nationally, you have to wonder how they could not get better. The biggest problem was upfront. There's been an upgrade but probably not enough to make a big difference. Questions regarding the QB and RB positions remain unanswered.
The Colorado Buffaloes bring back nine starters to one of the best rushing offenses in the nation. But the team needs its new QB, Cody Hawkins, to get the air game going. Additionally, the Buffaloes require more success defending against the pass.
The Iowa State Cyclones have three of best at QB, WR and RB. But they have little on the frontline to protect any of them. Overall, the defense had a difficult time shutting down opponents. That will probably remain a problem.
Big 12 Predictions
BIG 12 SOUTH
3) Texas A&M
4) Texas Tech
5) Oklahoma State
BIG 12 NORTH
3) Kansas State
6) Iowa State
For more info on the 2007 Big 12 Conference, view their official website or read up on all the Big Twelve football team previews below.