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Big 12 Pre-Spring Preview - What Needs Work?
Texas Tech QB Seth Doege
Texas Tech QB Seth Doege
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Posted Feb 9, 2012


2012 Big 12 Pre-Spring Preview - What Every Big 12 Team Needs To Work On.

2012 Pre-Spring Preview   

What To Work On - Big 12


Baylor | Iowa State | Kansas | Kansas State | Oklahoma
Oklahoma State | Texas | TCU | Texas Tech

2012 Big 12 Pre-Spring Preview
- Big 12 Pre-Spring Rankings
- Why Every Big 12 Team Should Be Excited
- Why Every Big 12 Team Should Be Grouchy
- What Every Big 12 Team Needs To Work On 
- Big 12 Recruiting Rankings
 
Baylor

Defense, defense, defense. The offense will turn out to be fine with a little bit of time – the Art Briles system works no matter who’s running it – but the there’s a hard ceiling on what the Bears can do unless the defense can stop someone. Granted, no one in the Big 12 outside of Texas and occasionally Oklahoma plays much defense, but the Bears didn’t do anything against the run and were ripped apart by anyone who tried throwing the ball. The punting game, normally a major strength, was a disaster finishing 118th in the nation.

Iowa State

Passing efficiency. Jared Barnett might have come up with a special game against Oklahoma State, and he showed tremendous promise and potential as an all-around playmaker, but he didn’t do much to move the ball through the air on a consistent basis. You can’t win big in the Big 12 if you can’t throw the ball, and the Cyclones were last in the league in passing efficiency. Improving the turnover margin would be nice after finishing last in the conference, giving the ball away 35 times. Defensively, the pass rush has to be better after finishing 106th in the nation in sacks and 112th in tackles for loss.

Kansas

Charlie Weis has to get the offense moving – now. The defense was last in the nation in yards and points allowed, and it’s going to spend another year as the Big 12’s punching bag. That’s fine, but the offense has to be able to keep up the pace and show something it can do well. The Jayhawks lost to Baylor in overtime, but that was the only offensive sign of life in conference play. Defensively, the front seven has to sell out to get into the backfield after finishing last in the league in both sacks and tackles for loss.

Kansas State

The offense has got to find a second option. Collin Klein might be the Big 12’s most valuable player, but running back John Hubert has to do more against the better teams and the receiving corps has to become more dangerous. The Wildcats showed last year that they could win without a good passing game, but they probably can’t survive like that two years in a row. The pass defense wasn’t bad relative to the rest of the Big 12, but it was hardly a rock. The secondary will make plays, but it has to prevent the deep ball.

Oklahoma

Landry Jones has to cut down on his interceptions and the team has to limit the turnovers. The defense did a decent job of taking the ball away, but the offense gave it up way too much with 16 picks and 13 fumbles including seven picks over the final four games and six lost fumbles in the final three games of Big 12 play. More than anything else, the team has to work on getting back its swagger. When everything is working, the Sooners can be unstoppable. When the defense starts to struggle, though, things start to fall apart. OU was 10-0 when allowing fewer than 30 points, and 0-3 when allowing more.

Oklahoma State

This spring will be all about getting the timing of the passing game down. The attack was a machine with Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon lighting up the scoreboard, but that takes time to do. The special teams could beef up the punt return game after averaging a Big 12 low 3.43 yards per try. Defensively, the front line will stay aggressive, but that means the secondary has to be a wee bit better on the short to midrange throws. The D’s biggest problem could be toughness against the run. As Stanford showed in the Fiesta Bowl, the Cowboys could be powered on.

Texas

Points. It’s Texas. It has as much talent as any team in the country with more four and five-star prospects than most conferences, and now it all has to translate into putting points on the board. The Longhorns hung 43 on Kansas and 52 on Texas Tech, but that was about it in terms of offensive explosion. Against the ten bowl teams on the slate, Texas averaged just under 24 points per game. That’s not good enough. It all start with a passing game that has to be more efficient and effective, and that starts with getting consistent quarterback play. David Ash, if he really is the guy, has to establish himself as the main man from the first practice.

TCU

The defense has to go back to being the TCU defense after finishing 32nd in the nation. That wasn’t bad, but the Horned Frogs were No. 1 in yards allowed from 2008 to 2010. Obviously life will be different in the Big 12 after spending years dominating the Mountain West, but last year the D wasn’t up to normal TCU snuff. The biggest problem was the lack of a steady pass rush and not enough big plays behind the line. The secondary was fine, but it wasn’t a rock. The talent is in place to do far more and be far more effective if the front seven can start hitting the quarterback.

Texas Tech

The Red Raiders have to be better against the run, and now. It’s not like the Big 12 is full of power running offenses, yet Tech still finished dead last in the nation against the run. There wasn’t any pressure on the quarterback, the secondary couldn’t stop giving up big plays, and the D gave up an average of 49 points per outing over the final ten games. The penalties also have to stop after sinning 7.67 times per game, getting flagged a whopping 92 times on the year. Offensively, the points have to start coming on a regular basis, especially after putting up 60 points in a rough four game conference stretch.

West Virginia
The rushing game. While West Virginia proved it can put up points without the help of a consistent ground game, it’ll be doubly dangerous with a little more balance. Dana Holgorsen’s attacks at Oklahoma State were most dangerous when the element of unpredictability was in play. If the Mountaineers can get Dustin Garrison or Shawne Alston rolling consistently, look out.

Baylor | Iowa State | Kansas | Kansas State | Oklahoma
Oklahoma State | Texas | TCU | Texas Tech

2012 Big 12 Pre-Spring Preview
- Big 12 Pre-Spring Rankings
- Why Every Big 12 Team Should Be Excited
- Why Every Big 12 Team Should Be Grouchy
- What Every Big 12 Team Needs To Work On 
- Big 12 Recruiting Rankings