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ESPN releases predictions for every 2014 Big 12 football game

College football prediction season is once again in full swing.  Today, ESPN released it’s predictions for the Big 12, game by game

Here are their projected standings:

Oklahoma (8-1, 11-1)

Baylor (7-2, 10-2)

Kansas State (7-2, 9-3)

Texas (8-4, 6-3)

TCU (5-4, 8-4)

Texas Tech (4-5, 7-5)

West Virginia (4-5, 5-7)

Oklahoma State (3-6, 5-7)

Kansas (1-8, 3-9)

Iowa State (0-9, 2-10)

I think most people would generally agree with this order.

Oklahoma beating Baylor may be a bit bold considering what the Bears did to them in Waco last year.

If this holds true, Oklahoma State would suffer the biggest fall.  They lost an awful lot of talent in CB Justin Gilbert, WR Josh Stewart, and QB Clint Chelf.  Is that enough to drop them out of a bowl game?

Here are some of the picks I think could be questionable:

Week 1: Not much to say here except that I seriously doubt the Mountaineers score 35 on Alabama.  Picking Iowa State over North Dakota State could be a bold move, even though the Bison lost most of their team, and coach, from last year.

Week 2: After seeing what Taysom Hill did to Texas last year, I doubt the Bevo’s blow out BYU, even in Austin.

Week 3: I expect Tennessee to stay closer to Oklahoma, and UCLA to beat Texas by more than one score.

Week 4: Can K-State stay that close to Auburn?  Doubtful..

Week 6: The first real upset is thrown in here, with TCU beating the Sooners in Fort Worth.  Not a bad pick, considering TCU’s success against the Sooners, and OU’s penchant for slipping up at least once a year.

Week 8: Down goes Baylor, so they say.  Me?  Not a chance.  I don’t see enough improvement on West Virginia’s roster to stop the Bears, let alone beat them.

Week 9: Hmmm…..picking K-State over Texas always starts off a good argument, but you won’t get one from me.  At the rate Charlie Strong and the Texas players are going, he might be down to the practice squad by this point of the season anyway.

Week 11: Oklahoma over Baylor for the Big 12 title in Norman?  Maybe.  By double digits?  Doubtful.

What are your thoughts on the ESPN picks?  Or mine, for that matter?



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