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Athlon Sports Cover 2 College Football Podcast: Big 12 Preview and Predictions

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A little more than a month separates us from the start of the college football seasons. The weather is still unbearably hot at Athlon Sports HQ, but the signs of the fall and football season are in the air as preseason practice takes the place of media day season.

Our series previewing each major conference starts today with the Big 12 in perhaps the most heated race at the top of the league. Our staff agrees Baylor and TCU are a step ahead of the competition right now, but don’t agree with the consensus No. 1. After Baylor and TCU a host of teams could contend to be the surprise team in the league like the Horned Frogs were last season.

On this edition of the Cover 2 College Football Podcast:

• The big question: Does the Big 12 champion need to go undefeated to reach the College Football Playoff? We’re divided.

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• Why is Baylor the right choice in the Big 12 when almost everyone else is picking TCU?

• Who has reason to be optimistic in the bottom of the league — Kansas, Iowa State and Texas Tech?

• Which team has the best chance to get into the top two? Our three hosts state cases for Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and — perhaps the biggest surprise of them all — West Virginia.

• We take the pulse of Texas and why 2016 might be the season to watch for the Longhorns.

• Finally, we all believe Kansas State will take a step back in 2015, but we firmly believe Bill Snyder will ruin someone’s season.

Send any ideas, questions or comments to @BradenGall or @DavidFox615 or email podcast@athlonsports.com. The podcast can be found on athlonsports.com/podcast, iTunes, Stitcher and our podcast RSS feed.