2017 College Football Preview

Welcome to SportsFormulator’s 2017 College Football Preview.  Get our preseason college football predictions for every conference including predicted records for each team.

Inside the 2017 College Football Preview:

2017 Preseason All-Americans
2017 AAC Preview and Predictions
2017 ACC Preview and Predictions
2017 Big 12 Preview and Predictions
2017 Big Ten Preview and Predictions
2017 Conference USA Preview and Predictions
2017 Independent Preview and Predictions
2017 MAC Preview and Predictions
2017 Mountain West Preview and Predictions
2017 Pac-12 Preview and Predictions
2017 SEC Preview and Predictions
2017 Sun Belt Preview and Predictions
2017-18 Preseason Bowl Predictions
2017-18 College Football Playoff Predictions

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2017-18 Preseason College Football Playoff Predictions

Who’s going to the college football version of the Final Four?  Will the a non-conference champion be invited again this year?

We know the Power 5 conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC) have been the only teams to play for the national championship since the playoff started.

Could an undefeated team from the Group of 5 conferences get an invite this year?  Ohio and USF we predict to run the table but won’t have the strength of schedule to get in over a one loss team from a Power 5 conference.

Semi-Final #1 Match-up

(1) Alabama vs. (4) Washington

A rematch of last year’s semi-final.  The Tide will lock down the top seed with a perfect season.  Washington edges USC in the Pac-12 to come in with one loss and a better team than last year.  Look for this game to be more competitive than last year’s Alabama win.

Semi-Final #2 Match-up

(2) Ohio State vs. (3) Florida State

This should become a shootout.  Both teams have dual threat QB’s who should take turns leading his team up and down the field.

Florida State’s defense playmakers will make the difference down the stretch.

National Championship Game

Alabama vs. Florida State

These two kick the season off and will end it against one another for the title.  Again it should be a high scoring game with all the offensive playmakers on the field.

This should be similar to Bama’s past two title games that come down to final possessions.  Look for Jalen Hurts to lead his Crimson Tide to the national championship in his sophomore season.

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2017 Sun Belt Football Preview and Predictions

Welcome to the 2017 Sun Belt Football Preview.  Coastal Carolina joins the league this year.  The league is divided into two tiers.  The top three teams this year are decisively better than the rest of the conference.

Sun Belt Preview

Appalachian State Mountaineers – coming off a 10 win season, they have veterans at several skill positions.  If the defense stays top 10, the Mountaineers should be a double digit win team again.

Arkansas State Red Wolves – The offensive line is rebuilt but skill positions are back from offense that was 74th last season.  Defense was 19th but returns only four starters.  Can they just reload on D?

Troy Trojans – Offense should be good again.  Could jump up from 39th in scoring.  Can the defense stay a top 25 scoring D?  If so, Troy could challenge for the league title.

Georgia Southern Eagles – New Offensive coordinator will try to get the passing game to compliment one of the nation’s best running attacks.  Lost seven of nine to end ’16.

Louisiana Rajin Cajuns – Defense should be good.  What will they get from the QB position?  Offensive was 109 in scoring last year.

Georgia State Panthers – Shawn Elliot is new head coach.  Offense returns a lot of starters but was 121st in scoring.  Defense needs to step up against the run.

New Mexico State Aggies – Larry Rose is a solid running back but they’ll need more playmakers.  Will experience help the defense improve from 121st and offense 97th?

South Alabama Jaguars – The line needs to get better to improve 92nd scoring offense.  Alternated wins and losses last six games of ’16.

Idaho Vandals – It’s the Vandals last season in FBS.  QB Matt Linehan has a lot of experience to keep them competitive but need the defense to step up.

Texas State Bobcats – Lost eight in a row to finish 2-10 in ’16.  Team can only go up from last season as the offense was 124th, defense was 125th and 123rd in turnover margin.

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks – RB Derrick Gore transferred from Alabama to carry the offense.  The defense has many starters returning from a defense that was 122nd in scoring last season.  The offense was 110th last year and turnover margin was 122nd.  A lot of room for improvement.

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers – jumping to FBS.  Can they handle facing a FBS team every week?  Several new starters will make it a tough adjustment.

