Another college football season is upon us. The Big 12 will attempt to send a team to the College Football Playoff for the second straight year. The road to the playoffs begin Thursday as Oklahoma State hosts Missouri State. The rest of the conference begins play Saturday in what should be an exciting day of college football throughout the country. This season, Peter Holland Jr. will take on Gallagher Martin to see who can more accurately predict college football.
Missouri State at Oklahoma State
Finishing third in the Big 12 last year was a major disappointment for Oklahoma State. Now the Cowboys are projected to finish middle of the pack in the Big 12 and win a maximum of eight games. With one of the best running backs in the country in Justice Hill, one of the best receiving groups in the conference, and a sneaky-good senior quarterback, I think the Cowboys can win 10 games for the fourth straight year.
Mason Rudolph and James Washington are gone, it’s going to be interesting who’s going to fill those shoes, especially at the quarterback position. Justice Hill is the player to watch in the Big-12. The Junior is a 1,000 yard rusher waiting to happen Defense is somewhat questionable, maybe average.
Florida Atlantic at No. 7 Oklahoma
I’ve got a feeling Kyler Murray is going to wreak havoc on the Big 12. Rodney Anderson is also one of the best in the Big 12 at his position. The defense will probably be good enough to win the Big 12 but not good enough to win a national championship. Oh yeah! Lane Kiffin will be coaching in this game! I doubt it matters.
Marquise “Hollywood” Brown is the player to look out for in his sophomore season after a breakout year in his freshman year. Kyler Murray is the man at quarterback and Rodney Anderson is the thumper in the backfield. Don't be fooled by FAU. They maybe an C-USA team, but they are the reigning C-USA Champs, and Lane Kiffin is the head coach. Devin "Motor" Singletary could be the best running back no one is talking about. Led the nation is scoring and is an All-American candidate. In other words, the Owls are no push over and could give Oklahoma a scare early. The Sooner's defense should not drop their guard on this Owls team.
Ole Miss vs Texas Tech (Houston)
Gallagher-45-35 Ole Miss
Tech is a hard team to figure out. The defense wasn’t a complete laughing stock last year, and the offense is usually very good. But the Red Raiders lose their top quarterback, running back, and four of their best five receivers. Ole Miss has an explosive offense, and I think it will be enough to win a neutral site game that is really a road game.
Peter-48-31 Ole Miss
Texas Tech had one of the worst defenses in college football, and they lost a lot of explosive players on offense. Kliff Kingsbury could be on the hot seat if he can’t get this Red Raiders team going. Ole Miss’ A.J. Brown is the oplayer to look out for as he is an NFL prospect who can put up insane numbers for the Rebels.
Southern at No. 16 TCU
No doubt who wins this one. TCU has another solid squad and they are coached by one of the best in the country. The Frogs have Big 12 title aspirations and rightfully so.
TCU are usually offensively and defensively sound in the Big-12. Ty Summers and Ben Banogu could be a good pass rushing duo to watch for in the Big-12.
No. 23 Texas at Maryland
Gallagher- 34-20 Texas
Texas is 53-48 since getting belted by ‘Bama in the 2009 title game, yet they still find a way to start the season ranked every year. Maryland football is in a dark place right now, and Texas will be motivated to win after last year’s thumping. Texas wins this game, but I don’t see the Longhorns as conference contenders.
Peter- 27-10 Texas
I’m not sure Maryland is mentally ready for this season, and they are without their head coach D.J. Durkin . For Texas, I’m still iffy on their quarterback usage, but the Longhorns have the edge against the Terrapins.
No. 17 West Virginia vs Tennessee (Charlotte)
Will Grier enters the season as a First Team All American, which says a lot about the talent level at quarterback in college football this season. I’m not sure how West Virginia will handle all these expectations, and they still haven’t proved they can beat Oklahoma. I’m predicting a third or fourth place finish for West Virginia in the Big 12, but a nice win over Tennessee in the season opener.
Will Grier is my heisman candidate and possibly the best quarterback in the country. Returning for his senior year is huge for his NFL stock. Not to mention, you have David Sills V back at wide receiver. Tennessee are starting fresh with Jeremy Pruitt as their head coach. This could be a close one.
Nicholls State at Kansas
Gallagher-27-21 Nicholls St.
This would be a good win for Kansas; the funny part of that statement is it’s true. Nicholls State is a talented FCS school who played Texas A&M close last year.Peter-
New year, new beginning, but the same Jayhawks team. If the Jayhawks don’t win this game, they might not win at all this year.
South Dakota at Kansas State
Gallagher- 44-10 KSU
Kansas State will be tested early on against Mississippi State, West Virginia, and Texas within the first five games, all of whom are ranked. If the Wildcats beat WVU and Texas, along with wins against South Dakota and Baylor, the Wildcats will set the tone as Big 12 title contenders.
KSU could make some noise in the Big-12. They are my sleeper for now until further notice, but the Wildcats could go as high as a top four team in the Big-12.
Abilene Christian at Baylor
Baylor started last year with a loss to FCS Liberty. I think FCS Abilene Christian will have their full attention.
There’s something about bad teams losing to FCS team. We see this every year. It happened to Baylor last year. Not sure what direction this football program is heading, but I see no light at the end of the tunnel any time soon.
South Dakota State at Iowa State
I’m not saying Iowa State will win the Big 12 or that they are legitimate contenders, but if you want a dark horse candidate, other than Oklahoma State, Iowa State has one of the best running backs in the country and they use him a lot. Watch out of the Cyclones.
Peter- 41-3 ISU
Iowa State surprised all of us after upsetting Oklahoma last season. David Montgomery is a physical back and their defense will punch you in the mouth.
Game of the Week
No. 8 Miami vs No. 25 LSU (Dallas)
This one should be a lot of fun. I could see this one going either way, but LSU is talented and has a chip on their shoulder after barely making the preseason top 25.
The turnover battle will play a factor in this game. Get your turnover chains ready. I see this as a low scoring game. Malik Rosier, despite his inconsistencies, he gave the Canes 10 last season. But if he was smart, I will avoid throwing LSU's top cornerback Greedy Williams side the entire night.