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Big 12 Offseason Lookback & Lookaheads
Kansas State RB Daniel Thomas
Kansas State RB Daniel Thomas
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Posted Mar 8, 2010


Get ready for a wild ride. The Big 12 should have an interesting mix of haves and have-nots to go along with a slew of talented players, like top NFL RB prospect, Daniel Thomas of Kansas State. Check out the 2009 Lookback & 2010 early spring Lookahead for each Big 12 team.


Spring 2010

Lookbacks & Lookaheads ... Big 12

- 2010 Big 12 North Team-By-Team Schedule Analysis
- 2010 Big 12 South Team-By-Team Schedule Analysis
- 2010 Big 12 Composite Schedule & Week Rankings 
- 2010 Big 12 Pre-Preseason Rankings
- 2010 Big 12 Recruiting Rankings 

Click on each team for the 2009 Lookback & 2010 Lookahead
North Colorado | Iowa St | Kansas | Kansas State | Missouri | Nebraska
South Baylor | Oklahoma | Oklahoma State | Texas | Texas A&M | Texas Tech

North

Colorado  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
Experience has to translate into production. Darrell Scott might not have ever turned into a top runner before transferring, but the ground game has a good back to count on in Rodney Stewart. With everyone but TE Riar Geer returning, the Big 12’s worst attack can’t help but be better, while the defense that wasn’t all that bad and it gets most of the key parts back.

Iowa State  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
Four of the first six games are at home and the other two are against Iowa in Iowa City and in Kansas City against Kansas State. The second half of the schedule might be devastatingly tough, but for a team with so much experience returing and so much young talent to work around, a hot start is possible and after last year, nothing less than a bowl game is expected. That’s a good thing.

Kansas  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
Turner Gill makes things interesting with his enthusiasm and his attitude, and there’s a chance he might be the special head coach who can take Kansas football another step forward and make it more consistent. The offensive line should be far better (it can’t be much worse) and there are some exciting young offensive playmakers to build around. The defensive back seven should grow into a strength with most of the key players returning.

Kansas State  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
Kansas State always had a good running game under Snyder, but the talent level, outside of Darren Sproles, wasn’t always special. Now the Wildcats have a back in Thomas who’s being thrown into the mix as the possible first back off the board for the 2011 NFL Draft. He led the Big 12 in rushing last year (even the most die-hard of Big 12 fans might miss that trivia question) with a strong 1,315-yard season with 11 touchdowns, and with his combination of speed and 6-2. 227-pound size, he’ll be the focal point of the team.

Missouri  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
Blaine Gabbert has the look of a special quarterback. He wasn’t always consistent in his first year as a starter, and not having Danario Alexander to throw to anymore isn’t going to help, but the 6-5, 240-pound junior has a strong arm, runs well, and should be able to build on a 3,593-yard, 24-touchdown pass, nine-pick season. With eight starters returning on offense, the attack should blow up.

Nebraska  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
The schedule works out well for a team with so much experience returning. All the tough games are at home with the toughest road tests at Oklahoma State and Texas A&M; those are winnable for a team that gets almost everyone back on offense and should be fine on defense even with the massive losses up front and at safety. If the offense can do something, anything, compared to last year, this is a team worthy of giving a hard look at for the national championship.

South

Baylor  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
Head coach Art Briles is sticking around for the foreseeable future, Robert Griffin is expected to be Robert Griffin again sooner than later, and the recruiting classes, for Baylor, have been good enough to upgrade the overall talent level. Under Briles, the offense has the potential to be even more explosive as time goes on with Kendall Wright a potential All-Big 12 receiving talent and with several good young targets ready to shine.

Oklahoma  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
With the expected emergence of Landry Jones as a more consistent playmaker, the offense should shine. Ryan Broyles is one of the Big 12’s most exciting young receivers and three starters are back on a line that should be better. OU has loaded up on young talent over the last few years and should have several good battles for the openings. If Jones is strong and if the defense plays like it has for the last few years, there’s no reason to shoot for anything less than a Big 12 title.

Oklahoma State  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
The one positive out of all the issues of last year was the experience several players received. Now there shouldn’t be too much of a transition problem with Brandon Weeden logging in time at quarterback in the hope to replace Zac Robinson. Kendall Hunter is back for another year and should be the key to the running game, while Hubert Anyiam is coming off a decent year catching 42 passes for 515 yards and three scores. The offense might not be devastating, but it should be at least as good as it was last year.

Texas  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
The Big 12 might take yet another step back after falling behind last year (at least compared to 2008). Texas Tech is in transition, Texas A&M can’t play defense, Oklahoma State is rebuilding, and Oklahoma isn’t as good as Texas. There’s absolutely no reason the Horns shouldn’t be in the Big 12 title game for a second straight season, and there’s no reason that they shouldn’t be favored in every game on the schedule on talent alone. If Garrett Gilbert can play up to his immense prep hype and the promise he showed for a flash in the BCS Championship, and if there can be a bit more of a running game to help him out, Texas will be on the short list of national title favorites yet again.

Texas A&M  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
QB Jerrod Johnson and DE Von Miller might be the two best players in the Big 12, or at least they’ll be the two most exciting. Johnson will almost certainly lead the conference in passing and total offense, while Miller could end up leading the country in sacks. Everything will be working around these two playmakers as the offense will almost certainly be among the top five in the nation, and the defense will likely be one of the best in college football at getting into the backfield and to the quarterback.

Texas Tech  Click for the Lookback & Lookahead
Tommy Tuberville is a strong head coach who has the potential to step into a great situation and succeed right away. Eight starters return on offense including all the key receivers, RB Baron Batch, and two good quarterbacks in Taylor Potts and Steven Sheffield, while the defense that wasn’t all that bad throughout last year should be excellent in the secondary despite the loss of Jamar Wall. The experience, combined with the relatively favorable schedule, should mean a shot at ten wins is possible.