2017 Sun Belt Predictions

Predicted Record
Appalachian State Mountaineers 11 1 8 0
Arkansas State Red Wolves 10 2 7 1
Troy Trojans 9 3 7 1
Georgia Southern Eagles 7 5 5 3
Louisiana Ragin Cajuns 5 7 4 4
Georgia State Panthers 4 8 3 5
New Mexico State Aggies 4 8 3 5
South Alabama Jaguars 4 8 3 5
Idaho Vandals 5 7 3 5
Texas State Bobcats 3 9 2 6
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks 2 10 2 6
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 3 9 1 7

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2017 SEC Football Preview and Predictions

Welcome to the 2017 SEC Football Preview.  Can Alabama be dethroned in 2017?

Nick Saban has recruited so well, that even when players leave for the NFL, there’s a four or five star recruit ready to step up and fill in for him.

The West again should outpace the East with Alabama, Auburn and LSU being the league’s top three teams.

In the East, it looks like the division will be decided when Georgia and Florida tangle in Jacksonville.

SEC Preview

SEC East

Georgia Bulldogs – QB Jacob Eason should make strides in his sophomore season to improve an offense that was 102nd in scoring last season.  10 of 11 starters return on defense which should get them to Atlanta.

Florida Gators – The defense was 6th in scoring last year while the offense was 107th.  Can Felipe Franks make plays down the field for the Gators?  Will the D be the same with many new starters?

Kentucky Wildcats – Mark Stoops has built to this season.  His team has expectations for this year.  There are playmakers on both sides of the ball.  If the defense can improve from being tied for 86th in scoring last year, they could contend in the East.

South Carolina Gamecocks – The offense was 116th last season.  It looks like it could make a major improvement this year.  Muschamp usually has a good D so if he can get an offense to go with it, the Gamecocks should be competitive.

Tennessee Volunteers – It’s make or break for Butch Jones this season.  A lot of key talent is gone including QB Josh Dobbs.  How will the Vols fill those holes?

Missouri Tigers – The defense fell dramatically last year finishing tied for 90th in scoring.  Has Barry Odom figured out a solution for the D?  The offense has 10 starters back which could help a struggling defense.

Vanderbilt Commodores – Offense has nine starters back but was 113th in scoring last season.  If the defense can stick to giving up only 24 a game, the Dores could be competitive even with a tough schedule.

SEC West

Alabama Crimson Tide – The defense lost a lot of talent but has talent ready to reload at every spot.  Offense has great talent at skill positions to threaten defenses.

LSU Tigers – As usual, it’ll come down to QB play for LSU.  If Danny Etling can make some plays, LSU could be very good.  Guice leads the offense and is one of the nation’s top runners.

Auburn Tigers – QB Jarrett Stidham transferred from Baylor.  He could be a good fit for Gus Malzahn’s offense.  He’ll get help in the backfield from Kamryn Pettway.  Defense is skilled and they have an advantage at Kicker that should help in close games.

Arkansas Razorbacks – The defense is changing to a 3-4 scheme to try to get better than 85th in scoring last year.  Austin Allen back at QB will be key.  He should be able to make the plays to keep the Razorbacks competitive.

Texas A&M Aggies – After a 6-0 start to 2016, the Aggies lost five of seven including their bowl game.  Can the new QB get the ball to Christian Kirk and the other playmakers at receiver?  Kevin Sumlin’s job could depend on it.

Mississippi State Bulldogs – Dan Mullen always has a competitive team.  With QB Nick Fitzgerald, he has a playmaker to lead his offense.  The defense will have to improve for the Bulldogs to be a bowl team.

Ole Miss Rebels – Will the pending NCAA sanctions hang over the Rebels all season?  New coordinators show things aren’t going well.  Defense has to get better than 100th in scoring.

