Preseason Big 12 Power Rankings for 2014: Ten words or less

It’s never too early to look forward to the next college football season. With the BCS finally laid to rest, and the new College Football Playoff on the horizon, the national championship race has become more wide open.

Can the Big 12 place at least one team in the final four next season?

Oklahoma and Bob Stoops are the early favorite to win the Big 12 after their impressive Sugar Bowl victory. Quarterback Trevor Knight should only improve this offseason, however, he’ll have to find new playmakers to feed the ball to.

Baylor and Art Briles will welcome back superstar quarterback Bryce Petty, which puts the Bears into the national discussion.

Then there’s Oklahoma State. Mike Gundy continues to keep the Cowboys rolling year-in and year-out.

Following is an early look at power rankings for the Big 12 in 2014.

  1. Oklahoma – Bob Stoops smells blood after winning Sugar Bowl over Alabama.
  2. Baylor – Briles and Petty are returning. Their offense is awesome. Heisman?
  3. Oklahoma State – He’s a man. He’s 40. But his QB is young.
  4. Texas – The Stronghorns almost won the Big 12 with Mack.
  5. Kansas State – Bill Snyder is a grizzled veteran. Just win, baby.
  6. Texas Tech – Kliff has that swag, but his defense is fugly.
  7. TCU – Patterson is A+ coach with C-level talent.
  8. West Virginia – Pat White and Steve Slaton aren’t walking through that door.
  9. Iowa State – May pull upsets, but are still a few years out.
  10. Kansas – Charlie bit my finger.
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