Big 12 Top Letdown Games For Every Team: 2022 College Football Season

Big 12 letdown games – the date on every team’s college football schedule that might be dangerous.

What’s the game on every Big 12 schedule that should be a problem? They’re games that each team should win, but the A effort might not quite be there consider what happened the week before, or what’s coming next.

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Oklahoma Sooners Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players

Oklahoma College Football Preview 2022: Team breakdown, season prediction, keys to the campaign, and what you need to know

Oklahoma Sooners Preview 2022: Previewing, predicting, and looking ahead to the Oklahoma season with what you need to know and keys to the season.


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Oklahoma Sooners Preview
Brent Venables: 0-0, 1st year at Oklahoma
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Oklahoma Sooners Preview 2022

There’s a whole generation of Oklahoma fans who have known nothing but Bob Stoops and Lincoln Riley as the head coaches of their program, but no – this is not normal.

There was a stretch after the legendary Barry Switzer era when Oklahoma football took a little bit of a break. There were some shifts in philosophy, there was the year of dabbling with Howard Schnellenberger, and then in 1999 came this unknown Stoops guy, followed up in 2017 by this relatively unknown Riley guy.

It’s like Green Bay Packer fans who think quarterbacks are always supposed to play like Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. It isn’t easy to find coaches who are that good, that consistent – just ask Texas – and can step into a seemingly sure-thing job and be in the mix for championships every year.

With that said, Brent Venables – at the very least – makes a whole lot of sense to be the exact right fit as the Next OU Coach Up.

No pressure, but he has to not only keep all the production rolling, but he needs set the program up to take an even bigger step forward as it heads into the SEC in the near future – likely 2024, but with forces still trying to push for next year.

Venables represents more of a nod to the pivot to Stoops than the tweak with Riley. Stoops came to OU as a hot shot young defensive coach, and he all but turned the offense over to Mike Leach – at least for the first year – and the Air Raid style that set the tone early on. The O was great, but the Sooners won the national title in 2020 with a jaw-dropping defense.

And then there was Riley, who might have been the brilliant young offensive star who cranked up epic attacks, but the D couldn’t quite do its part.

Stoops had the one massive season almost right out of the gate, but he could never win another national title. Riley was able to dominate the Big 12, but he couldn’t get out of the College Football Playoff semifinals.

That’s where Venables comes in.

He might not be a young star like Stoops and Riley were when they took over, but the guy knows what he’s doing.

He was the defensive coordinator during those early years under Stoops, became the DC at Clemson in the ascension under Dabo Swinney, and now he finally has his first head coaching gig.


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Oklahoma Top 10 Players | OU Schedule & Analysis


Losing a talent like Riley stinks, but Oklahoma actually needed to change things a wee bit. What might have been fun over the past several years isn’t going to get the program through the gauntlet of life in the SEC.

You can be great and be 9-3 every year in the SEC if you don’t have all the talent that Alabama, Georgia, LSU, and now Texas A&M are able to amass. Venables knows what national championship-level teams look like, and he’s got a few years to get Oklahoma there.

It’s Brent Venables – the defense is going to be amazing very, very soon.

If that happens, and Jeff Lebby can do make the offense as strong as he did under Lane Kiffin and Ole Miss – it’s not Air Raid, but it has the same sort of pace and tempo – Oklahoma should be able to party like it’s 1999.

For now, it might be all about SEC, SEC, SEC, but Oklahoma is still in the Big 12, and it can certainly win that and be in the hunt for something bigger.

Nothing stops. Win the Big 12 title, get to the CFP, roll the dice.

Give it a year or so under Venables, accept that it might take a bit to get everything right, and then the focus becomes win the SEC – or be in the mix – get to the CFP, and win it.

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Oklahoma Sooners Preview 2022: Offense, Defense NEXT

Oklahoma Sooners Top 10 Players: College Football Preview 2022

Who are the top 10 Oklahoma players going into the 2022 college football season?

Oklahoma Sooners Preview 2022: Who are the top 10 players going into the season?


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Oklahoma 2022 Preview
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Brent Venables, Dan Lanning. Good Luck. Win Now. 22 Thoughts For 2022, No. 13

Oklahoma’s Brent Venables and Oregon’s Dan Lanning are two of the most interesting new head coaches, mostly because they have to win right away.

22 College Football Thoughts for 2022, No. 13: Brent Venables and Dan Lanning are new head coaches expected to win immediately. No pressure.


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22 College Football Thoughts For 2022

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22 College Football Thoughts For 2022
22, College football is changing, and it’s okay
21, Texas & Oklahoma, you really want the SEC?
20. SEC is really, really good if you like it or not
19. James Madison, welcome to the show
18. Sun Belt is the cool conference
17. Transfer Portal will only get bigger
16. NFL, keep your hands off our announcers
15. Big 12: Get bigger and stronger, or else
14. Big Ten expansion. NOW what does it do?

