5 College Football Power Five Sleeper Teams For 2022

Which teams from the Power Five conferences will be sleepers this year? Which ones will rise up and be dangerous?

Which teams in the Power Five conferences should rise up and be sleepers in 2022? They might not win their respective conferences, but they could make a whole lot of noise.


Did anyone really see Baylor coming as a team that would take the Big 12 Championship and finish in or near the top five?

Who had Pitt winning the ACC title, or Michigan State being a Big Ten power, or Ole Miss finishing 11th in both polls?

We got the Rebels right in last year’s Power Five Sleeper Teams piece. Taking the L on Stanford, squibbed singles on Boston College and Texas Tech, and roped a triple on Purdue.

These teams almost certainly won’t win their respective conference championships, but they should be in for interesting seasons and give their fan bases a good time.

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College Football Power Five Sleeper Teams

ACC: Florida State Seminoles

There was a time not all that long ago when Florida State was automatically considered a national championship contender. It had the talent, the coaching, and everything in place to be special year after year after year.

Jimbo Fisher restored the glory, but it all fell apart in the opener against Alabama to start the 2017 season, and the program never recovered.

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The Noles won 78 games, three ACC Championships, and a national title between 2010 to 2016. Since then they’ve gone a putrid 26-33.

Florida State lost 19 games from 1987 to 2000.

Head coach Mike Norvell isn’t going to put the program back into superpower territory just yet, but after years and years and years of painful offensive line play, the Noles might really have a decent front five. At least it’s full of veterans.

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The ground attack and the offense should work just fine, the defense is loaded with experience – the starting 11 should be outstanding if the secondary can rise up – and the schedule works okay.

LSU is a problem in Week 2 in New Orleans, and road games against NC State and Miami are scary, but Clemson and Florida have to come to Tallahassee, and the team should be strong enough to pull off several wins in the 50/50 games.

For a proud program that hasn’t had a winning season in four years, this will seem like when it all starts to turn around.

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CFN Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team, Top 30 Players: Preview 2022

Who are the best players in the Big 12 going into the 2022 college football season? They’re highlighted in the CFN 2022 Preseason All-Big 12 team,  and top 30 players.

Who are the best players in the Big 12 going into the 2022 college football season? They’re highlighted in the CFN 2022 Preseason All-Big 12 team,  and top 30 players.


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2022 Preseason CFN Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year

RB Bijan Robinson, Jr. Texas

Okay, so he has been a bit more promise than actual production, but the superstar prospect has been outstanding when healthy, and now he should be the main man for a loaded Texas offense loaded with skill talent.

He’s got the size, quickness, and burst, running for 1,830 yards and 15 touchdowns with 41 catches and six scores in his first two years – but he can to a whole lot more. He’s an NFL starting running back hanging out in college, and now it’s salary drive time with a possible Heisman run along the way.

2022 Preseason CFN Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year

DE Will McDonald, Sr. Iowa State

The Cyclones might be in a bit of a rebuilding mode, but the defense should still be terrific starting with they’re outstanding two-time First Team All-Big 12 – and 2021 All-American – pass rusher who’s back for his fifth season.

The 6-3, 236-pounder started out well in his first two seasons, and then blew up with 22 sacks and 26 tackles for loss over the last two seasons from his hybrid position on the outside.

