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2013 Big 12 team by team preview

Well here we are, its that time of year again. The preseason All-Big 12 picks and poll have been released. So similar to what I did last season, I thought I'd do another team by team breakdown of how I see each team finishing this season. And similar to what I did last season, I'll first offer how I think each team will do and give a "swing game", a game in which I could see the outcome flipping whether it be initially a win or a loss. I'm gonna give a team by team breakdown, followed by a brief recap then the final standings. Well without further ado lets get started.

Final records

Baylor

ISU

KU

K-State

OU

OSU

TCU

Texas

Tech

WVU

Non-Con

9-3

Baylor

x

W

W

L

L (S)

L

W

W

W

W

3-0

6-6

ISU

L

x

W

L

L

L

L

W (S)

W

L

3-0

3-9

KU

L

L

x

L

L

L

L

L

W (S)

L

2-1

11-1

K-State

W

W

W

x

W

L

W

W (S)

W

W

3-0

8-4

OU

W

W

W

L

x

L(S)

L

W

W

W

2-1

10-2

OSU

W

W

W

W(S)

W

x

L

W

W

W

2-1

8-4

TCU

L(S)

W

W

L

W

L

x

W

W

W

2-1

6-6

Texas

L

L(S)

W

L

L

L

L

x

L

W

3-0

5-7

Tech

L

L

W (S)

L

L

L

L

L

x

W

3-0

4-8

WVU

L

L (S)

W

L

L

L

L

L

L

x

3-0

Well, I promised myself I wasn't gonna do it, but I've done it again, I've picked K-State to win (a share of) the Big 12 conference for the second strait season, and I am no where near as confident this season, but in the immortal words of Mack Brown "it is what it is". Well Lets get started

1. Oklahoma State: 10-2 (8-1)

I guess it could have been worse, I didn't pick K-State to win the Big 12 outright and OSU does own the tiebreaker. I think the Cowboys will probably lose to Mississippi State in the opener and I think they'll probably also trip up later in the schedule, this conference is just too difficult not to, I have them losing to TCU just because I think its going to be a team with a really solid defense that takes down the pokes and TCU matches that profile the best out of anyone in this conference.

Swing prediction: 9-3 (7-2)

I have OSU's swing game being their win against K-State, its going to be the second big test for the cowboys so maybe they haven't chosen and fully invested into a QB and the Wildcats are able to take advantage. There are a lot of potential "swing games" on the cowboys schedule this year. But no matter who wins the conference they won't be going undefeated, and I am sure of that statement.

1. Kansas State: 11-1 (8-1)

Well like I said I did it again, I had no aspirations to but that's the way it shaped up. So I guess we'll start out with the non-con. Like I have said multiple times though I have grown to respect NDSU in no way do I fear them, so I'm just gonna have to go on and give us that one, UMASS I don't see being a challenge at all. I think ULL will be the most challenging team in the non-con, but I don't see them as a serious upset threat. I just don't see K-State beating OSU this year. I struggled a LOT with the Texas game, but ultimately decided to go with the cats winning just because it seems like just about every year Snyder gets better and Mack Brown gets worse. I think we'll end up going undefeated at home this season, we just seem to be a much stronger team at home the past 3 seasons. This home game win streak will also include a win against the Sooners, K-State has played really well in senior day games the past few seasons, I'll get to more on the Sooners in a second.

Swing prediction: 10-2 (7-2)

I chose Texas as K-State's swing game. As bad as Mack Brown may be they can't lose to K-State forever. Can they?

3. TCU: 8-4 (6-3)

TCU, what were you thinking? Why did you schedule LSU to start your season? Credit to you for convincing them to play it in your backyard but still that's just not a great way to start your season off. But from there on TCU's schedule smooths out a little. I expect the horned frogs to have a fairly easy time beating the bottom feeders (not to take anything away from Iowa State, Texas Tech, and KU I just couldn't come up with a better phrase, well I did kind of mean it about KU ;)). But I think with their stout defense they can probably make some noise in the conference possibly even taking down a couple of the big shots like OU and OSU.

Swing prediction: 9-3 (7-2)

I am really looking forward to seeing this years game between the Bears and the Horned Frogs. It certainly has a chance to be the game featuring the leagues best offensive and defensive teams. Initially I went with Baylor just because I have seen first hand just how deadly that offense can be when its firing on all cylinders. But if TCU has another shutdown kind of defense they could very well be the one walking out smiling.

