In what could be the craziest of school soccer seasons, how good are the entire groups? Here are the CFN Big 12 Preseason Rankings of each group.
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This is NOT a rating of the place the groups are going to finish up. This is simply primarily based on how good we expect the Big 12 groups are going into regardless of the 2020 season goes to be.
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10. Kansas Jayhawks
Kansas CFN 2020 Preview
Be Excited About … Les Miles has some ability guys to work round. Pooka Williams is without doubt one of the Big 12’s greatest working backs, the receiving corps ought to be one of the best this system has had shortly, and there’s nonetheless Les Miles – give him extra time.
Be Concerned About … the quarterback who can get everybody the ball. Thomas MacVittie and Miles Kendrick could be superb, however the actual concern is on the opposite facet with a protection that was the second-worst within the nation at taking the ball away and 122nd total.
The Season Will Be Successful If … the Jayhawks win 4 video games. It could be a tragic purpose, however the bar isn’t set all that top for a program that hasn’t gained greater than three video games since 2009.
9. Texas Tech Red Raiders
Texas Tech CFN 2020 Preview
Be Excited About … the passing recreation that ought to have Alan Bowman again at quarterback for an extended time period – at the very least that’s the hope. Injured too typically up to now in his quick profession, he’s again together with an excellent receiving corps to make the passing recreation rock.
Be Concerned About … the offensive line that was simply okay all through final yr nonetheless isn’t going be something wonderful. There’s expertise within the secondary, however the move protection that completed 128th within the nation wants extra out of the veteran corners.
The Season Will Be Successful If … it goes bowling. Injuries performed a giant position in final season’s 4-Eight clunker, however this system has missed out on a bowl recreation in three of the final 4 years. That’s not okay.
8. West Virginia Mountaineers
West Virginia CFN 2020 Preview
Be Excited About … the defensive position ought to be a killer. Dante and Darius Stills are killers up entrance, and there’s sufficient to love within the secondary – particularly at security – to provide the Mountaineers one of many higher defenses they’ve had in an extended, very long time.
Be Concerned About … an offense that didn’t work till it was means too late. The working recreation was non-existent, there weren’t sufficient massive performs down the sphere, and the rebuilding yr in Neal Brown’s first season turned out to be simply that.
The Season Will Be Successful If … the O works. Brown is simply too good a head coach to have one other clunker of a season, however that is West Virginia. It’s not speculated to be scoring simply 247 factors in a season – the bottom output since 2001. Set the bar at a bowl recreation and go from there.
7. Baylor Bears
Baylor CFN 2020 Preview
Be Excited About … an offense with a complete lot of actually, actually good components again. QB Charlie Brewer leads an assault that was third within the Big 12 final season and ought to be virtually pretty much as good once more. However …
Be Concerned About … a protection that loses virtually everybody. That’s not fairly truthful – there are a complete lot of fine components to start out with, and new head coach Dave Aranda is a star defensive thoughts who is available in from all of the enjoyable LSU simply had, however there’s loads of misplaced personnel.
The Season Will Be Successful If … it seems just like the transition from Matt Rhule to Aranda is seamless. Baylor gained’t play for the Big 12 title once more – the defensive again seven will take a step again – however going to a bowl needs to be a given.
6. Kansas State Wildcats
Kansas State CFN 2020 Preview
Be Excited About … Kansas State being Kansas State. The protection will as soon as once more be good, the particular groups are among the many greatest within the nation, and it looks as if Chris Klieman is the proper match to take over Bill Snyder’s program. Think of 2019 Kansas State, solely higher.
Be Concerned About … the traces which can be superb, however are hardly full of all-stars. There should be extra performs within the backfield, and a move rush could be good right here and there. There’s work to do on the offensive entrance.
The Season Will Be Successful If … there’s a sneaky-close run to get into the Big 12 Championship. There’s an excessive amount of lacking to get there, however three of the 5 losses final season had been by 4 factors or fewer. Klieman doesn’t have this system that far-off from massive issues.
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