SALT LAKE CITY – The Big 12 Conference is about to embark on a brand new period. An thrilling interval with 4 new groups and a defending National Championship Game participant.
A complete of 14 groups will make up the Big 12 Conference in 2023. Texas and Oklahoma are assumed to be staying within the convention, however I’m positive they’d love nothing greater than to bolt for the SEC sooner fairly than later.
Reports have indicated that the Longhorns and Sooners might be eyeing 2024 because the exit.
If that occurs, it is one last yr with Texas and Oklahoma, plus a brand new starting for 4 new members in BYU, UCF, Cincinnati, and Houston.
It’s a novel make-up of groups that can haven’t any scarcity of storylines. Especially with nationwide runner-up TCU trying to construct on its particular season, regardless of the dud of a efficiency they laid towards a far superior Georgia crew within the National Championship.
Way-Too-Early 2023 Big 12 Football Power Rankings
With the season now put to relaxation, it is simply time to show to the subsequent season. So right here is my way-too-early energy rating for Big 12 soccer in 2023.
8-5 in 2022
The Longhorns are loaded with expertise in 2023. They ought to be the crew to beat subsequent season, even with working again Bijan Robinson shifting on to the NFL. But can Steve Sarkisian lead a crew to a convention championship? Texas was inside one possession in all 5 of their losses this season, they usually performed a demanding schedule.
— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) January 5, 2023
Personnel-wise, a number of consideration will heart on the quarterback spot. Does Quinn Ewers stay the starter, or does Arch Manning roll in and take over as QB1 immediately? The storylines on the Forty Acres are limitless, however this ought to be their finest crew in over a decade.
13-2 in 2022
What occurred within the National Championship towards Georgia mustn’t take away something TCU completed in 2022. This yr, nobody in faculty soccer might hold with the Bulldogs, particularly after they’d a detailed name within the semifinals towards Ohio State.
But that is now within the rearview mirror. So what is the follow-up act from Sonny Dykes and the Hypnotoads?
— TCU Football (@TCUFootball) January 10, 2023
Much more successful. Max Duggan is off to the NFL. But the quarterback state of affairs ought to nonetheless be in good palms with the week one starter Chandler Morris returning to probably assume the QB1 spot.
The Horned Frogs have put collectively a top-20 recruiting class and are bringing again former five-star recruits into this system by the Transfer Portal.
It’s exhausting to think about TCU coming anyplace near a National Championship Game look, however they are going to be within the thick of the Big 12 Championship race subsequent season.
10-4 in 2022 *Big 12 Champion
The defending Big 12 Champions are anticipated to have their complete offensive line returning in 2023. That’s a wonderful begin for a gaggle that’s trying to repeat.
What a sense pic.twitter.com/WPDI6hJrpQ
— Ok-State Football (@OkStateFB) December 5, 2022
Running again Deuce Vaughn is off to the NFL, together with QB Adrian Martinez. But Will Howard, the quarterback who took over for an injured Martinez, is again for one last season.
Speaking of the QB place, the Wildcats herald some of the heralded prospects they’ve landed in a decade in four-star Avery Johnson. As a end result, the Wildcats will once more be within the thick of the Big 12 race.
8-5 in 2022
Year one underneath head coach Joey McGuire was an enormous success. The Red Raiders defeated each Texas and Oklahoma in the identical season. Plus, McGuire has delivered on why they employed him within the first place. The former Texas High School soccer coach has delivered a category that may be one of many quickest within the nation.
🔴 FAMILY ⚫️ pic.twitter.com/15is3azYqI
— Texas Tech Football (@TexasTechFB) December 29, 2022
Quarterback Tyler Shough is returning, which suggests the Red Raiders ought to be a stylish preseason Top 25 crew.
6-7 in 2022
From 12 wins, a Big 12 title, and a Sugar Bowl victory to a shedding season. Last yr’s preseason Big 12 champs in Baylor took an enormous step again in 2022, ending with six wins.
Head coach Dave Aranda let go of defensive coordinator Ron Roberts and introduced in Matt Powledge from Oregon.
— Baylor Football (@BUFootball) December 28, 2022
More change has come by the Transfer Portal, the place the Bears have landed some immediate impression gamers in former BYU offensive lineman Clark Barrington and Oklahoma State working again Dominic Richardson.
Depending on the schedule, it is exhausting to think about Baylor having one other shedding season once more in 2023.
6-7 in 2022
There will probably be blended opinions on Oklahoma heading into 2023. Some retailers will probably have the Sooners as a Top 25 crew as a result of they carry in one of many nation’s finest recruiting courses. Others may hesitate to place Brent Venables’ second Sooners squad within the higher crust of the Big 12. I’m within the latter camp.
“Keep your freaking head up. Square that jaw up. When you make investments so much, it hurts once you come up brief. That’s an excellent factor. Team 128, the muse’s been laid. My love for you, my respect for you, my appreciation for you does not have something to do with that scoreboard.” pic.twitter.com/uhSO3ONJXN
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) December 30, 2022
Oklahoma’s six common season wins had been the fewest in a single season for OU since John Blake was the pinnacle coach. That’s not good. Also, Oklahoma appeared undisciplined all year long, which may be the most important trigger for concern.
