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2010 Big 12 Preview - Unit Rankings
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Missouri C Tim Barnes
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Aug 6, 2010


2010 CollegeFootballNews.com Preview - Big 12 Unit Rankings


Preview 2010

Big 12 Unit Rankings


North
- Colorado Preview | Iowa State Preview |
Kansas Preview
- Kansas State Preview | Missouri Preview | Nebraska Preview 

South
- Baylor Preview | Oklahoma Preview | Oklahoma State Preview
- Texas Preview | Texas A&M Preview | Texas Tech Preview 

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Big 12 North

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

1. Nebraska
2. Missouri
3. Colorado
4. Kansas
5. Iowa State
6. Kansas state

Big 12 South

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

1. Oklahoma
2. Texas
3. Texas A&M
4. Texas Tech
5. Oklahoma State
6. Baylor

Offenses

1. Texas A&M
The offense has the potential to be among the most productive in the nation once again, but it needs to be more consistent. QB Jerrod Johnson is a veteran who came into his own last year and should do even more with a loaded receiving corps full of speed, experience, and talent led by top NFL prospect Jeff Fuller. The offensive line desperately needs the tackle situation to be solidified, but the interior will be fine as a strength for a underappreciated ground game. The Aggies finished second in the Big 12 in rushing, and with Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael returning, there will be nice balance. There will be a whole bunch of fireworks, lots of fun games, and enough talent and explosion to make up for a shaky defense.

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

Quarterbacks

1. Texas A&M
After a shaky, skittish start to his career, Jerrod Johnson settled in and became an effective, dangerous bomber who threw for over 300 yards six times and went without an interception in seven of the first eight games. WR Ryan Tannehill can push it deep, but he’s more of a dinker, dunker and runner who throws a curve ball into the mix if he has to come in. As long as Johnson is healthy, A&M will have one of the nation’s most dangerous passing games.

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

Running Backs

1. Oklahoma
Last year the Sooners had a near 50/50 split of carries between DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown, and while the ground game was good, it wasn’t strong enough to carry the offense when the passing attack wasn’t working. That should change this year with an improved line to run behind and a more consistent passing game to take the heat away.

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

Receivers

1. Texas A&M
Loaded. Jeff Fuller has All-America potential, Uzoma Nwachukwu is an elite playmaker, and Ryan Swope is one of the league’s fastest players. Throw in Ryan Tannehill, the backup quarterback who led the team in catches, and a boatload of depth, and this is a dangerous effective group that will make big play after big play after big play. Getting down the field isn’t a problem with home run hitters all across the board.

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

Offensive Lines

1. Missouri
All-star guard Kurtis Gregory is gone, but everyone else is back from a line that was good last year in pass protection, but wasn’t strong enough on a consistent basis for the ground game. There are plenty of talented players about to emerge as stars, and even though this is a veteran bunch, there’s only one senior starter with four juniors manning the other four spots. As always, the Mizzou line will be a plus. The Tigers allowed just 20 sacks in 467 pass attempts, and they should be even better with Elvis Fisher and Dan Hoch back on the outside. They’ll give up sacks here and there, but they’re steady bookends to work around.

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

Defenses

1. Texas
The Will Muschamp-led defense led the nation in run defense, finished third in total defense, and 12th in scoring D, and there won’t be much of a drop-off. It might be a bit of a reach to finish second in the nation in sacks without Sergio Kindle, but there are more than enough good defensive end options, and speed at outside linebacker in Keenan Robinson and Emmanuel Acho, to get into the backfield on a regular basis. The tackle situation is a wee bit iffy, for Texas, but only because there might need to be some shuffling done, and the backup middle linebacker situation is a bit of a question mark, but that’s nitpicking. The secondary is loaded with NFL talent and might be the best in America (even without ball-hawking superstar Earl Thomas at safety), there’s a slew of pro talent waiting in the wings from the latest recruiting class, and there’s an elite coaching talent in Muschamp, who has gushed over the potential of this ultra-talented, ultra-athletic D.

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

Defensive Lines

1. Nebraska
Losing Ndamukong Suh is hardly a plus, but the line has excellent end prospects to pick up the pass rushing slack and a future star in Blake Steinkuhler to man the middle. Jared Crick and Pierre Allen are destined for all-star status, and there will be a rush into the backfield from all four spots. This will be a hard working, high motor line that will occasionally stuff running games cold. Consider it a shock if this isn’t the best line in the North by a wide margin.

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

Linebackers

1. Oklahoma
This should be a fantastic group of linebackers with good quickness, big hitting ability, and lots of upside. Travis Lewis will be the All-American, Ronnell Lewis will be a great All-Big 12 running mate, and everyone else will fill in the gaps. This group won’t miss many stops and everyone plays fast and physical. The defensive front will do its part to allow the linebackers room to make things happen, but this corps has no problems doing things on its own.

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

Secondaries

1. Texas
Considering Texas plays mostly against teams that rely on the pass, and considering most teams have to bomb away to keep up, giving up 15 touchdown passes (with seven combined coming against Texas Tech and Texas A&M) along with 25 picks was amazing. Everyone of note is back except for Earl Thomas, and while there will be moments when the better quarterbacks will connect for over 300 yards, the secondary should be among the most effective and productive in America.

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

Special Teams

1. Nebraska
Special teams were a point of emphasis last offseason, and the work paid off. The coverage teams could stand to be a bit tighter, but that’s nitpicking. PK Alex Henery and returners Niles Paul and Tim Marlowe are terrific and should once again give the Huskers a major advantage in most games.

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

North
- Colorado Preview | Iowa State Preview | Kansas Preview
- Kansas State Preview | Missouri Preview | Nebraska Preview 

South
- Baylor Preview | Oklahoma Preview | Oklahoma State Preview
- Texas Preview | Texas A&M Preview | Texas Tech Preview 

- 2010 Big 12 Preview | 2010 Big 12 Unit Rankings | 2010 Big 12 Schedules & Picks
- 2010 CFN All-Big 12 Team & Top 30 Players | Get Big 12 Tickets
- 2010 Big 12 Team By Team Looks & Predicted Finish