Can Iowa State stop Oklahoma?
This could be the last year of Big 12 football as we know it with the departure of Texas and Oklahoma.
Change is imminent in the Big 12 football landscape, and the rest of the college football world is well aware of it.
With Texas and Oklahoma leaving for the SEC until 2025, perhaps sooner if their lawyers can afford a big media rights buyout, this could be the last season of Big 12 football such as we know him. The good news is that there are two teams with serious college football playoff aspirations, as well as a handful of other teams capable of finishing the season in the top 25.
Here is the ranking of the Big 12 of college football with the 2021 season fast approaching.
Big 12 preseason football rankings
Lance Leipold takes over Kansas Jayhawks’ worst Power Five schedule
No doubt about it. It will be a very difficult year for the Kansas Jayhawks. Although they managed to get a head coach out of a lot of people in Lance Leipold from Buffalo, it’s still Kansas. Not only are the Jayhawks some of the worst teams in the Power 5, they also face the aftermath of an outrageous era from Miles to Lawrence.
Texan technology Red looters
Matt Wells must take his Texas Tech Red Raiders to the next level
This is Matt Wells’ third year at the helm of the Texas Tech Red Raiders. While his schedule is in a much better location than the one Leipold inherited in Kansas, Wells needs Texas Tech to push toward bowl eligibility this season. Texas Tech has won a total of eight games over the past two seasons. The addition of former Oregon quarterback Tyler Shough helps, but it may not be enough.
Dave Aranda has a lot to prove in second year as Baylor Bears head coach
You can blame last year’s failures on the global pandemic, but the Baylor Bears can’t go something like 2-7 under Dave Aranda in his second season at Waco. This is a Baylor program that made it to the New Years Six Bowls during the college football playoff era. Put simply, Aranda can’t be exposed as the Big 12’s worst head coach this season. It would be bad.
Kansas State wild cats
Chris Klieman’s Kansas State Wildcats need to become more consistent in the Big 12
In his two years at the helm of the Kansas State Wildcats, we’ve seen Chris Klieman’s side beat great programs like Iowa State and Oklahoma, without a hitch. However, they can’t seem to get out of the lower middle of the Big 12 hierarchy under his watch. Historically, it has been difficult to recruit in the state of Kansas, but Klieman has won national titles at the FCS level in the state of North Dakota.
We haven’t had a great Gary Patterson TCU Horned Frogs squad for quite some time nowYou know what? We’re due for one of those good, old Gary Patterson TCU Horned Frogs teams. He’s a Hall of Fame head coach for a reason. While defense is generally excellent under his watch at Fort Worth, Patterson needs a few offensive playmakers to take that next step if TCU is to potentially break into the Top 25 and be in the conference title fight mix.
Here are the five Big 12 teams most likely to play for a conference championship in 2021.