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BIG XII might have some BIG surprises this year.

All the talk about the BIG XII has been about Jalen Hurts and Oklahoma. They could do something never done by a team in the history of college football. 3 back to back Heisman winners, and all quarterbacks. Oklahoma has a chance of making it out of the BIG XII, however, they’re going to have to beat the Texas Longhorns, who’ve improved immensely over the past year. Texas is coming off a huge upset against #5 Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, a game many thought that they shouldn’t even be in. With Freshman 5-star recruit Bru McCoy choosing Texas over USC and many returning starters including QB Sam Ehlinger, the Red River Rivalry is going to be a must-watch game and will most likely decide the BIG XII champion this year.

But besides Texas and Oklahoma, how does the rest of the BIG 12 match up against these teams?

Iowa State +1200

Matt Campell is an offensive guru and he has shown that since he took over the program in 2015. Off all the teams in the BIG 12, Iowa State has the best chance to have a run deep into the season. They’re on the brink of getting national attention and make shockwaves in the college football world. They aren’t going to just have an upset or two rather they can contend for the BIG XII.

Brock Purdy is one of the most underrated Quarterbacks in power 5 conferences and he’s only played one season thus far. He’s more accurate than both Jalen Hurts and Sam Ehlinger and has shown much promise in his game.

This offense won’t put up numbers like Oklahoma, but they are far more well balanced on both sides of the ball. They the best front-seven in the conference, led by DLs JaQuan Bailey and Ray Lima, both consensus All-Conference in the preseason as well as Marcel Spears Jr. at LB.

West Virginia +1200

The only other team that I think can shake up the BIG 12 race in a major way is the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Their offense has quite a few gems that have a relentless work ethic and can continue to provide explosive plays this year. They’re stacking in the backfield with versatile Kennedy McKoy or powerful Martell Pettaway. They also have strong sophomore Leddie Brown as well as elusive 5’9″ redshirt sophomore Alec Sinkfield.

Aside from a strong backfield, this overall offensive unit was top-10 in the country last year and will look to continue to build off last year’s success. What makes them so dangerous is their efficiency. They ranked 11th in the nation in efficiency only behind Oklahoma in the BIG XII. They have the pieces to make them the face of the BIG XII at the end of the year. Now they just have to do it.