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Big 12 Football: Ranking the Rosters for 2022

Steve Sarkisian, Texas Longhorns Football

Steve Sarkisian is looking to narrow the talent gap with Oklahoma after landing the top-ranked class in the Big 12 this cycle 

The future of the Big 12 is shifting in a big way with the upcoming departures of Oklahoma and Texas to the SEC and the additions of Cincinnati, Houston, BYU, and UCF on the horizon. But we still have at least one more season of this 10-team Big 12 to go, and the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners still appear to be the most talented teams in the conference. But as last year demonstrated, it takes more than talent to win the Big 12 crown.

After all, it is one thing to be able to recruit talent to come to your program, and an entirely different game when it comes to putting that roster in the best position to win. But talent certainly does matter in college football, and Steve Sarkisian may have Texas trending in the right position entering the 2022 season.

Below are the national recruiting ranking averages for Big 12 schools over the last five (2018-22) classes, according to 247Sports' Composite Team Rankings, and each team's record over the last five (2017-21) seasons. Obviously, this doesn't take into account roster attrition, but, over time, this should be considered relatively even across the conference.

Ranking the Big 12's College Football's Rosters in 2022

RkTeam2221201918AvgWLConf

1

Texas

5

15

8

3

3

6.8

37-25

25-19

2

Oklahoma

8

10

12

6

9

9.0

56-10

37-7

3

Oklahoma State

29

31

40

38

34

34.4

45-19

28-17

4

TCU

44

53

24

31

25

35.4

34-27

22-23

5

Baylor

36

41

50

35

29

38.2

33-29

22-23

6

West Virginia

35

42

37

48

35

39.4

32-28

22-22

7

Iowa State

39

59

46

46

55

49.0

39-25

29-16

8

Kansas State

62

56

52

63

66

59.8

33-28

21-24

9

Texas Tech

43

75

48

62

72

60.0

26-34

14-31

10

Kansas

121

63

56

71

60

74.2

9-48

3-41