2017 SEC Predictions

Predicted Record
Georgia Bulldogs 10 2 7 1
Florida Gators 8 4 6 2
Kentucky Wildcats 8 4 5 3
South Carolina Gamecocks 5 7 3 5
Tennessee Volunteers 5 7 2 6
Missouri Tigers 6 6 2 6
Vanderbilt Commodores 5 7 2 6
Predicted Record
Alabama Crimson Tide 12 0 8 0
LSU Tigers 10 2 6 2
Auburn Tigers 10 2 6 2
Arkansas Razorbacks 8 4 4 4
Texas A&M Aggies 6 6 3 5
Mississippi State Bulldogs 4 8 1 7
Ole Miss Rebels 5 7 1 7

2017 SEC Football Championship Game Prediction

Alabama over Georgia

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2017 Pac-12 Football Preview and Predictions

Welcome to the 2017 Pac-12 Football Preview.  The league should be more competitive than it’s been in years.  It has two potential playoff contenders that should collide in the conference championship.

Pac-12 Preview

Pac-12 North

Washington Huskies – Jake Browning, Myles Gaskin and Dante Pettis are back to give defenses sleepless nights.  The Huskies won’t sneak up on anyone this season.  Can they handle having the target on their back as the defending Pac-12 Champs?

Washington State Cougars – QB Luke Falk is back with experience around him.  If the defense can improve from 50th in scoring last year, the Cougars will be contenders.

Stanford Cardinal – With All-Everything RB Christian McCaffrey gone, the Stanford offense has big questions.  Can the QB play improve and boost the offense?

Oregon Ducks – a coaching change was made as Willie Taggert inherits many starters.  He’s got to turn around the defense that was 126th in scoring last season.

Oregon State Beavers – RB Ryan Nall will have to carry the load on offense.  The Beavers need to make big improvements on both sides of the ball as the offense was 86th in scoring and the defense 82nd.

California Golden Bears – Justin Wilcox takes over a program that desperately needs his defensive mind.  He’ll have to get the defense to improve from 127th last season.  The Bears will have a new QB who will have some skill around him to help.

Pac-12 South

USC Trojans – After a Rose Bowl win, the Trojans enter with huge expectations.  Sam Darnold is back for his sophomore season but will have a lot of new starters along side of him.

Utah Utes – New offensive scheme with four of five starters new along the O-line.  Defense should again be good and keep them in games.

UCLA Bruins – QB Josh Rosen is back healthy.  The offense was 96th without him last season.  Defense has only a few starters back so Jim Mora’s gonna have to find ways to get his team to win while his seat gets hotter.

Arizona State Sun Devils –  Lost six straight to finish out 2016.  Todd Graham has to improve last season’s 124th scoring defense.  The Devils offense should be able to score but if the defense doesn’t get better, Graham could be out.

Arizona Wildcats – Rich Rodriguez returns his QB and entire offensive line which should help an offense that ranked 100th in scoring last season.  The defense has to do better after being tied for 118th in 2016.

Colorado Buffaloes – A tough schedule should set the Buffaloes back in ’17.  Only two starters return from a defense that was 20th in scoring last year.  A new QB should get help from good skill players.

2017 Pac-12 Predictions

Predicted Record
Washington Huskies 11 1 8 1
Washington State Cougars 11 1 8 1
Stanford Cardinal 7 5 4 5
Oregon Ducks 7 5 4 5
Oregon State Beavers 6 6 3 6
California Golden Bears 4 8 2 7
Predicted Record
USC Trojans 11 1 8 1
Utah Utes 7 5 5 4
UCLA Bruins 8 4 5 4
Arizona State Sun Devils 6 6 3 6
Arizona Wildcats 4 8 2 7
Colorado Buffaloes 5 7 2 7

2017 Pac-12 Football Championship Game Prediction

Ohio State over Wisconsin

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2017 Mountain West Football Preview and Predictions

Welcome to the 2017 Mountain West Conference Football Preview.  The MW should have outstanding QB play this season.  Josh Allen of Wyoming is a first round NFL prospect.

Mountain West Preview

Mountain Division

Boise State Broncos – The talent is there in Boise to be the league’s best this season.  Brett Rypien is experienced QB who need to help them improve their turnover margin from last season which was 116th in the nation.

Wyoming Cowboys – Lost three straight to end 2016.  With QB Josh Allen, the Cowboys should be in every game but the defense needs to improve from 101st in scoring last year for Cowboys to make the MWC title game.

Colorado State Rams – The Rams open a new stadium this season.  Nick Stevens leads an offense that was 28th in scoring last year.  The defense will need to make a  jump from 81st.

