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2011 Spring Preview - Big 12 Attitudes
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Posted Mar 10, 2011


The attitude for each Big 12 team going into spring practices.


2011 Big 12 Spring Preview

The Spring Attitudes

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Baylor | Iowa State | Kansas | Kansas State | Missouri
Oklahoma | Oklahoma State | Texas | Texas A&M | Texas Tech
 
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Baylor

Do it again. With eight starters returning on offense including QB Robert Griffin, the attack should once again be explosive, even if it’s not consistent. The defense can’t be much worse against the better teams. However, the schedule isn’t conducive to another big season. Texas isn’t going to be that soft again and one of the layup non-conference games is gone with the nine game conference slate. Stephen F. Austin and Rice are the only two layups and the home date against Iowa State is a must win. Everything else will be a fight.

Iowa State

Stay plucky. Iowa State really wasn’t all that great last year, but it still managed to win five games and should’ve gone bowling by coming up with a win over Nebraska. There were two stunning wins over Texas Tech and Texas, and beating Northern Illinois was strong, and now the team has to make up for the overall lack of talent by always working and taking advantage of teams who might be looking ahead. The problem is the schedule with only one cupcake of a non-conference game – Northern Iowa – and the home game against Kansas the only game the Cyclones are likely to be favored in.

Kansas

No one believes in us. And it’s true as it’ll take at least three major upsets somewhere along the way to have any hope of being in the chase for a bowl game. There will be a win in the opener against McNeese State, and then … uh … um … uh-oh. The Baylor game is at home, but the Iowa State date is on the road. The non-conference games will be against Northern Illinois, possibly the best team in the MAC, and a trip to a revenge-minded Georgia Tech. No one will be predicting more than a few wins, and the expectations will be low. Anything Turner Gill gets out of this team will be hailed as a success.

Kansas State

Get hot early. The back half of the schedule is a bear with four straight nasty dates against the former Big 12 South powers before closing out at home against Iowa State. The Wildcats need to somehow book five wins before the October 29th date against Oklahoma or it’ll be tough to get a bowl bid. As always, there will be a reliance on the JUCO ranks to beef up the depth and the all-around talent, but unless the running game with scrambler Collin Klein and uber-prospect Bryce Brown is dominant, it could be a step-back season.

Missouri

Get better. For all the good things the Tigers have done over the last several years and for all the big moments, they haven’t actually won much of anything. There have been a few North titles, but the divisions are gone and now Mizzou has to win a ten team league instead of a six team division. With a trip to Oklahoma opening up the conference slate and with back-to-back games against Texas and Texas Tech in November, there’s little margin for error to have any hope of getting to the BCS. Yes, the team is good enough to win the Big 12 title, and it has to act like it from the start.

Oklahoma

Don’t screw up. There have been a slew of off-the-field issues over the past few months to take the team’s eye off the prize, but the team has so much returning talent, so many good young prospects waiting in the wings, and just enough big games on the schedule to be the team of 2011. If Landry Jones can take the next step up in his progression, and if the offensive line can improve a bit, and if Ryan Broyles can be Ryan Broyles, and if the defense can be a bit more of a rock against the run and can stay healthy in the secondary, Sooner fans can seriously think about booking tickets to New Orleans for a January 9th game.

Oklahoma State

2010 wasn’t enough. As good as last year was, 11-2 didn’t get the job done. The Cowboys didn’t win the Big 12 title, they didn’t beat Oklahoma, and they lost a key home shootout to Nebraska. They were great, but they didn’t reach their goal. This year’s team might have a few issues on defense, replacing offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen is going to be tougher than it seems, and facing Texas and Missouri in back-to-back weeks in October might be a killer, but Oklahoma has to come to Stillwater and there’s no one on the schedule OSU can’t keep up with.

Texas

Don’t panic. Yes, Mack Brown and the program did just that and made major changes and took on a new attitude to try to assure that 5-7 won’t and can’t happen again. But the talent is in place, the depth is strong, and this is still Texas. What the team has to do is figure out how to recapture the magic of the spread offense style run with Vince Young and Colt McCoy at the helm without actually running the same attack. Brown realized in the 2010 BCS Championship loss to Alabama what happens when you rely on one player, and he didn’t want that to happen again. The results were disastrous, but the pieces are in Austin to play around with. Now Brown and his new coaching staff have to put the puzzle together.

Texas A&M

Don’t rest on the second half of last year. A&M might be better than it was last year going into spring ball, but the Cotton Bowl loss to LSU should’ve put a damper on all the fun after a great six-game winning streak to close out the regular season. Going to Texas Tech and Oklahoma won’t be a plus, and dealing with Arkansas again could be a problem, but the program knows what it’s like to start winning. And no, it wasn’t all because Ryan Tannehill took over the quarterback job. The Aggies are loaded and have to be considered among the favorites for the Big 12 title. The team has to keep working, though, with the expectations sky-high.

Texas Tech

It’s time to make a splash again. Oklahoma might be the nation’s No. 1 team, Oklahoma State is getting plenty of pub, and Texas A&M gets almost everyone back after a strong rebound year. Throw in Baylor’s ascension to play among the living and with Texas rebuilding and reloading, and there isn’t much talk about Texas Tech. For a fan base that’s still not all that sure about losing Mike Leach, Tommy Tuberville has to come up with some big wins. The schedule is light enough that 4-0 is a must, but the Red Raiders have to beat Texas A&M at home on October 8th.

Click for each team's spring preview
Baylor | Iowa State | Kansas | Kansas State | Missouri
Oklahoma | Oklahoma State | Texas | Texas A&M | Texas Tech
 
2011 Big 12 Spring Preview
- 2011 Big 12 Spring Preview 
- 2011 Big 12 Schedules & Game-By-Game Picks
- 2011 Big 12 Spring Buzz   
- 2011 Big 12 Spring Attitudes 
- 2011 Big 12 Big Spring Questions  
- 2011 Big 12 Positions To Watch  
- Big 12 Spring Rankings