3. Oklahoma: 8-4 (6-3)

I don't think OU is going to fare as well in the post Landry Jones era as many people seem to think they will. There is something wrong with OU's defense, it really just seemed broken down the stretch and was highlighted by a high scoring OSU offense that was let down by a porous defense and then gouged by Texas A&M without its offensive coordinator. I have a gut feeling it may have something to do with Mike Stoops entering back into the defensive equation. But I really do think OU will have more struggles than it has been used to under Bob Stoops on both sides of the ball. There is little doubt that Blake Bell is an effective change of pace wildcat QB, but it has yet to be seen how he'll do when taking hits all season long. Another disturbing trend for Oklahoma fans is how the sooners seemed to have faded down the stretch over the past 2 seasons, highlighted by blowouts to Texas A&M and Oklahoma State and underwhelming wins over the cowboys, TCU and Iowa and a last second loss to Baylor. This is a big reason why I have K-State beating the sooners in back to back years for the first time in nearly two decades.

Swing prediction: 9-3 (7-2)

I picked Bedlam as OU's swing game just because you never know in rivalry games, but this is by far my least confident swing game that I'm picking. I think this OSU team may just very well have been built to beat this OU team.

3. Baylor: 9-3 (6-3)

I think a really good comparison for this years Baylor team can found in the 2011 Kansas State Wildcats, in that they'll do enough to beat the teams they should but come up short against the teams that are better built. Without a doubt Baylor will be a very intriguing team to watch this season. When he's healthy there's almost no one better than Lache Seastrunk, but he has yet to show that he can play through a full season, but if he can stay effective Baylor will be one of the scariest teams in the conference. A huge question for this season is if Bryce Petty can continue the proud tradition of elite Baylor QBs. The one thing that is likely to hold back the bears is their lack of an established defense, but credit to Phil Bennett as it seemed towards the end of the season that they were starting to figure out how to be effective.

Swing prediction: 10-2 (7-2)

For Baylor I chose OU as their swing game. It almost sets up perfect for the Baylor's third big upset in as many years. Art Briles is one of the brightest offensive minds out there and when he finds a nice mismatch he'll exploit it everyday and 52 times in November. And I think there will be mismatches galore if OU turns out the way I think they will.

6. Iowa State: 6-6 (3-6)

Iowa State is going to do what Iowa State does every season, they're gonna win the games against the teams they and lose most of the games against the better teams, and then one weekend when someone is caught off guard there gonna make someone wish the states of Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois and Minnesota would just have adsorbed the state of Iowa. This season I expect the unlucky victim to be the Texas Longhorns, and kind of Texas Tech, but I'm not sure you can really call that an upset.

Swing prediction: 5-7 (2-7)

Then again Iowa State could be a complete train wreck on defense as they have to replace two of the best LBs in the country. And it's possible Texas could be good, but probably not.

6. Texas 6-6 (3-6)

I think is Mack Brown's swan song. Its really amazing how quickly things have gone south in Austin it seems like just yesterday that Colt McCoy was the most dominate QB in the Big 12. But if Mack Brown has shown us one thing over all of his year its that when he was a good QB his teams are really really strong, but when he gets average QB play well you get this.

Swing prediction: 7-5 (4-5)

Like I said above Iowa State could have a defense that rivals that of the 2010 K-State defense. So its possible that even Texas could score 35 points on the cyclones.

8. Texas Tech: 4-8 (1-8)

Alright full disclaimer time, I kinda like Kliff Kingsbury, I think the system that he's re-installed is one of the most effective in country. But I think there's going to be some growing pains in Lubbock as Kingsbury is still for the most part cutting is teeth in coaching, but give him 3-4 years and I think he'll get the program rolling like it was back in the Leach hayday. But I don't think this is the year of the Red Raider.

Swing prediction: 5-7 (2-7)

I have Texas Tech losing to KU this year. Call me crazy, but the jayhawks came damn close to beating them last year in Lubbock and I think if you're gonna pick anyone to upset Tech this year its gotta be ku.

8. West Virginia 4-8 (1-8)

I have a tremendous amount of respect for Dana Hologorson as an offensive coordinator. As a head coach not so much. I think its going to probably be another slightly more disappointing year in Morgantown as the Mountaineers lose Geno Smith, Tavon Austin, and Stedman Bailey and continue to have a questionable at best kind of defense.

Swing prediction: 5-7 (2-7)

I chose Iowa State as West Virginia's swing game just because if West Virginia can get a offense going Iowa State might be the team it can open things up on but past that its gonna be a long year.

8. KU 3-9 (1-8)

Well Ku may finally end a couple of their embarrassing streaks and give ku fans a reason to at least feign interest until basketball seasons, but with them they may not even try.

Swing prediction: 2-10 (0-9)

Ya, they probably won't end as many streaks as I think, but hey what you gonna do.

Well if you made it this far, thanks. Sorry it kinda puttered out there at the end, giving ku compliments hurts me to.

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