13. Oklahoma’s Brent Venables and Oregon’s Dan Lanning. Welcome. Now WIN.

Dan Lanning will turn 36 when he coaches his first game as the head man for the Oregon Ducks. New Oklahoma head coach Brent Venables is 51.

They might be from slightly different eras, but beyond being new first time head coaches at Power Five programs they have one other key thing in common.

They aren’t about to get the slightest bit of a grace period.

There are other first time head coaches at Power Five programs – Joey McGuire at Texas Tech, Tony Elliott at Virginia, Brent Pry at Virginia Tech, and Mike Elko at Duke – but no one’s expecting anything too massive right out of the gate from those four.

No pressure, Coach Lanning and Coach Venables – just have massive seasons and win your respective conference championships.

Oh, and by the way Coach Lanning, as your welcoming present you get to kickoff your career against Georgia in Atlanta on September 3rd.

The opener might be tough, but the rest of the schedule isn’t all that bad in a relatively down Pac-12 North. As long as the Ducks can avoid the flaky loss – like last year against Stanford – they should be able to roll with the pieces still around and QB Bo Nix coming in to help the cause.

The Big 12 should be stronger, but Oklahoma has the parts to rise back up and be better than the 2021 version – with a little tweaking – and getting UTEP to start should help. The Sooners are used to reloading after losing key parts, and now there’s a new vision and a new style.

But can the new guys not only keep the momentum going, but improve things right away?

You never quite know what you’re going to get with new head coaches in big opportunities.

I wrote a big piece a few years ago wondering why and how Oklahoma could hand the keys over to this Lincoln Riley kid when it could’ve brought in almost any head coach it wanted.

I’ll fully admit that I had no clue Sam Pittman was head coaching material when he took over the Arkansas job, and I just assumed that Kirby Smart was going to be yet another great coordinator who’d underwhelm once he got a job like the Georgia gig.

And yeah, when it comes to the veterans, I thought Chip Kelly would turn UCLA into a national powerhouse in a hurry. On a grander scale, I will hang my head in shame for thinking Urban Meyer would do for the Jacksonville Jaguars what Jimmy Johnson did for the Dallas Cowboys – fully wearing that one.

But Venables and Lanning aren’t just supposed to rebuild, or even keep the status quo. Oklahoma and Oregon didn’t win their respective conference championships last year. They didn’t get to the College Football Playoff, and neither one won the national title.

Just start by setting the reasonable goal at winning the conference championship for each of these two.

No pressure.

22 College Football Thoughts For 2022
22. College football is changing, and it’s okay
21, Texas & Oklahoma, you really want the SEC?
20. SEC is really, really good if you like it or not
19. James Madison, welcome to the show
18. Sun Belt is the cool conference
17. Transfer Portal will only get bigger
16. NFL, keep your hands off our announcers
15. Big 12: Get bigger and stronger, or else
14. Big Ten expansion. NOW what does it do?

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2022 NFL Draft: Best Picks of All-Time From Every Big 12 School

Who are the Big 12’s greatest NFL Draft picks of all-time? Here are the top three best picks from each Big 12 program.

Who are the best NFL Draft picks from every Big 12 program? Which players turned into the greatest stars at the next level?


The current Big 12 programs have more than their share of good all-time NFL players and draft picks, but the superstars aren’t there compared to the other top leagues. Even so, who are the Big 12’s best NFL draft selections of all-time?

This isn’t a list of the top pro players to come from the Big 12 schools – these are the best draft picks.

That means that guys who had great careers for someone other than the teams that drafted them don’t get a whole lot of love, or aren’t on the list at all.

The goal for any draft pick is to get a player who performs at a high level for a long period of time, so longevity matters over one short burst of greatness.

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College Football Rankings, Season Predictions: Big 12 Spring Version 2022

Big 12 spring football rankings, lookaheads, and predictions with best and worst case scenarios for every team

Big 12 college football rankings and predictions with the realistic best and worst case records and quick analysis – the 2022 spring version.


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Good luck trying to figure out the Big 12 pecking order.

Kansas is still likely going to be near the bottom, but it’s better.

Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are likely going to be near the top, but there are concerns.

With coaching changes, big transfer portal moves, two schools starting to pack things up for the SEC – or, at least, wanting to – and underperforming teams from 2021 – Texas, TCU, Iowa State – all potentially good enough to crank up far better seasons, this is going to be fun.

Before diving into the nuts and bolts of each team with our team-by-team Preview 2022, here’s the spring version quick look, prediction, and ranking of each Big 12 team.

