Big 12 Football 2019 Predictions

Complete Big 12 preview for the 2019 season

Oklahoma has claimed four conference titles in a row, so it’s no surprise coach Lincoln Riley’s team leads the way in the 2019 Big 12 predictions. The Sooners have a slight edge over Texas in Athlon’s projections, with seven teams predicted to reach bowl eligibility.

 

Oklahoma’s high-powered offense will have some new faces in key roles after the departure of quarterback Kyler Murray and four starters on the offensive line. However, Riley will ensure this offense doesn’t miss a beat behind Alabama transfer Jalen Hurts at quarterback, along with some of the nation’s top skill talent. The Sooners should also show signs of progress on defense behind new coordinator Alex Grinch. As indicated by the projections, Texas isn’t far behind Oklahoma for the top spot in the conference. The Longhorns have to replace a handful of key players on both sides of the ball, but coach Tom Herman has elevated this program, and there’s plenty of young talent ready to step up in 2019. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger is poised for a run at All-America honors but has to stay healthy for Texas to make a playoff push.

 

Iowa State is a step behind Oklahoma and Texas in the Big 12 pecking order for 2019. However, the Cyclones were a clear pick at No. 3 by the Athlon staff. Coach Matt Campbell has the program on the rise, with a standout defense and sophomore quarterback Brock Purdy guiding this program to another bowl trip in 2019. Iowa State does have to replace its top two skill players – running back David Montgomery and receiver Hakeem Butler – and both starting cornerbacks.

 

Oklahoma State, Baylor and TCU are each projected to finish 5-4 in conference play in Athlon’s Big 12 predictions. The Cowboys get the nod at No. 4, as coach Mike Gundy’s team has a favorable schedule – TCU, Baylor, Oklahoma and Kansas State all visit Stillwater – and an offense loaded with potential once again. Redshirt freshman Spencer Sanders is the frontrunner to replace Taylor Cornelius under center, with talented playmakers like Tylan Wallace (WR) and Chuba Hubbard (RB) rounding out the supporting cast. Baylor is a program on the rise under coach Matt Rhule. Last season, the Bears improved their win total by six games from a 1-11 mark in 2017. Another step forward appears to be within reach, especially with more progression out of quarterback Charlie Brewer and a defense that brings back six starters. TCU is a wild card team to watch. Coach Gary Patterson’s team is always dangerous, but the Horned Frogs feature uncertainty at quarterback and some new standouts must emerge on defense.

 

Three teams – West Virginia, Texas Tech and Kansas State – with new coaches round out the next tier. The Mountaineers edged the Red Raiders in Athlon’s projections, largely due to the game coming in Morgantown this fall. However, if things mesh under new coach Matt Wells, Texas Tech could easily surpass the 5-7 projection. Quarterback Alan Bowman is a rising star, the offensive line brings back four starters, and there’s enough experience on defense to expect improvement under new coordinator Keith Patterson. New Kansas State coach Chris Klieman was one of the offseason’s top hires, but he inherits big shoes to fill in replacing Bill Snyder. The Wildcats need quarterback Skylar Thompson to take a step forward in his development to jumpstart an offense that mustered only 22.5 points a game last fall. Kansas State may have to lean on an defense with eight returning starters to win in 2019.

 

Kansas won’t lack for intrigue under new coach Les Miles. However, the Jayhawks have major personnel concerns on both sides of the ball and need to find an answer under center. The status of star running back Pooka Williams after an off-field incident was unknown going into June.

 

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Big 12 2019 Football Predictions
       
Rank   Projected Big 12 Record Projected Overall Record
1 Oklahoma 7-2 11-2
2 Texas 7-2 9-4
3 Iowa State 6-3 8-4
4 Oklahoma State 5-4 8-4
5 Baylor 5-4 8-4
6 TCU 5-4 8-4
7 West Virginia 4-5 6-6
8 Texas Tech 3-6 5-7
9 Kansas State 3-6 5-7
10 Kansas 0-9 2-10
       
Big 12 Championship Game
Oklahoma over Texas

 

BIG 12 2019 SUPERLATIVES AND SEASON PREDICTIONS

 

Offensive POY

Pick by Steven Lassan: Sam Ehlinger, QB, Texas

Pick by Mitch Light: Sam Ehlinger, QB, Texas

Pick by Mark Ross: Sam Ehlinger, QB, Texas

 

Defensive POY

Pick by Steven Lassan: Caden Sterns, S, Texas

Pick by Mitch Light: Caden Sterns, S, Texas

Pick by Mark Ross: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma

 

Coach of the Year

Pick by Steven Lassan: Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma

Pick by Mitch Light: Matt Campbell, Iowa State

Pick by Mark Ross: Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma

 

Top Freshman

Pick by Steven Lassan: Jadon Haselwood, WR, Oklahoma

Pick by Mitch Light: Jadon Haselwood, WR, Oklahoma

Pick by Mark Ross: Jadon Haselwood, WR, Oklahoma

 

Top Newcomer

Pick by Steven Lassan: Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma

Pick by Mitch Light: Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma

Pick by Mark Ross: Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma

 

Sleeper Team

Pick by Steven Lassan: TCU

Pick by Mitch Light: Iowa State

Pick by Mark Ross: TCU

 

Key Position to Watch

Pick by Steven Lassan: Oklahoma OL

Pick by Mitch Light: Texas WRs

Pick by Mark Ross: Oklahoma OL

 

Best Coordinator Hire

Pick by Steven Lassan: Alex Grinch, DC, Oklahoma

Pick by Mitch Light: Alex Grinch, DC, Oklahoma

Pick by Mark Ross: Alex Grinch, DC, Oklahoma

 

Hardest Team to Evaluate

Pick by Steven Lassan: TCU

Pick by Mitch Light: Oklahoma State

Pick by Mark Ross: Texas Tech

 

Coach on the Rise

Pick by Steven Lassan: Sean Gleeson, OC, Oklahoma State

Pick by Mitch Light: Sean Gleeson, OC, Oklahoma State

Pick by Mark Ross: Sean Gleeson, OC, Oklahoma State

 

Must-See Game

Pick by Steven Lassan: Oklahoma vs. Texas (Dallas)

Pick by Mitch Light: Oklahoma vs. Texas (Dallas)

Pick by Mark Ross: Oklahoma vs. Texas (Dallas)

 

Breakout Player

Pick by Steven Lassan: Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State

Pick by Mitch Light: T.J. Simmons, WR, West Virginia

Pick by Mark Ross: Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State

 

Comeback Player

Pick by Steven Lassan: Ross Blacklock, DL, TCU

Pick by Mitch Light: Ross Blacklock, DL, TCU

Pick by Mark Ross: Ross Blacklock, DL, TCU

 

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