2018 Postseason Wrap-Up: Sensational Big XII looms for next year
This article recaps the 2018 College Football season and we will cast Way-Too-Early Big XII predictions
The 2018 Big 12 season proved to be a great one during the conference's 23rd season. The Big XII championship game was, yet, another thriller for fans as it was the 2nd Big 12 championship since the two divisions merged back in 2010. Oklahoma prevailed the champion of the Big 12 yet again. Oklahoma has dominated by winning four consecutive conference titles in a row. Heisman Trophy winner, Kyler Murray excelled last year and the offensive line made improvements. The offensive line kept Murray out of the pocket many times. Next year, the defense needs to make larger strides. A larger task is getting a new quarterback to fill Murray's shoes after he declared for the NFL Draft.
Texas vastly improved last season under their second year with Tom Herman. The Longhorns are destined for another step forward in 2019. They are a huge threat to Oklahoma in 2019 for the Big XII title. Texas should be among the top ten teams in the preseason rankings. Texas is such a balanced team, but I feel they are underestimated because of Oklahoma's success. Iowa State is a very promising team for next season. They have big holes to fill, replacing David Montgomery and Hakeem Butler. Iowa State will be a large dark horse team next season as the Nevada Wolfpack last year. A lot of questions will surround Iowa State's offense next year, but there is a reason for optimism for upcoming years.
West Virginia will be a quiet team next year as they haven't been atop of the headlines after this season. More than likely, the Mountaineers will have a disappointing season in 2019 as their recruiting class starts slow. TCU, Baylor, and Oklahoma State all picked up bowl wins and finished 7-6, which the three teams are kind of in their own tier. These teams should return back to a bowl if things don't go wrong. Mike Gundy is a legendary coach with high hopes again for the Cowboys. Execution is the only obstacle between them and success. Another tier of teams is Kansas State, Texas Tech, and Kansas. Those teams all missed bowl games and will start 2019 with a new coach. Kansas State should get back to six wins, but they lost a key O-line factor, Dalton Risner. They also lost their starting quarterback, but their quarterback backup has game-playing experience. Most of all, they lost an influential coach, Bill Snyder, who is arguably the best coach in college football. Texas Tech can contend for a bowl game, despite, it'd be hard to do so and Kansas' fans shouldn't be too high on the Jayhawks, sadly . . . for now. Kansas may be more intriguing because of their new hire, Les Miles, from LSU.
It should be no surprise the headlines of the early 2019 predictions would be the success of Oklahoma. Oklahoma and Texas should be back to the Big 12 championship and among the top, nationally.
2019 Standing Predictions
- Iowa State
- Oklahoma State
- Kansas State
- West Virginia
- Texas Tech
Athlon Sports Top Ten Games of 2018 in the Big XII
Texas 48, Oklahoma 45 - Oct. 6
West Virginia 42, Texas 41 - Nov. 3
Oklahoma 28, Army 21 (OT) - Sept. 22
Texas 28, Georgia 21 - Jan. 1
Oklahoma 48, Oklahoma State 47 - Nov. 10
Oklahoma State 45, West Virginia 41 - Nov. 17
Oklahoma 59, West Virginia 56 - Nov. 23
Baylor 45, Vanderbilt 38 - Dec. 27
Iowa State 42, Kansas State 38 - Nov. 24
Oklahoma State 38, Texas 35 - Oct. 27
Big XII 2018 All-Americans
- Kyler Murray, Oklahoma (QB)
- Marquise Brown, Oklahoma (WR)
- Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State (WR)
- Antoine Wesley, Texas Tech (WR)
- Ben Powers, Oklahoma (OL)
- Dalton Risner, Kansas State (OL)
- Dru Samia, Oklahoma (OL)