New Mexico Lobos – Won 7 of 8 to end year.  Led nation in rushing and should have the pieces to be back at the top of the rushing standings.  The defense (89th) and turnover margin (Tied-73rd must be improved.

Air Force Falcons – Won six straight to end season.  The defense was 49th in scoring but only returns one starter.  The offense should have playmakers to make the Falcons tough week to week.

Utah State Aggies – Inexperience on both sides of line will make wins hard to come by this season.  The offense returns skill player but was 108th in scoring last season.

West Division

San Diego State Aztecs – defending MWC Champs and won their bowl game.  Turnover margin was +14 last year and with a returning QB and Rashaad Penny taking over at RB, could be a another great turnover margin season that leads to double digit wins.

Hawaii Warriors – Won three straight to end the season but brought in a new defensive coordinator.  Defense was 113th and turnover margin was 111st.  Those must be improved to become contenders.

San Jose State Spartans – New at the skill spots but have a veteran offensive line.  Both the offense and defense were 103th in scoring last season so need for improvement on both sides of the ball to make a bowl game.

Fresno State Bulldogs – The Bulldogs won one game last season so Jeff Tedford is now the new head coach.  He has a team with experience but he’ll have to improve an offense that was 125th in scoring last year.

UNLV Rebels – The Rebels have to get the defense to improve from last year’s 112th in scoring.  If their new QB can distribute to the skill positions, they could stay in some games but hard to see them making a bowl game in 2017.

Nevada Wolf Pack – Jay Norvell takes over and installs the Air Raid offense with the Wolf Pack.  Will that marginalize a good running back like James Butler?  QB David Cornwell transferred to Nevada and could be a great fit for the new offense.  With a new system and inexperience at many positions should be a tough year.

2017 Mountain West Predictions

Predicted Record
Boise State Broncos 8 4 6 2
Wyoming Cowboys 9 3 6 2
Colorado State Rams 7 5 5 3
New Mexico Lobos 7 5 5 3
Air Force Falcons 6 6 4 4
Utah State Aggies 1 11 0 8
Predicted Record
San Diego State Aztecs 11 1 8 0
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 7 5 5 3
San Jose State Spartans 5 7 4 4
Fresno State Bulldogs 3 9 2 6
UNLV Rebels 3 9 2 6
Nevada Wolf Pack 2 10 1 7

2017 MWC Football Championship Game Prediction

San Diego State over Boise State

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2017 MAC Football Preview and Predictions

Welcome to the 2017 MAC Football Preview.  The league is looking at a competitive season where the West should be up for grabs as we predict three teams battling for that division while the East should stay in the hands of the Bobcats.

MAC Preview


Ohio Bobcats – Change is coming to the offense that ranked 85th last year as they try to put the QB under center more. If the defense, which ranked 26th in scoring last year, can have a repeat, the Bobcats should be hard to beat.

Miami (OH) Redhawks – Ended 2016 with six straight wins before dropping their bowl game by 1 point.  If the offense can improve from 114 with a returning QB, RB and O-Line, the Redhawks should win more.

Bowling Green Falcons – Won three straight to end the season.  How much can they improve from tied-97th in Offense and tied-118th on Defense?  That’s the key to the season.

Akron Zips – Experience on the O-line and at QB.  Must improve turnovers where they were -8 last year and the scoring defense was 98th.

Kent State Flashes – Offense was 117th last year.  Will the experience help it improve?  Turnovers were +8 last season and must stay that way for them to be competitive in 2017.

Buffalo Bulls – The defense is anchored by the linebackers.  With QB and 4 offensive linemen back, the offense has to do better than 126 in scoring from 2016.


Central Michigan Chippewas – A team with a lot of experience will rely on a redshirt Freshman QB and new offensive coordinator.

Toledo Rockets – Tons of talent at skill positions.  Can the defense improve from 48th?  If so, a MAC Championship could be possible.

Western Michigan Broncos – Tim Lester is the new head coach.  Can the offense stay top 10 in scoring this year?  With a new QB and receivers it’s a probably drop off.

