Another Big 12 Football season has come and gone, and now we are left to speculate what could come of the 2020 season. Here is The Voice of WV’s Way-Too-Early Big 12 Power Rankings for the 2020 season:
1. Oklahoma- Considering the Sooners have been on the tear that they have been for the past few seasons, it is near impossible to not put them at the top. Seemingly able to put any average Joe at quarterback and them end up a Heisman finalist, there is no reason to believe that Lincoln Riley will not do it again. However, replacing Jalen Hurts will be no easy task. Talented redshirt freshman Spencer Rattler is expected to take over the field general position for Riley. While he may be lacking experience, he has the pedigree to be yet another successful Big 12 gunslinger. Defensive Coordinator Alex Grinch will be going into his second season with the Sooners. If he can build on the progress that was made on the defensive side of the ball during the 2019 season (minus the LSU game), the Sooners could be looking at yet another Big 12 Championship Game berth.
3. Oklahoma State- I know what you are thinking, Texas just won their bowl game, shouldn’t they be at least in the top 3 of the Big 12? The answer is no. Us here The Voice of WV are smart enough to know Texas is not back. Nonetheless, the Cowboys should be set up for a successful 2020 season. Spencer Sanders returns after his first season in Stillwater with the experience needed to compete in the conference. Also, with WR Tylan Wallace announcing his decision to return and star RB Chubba Hubbard expected to do the same, the Cowboys could make some serious noise in the upcoming season. You can never count Mike Gundy and his mullet out.
5. West Virginia- The Mountaineers are primed to make a jump in the 2020 season. Neal Brown has now had a full season to get his system in place, and he has now found his QB in Jarret Doege. Returning most starters on all three sides of the ball could spring the Mountaineers into competing for the Big 12 sooner than expected.
6. Iowa State- Matt Campbell has decided to return to Ames, signing an extension in late December. Returning will be QB Brock Purdy to lead the Cyclones, and the defense should continue to be stout under Campbell. Another 7-5 season is likely for the Cyclones, but if they can win some games that they are not supposed to, they could yet again be a Darkhorse in the Big 12.
8. Kansas State- Head Coach Chris Klieman caught lightning in a bottle in his first season in Manhattan, knocking off Big 12 powerhouse Oklahoma. Outside of that, the Wildcats were a competitive, but up and down team. Kansas State should again be competitive in 2020, but could we finally start to see why folks of Manhattan were scared to see Bill Snyder retire for the second time?
9. Texas Tech- The Red Raiders struggled in 2019. A 4-8 record is never up to par with expectations in Lubbock, Texas. The success of the Red Raiders in 2020 will all fall on QB Alan Bowman and his health.