Predicting The Big 12

Predicting The Big 12

The evidence has been gathered, analyzed and collated. Fall practices have been viewed and digested. Now it's time for Scout.com's Big 12 publishers to predict the order of finish in in the 2014 football season.

While many pundits have Oklahoma winning the Big 12 race comfortably, our publishers don't agree. The Sooners were still the top pick, but it was a narrow margin over #2 Baylor.

Voting was on a standard scale, with a first place vote yielding ten points, descending to a value of one for a last place selection.

1. Oklahoma 96 points (7 first place votes)
The Sooners rode the wave of a bowl beatdown of Alabama to the top spot. Can they repeat the top-level performance of that game on a week-to-week basis?

2. Baylor 92 points (3 first place votes)
The Bears scored at an Arena League pace in 2013, and despite the loss of some key talent appear to be ready to put up points in bunches again this season.

3.Kansas State 78 points
Respect for K-State's program starts with head coach Bill Snyder, and continues with the way the Wildcats compete in every game. They may not have the most talent, but rarely will they beat themselves.

4. Oklahoma State 63 points
The Cowboys and Longhorns finished in a tie for fourth in our polling. OSU saw a wide range of opinions, gathering votes from second through sixth place in the balloting to best the views of many outside the league.

4. Texas 63 points
Opinions also differed on the Longhorns, where a revamping of the program is underway. Will that be a rebuilding or a reloading? With votes as high as third and as low as sixth, the answer isn't readily apparent.

6. Texas Tech 52 points
The Red Raiders were likewise the subject of varying degrees of optimism, receiving votes as high as fourth and as low as eighth.

7. TCU 42 points
TCU will try to rely on a defense without its star as it seeks to reverse last year's disappointing slide.

8. West Virginia 28 points
West Virginia's end of season meltdown contributed to a generally low outlook for 2014. It received four votes as one of the bottom two teams in the league.

9. Iowa State 23 points
There was a bit of optimism for the Cyclones, who received four votes in the seventh and eight positions combined. Another quarterback switch and defensive losses kept them from catching WVU for the eighth overall spot.

10. Kansas 13 points
Kansas received three ninth-place votes, but was tabbed for the bottom spot on the other seven ballots. Potential losses of two top running backs contributed to downgrading of a Jayhawk team that showed some life at the end of the 2013 season.

The voter panel: Jeremy Clark - HornedFrog Blitz.com, Jarret Johnson - RaiderPower.com, Kevin Kinder - BlueGoldNews.com, Greg Powers - Scout.com, Bob Przybylo - SoonersIllustrated.com, Trey Scott - AllCyclones.com, Terry Tush - GoPokes.com, Tim Watkins - BearsIllustrated.com, William Wilkerson - HornsDigest.com, Derek Young - Scout.com

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