Northern Illinois Huskies – If the Huskies can find stability at QB after two seasons of injuries under center, they could bounce back.  The defensive  front is key to the defense improving from 80th in scoring last season.

Eastern Michigan Eagles – Come off a bowl game for first time in nearly 20 years.  Key skill players and 3 starters on offensive line return.  Defense needs players to step up to have a shot at returning to a bowl.

Ball State Cardinals – Schedule is tough.  How big of a jump can they make in year two under coach Mike Neu?  Offense was tied for 75th last season while the D was 78th.

2017 MAC Predictions

Predicted Record
Ohio Bobcats 12 0 8 0
Miami (OH) RedHawks 9 3 6 2
Bowling Green Falcons 4 8 3 5
Akron Zips 4 8 3 5
Kent State Flashes 3 9 2 6
Buffalo Bulls 1 11 0 8

2017 MAC Football Championship Game Prediction

Ohio over Central Michigan

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2017 Conference USA Football Preview and Predictions

Welcome to the 2017 Conference USA Football Preview.  Some coaching changes are impacting the conference.  The league is good at the top but the bottom is pretty weak this season.

Conference USA Preview


Western Kentucky Hilltoppers – Mike Sanford takes over for Jeff Brohm.  He inherits an offense that led the nation in scoring and returns their starting QB Mike White.  Will Sanford change too much?

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders – QB Brent Stockstill will keep them in every game.  If the defense can improve upon being 109th last season in scoring, it could challenge the Hilltoppers for the league championship.

Old Dominion Monarchs – Surprisingly won 10 games last year.  An experienced offensive line and skill position players will ease the transition for the new QB.  They’ve got to keep the turnover margin like last year where they were tied for 4th best in the nation.

Florida Atlantic Owls – Lane Kiffin has taken over the program.  He has a team with skill position talent which he’ll need to utilize in what should be a lot of shootouts.  Last season, the scoring defense was 123rd.

Florida International Golden Panthers – Butch Davis is now the head coach and has an experienced team.  He’s got to turn that experience in to better production as the offense was 106th in scoring and the defense 104th last season.

Charlotte 49ers – showed some signs last year of being ready to win but lost some close games.  Can they pull through this year?  With a scoring offense that ranked 94th and defense that was 102nd, there’s room for improvement everywhere.

Marshall Thundering Herd – Can they win the battle in the trenches?  The offensive and defensive lines need to step up.  After falling to 3-9 last season, expectations are low.


Louisiana Tech Bulldogs – They were the nation’s second highest scoring team last year but will replace their QB.  The defense is going to have to improve from 97th last year to help an offense that might not score as much as it did last year.

UTSA Roadrunners – Passing game should be a strength.  Scoring margin was 29.2-27.9 last season but they weren’t in many close games.  Can they be competitive week in and week out in 2017?

Southern Miss Golden Eagles – Could take a step back this season.  They should rely on the running game while working in a new starter at QB.  The defensive front is new and must improve from tied for 74th in scoring last season.

Rice Owls – The defense must get better than tied for 114th it was last year.  The offensive line will carry the offense and try to ease the transition to new QB.

North Texas Mean Green – It was feast or famine in 2016 for the Mean Green.  They made a bowl game despite just five wins.  They need playmakers this year to get back to the postseason.

UTEP Miners – The defense is experienced but was 105th in scoring last season.  Offense lacks playmakers.  It’ll be a long season in El Paso.

UAB Blazers – They restart the football program after it was shutdown for two season.  They brought in many JUCO players to help try to be competitive from the start.  You can’t just throw a team together and expect it to win right away.

2017 Conference USA Predictions

Predicted Record
Western Kentucky 11 1 8 0
Middle Tennessee 8 4 7 1
Old Dominion 7 5 5 3
Florida Atlantic 5 7 4 4
Florida International 5 7 3 5
Charlotte 4 8 2 6
Marshall 2 10 1 7
Predicted Record
Louisiana Tech 9 3 7 1
UTSA 7 5 5 3
Rice 5 7 5 3
Southern Miss 6 6 5 3
North Texas 4 8 3 5
UTEP 1 11 1 7
UAB 1 11 0 8

2017 Conference USA Football Championship Game Prediction

Western Kentucky over Louisiana Tech

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2017 Independent Football Preview and Predictions

Welcome to the 2017 Independent Football Preview.  With no conference affiliation, these teams can customize their schedules.

