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2011 Big 12 Preview - Unit Rankings
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Posted Aug 1, 2011


CollegeFootballNews.com 2011 Big 12 Preview - Unit Rankings


Preview 2011

Big 12 Unit Rankings



- 2011 Baylor Preview | 2011 Iowa State Preview
- 2011 Kansas Preview | 2011 Kansas State Preview 
- 2011 Missouri Preview | 2011 Oklahoma Preview
- 2011 Oklahoma State Preview | 2011 Texas Preview 
- 2011 Texas A&M Preview | 2011 Texas Tech Preview  

- 2011 Big 12 Preview
- CFN Thoughts on the Big 12 | 2011 Big 12 Unit Rankings
- 2011 CFN All-Big 12 Team & Top 30 Players
- 2011 Big 12 Schedules & Picks
- 2011 Big 12 Team By Team Looks & Predicted Finish 
- 2010 Big 12 Preview

Big 12 Overall

Based on how good each team is and NOT the predicted finish

1. Oklahoma
2. Missouri
3. Texas A&M
4. Oklahoma State
5. Texas
6. Baylor
7. Texas Tech
8. Kansas State
9. Kansas
10. Iowa State

Offenses

1. Oklahoma State
Can the offense continue to blow up without Dana Holgorsen? The former offensive coordinator took over the head coaching job at West Virginia, and new coordinator Todd Monken has all the pressure on his shoulders to keep the nation’s No. 3 offense, No. 3 scoring offense, and No. 2 passing attack rolling. There’s no excuse for the offense to not be unstoppable, with Justin Blackmon back to lead a devastating receiving corps that might be the best in the nation. Veteran quarterback Brandon Weeden knows what he’s doing and has the arm to keep the passing game bombing away, and he’ll get more time to work with all five starters returning up front. The only question mark is at running back where Kendall Hunter is gone, but Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith have terrific upside.

2. Oklahoma
3. Texas A&M
4. Missouri
5. Baylor
6. Texas
7. Texas Tech
8. Kansas State
9. Kansas
10. Iowa State

Quarterbacks

1. Oklahoma
Landry Jones is going to be on the Heisman short list as the season goes on as the leader of a national title-level team, and he’s going to be talked about as a possible top ten overall pick. Can he throw for over 4,500 yards again? Maybe not without a Big 12 title game to add more yards to the mix, but he’ll be one of the nation’s leaders in yards per game. As long as the backups get a little more time, the situation is terrific.

2. Baylor
3. Oklahoma State
4. Texas A&M
5. Missouri
6. Texas
7. Texas Tech
8. Kansas State
9. Kansas
10. Iowa State

Running Backs

1. Texas A&M
The ground game isn’t going to be the second banana next to what should be a terrific passing attack. Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael are too good to not feed the ball to at least 35 times a game, but the unit also needs to develop some reliable and quality backups for the near future. Gray is a high-character guy and a leader, and while his role might be diminished a bit after carrying the load at the end of last year he’s not the type who’ll sulk in any way. Michael and Gray have the potential to each be 1,000-yard backs depending on how the offense operates.

2. Oklahoma
3. Kansas State
4. Oklahoma State
5. Texas
6. Missouri
7. Texas Tech
8. Baylor
9. Kansas
10. Iowa State

Receivers

1. Texas A&M
This was one of the nation’s deepest and most talented receiving corps last year, and now, shockingly, everyone is back. Including running backs and quarterback Ryan Tannehill, the top eight pass catchers are back for a group that should be explosive, dangerous, and very, very productive. Jeff Fuller would get far more publicity if he wasn’t in the same league as Oklahoma’s Ryan Broyles and Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon. Uzoma Nwachukwu and Ryan Swope are excellent and there’s terrific depth to rely on.

2. Oklahoma State
3. Oklahoma
4. Missouri
5. Texas
6. Baylor
7. Texas Tech
8. Kansas State
9. Kansas
10.Iowa State

Offensive Lines

1. Oklahoma State
There’s only one true star up front, OT Levi Adcock, but this is one of the most consistently productive and most experienced lines in the country. The Cowboy skill players get all the credit and all the spotlight, but this line could be the team’s biggest strength – fine, so second biggest behind the receiving corps, The only concern is backup experience. If a slew of big injuries hit, there might be problem with its consistency.

