2018 Big 12 Preview and Predictions

2018 Big 12 Preview

This league could go many different ways.  Nobody stands out as a vastly superior team like Oklahoma did last season.  They’re going to beat each other up all season and that could keep the Big XII out of the playoff.

Overview

  • The Big 12 just edged out the Big Ten as our 4th strongest conference in our 2018 preseason power rankings.
  • 8 teams will go to a bowl game
  • Texas is the highest ranked team at #5 in our preseason power rankings while Kansas is the lowest at #114.
  • The league is so competitive, nobody will make it through the Big 12 unscathed.

What to Watch in 2018

  • How will Oklahoma do without Baker Mayfield?  Mayfield was a great leader and inspired the Sooners week after week.  Who will step up and lead them this season?
  • Tom Herman’s Longhorns had a strong bowl performance and after losing a few close games last season are poised to take a leap forward this season.  They have the schedule to get back in the national conversation.
  • Will Grier will lead a dynamic offensive for West Virginia.  Can the Mountaineers D help them out and make them contenders?  Look for a big year in Morgantown.
  • Will Matt Rhule get things turned around at Baylor?  His first year in Waco was challenging.  They should take strides forward this season but miss a bowl.
  • Can Kansas win a conference game?  Things are bad in Lawrence.  The schedule is favorable for getting a W this year either.

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2018 Big 12 Predictions

RANK BIG XII W L CONF W CONF L
5 Texas Longhorns 11 1 8 1
11 Oklahoma Sooners 9 3 6 3
25 TCU Horned Frogs 8 4 6 3
17 West Virginia Mountaineers 9 3 6 3
52 Iowa State Cyclones 7 5 5 4
43 Oklahoma State Cowboys 8 4 5 4
61 Kansas State Wildcats 6 6 4 5
72 Texas Tech Red Raiders 6 6 3 6
87 Baylor Bears 5 7 2 7
114 Kansas Jayhawks 2 10 0 9

2018 Big 12 Championship Game

The Texas Longhorns will beat the West Virginia Mountaineers for the Big 12 Championship.  Will it be enough for the Longhorns to make the playoff?

See more in our 2018 College Football Preview Access data driven college football predictions all season long.

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