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Predicting the Big 12's Biggest Upsets in 2017

By Allen Kenney, 1 week 6 days ago
Preseason practices have started all across Big 12 country. While a select few schools are angling for a conference championship, or even more, others would take a bowl bid and a signature win or two.   Luckily for the upstarts, the wide-open style of play across the league opens the door for plenty of shootouts – and those track meets always carry upset potential.   Here...

College Football's Top 50 Running Back Units for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 6 days ago
While every college football team would prefer to have an established, superstar No. 1 running back, using a committee of options is the preferred approach to save wear and tear on the starter. Some teams prefer to split the carry workload close to a 50-50 split or use certain players in situational roles. Regardless of the usage, more teams are looking to a committee of players to...

Big 12 Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2017

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 2 days ago
It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used during the year.   In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2017, Athlon asked coaches in the Big 12 to...

Texas Football Game-by-Game Predictions for 2017

By Allen Kenney, 2 weeks 4 days ago
When it comes to coaching pedigree, it’s easy to see why new head coach Tom Herman has Texas fans so excited about the program’s future. An Urban Meyer disciple who made a big splash in two years at Houston sounds like the kind of guy to lead the Longhorns out of the doldrums that have plagued them for the better part of a decade.   That doesn’t guarantee success in the...

Top 25 College Football Non-Conference Games of 2017

By Bryan Fischer, 2 weeks 4 days ago
The College Football Playoff Selection Committee has talked about strength of schedule playing an important role in their final rankings and teams are really paying attention on that front judging by the burgeoning number of terrific non-conference matchups. Last season brought us one of the greatest slates ever across the country and 2017 isn’t much different with numerous blockbuster...

Ranking the Big 12's Quarterbacks for 2017

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 5 days ago
Standout quarterback play and high-powered offenses are usually an annual storyline in the Big 12. And with the return of Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph, that theme should continue into 2017. Mayfield is one of the frontrunners to win the Heisman Trophy this fall, while Rudolph is supported by the nation’s No. 1 receiving corps. The Big 12 has...

Why Oklahoma State Will or Won't Make the College Football Playoff in 2017

By Allen Kenney, 2 weeks 6 days ago
On one side of the ball, the Oklahoma State Cowboys have plenty of pieces to contend for a Big 12 crown and spot in the College Football Playoff: a polished veteran at quarterback, possibly the best wide receiver in the country, an experienced offensive line and an up-and-coming running back.   The other side leaves plenty to be desired: a leaky secondary, a major loss in the middle of...

Matt Rhule Looks to Rebuild Baylor Football On and Off of the Field

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 6 days ago
Matt Rhule was only too happy to talk on a cool Central Texas morning. It was better than the alternative: unloading the U-Haul that had pulled up to his new Waco home just a couple hours earlier. It’s not like he had any help, either. His wife, Julie, was driving south in an SUV from the Philadelphia area with the couple’s three kids and a pair of pets — a dog and a cat....

Kliff Kingsbury Looking for the Right Answers in a Critical 2017 Season

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 2 days ago
If Kliff Kingsbury needs any further reminder about exactly why the shouts for his removal became so loud last year, he need look no further than his bank statement. “We know what we signed up for, and we get paid a lot of money to do it,” Kingsbury says.   That may not make Texas Tech fans too happy, especially those still rubbing aloe on the wounds from last year’s 5...

Top 10 Big 12 Non-Conference Games of 2017

By Allen Kenney, 3 weeks 3 days ago
Non-conference play turned into a disaster for the Big 12 on the whole in 2016. For every step forward such as Texas’ season-opening win over Notre Dame, a giant leap backwards, such as Ohio State throttling the conference champs, popped up.   The tenor of the conversation surrounding the conference could change with a solid showing in non-conference play this fall. That has to...