2017 Independent Football Preview

BYU Cougars – Can the defense keep teams under 20 points per game?  If so, the Cougars could be headed for a great season.  Tanner Mangum is back at QB and hopes to improve on last season where their four losses were by a combined 8 points.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish – Brian Kelly felt the heat this offseason.  He changed both coordinators who he hopes can right the ship in South Bend.  QB Brandon Wimbush is getting a lot of hype.  The first two games of the year against Temple and Georgia will tell you how the Irish will be this season.

Army Black Knights – Plenty of starters back to make a return trip to a bowl and they hope to win the Commander in Chief trophy this season.  A bowl win last year has expectations up for Army.

Massachusetts Minutemen – They’re young and need to find playmakers.  In 2016, they scored 23.3 a game while giving up 35.5.  There’s plenty of room to improve in 2017.

2017 Independent Football Predictions

Predicted Record
BYU Cougars 10 3
Notre Dame Fighting Irish 7 5
Army Black Knights 6 6
Massachusetts Minutemen 3 9

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2017 Big 12 Football Preview and Predictions

Welcome to the 2017 Big 12 Conference Football Preview.  The Big 12 didn’t expand, nor divide but will have a conference championship game this season.  So a team might need to beat a team twice to win the conference title.

Big 12 Preview

Oklahoma State Cowboys – The offense is loaded. The defense has question marks.  A three game stretch midseason at Texas, at West Virginia and hosting Oklahoma will determine if this team is a playoff team or not.

Oklahoma Sooners – Bob Stoops suddenly retired.  Lincoln Riley takes over a talented squad.  Baker Mayfield is back at QB with his entire O-line.  The Sooners should again put up points in bunches.  The front seven has holes to fill.  If it comes together, they should be back for another Big 12 Championship.

TCU Horned Frogs – Defense has experience and playmakers to be better than last season.   Kenny Hill will need to get the offense to the endzone more because you’ve got to score to win in the Big 12.

West Virginia Mountaineers – Will Grier, a QB transfer from Florida, leads the offense.  If he can get the offense going and the defense can be similar to last year’s tied for 35th in scoring defense, WVU could contend for a spot in the Big 12 title game.

Kansas State Wildcats – Bill Snyder’s team can hang with anyone in the conference.  If the defense can repeat it’s performance of 2016 where it was 25th in scoring, it could surprise teams.

Texas Longhorns – Tom Herman has taken over for Charlie Strong and is expected to win right away.  Can Herman help Shane Buechele grow in his sophomore season?  The scoring defense must improve from 90th last year.

Baylor Bears – Matt Rhule comes over from Temple to try to get the Bears headed back in the right direction.  The defense is inexperienced.  It should be a transition year for Baylor but they should be able to be .500.

Kansas Jayhawks – The defensive line is the strength of the team.  The Jayhawks scored 20.3 points per game while giving up 37.3.  That’s got to drastically change but look for improvement on both sides of the ball this season.  The schedule gives them a chance to get the most wins in years.

Texas Tech Red Raiders – Questions in the trenches.  Can the O-line come together?  Will the D-line be able to hold its own?  The defense was the worst in the FBS last year so how much it will improve depends on how the Red Raiders do in 2017.

Iowa State Cyclones – Offense has big play potential.  Defense needs to improve from 88th in scoring last season.  The Cyclones’ schedule makes it tough to see many wins.

Big 12 Predictions

Predicted Record
Oklahoma State Cowboys 11 1 8 1
Oklahoma Sooners 10 2 8 1
TCU Horned Frogs 8 4 6 3
West Virginia Mountaineers 8 4 6 3
Kansas State Wildcats 8 4 6 3
Texas Longhorns 6 6 4 5
Baylor Bears 6 6 3 6
Kansas Jayhawks 4 8 2 7
Iowa State Cyclones 3 9 1 8
Texas Tech Red Raiders 2 10 1 8

2017 Big 12 Football Championship Game Prediction

Oklahoma over Oklahoma State

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