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Big 12: How the teams will finish

Posted: August 28, 2014 - 11:55pm  |  Updated: August 29, 2014 - 4:39pm
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1 Oklahoma: The Sooners enter 2014 hot off a Sugar Bowl win over Alabama. More impressively, Oklahoma returns nine starters from the league’s best defense a year ago.

2 Baylor: The Bears expect to be faster than they were last season with the return of quarterback Bryce Petty and plenty of offensive threats.

3 Kansas State: Tyler Lockett returns for his senior season eyeing records to break. He will be the top target for quarterback Jake Waters.

4 Texas: In Charlie Strong’s first year as head coach, the defense is expected to be strong yet again for the Longhorns.

5 Texas Tech: Davis Webb has options with a field full of speedy receivers. Le’Raven Clark looks to anchor an experienced offensive line.

6 TCU: Even with the loss of Devonte Fields, the Horned Frogs’ defensive unit is one of the strongest in the conference, led by safety Sam Carter.

7 Oklahoma State: The Cowboys got hit hard by graduation. J.W. Walsh is expected to take over as starting quarterback, and coach Mike Gundy is excited about newcomer Tyreek Hill.

8 West Virginia: The Mountaineers look to bounce back from a disastrous 2013 season. Clint Trickett takes over as the starting quarterback.

9Iowa State: The Cyclones’ offense this season is one of the best coach Paul Rhoads has had in Ames. The defense, however, is young.

10Kansas: The Jayhawks are relying on sophomore dual-threat quarterback Montell Cozart to lead the way this season.

Krista Pirtle

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