Every Big 12 football team’s biggest concern for 2023: Can Tyler Shough stay healthy?

Tyler Shough, Texas Tech Red Raiders. (Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images)
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LUBBOCK, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 20: Quarterback Tyler Shough of the Texas Tech Red Raiders stands on the field before the college football game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Jones AT&T Stadium on November 20, 2021 in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images) /

Texas Tech: Keeping Tyler Shough healthy

The off-season buzz surrounding the Red Raiders starts and finishes with Tyler Shough. In his eight games started, he is 7-1 over the past two seasons. The problem is, he can’t stick on the field throughout a season.

It’s been one of the biggest drawbacks to why Texas Tech has yet to have more success over the past few seasons.

If the well-seasoned quarterback stays healthy and maintains his expectation, it could be a season to remember in Lubbock.

TCU: Quarterback

The Max Duggan revival story received mass attention in 2022. But an underlying fact remained quiet as he wasn’t the intended starter.

Chandler Morris won the quarterback battle in Fall camp but got injured in the season-opener at Colorado. The rest was written.

Morris has had one complete performance over the past two seasons, a thrilling upset over Top-10-ranked Baylor in 2021.

Outside of that and a few other starts, Morris has been underwhelming. With offensive coordinator Garrett Riley off to Clemson, this begins a new project for Sonny Dykes in Year 2.

And how Morris fits into the new scheme could tell a lot about TCU’s season.

West Virginia: Getting the hot seat cooler and takeaways

Neal Brown’s comments at media day on Thursday may have been an attempt to light a spark in the fanbase and win them over for one more season. His seat is warm, and it could be the last season in Morgantown on that seat.

The Mountaineers were picked last in the Big 12 preseason media polls, trailing Houston and Cincinnati by nearly 100 points. He’s fallen below .500 during his stint with West Virginia, and one more season might be the nail in the coffin.

One of the top reasons behind pessimism is the lack of explosive defensive plays last year. They ranked seventh in the league in sacks and had just four interceptions all season.

For West Virginia fans, it is more than just making a bowl game for them to be comfortable with him at the helm. And for the players on board with Brown, it’s about getting him a little more security with the program.

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