Texas was sent back to Austin licking their wounds, as the Wildcats went on to eventually lose to the Oregon Ducks in the Fiesta Bowl. What’s different now is Kansas doesn’t have its dynamic Heisman caliber quarterback Collin Klein in the equation.
Kansas is a drastically different team without Klein, and currently coach Bill Snyder hasn’t chosen who will be Klein’s replacement. Whoever does eventually get the starting spot has some big cleats to fill, as Klein would have been the Big 12’s first Heisman winner.
Both Texas and Kansas managed to recruit some great players with excellent potential on signing day, but in the end coach Mack Brown may have the advantage here. 24/7 Sports.com ranks the class of recruits coming to Austin at No. 18 overall, compared to No. 56 for the K-State recruits.
Like always, I don’t but much credence in these rankings because I believe that individual drive, ambition, football intelligence, team cohesion and other external variables ultimately determine which team actually has the best chance of winning the conference.
In my mind, Kansas still has better odds to repeat their impressive championship win if they carry the momentum from last season into this year, but only if they get a QB that can step up to the challenge. You can guarantee Texas will be looking for revenge after watching the entire K-State campus storm the field in Manhattan, so the Wildcats better be prepared for a dog fight in 2013.
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