The excellent news is that the Sooners can have the identical starter at quarterback for the primary time since Baker Mayfield was in Norman. Dillon Gabriel introduced he’s returning to be QB1 as soon as once more.
6-7 in 2022
One of school soccer’s finest tales in 2022 is constructed for extra success in 2023. Kansas locked up head coach Lance Leipold to a contract extension, and second-team All-Big 12 QB Jalon Daniels was capable of return from an harm to complete the season .
“The requirements are increased.” 💯 pic.twitter.com/p9Xyjw4wL0
— Kansas Football (@KU_Football) December 29, 2022
The Jayhawks ought to be again within the postseason once more in 2023.
9-5 in 2022 *American Athletic Conference member
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— UCF Football (@UCF_Football) December 8, 2022
I’ve bought UCF because the highest-rated newcomer within the Big 12 convention. The pleasure of becoming a member of a Power Five league has led to many Knight personnel returning for an additional season. Highlighted by defensive standouts Jason Johnson and Ricky Barber.
Gus Malzahn and his employees have additionally performed a pleasant job within the Transfer Portal. One of the important thing additions got here on National Championship Monday, with East Carolina beginning security Jireh Wilson committing to UCF.
7-6 in 2022
What a wild season 2022 was for Oklahoma State. The Pokes bottomed out in a 48-0 loss to Big 12 Champ Kansas State, they usually by no means recovered, shedding six of their last seven video games.
— OSU Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) December 28, 2022
There are many questions surrounding this Oklahoma State crew getting into 2023. Longtime starter at quarterback Spencer Sanders is out after getting into the switch portal. Replacing Sanders is probably former Texas Tech and Michigan QB Alan Bowman.
9-4 in 2022 *American Athletic Conference member
Are Cincinnati’s finest days within the rearview mirror? We’ll see. Luke Fickell shocked everybody by leaving Cincy for Wisconsin. With Fickell off to the Big Ten, the Bearcats changed him with Scott Satterfield from Louisville.
Welcome to Cincinnati, Coach Satterfield‼️
— Cincinnati Football (@GoBearcatsFB) December 5, 2022
All new hires take time. Fickell himself arrived with little fanfare, however the response to Satterfield appears underwhelming thus far. Satterfield introduced an offensive coordinator with Big 12 expertise in Iowa State’s Tom Manning.
Still, Cincinnati has sufficient expertise and a successful observe document to compete within the Big 12. Former Florida quarterback Emory Jones is available in from Arizona State to steer the offense.
4-8 in 2022
Iowa State took a step again in its last document in 2022 with out QB Brock Purdy. But Matt Campbell’s crew nonetheless had the perfect protection within the Big 12.
— Cyclone Football (@CycloneFB) November 19, 2022
Outside of the common season finale at TCU, Iowa State was shut in each recreation they performed. But the offense allow them to down.
Campbell let go of Tom Manning as offensive coordinator and elevated run recreation coordinator Nate Scheelhaase as the brand new play caller.
8-5 in 2022 *FBS Independent
BYU loses a number of key gamers in Jaren Hall, Puka Nacua, and the offensive line. They carry Jay Hill from Weber State to exchange Ilaisa Tuiaki because the defensive coordinator, which ought to see an immediate improve.
It’s going to be a 𝐁𝐈𝐆 yr. pic.twitter.com/DErUZ9shDL
— BYU FOOTBALL (@BYUfootball) January 7, 2023
At quarterback, BYU is handing the reigns to USC/Pitt switch Kedon Slovis. If Slovis can recapture his freshman kind in 2019, the place he accomplished 71% of his passes, BYU might be an enormous shock in yr one.
8-5 in 2022 *American Athletic Conference member
Houston was a preseason favourite to go to the New Year’s Six in 2022, however that did not materialize. The Coogs struggled out of the gates, dropping video games to a pair of Texas Tech and Kansas out of their convention. In addition, the protection was an issue ending one hundred and fifth in complete protection on the yr.
— Houston Football (@UHCougarFB) December 24, 2022
Coach Dana Holgorsen has expertise navigating the Big 12 from his time at West Virginia. He will look to exchange gifted QB Clayton Tune. The subsequent Coog QB might probably be Texas Tech switch Donovan Smith.
5-7 in 2022
The most notable transfer for the Mountaineers was the shortage of a transfer. Head coach Neal Brown is staying in Morgantown after a shedding season.
— West Virginia Football (@WVUfootball) January 8, 2023
West Virginia has a brand new athletic director in Wren Baker. So the seat is not cooling down anytime quickly for Brown. A successful season will probably be wanted to carry off a change.
Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 pm) on KSL Newsradio. Follow Mitch’s protection of BYU shifting to the Big 12 Conference on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.