The rankings are based on how good the teams should be and not the final projected records. Keeping in mind that this all could/might/will change when we make the final calls in August …

2022 College Football Schedules By Teams: All 131 Schools

Big 12 Needs To Keep Expanding: 22 Thoughts For 2022, No. 15

The Big 12 lost its two stars and made up for it with a smart expansion move. Now it needs to do more. 22 College Football Thoughts for 2022, No. 15

22 College Football Thoughts for 2022, No. 15: The Big 12 made some great moves after losing Oklahoma and Texas to the SEC. Now it needs to do more.


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22 College Football Thoughts For 2022

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22 College Football Thoughts For 2022
22, College football is changing, and it’s okay
21, Texas & Oklahoma, you really want the SEC?
20. SEC is really, really good if you like it or not
19. James Madison, welcome to the show
18. Sun Belt is the cool conference
17. Transfer Portal will only get bigger
16. NFL, keep your hands off our announcers

15. Big 12, get bigger, better, stronger, or else …

The Big 12 adding BYU, Cincinnati, Houston, and UCF was great – it should’ve done that ten years ago, and added USF, too – but it’s not replacing Oklahoma and Texas with those four.

It’s not going to Moneyball its way past losing Damon and Giambi without doing a whole lot more to not only strengthen the conference, but to have an overall contingency plan.

The Big 12 is in a strange place – and yeah, I sort of mean the middle part of the country, because geographically it’s able to draw on other schools that make sense for the league … and for other conferences to pick off its members.

Basketball-wise the Big 12 is a rock star even without the two monster football Oklahoma and Texas programs, but football pays the bills.

Thumping the chest about Kansas, Baylor, and the last two basketball national titles is awesome, but who’s the football powerhouse? Oklahoma State? Baylor? Iowa State? Eventually BYU and Cincinnati? No, there isn’t one at the high-end SEC or Big Ten levels.

There’s a reason why the Big 12 is more than happy to dive into the College Football Playoff expansion idea. A Big 12 champion would almost always be in, and so would a 10-2 team that would likely be 8-4 or 6-6 in the SEC or Big Ten. A weaker Power Five football conference isn’t necessarily a bad thing in an expanded CFP.

On the plus side, that lack of any monster football programs will temper the expansion interests of other conferences, but soon the basketball side of the Big 12 is going to play a role.

There’s one giant whale out there that’s been eerily quiet.

The Big Ten can’t pick off schools from the ACC – that’s for a later rant; the ACC contracts are way too tough to get out of – and it’s not going to start sniffing around the Pac-12. That doesn’t leave a whole lot of options.

No, Kansas isn’t great at football – neither are Rutgers and Maryland. The Big Ten expanded the last time around because it wanted a footprint for the Big Ten Network – among other things – in the New York/New Jersey area and in Baltimore/Washington DC. As I’ll keep reiterating through all this expansion talk, the Big Ten wants THE school in a state.

It wants the massive big state Tier 1 research schools, and there are only a handful of them who might be available.

The University of Kansas is one – by the way, the rest of the Big 12 schools are Tier 1 other than TCU and, from the new batch, BYU – and yeah, it just won the national championship in basketball, and yeah, it helps to bring in the Kansas City and St. Louis markets, and yeah, it’s an easy and natural rival for Nebraska, Iowa, and most of the Big Ten West.

If you’re the Pac-12, there are only so many places you can go, too, without simply taking over the Mountain West. For a conference that likes basketball – even more than football in some ways – Kansas might start to look a whole lot better.

Most of the Big 12 schools have to be in a discussion at some Tuesday afternoon meeting in George Kliavkov’s office.


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Baylor | Iowa State | Kansas | Kansas State | Oklahoma 
Oklahoma State | TCU | Texas | Texas Tech | West Virginia


To keep hammering this home, there’s a prestige in having the University of (insert state name here), which is why West Virginia might have some interest for the ACC, but that’s likely low on the Big 12’s lists of concerns at the moment.

But let’s say everyone is standing pat and the current Big 12 configuration for a few years from now is solid. Again, what else you got, Big 12, football-wise? How can the conference learn from the Oklahoma and Texas blindside and go on the offensive?

USF should be part of the future plans – the Tampa market and huge enrollment helps – but there’s one big move the Big 12 can make that would make too much sense – beat the Pac-12 to the Mountain West punch.

Not to sound all geopolitical, but by landing BYU there’s a bridge that works for the Big 12 to expand west.

If the Big 12 wants to fire a shot across the bow, grab UNLV – Las Vegas is going to be to the Pac-12 what Indianapolis is to the Big Ten and Atlanta is to the SEC – or Nevada. Colorado State works awfully well – by the way, Nevada, UNLV and Colorado State are Tier 1 research schools – and then if it really wants to make some noise …

Nab San Diego State and that market and that basketball team and that football program with its shiny new stadium before the Pac-12 figures out that the school is a perfect fit – other than the Tier 1 research part.

Oh, and one more move that makes way too much sense. You’re missing a football powerhouse, Big 12? How about North Dakota State? Tier 1 research school, insane rabid base, and …

I know I’m getting way off the rails here.