College Football News 2022 Preseason All-Big 12 Team: Offense

QB Dillon Gabriel, Jr. Oklahoma

RB Bijan Robinson, Jr. Texas

RB Deuce Vaughn, Jr. Kansas State

WR Marvin Mims, Jr. Oklahoma

WR Xavier Worthy, Jr. Texas

TE Ben Sims, Sr, Baylor

OT Cooper Beebe, Jr. Kansas State

OG/C Trevor Downing, Sr. Iowa State

C Jacob Gall, Sr. Baylor

OG Doug Nester, Jr. West Virginia

OT Connor Galvin, Sr. Baylor

College Football News 2022 Preseason All-Big 12 Team: Defense

DE Brock Martin, Sr. Oklahoma State

DT Siaki Ika, Jr. Baylor

DT Dante Stills, Sr. West Virginia

DE Will McDonald, Sr. Iowa State

LB Dillon Doyle, Jr. Baylor

LB DeMarvion Overshown, Sr. Texas

LB Daniel Green, Sr. Kansas State

CB Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, Sr. TCU

S Kenny Logan, Sr. Kansas

S Jason Taylor, Sr. Oklahoma State

CB Woodi Washington, Jr. Oklahoma

College Football News 2022 Preseason All-Big 12 Team: Special Teams

PK Casey Legg, Sr. West Virginia

P Michael Turk, Sr. Oklahoma

KR Malik Knowles, Sr. Kansas State

PR Jaylin Noel, Soph. Iowa State

CFN 2022 Team Previews 
Baylor
Iowa State | Kansas | Kansas State | Oklahoma
Oklahoma State | TCU | Texas | Texas Tech | West Virginia
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College Football News 2022 Preseason Top 30 Big 12 Players

30. Tyree Wilson, DE Sr. Texas Tech

29. Trevor Downing, C/G Sr. Iowa State

28. Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, CB Sr. TCU

27. Felix Anudike-Uzomah, DE Jr. Kansas State

26. Tyler Lacy, DE Sr. Oklahoma State

25. Anton Harrison, OT Jr. Oklahoma

24. Max Duggan, QB Sr. TCU

23. Cooper Beebe, OT Jr. Kansas State

22. DeMarvion Overshown, LB Sr. Texas

21. Tyler Shough, QB Sr. Texas Tech

20. Collin Oliver, DE Soph. Oklahoma State

19. Jacob Gall, C Sr. Baylor

18. Quinn Ewers, QB Fr. Texas

17. Brock Martin, DE Sr. Oklahoma State

16. Adrian Martinez, QB Sr. Kansas State

15. Dillon Doyle, LB Jr. Baylor

14. Xavier Hutchinson, WR Sr. Iowa State

13. Spencer Sanders, QB Sr. Oklahoma State

12. Quentin Johnston, WR Jr. TCU

11. Dante Stills, DT Sr. West Virginia

10. JT Daniels, QB Jr. West Virginia

9. Dillon Gabriel, QB Jr. Oklahoma

8. Kenny Logan, S Sr. Kansas

7. Siaki Ika, DT Jr. Baylor

6. Marvin Mims, WR Jr. Oklahoma

5. Xavier Worthy, WR Jr. Texas

4. Connor Galvin, OT Sr. Baylor

3. Deuce Vaughn, RB Jr. Kansas State

2. Will McDonald, DE Sr. Iowa State

1. Bijan Robinson, RB Jr. Texas

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CFN 2022 Team Previews 
Baylor
Iowa State | Kansas | Kansas State | Oklahoma
Oklahoma State | TCU | Texas | Texas Tech | West Virginia
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Big 12 Preseason Predictions For Every Game: Preview 2022

Big 12 predictions for every team and every game in the 2022 college football season

The Big 12 preseason predictions were harder than ever to do.

While the world might be diving into the Big 12 expansion possibilities, don’t lose sight of what’s happening for this season – the league is going to be crazy-fun and totally wide open.

Warning: with these predictions, there will be at least one major miss – like last year with Baylor.

It seems like every year the Big 12 has at least seven teams that could finish anywhere in the pack – at least after Oklahoma – but this year it’s more like everyone but Kansas, and even it has the potential to be far better.

Oklahoma is hardly a sure thing to be on top, defending champion Baylor has a ton of tough road games, and TCU and Texas Tech – along with OU – are wild-cards with their new coaching staffs.

West Virginia should be more dangerous with Graham Harrell taking over as offensive coordinator. Texas has way too much talent to be mediocre. Texas Tech is an eight-win caliber program disguised as a team that’s going to struggle thanks rough non-conference games.

