Who can win the Big 12 in 2023? That’s what we want to determine as we approach the final months of the college football offseason.
The upcoming season has plenty of unknowns, especially in regard to the Big 12 Conference. For starters, we’re unsure how the four newcomers will adjust to their new league.
UCF and BYU stand out to me as teams who could be ready to win now, while Houston and Cincinnati have plenty of uncertainty. Much of the confidence in the first two teams revolves around having seen their starting quarterbacks have success at the college level.
Last season, John Rhys Plumlee led a prolific Central Florida offense. And while it’s been awhile since we’ve seen good quarterback play from Kedon Slovis, he had a strong freshman campaign not long ago at USC.
TCU and Kansas State made surprise appearances to the Big 12 championship game last year. We’ll try to account for how they got there and pinpoint the teams who could legitimately win the conference. Here’s a look at the most likely title winners.
We’ve seen K-State win a conference title with our own eyes. If a team knows how to win the Big 12, the Wildcats are that team. Will Howard has a case as the top returning quarterback in the league while receiver Phillip Brooks, Florida State running back transfer Treshaun Ward and backup running back DJ Giddens return. And while some don’t see much value in a veteran-laden offensive line, experience is about as valuable at that position as any other. Losing running back Deuce Vaughn might cut into the team’s explosiveness, believe it or not. Even so, Kansas State is perhaps the safest pick to reach the championship game. For that reason, the Wildcats have a great chance of winning the league title.
The Texas Longhorns have the best roster in the…