2. Missouri
3. Texas Tech
4. Oklahoma
5. Baylor
6. Texas A&M
7. Texas
8. Kansas
9. Kansas State
10. Iowa State

Defenses

1. Texas
The defense might not have been a brick wall throughout the entire season, but it can’t be blamed for the problems finishing sixth in the nation in yards allowed. No, this wasn’t the nasty Texas D of previous seasons, but it was good enough to get by. This year it’ll undergo a major overhaul and it starts at the top with new defensive coordinator Manny Diaz having to replace Will Muschamp, who was starting to get antsy and was ready to take over a head coaching job last year. He inherits a whale of a linebacking twosome in Keenan Robinson and Emmanuel Acho to work around, and the pass rush won’t be a problem with several star recruits from the last few years about to break out. Losing three NFL defensive backs in Aaron Williams, Chykie Brown, and Curtis Brown is a problem, but the safeties are experienced and can hit big, and there’s speed and upside at corner. Call this a year of transition with all the youth and inexperience across the board, but few teams can match UT’s defensive athleticism.

2. Oklahoma
3. Missouri
4. Texas A&M
5. Oklahoma State
6. Kansas State
7. Kansas
8. Iowa State
9. Texas Tech
10. Baylor

Defensive Lines

1. Missouri
The line could be the team’s biggest strength, and that includes a receiving corps that gets everyone back from a wildly productive unit. Even with Aldon Smith gone, Smith, Michael Sam, Brad Madison and Kony Ealy can all get into the backfield and they can all terrorize the quarterback. If Terrell Resonno and Dominique Hamilton can be more dangerous in the middle, the line will destroy offenses after making 38 sacks.

2. Texas
3. Oklahoma
4. Texas A&M
5. Oklahoma State
6. Texas Tech
7. Kansas
8. Kansas State
9. Baylor
10. Iowa State

Linebackers

1. Texas
As long as Emmanuel Acho and Keenan Robinson are alive and kicking, the linebacking corps will be a strength. These two are certain Big 12 all-stars, and they should be in the mix for All-America honors if they can improve on their great 2010 campaigns. Robinson led the team in tackles, Acho was No. 2, and they should combine for well over 200 stops once again.

2. Oklahoma
3. Iowa State
4. Kansas
5. Missouri
6. Kansas State
7. Texas A&M
8. Oklahoma State
9. Texas Tech
10. Baylor

Secondaries

1. Oklahoma
As long as the pass rush is as strong as it was last year, and it probably will be, the secondary will turn out to be more than fine. There’s talent and speed across the board and there’s enough athleticism to expect a slew of big plays. The Sooners gave up 213 yards per game through the air, but that wasn’t a big deal considering so many teams had to bomb away to try to keep up the pace with the high-octane OU passing attack. Even so, the secondary finished eighth in the nation in pass efficiency defense. There will be some shuffling and there will be some moves around the secondary to find the right parts to fit, but this should be a really, really strong group as the season goes on.

2. Texas
3. Kansas State
4. Missouri
5. Texas A&M
6. Oklahoma State
7. Kansas
8. Texas Tech
9. Iowa State
10. Baylor

Special Teams

1. Missouri
The Missouri special teams are among the best in the nation on a yearly basis, and this season won’t be the exception with excellent kickers, enough speed to hope for more from the return game, and good enough coverage teams to get by. The Tigers will almost always have a big advantage here. It’s not like the high-octane Mizzou offense needs more help, but it’s an automatic three points whenever Grant Ressel inside the 20. He’s one of the best in America.

2. Oklahoma
3. Oklahoma State
4. Kansas State
5. Texas A&M
6. Texas
7. Iowa State
8. Texas Tech
9. Baylor
10. Kansas

- 2011 Baylor Preview | 2011 Iowa State Preview
- 2011 Kansas Preview | 2011 Kansas State Preview 
- 2011 Missouri Preview | 2011 Oklahoma Preview
- 2011 Oklahoma State Preview | 2011 Texas Preview 
- 2011 Texas A&M Preview | 2011 Texas Tech Preview  

- 2011 Big 12 Preview
- CFN Thoughts on the Big 12 | 2011 Big 12 Unit Rankings
- 2011 CFN All-Big 12 Team & Top 30 Players | 2011 Big 12 Schedules & Picks
- 2011 Big 12 Team By Team Looks & Predicted Finish 
- 2010 Big 12 Preview

 

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