Big 12 Football 2014: 5 Bold Predictions

Big 12 Football 2014: 5 Bold Predictions

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The Big 12 is all but guaranteed a place in the 2014 college football playoffs due to the strength of the conference and their non-conference schedules. The conference boasts two top teams, but the mid-range teams in the conference will be more than capable of pulling off major upsets. Here are five bold predictions for the Big 12 in 2014.

5. Texas Longhorns Barely Make Bowl Game

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5. Texas Longhorns Barely Make Bowl Game

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Texas is an extremely talented team, but they will be challenged by BYU, lose to UCLA and then face three of the Big 12’s most unpredictable teams away from home. Add that to their other Big 12 games, and the Longhorns look like they have just three “guaranteed” wins on the season.

4. Kansas Wins Just One Game in 2014

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4. Kansas Wins Just One Game in 2014

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The Jayhawks are a below average team in an above average conference. They should win their opening non-conference game, but after that there are no easy wins.

3. Texas Tech Gets At Least Eight Wins

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3. Texas Tech Gets At Least Eight Wins

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The Red Raiders return an extremely talented lineup and play all but one of the Big 12’s top teams at home or at a neutral location. Texas Tech has the talent to win the Big 12, but I’m not sure they have the focus.

2. Baylor Bears’ Defense Lets Them Down

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2. Baylor Bears’ Defense Lets Them Down

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Baylor was picked to finish second in the Big 12 by the media, but the Big 12 is notorious for being all offense. The winner of the Big 12 will be based on defense more than offense, and, although Baylor has a top five college football offense, it won’t be enough.

1. Oklahoma Sooners Lose to Texas, Win Big 12, Go to Playoff

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1. Oklahoma Sooners Lose to Texas, Win Big 12, Go to Playoff

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There’s something about a rivalry game that causes the underdog to step up, and there are few rivalries bigger in college football than the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns. However, the Sooners have the best defense in the Big 12 and should be able to outlast some of the high-powered offenses of teams like Texas Tech, Baylor and Oklahoma State.

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  • DJD60_TX

    Well, that was both weak AND a waste of my time. Taylor proved an appalling lack of knowledge about the teams in the Big XII.