Revised Big 12 Picks Following Media Days

Big 12 Media Days are over and opening kickoffs are dead ahead, so after hearing every head coach and many players plead the case for their schools I have my revised Big 12 picks. I know, football is not played on a podium in a ballroom at the Kansas City Downtown Marriott in late July. I know that but if you've been around awhile you've learned what things to pick up on.

I think there is lots of balance and competitiveness in the league this season, but I believe there is a clear-cut line between the eight teams I see going bowling and the four that I see staying home. Okay, following all the talk in Kansas City, here we go.

North Division

1. Missouri 12-0 / 8-0
I've changed the Tigers to unbeaten. This group is talented, together, and focused. I think Gary Pinkel has grown so much as a head coach and his confidence and relaxed nature is a positive on his football team. I still think OSU is in a good spot on the MU schedule between road trips to Nebraska and Texas, but Missouri won't be caught asleep. The first game with Illinois in St. Louis is also a tough test.

2. Colorado 8-4 / 5-3
Dan Hawkins has his team in gear and yes, they are ready for some Division I football. I think CU gets West Virginia in an upset in Boulder and will also upset North Division rival Kansas. Speed is the only question and new frosh running back Darrell Scott needs to be ready to contribute. Yes, the Cowboys get beat at Colorado in November.

3. Kansas 7-5 / 4-4
Okay, Mark Mangino may have lost a few pounds but he will gain them all back looking at that schedule. The Jayhawks lose at South Florida, against all three South opponents and Missouri. It's pretty simple. This team also lost a lot of heart and soul, not to mention talent, off last year's team.

4. Nebraska 6-6 / 3-5
I like Bo Pelini and I believe he knows what he is facing and what it will take to get the job done. I also believe he knows it will take a little time. The Virginia Tech game keys a three-game losing streak with Missouri and Texas Tech to follow. It's okay because they might get a bowl bid and start their streak all over again.

5. Iowa State 3-9 / 1-7
Gene Chizik really didn't answer any questions, so I have a lot of questions about the Cyclones, and when I have questions I find it hard to pick a team. There is a lot of new blood playing this season. I like the Cyclones to beat K-State to finish fifth.

6. Kansas State 3-9 / 0-8
I know, Chizik gave few answers, well, I didn't like Ron Prince's answers. I think there are problems in this program -- big problems.

South Division

1. Oklahoma 11-1 / 7-1
The Sooners have talent and will run the table in nonconference. I believe there is a slip up somewhere, and the homer that I am, I am picking it to happen in Stillwater.

2. Texas 10-2 / 6-2
I know Texas is stale and they need to lose the SID's watchdogging over all the interviews, but they do have talent. I don't believe the Longhorns will slip up in Lubbock after hearing all spring and summer that Texas Tech is going to pass them and beat them.

3. Texas Tech 10-2 / 6-2
A pitifully easy nonconference schedule is followed by the usual ridiculous hard schedule. They don't beat Texas and this year they don't beat Oklahoma in Norman, so they finish third.

4. Oklahoma State 8-4 / 4-4
The Cowboys ride through the nonconference unbeaten and win at home against A&M to start the league race, but losses to Mizzou, Texas, Texas Tech, and Colorado make them 3-4 in Big 12 heading into the final home game. It's a Bedlam upset of OU, hoo ray.

5. Texas A&M 6-6 / 4-4
I think the Aggies have some problems and the offense may be stuck in the mud some this season. The first conference game at Oklahoma State is crucial. I think A&M gets K-State, Iowa State, Colorado, and Baylor in league play, but they had better have their heads up at Baylor.

6. Baylor 4-8 / 1-7
I know it looks bleak again, but it isn't. Baylor under Art Briles is heading in the right direction, and teams had better be advised that overlooking the Bears will cost you starting this fall. A few years from now, maybe just one, Baylor will be in bowl contention.

Big 12 Championship Game
Missouri beats Oklahoma

Big 12 Bowl Teams
Missouri - BCS
Oklahoma - BCS
Texas - Cotton
Texas Tech - Holiday
Oklahoma State - Sun
Colorado - Alamo
Kansas - Insight
Texas A&M - Houston
Nebraska - Independence

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