Ranking the Top 5 Big 12 Offenses of 2013
Top Big 12 Offenses for 2013
The Big 12 has been known for its explosive spread offenses for years now and consistently puts out some of the best offenses in the country year in and year out. This year should be no different as several teams have playmakers and weapons in their depth charts and are looking to capitalize on that talent in 2013. Many stars from last year have graduated or are in the NFL now, but many talented players are ready to step up and become their teams' go to players this year. Quarterbacks have been putting up video game like numbers in the Big 12 for the past decade since Mike Leach introduced the Air Raid offense to the league, and the rest is history.
The Big 12 only had one coaching change this year. Kliff Kingsbury has taken over the reigns in Lubbock and he is looking to continue the offensive success that the Texas Tech Red Raiders have had for over the past decade. Veteran offensive minds like Art Briles and Mike Gundy will look to keep their teams up at the top of the Big 12 with their spread style offenses. Other teams like Texas and TCU will look to their ground games to rack up yards. Either way, the Big 12 is set up to once again put its impact on college football with high powered offensive systems and will almost certainly put up gaudy numbers both through the air and on the ground.
Just about every team in the Big 12 will likely put up big numbers this year, but this is my list for the top five offensive teams for 2013.
No. 5 Texas
The Texas Longhorns took a big step in getting back to national relevance after winning nine games and the Alamo Bowl in 2012. Quarterback David Ash has improved each year he has been the signal caller and is looking for a breakout season in 2013. With a two headed rushing attack in sophomore Jonathan Gray and junior Joe Bergeron as well as leading receivers Mike Davis and Jaxon Shipley returning, the Longhorns could see their best offensive season since 2009.
No. 4 TCU
The TCU Horned Frogs are looking to bounce back from a disappointing 7-6 season and are hoping to rely on returning quarterback Casey Pachall who is coming back from a suspension that kept him out of most of the 2012 season. The Horned Frogs will return wide receiver Brandon Carter who is a big playmaker who can be explosive in the open field, and they also return leading rusher B.J. Catalon. Pachall will need to play up to his 2011 level where he passed for 2931 yards and 25 touchdowns to just seven interceptions in order to give TCU a real shot at winning the Big 12 title in 2013.
No. 3 Texas Tech
The Texas Tech Red Raiders will be breaking in a new quarterback in redshirt sophomore Michael Brewer in 2013. Despite having a new signal caller, I think it's safe to say the Red Raiders will still sling the ball around a lot with new head coach Kliff Kingsbury in control. Brewer will have plenty of weapons at his disposal including leading rusher Kenny Williams and leading receiver Eric Ward. Brewer has something that many Texas Tech quarterbacks have lacked in recent years with the ability to scramble when rushed, and this element could be a game changer to their high flying offense in 2013.
No. 2 Oklahoma State
The Oklahoma State Cowboys will miss running back Joseph Randle in their backfield this year, but they still have plenty of playmakers to make up for their loss. Senior running back Jeremy Smith will get the majority of rushes in 2013 and has the speed and quickness to rack up major yards. Junior wide receiver Josh Stewart should be one of the top Big 12 receivers, and senior tight end Blake Jackson is a big threat to rack up yards and touchdowns as well. The quarterback duo of Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh will sort itself out, but either signal caller will perform very well in Mike Gundy's spread offense.
No. 1 Baylor
Much like Texas Tech, the Baylor Bears will be breaking in a new signal caller in Bryce Petty in 2013. There's little reason to worry though, as Petty will have plenty of playmakers to work with, and I doubt the Bears offense will skip a beat. Junior running back Lache Seastrunk could be a legitimate Heisman trophy candidate, and senior running back Glasco Martin will provide the short yardage plays in the Bears backfield. Look for senior wide receiver Tevin Reese to have a breakout year and exceed the 1,000 yard receiving mark in 2013 as well.