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Big 12 Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2017

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 3 weeks 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, 1 month 3 weeks 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, 1 month 3 weeks 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, 1 month 3 weeks 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, 1 month 3 weeks 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, 1 month 3 weeks 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, 1 month 4 weeks 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, 1 month 4 weeks 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...

Texas Turns to Tom Herman to Restore Order in Austin

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 4 weeks ago
When Tom Herman took over at Houston in 2015, he found it hard at first to convince players, administrators and even fans that the way the program operated had to change — in a big way. What did he know, anyway? Here was a guy who had never been a head coach telling a team that had been 8–5 and had used a remarkable fourth-quarter comeback to beat Pittsburgh in the Armed Forces Bowl...

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

By Allen Kenney, 2 months 5 hours ago
The Oklahoma Sooners are learning to live without Bob Stoops on the sidelines for the first time in nearly two decades.   In Lincoln Riley, OU’s detractors likely see a 33-year-old with zero experience as a head coach. Pro-OU factions probably look at him as one of the hottest coaching commodities on the planet. One side is speculating that the high-pressure job will swallow him...