Let’s give credit to a Big 12 that was considered all but dead by some after losing its two superstar members – and remember, that’s after losing Nebraska, Missouri, and Texas A&M over the last few years, too.

BYU was a fantastic get. So was Cincinnati, so was UCF, so was Houston. The conference is still alive, there’s a great energy around those four new schools coming in, and there’s a chance to keep on growing.

But it’s the world of college athletics. Either you’re eating, or you’re being eaten.

22 College Football Thoughts For 2022
22, College football is changing, and it’s okay
21, Texas & Oklahoma, you really want the SEC?
20. SEC is really, really good if you like it or not
19. James Madison, welcome to the show
18. Sun Belt is the cool conference
17. Transfer Portal will only get bigger
16. NFL, keep your hands off our announcers

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2022 Oklahoma Football Schedule: 3 Things To Know

Oklahoma football schedule. The 2022 schedule with 3 things to know

Oklahoma football schedule 2022: What are the big games on the Oklahoma schedule and what are 3 things to know?


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Texas and Oklahoma, You REALLY Want The SEC?: 22 Thoughts For 2022, No. 21

Texas and Oklahoma are still on track to leave for the SEC in a few years. Is that really a good idea? 22 College Football Thoughts for 2022, No. 21

22 College Football Thoughts for 2022, No. 21: Texas and Oklahoma are still on track to leave for the SEC in a few years. Is that really a good move?


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22 College Football Thoughts For 2022

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22 College Football Thoughts For 2022
22. College football is changing, and it’s okay
20. SEC is really, really good if you like it or not

21. Hey, Texas and Oklahoma, you still want to leave for the SEC, huh?

There’s still time to appeal to your sanity, Texas and Oklahoma.

I know, I know, you want to get out of your Big 12 deal and move into the SEC before 2025, but are you really sure you want to do this? Are you positive you thought this through?

No, really. You do understand that life in the SEC isn’t fun.

Oh, sure, you’re going to make gobs and gobs of money, and the exposure will be amazing, but – last I checked – Alabama isn’t going to quit playing college football.

Georgia doesn’t seem like it’s leaving the SEC any time soon, LSU is LSU, Florida is about to rise back up, Texas A&M appears to be on the verge of something massive, and …

Again, Alabama put out a football schedule. It’s still around.

Are you seeing what’s happening in this conference? Does it look like Texas A&M is having happy happy fun time pushing the rock up the mountain? Seriously, if it stuck around the Big 12, it almost certainly would’ve made a College Football Playoff appearance by now.

How about Ole Miss? The Lane Kiffin thing is great and we all have fun watching that offense, but it still has to play against the rest of the SEC West.

Kentucky has been great … and it’s not exactly dominating the SEC Championship lately.

LSU might have had the greatest team of all-time three years ago. Coach canned.

Florida was this close to getting by Alabama in each of the last two seasons and had an argument for a College Football Playoff spot if it pulled off the 2020 SEC Championship. Coach canned.

If you’re a big-time SEC football program, you … can’t … lose. Ever.

Texas, you think you’ll be “back” after you go to the SEC? Yeah, ask Tennessee how easy it is to return to superpower status.

Most of the current Texas players weren’t alive the last time the program won a national championship – and it’s having a hard time just getting to the Big 12 Championship – but suuuuuure, it’s all going to kick in by moving to the SEC in a few years.

Oklahoma has been outstanding, but it hasn’t won a national title since 2000 and hasn’t played in one since the end of the 2008 season. So it’s going to get over the hump as a member of the SEC?

I don’t care, Texas and Oklahoma. You’re adults. You do what you want, but Texas, if you really wanted to move, you have been, and always will be, a far better fit – at least in terms of school status – with the Big Ten.

Oklahoma, how you didn’t somehow connect with the Pac-12 – and up the overall exposure and profile of the school to all those massive media markets – is beyond me.

Or, stay in the Big 12 and be the anchor tenants of the mall – more on that in a later 22 for 2022 thought.

So for 2022, the Big 12 season is going to be about how much Texas and Oklahoma want to be somewhere else as soon as humanly possible.

Meanwhile, as amazing as those two are, someone needs to get them the memo …

(whispering) The SEC is awesome at college football.

22 College Football Thoughts For 2022
22. College football is changing, and it’s okay
20. SEC is really, really good if you like it or not

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Oklahoma vs Texas Tech College Basketball Prediction, Game Preview

Oklahoma vs Texas Tech prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Friday.

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Oklahoma vs Texas Tech Game Preview, Big 12 Tournament How To Watch

Date: Friday, March 11
Game Time: 9:30 ET
Venue: T-Mobile Center, Kansas City, MO
How To Watch: ESPN2
Record: Oklahoma (18-14), Texas Tech (24-8)
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