Iowa State isn’t going to fall off the map, right? Kansas State should be feisty with Adrian Martinez at quarterback, right?

There will be several twists and turns, and a whole slew of surprises – Kansas is going to win more than three games, but how you predict that?

So here we go. While the Big 12 is still a ten-team conference with Oklahoma and Texas still hanging around …

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2022 Big 12 Preseason Predictions

Big 12 Predicted Finish

1. Oklahoma
T2. Oklahoma State*
T2. Texas
T4. Baylor
T4. West Virginia
T6. Iowa State
T6. Kansas State
T6. TCU
9. Texas Tech
10. Kansas
*Oklahoma State predicted to win tie-breaker with Texas for No. 2 spot to face the Sooners in the Big 12 Championship.

Baylor Bears Preseason Prediction

2022 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2022 Big 12 Prediction: 5-4
2021: 12-2, Prediction: 6-6
2020: 2-7, Prediction: 6-6
2019: 11-3, Prediction: 7-5

Sept 3 Albany W
Sept 10 at BYU  L
Sept 17 Texas State W
Sept 24 at Iowa State W
Oct 1 Oklahoma State W
Oct 8 OPEN DATE
Oct 13 at West Virginia  L
Oct 22 Kansas W
Oct 29 at Texas Tech  L
Nov 5 at Oklahoma  L
Nov 12 Kansas State W
Nov 19 TCU W
Nov 26 at Texas  L
Baylor 2022 Preview
Baylor 10 Best Players
Baylor Schedule Analysis 

Iowa State Cyclones Preseason Prediction

2022 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2022 Big 12 Prediction: 4-5
2021: 7-6, Prediction: 9-3
2020: 9-3, Prediction: 7-5
2019: 7-6, Prediction: 7-5

Sept 3 SE Missouri W
Sept 10 at Iowa  L
Sept 17 Ohio W
Sept 24 Baylor  L
Oct 1 at Kansas W
Oct 8 Kansas State W
Oct 15 at Texas  L
Oct 22 OPEN DATE
Oct 27 Oklahoma  L
Nov 5 West Virginia W
Nov 12 at Oklahoma State  L
Nov 19 Texas Tech W
Nov 26 at TCU  L
Iowa State 2022 Preview
Iowa State 10 Best Players
Iowa State Schedule Analysis 

Kansas Jayhawks Preseason Prediction

2022 Preseason Prediction: 3-9
2022 Big 12 Prediction: 1-8
2021: 2-10, Prediction: 2-10
2020: 0-9, Prediction: 4-8
2019: 3-9, Prediction: 3-9

Sept 2 Tennessee Tech W
Sept 10 at West Virginia  L
Sept 17 at Houston  L
Sept 24 Duke W
Oct 1 Iowa State  L
Oct 8 TCU W
Oct 15 at Oklahoma  L
Oct 22 at Baylor  L
Oct 29 OPEN DATE
Nov 5 Oklahoma State  L
Nov 12 at Texas Tech  L
Nov 19 Texas  L
Nov 26 at Kansas State  L
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Kansas 10 Best Players
Kansas Schedule Analysis 

Kansas State Wildcats Preseason Prediction

2022 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2022 Big 12 Prediction: 4-5
2021: 8-5, Prediction: 6-6
2020: 4-6, Prediction: 7-5
2019: 8-5, Prediction: 6-6

Sept 3 South Dakota W
Sept 10 Missouri  L
Sept 17 Tulane W
Sept 24 at Oklahoma  L
Oct 1 Texas Tech W
Oct 8 at Iowa State  L
Oct 15 OPEN DATE
Oct 22 at TCU  L
Oct 29 Oklahoma State W
Nov 5 Texas W
Nov 12 at Baylor  L
Nov 19 at West Virginia  L
Nov 26 Kansas W
Kansas State 2022 Preview
Kansas State 10 Best Players
Kansas State Schedule Analysis 

