Way-Too-Early Big 12 Power Rankings for 2023

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We are a little less than seven months away from the beginning of the 2023 College Football season. The Big 12 Conference will be undergoing a considerably significant change with the addition of four schools – BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF. The league will remain at 14 teams until Texas and Oklahoma depart for the SEC, meaning that every team will be lacking four conference opponents on their schedule.

The 2023 campaign is shaping up to be an exciting one for the Big 12 as fans across social media are beginning to argue why their team should be seen as among the best in the league. We are no stranger to having an opinion on the matter, either.

Clark Johnson, VOM’s Senior Football Writer, has composed his Way-Too-Early 2023 Big 12 Power Rankings. It is not the right list, it is only his list.


1. Texas

2. Kansas State

3. TCU 

4. Texas Tech 

5. Baylor 

6. Oklahoma

7. UCF 

8. Oklahoma State 

9. West Virginia 

10. Kansas 

11. BYU 

12. Iowa State

13. Cincinnati

14. Houston

Overall thoughts on the rankings:

-UCF is the only newcomer featured in the top half of the league. Gus Malzahn will not be intimidated by the Big 12.

-Texas is at number one simply because of Qwinn Ewers at quarterback. His presence elevates the Longhorns, making them easily the toughest out for every school in 2023.

-I have WVU higher than many other outlets. The talent is there for the Mountaineers, but coaching will be a massive question mark. Can Neal Brown finally get things turned around?

-BYU is my dark horse. The Cougars are always solid under Kalani Sitake.

-Houston will be in for a rude awakening in 2023. The wheels are about to come completely off for Dana Holgorsen and I’m all here for it.

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Clark Johnson
Clark Johnson is a Football Columnist for The Voice of West Virginia. He is a student at Concord University and is majoring in History with a minor in Political Science. He became a Mountaineer fan at 9-years old and has not missed a WVU football game since 2008. He is honored to bring new perspective and fresh content to the best fanbase in the nation!