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Big 12 Second-Half Predictions and Midseason Review

Kenny Hill, TCU Horned Frogs Football

Kenny Hill, TCU Horned Frogs Football

The 2017 college football season has reached the halfway point in the Big 12, and it’s time to hand out midseason awards and make a few predictions for the second half of the year. At the midpoint of 2017, a three-team battle is shaping up for the top spot in the league. Oklahoma was upset at home against Iowa State, but the Sooners still have time to regain a spot in the CFB Playoff. Coach Lincoln Riley’s team has matchups remaining against West Virginia, Oklahoma State and TCU, along with a potential rematch versus the Horned Frogs or the Cowboys in the Big 12 Championship Game. The Horned Frogs are the biggest surprise in the conference through the first seven weeks of the season. Coach Gary Patterson’s defense is limiting opponents to 5.1 yards per play, while the offense has been efficient and playing mistake-free ball behind quarterback Kenny Hill. Texas and West Virginia headline the next tier of teams, with Kansas State, Iowa State and Texas Tech up next. Kansas is likely headed for a winless season in Big 12 play, while Baylor is rebuilding under first-year coach Matt Rhule. 

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield

Editors Mitch Light and Steven Lassan offer their up their picks for midseason awards and second-half predictions in the Big 12. 

Big 12 Midseason Awards and Second-Half Predictions

Offensive Player of the Year

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Baker Mayfield QB, Oklahoma

Baker Mayfield QB, Oklahoma

Defensive Player of the Year

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Ogbonnia Okoronkwo LB, Oklahoma

Ogbonnia Okoronkwo LB, Oklahoma

Freshman of the Year (Offense)

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Sam Ehlinger QB, Texas

Sam Ehlinger QB, Texas

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Freshman of the Year (Defense)

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Kenneth Murray LB, Oklahoma

Kenneth Murray LB, Oklahoma

Coach of the Year

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Gary Patterson TCU

Gary Patterson TCU

Coordinator of the Year

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Sonny Cumbie OC, TCU

Jon Heacock DC, Iowa State

Best Coordinator Hire of 2017

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Todd Orlando DC, Texas

Todd Orlando DC, Texas

Newcomer of the Year (JUCO or Transfer)

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

Will Grier QB, West Virginia

Will Grier QB, West Virginia

Biggest Surprise Through Seven Weeks

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

TCU

TCU

Must-See Game of Second Half

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

TCU at Oklahoma

Oklahoma at Oklahoma State

Projected Order of Finish

 

Steven Lassan

Mitch Light

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