Oklahoma Sooners Preseason Prediction

2022 Preseason Prediction: 10-2
2022 Big 12 Prediction: 7-2
2021: 11-2, Prediction: 11-1
2020: 9-2, Prediction: 10-2
2019: 12-2, Prediction: 11-1

Sept 3 UTEP W
Sept 10 Kent State W
Sept 17 at Nebraska W
Sept 24 Kansas State W
Oct 1 at TCU  L
Oct 8 Texas (in Dallas) W
Oct 15 Kansas W
Oct 22 OPEN DATE
Oct 27 at Iowa State W
Nov 5 Baylor W
Nov 12 at West Virginia  L
Nov 19 Oklahoma State W
Nov 26 at Texas Tech W
Oklahoma 2022 Preview
Oklahoma 10 Best Players
Oklahoma Schedule Analysis 

Oklahoma State Cowboys Preseason Prediction

2022 Preseason Prediction: 9-3
2022 Big 12 Prediction: 6-3
2021: 12-2, Prediction: 8-4
2020: 8-3, Prediction: 10-2
2019: 8-5, Prediction: 8-4

Sept 3 Central Michigan W
Sept 10 Arizona State W
Sept 17 Arkansas-Pine Bluff W
Sept 24 OPEN DATE
Oct 1 at Baylor  L
Oct 8 Texas Tech W
Oct 15 at TCU W
Oct 22 Texas W
Oct 29 at Kansas State  L
Nov 5 at Kansas W
Nov 12 Iowa State W
Nov 19 at Oklahoma  L
Nov 26 West Virginia W
Oklahoma State 2022 Preview
Oklahoma State 10 Best Players
Oklahoma State Schedule Analysis 

TCU Horned Frogs Preseason Prediction

2022 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2022 Big 12 Prediction: 4-5
2021: 5-7, Prediction: 8-4
2020: 6-4, Prediction: 7-5
2019: 5-7, Prediction: 8-4

Sept 2 at Colorado L
Sept 10 Tarleton State W
Sept 17 OPEN DATE
Sept 24 at South Alabama W
Oct 1 Oklahoma W
Oct 8 at Kansas L
Oct 15 Oklahoma State L
Oct 22 Kansas State W
Oct 29 at West Virginia L
Nov 5 Texas Tech W
Nov 12 at Texas L
Nov 19 at Baylor L
Nov 26 Iowa State W
TCU 2022 Preview
TCU 10 Best Players
TCU Schedule Analysis 

Texas Longhorns Preseason Prediction

2022 Preseason Prediction: 8-4
2022 Big 12 Prediction: 6-3
2021: 5-7, Prediction: 9-3
2020: 7-3, Prediction: 8-4
2019: 8-5, Prediction: 9-3

Sept 3 ULM W
Sept 10 Alabama  L
Sept 17 UTSA W
Sept 24 at Texas Tech W
Oct 1 West Virginia W
Oct 8 Oklahoma (in Dallas)  L
Oct 15 Iowa State W
Oct 22 at Oklahoma State  L
Oct 29 OPEN DATE
Nov 5 at Kansas State  L
Nov 12 TCU W
Nov 19 at Kansas W
Nov 26 Baylor W
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Texas 10 Best Players
Texas Schedule Analysis 

Texas Tech Red Raiders Preseason Prediction

2022 Preseason Prediction: 5-7
2022 Big 12 Prediction: 3-7
2021: 7-6, Prediction: 6-6
2020: 4-6, Prediction: 6-6
2019: 4-8, Prediction: 5-7

Sept 3 Murray State W
Sept 10 Houston W
Sept 17 at NC State  L
Sept 24 Texas  L
Oct 1 at Kansas State  L
Oct 8 at Oklahoma State  L
Oct 15 OPEN DATE
Oct 22 West Virginia W
Oct 29 Baylor W
Nov 5 at TCU  L
Nov 12 Kansas W
Nov 19 at Iowa State  L
Nov 26 Oklahoma  L
Texas Tech 2022 Preview
Texas Tech 10 Best Players
Texas Tech Schedule Analysis 

