2009 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. If you dont know how to beat the odds, give Maddux's winning NCAA picks a shot.
BIG 12 SOUTH OVERVIEW
The Big 12 South is the place to be if you’re looking for superior play with National Championship potential. The Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners are both capable of making it to the BCS Championship game and the Oklahoma State Cowboys are close to being competitive (but not close enough). Texas Tech, Baylor and Texas A&M will be also-rans in the South Division.
For the Longhorns, you just need to mention one name—Colt McCoy—and nothing else. That says it all. McCoy wants both the Heisman and a shot at the National Title. The top QB has so many weapons at his disposal that it seems unlikely anyone will beat this team. The defense is also stellar.
Last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, QB Sam Bradford, is back to lead the Sooners again. Still, there are problems on offense. The O-line has been severely weakened and the wideouts lack depth. Oklahoma’s defense is especially tough and could be the secret to this team’s success. Another shot at the National Title is possible, but they’ll have to handle Texas and get some breaks along the way.
For the Cowboys, the question mark is on defense. This team needs to see some new guys in the secondary and on the line play like vets. New defensive coordinator Bill Young could solve a lot of problems and if he does, these Cowboys could ride to the Big 12 South title. QB Zac Robinson is an awesome talent with go-to receivers at the end of every one of his passes. This team will score a lot of points.
For Texas Tech, both defensive and offensive sides of the ball have lost important players. Still, head coach Mike Leach is a guru at recruiting and retooling. QB Taylor Potts is talented and looks ready to be a starter.
Despite the loss of important starters, the Bears of Baylor may have enough talent and fine coaching to earn their first bowl invite in 15 years. Quarterback Robert Griffin is simply a quality player and leader who can win games. Watch out for these Bears!
Last season, the Aggie defense was ranked 114th. They should be better, but how much more better can they be in one year. Head coach Mike Sherman can get this team on track as long as folks show some patience.
In the end, it looks to be Longhorns driving for the Big 12 Championship and a shot at the national title game. The Sooners will not be a push over, but the edge looks to go to Texas. For the Cowboys, it’s primarily about a lack of “D.” Still, this will be an interesting team to watch, and they do have a shot at the top spot. For the other three clubs, there’s talent but too many deficiencies to overcome when it comes to vying for first in the Big 12 South.
BIG 12 NORTH OVERVIEW
Of the two divisions in the Big 12, the North is the weaker. Still, it is composed of highly competitive teams with one or two capable of cracking the nation’s top 25. The Nebraska Cornhuskers are the team to beat, while the Colorado Buffaloes look to be the up-and-coming club in the division. The Missouri Tigers will be competitive and in the mix. Look for the Kansas Jayhawks to struggle and for the Wildcats of Kansas and the Iowa State Cyclones to work at building their programs.
When it comes to the top of the Big 12 North, the Nebraska Cornhuskers possess an improved defense and on offense talented but inexperienced players at quarterback and wideout. The Huskers have a tough schedule and field a lot of raw talent, but they do possess the most talent of any team in the North.
The Buffaloes of Colorado take the field guided by coach Dan Hawkins, who starts his fourth season at the helm. There are question marks at quarterback, but there’s also talent. With 10 starters returning and a fine defense in place, this could be the year of the Buffalo.
The Tigers of Missouri have lost more talent than any other team in the Big 12. Still, they field a fine rushing attack and a QB who, despite lacking experience, offers fine potential. Although some feel this team will finish in fourth or fifth, there’s enough talent on both sides of the roster to capture third.
The Kansas Jayhawks in first place? No, that won’t happen this year. Overall, the offense looks stacked. Yes, this team will put many points on the scoreboard but so too will their opponents as the Jayhawks field a weakened defense. The linebacking unit is especially worrisome.
Head coach Bill Snyder will turn the Kansas State Wildcats around. But he won’t change this team overnight. Snyder is good, but he’s not that good. The team lacks speed and athleticism. On the positive side is the team’s schedule, which has all but one conference contest on the Cats’ home turf. They could be a true dark horse, but it’s more likely that they’ll simply be up-and-coming.
The Iowa State Cyclones also welcome a new head coach—Paul Rhoads. The new top man has a lot of work to do, especially on defense. Rhoads looks to open up the field on offense in order to generate more points and be competitive. If anything, the Cyclones will be a more interesting team than they have been in years.
Neither Nebraska nor Colorado offers strong enough rosters to compete for the conference title. In fact, no club in the North is talented or skilled enough to challenge Texas, Oklahoma or Oklahoma State. The best in the North will earn an invite to a BCS Bowl but not to the National Championship game.
Big 12 Predictions
BIG 12 SOUTH
1) Texas Longhorns
2) Oklahoma Sooners
3) Oklahoma State Cowboys
4) Texas Tech Red Raiders
5) Baylor Bears
6) Texas A&M Aggies
BIG 12 NORTH
1) Nebraska Cornhuskers
2) Colorado Buffaloes
3) Missouri Tigers
4) Kansas Jayhawks
5) Kansas Wildcats
6) Iowa State Cyclones
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