West Virginia Mountaineers Preseason Prediction

2022 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2022 Big 12 Prediction: 5-4
2021: 6-7, Prediction: 6-6
2020: 6-4, Prediction: 5-7
2019: 5-7, Prediction: 6-6

Sept 1 at Pitt  L
Sept 10 Kansas W
Sept 17 Towson W
Sept 24 at Virginia Tech  L
Oct 1 at Texas  L
Oct 8 OPEN DATE
Oct 13 Baylor W
Oct 22 at Texas Tech  L
Oct 29 TCU W
Nov 5 at Iowa State  L
Nov 12 Oklahoma W
Nov 19 Kansas State W
Nov 26 at Oklahoma State  L
West Virginia 2022 Preview
West Virginia 10 Best Players
West Virginia Schedule Analysis 

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Texas Tech Red Raiders Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players

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

Texas Tech Red Raiders Preview 2022: Previewing, predicting, and looking ahead to the Texas Tech season with what you need to know and keys to the season.


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Texas Tech Red Raiders Preview
Head Coach: Joey McGuire, 1st year at Texas Tech
2021 Preview: Overall: 7-6, Conference: 3-6
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Season Prediction, What Will Happen
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Texas Tech Schedule & Analysis

Texas Tech Red Raiders Preview 2022

Texas Tech is looking to have its cake and eat it, too.

It’s Texas Tech. You know the branding.

Lots of offense, more offense, a rumor of a defense, lots of yards, lots of fun, and the other team wins.

Texas Tech was able to bust a brutal stretch of five straight losing seasons, and it took a Liberty Bowl win over Mike Leach’s Mississippi State team to get there.

In comes Joey McGuire to take over as the new coach, representing the first time since hiring Tommy Tuberville that the program went with a defensive-minded head man. The difference being that Tuberville was already an established guy. This is McGuire’s first head coaching job after helping Dave Aranda’s Baylor defense over the last two years.

So the goal is for there to be more of a defensive-mindset to the Texas Tech program … to a point.

There’s going to be more pressure, more attacking, and more of an emphasis on coming up with big plays. Meanwhile, the offense is about to make Texas Tech look the part again.

Western Kentucky’s offense had a hard time scoring for a few years. Head coach Tyson Helton had enough of that, so he brought in Houston Baptist offensive coordinator Zach Kittley, star QB Bailey Zappe, and as many parts to one of the best attacks in the FCS to spice things up.

The Hilltoppers offensively went from zero to hero almost instantly.

Texas Tech already has the parts, and McGuire was able to tap Kittley to come in and make them all create the same magic he bought to Bowling Green, Kentucky. Combine that O with McGuire’s D and this will be one dangerous team to make the Big 12 freak out.

Considering what’s coming with all of the changes in the league for the next few years, Texas Tech might just have the right combination to become a major player.

At the very least, this is one of the hot programs now in a conference that’s about to bring aboard a whole lot of energy with the new schools coming in 2023.

Offense, Defense Breakdown | Keys To The Season
Season Prediction, What Will Happen
Texas Tech Top 10 Players
Texas Tech Schedule & Analysis

Texas Tech Red Raiders Preview 2022: Offense, Defense NEXT

Texas Tech Red Raiders Top 10 Players: College Football Preview 2022

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

Texas Tech Red Raiders Preview 2022: Who are the top 10 players going into the season?


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Texas Tech Red Raiders Preview 
Texas Tech 2022 Preview
Offense, Defense Breakdown | Keys To The Season
Season Prediction, What Will Happen
Texas Tech Schedule & Analysis 

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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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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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings, Analysis
QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | OTsOGs & Cs | DEs & Edge | DTs
LBs | Ss | CBs | 50 Greatest Value Draft Picks Ever
NFL Draft by college over last 5 years: 1-130 rankings

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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2022 College Football Schedules: All 131 Teams

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.


Big 12 2022 Schedule Analysis: 3 things to know
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 College Football Schedules: All 131 Teams