Big 12 football is roughly 24 hours away, so we need to make some predictions for the season, and the bolder, the better. We have the best from the #LGGgoBold hashtag along with some predictions from the staff. (I have no idea what Cameron is on, but I’m now considering drug testing.)
We’ll do this every week, so be sure to tweet your predictions for next week using the hashtag, and it just might make it to the blog!
Mike Gundy’s mullet will be to his shoulders by late-November
What started out a bad haircut at Big 12 media days has turned into a media circus all its own. Gundy has had fun with it, and embraced it with the team. Although, I’m not sure he’s thought this through. We’re entering the season and he’s still partying like it’s 1999 in back. As the team start winning, and the schedule sets up nicely to win early, I’m not sure the guys in the locker room are going to let him cut it. Plus, we all need two things in our lives: Gundy with a mullet standing on the sideline with his jacket tucked into his pants, and Gundy with a mullet dancing in the locker room.
A Big 12 player finishes in the top 2 of the Heisman Trophy race.
With big time playmakers returning under center across the conference, the Big 12 is in prime position to make a run at the Heisman Trophy. Baker Mayfield will remain in the conversation as long as Oklahoma is an elite team. Patrick Mahomes at Texas Tech will no doubt continue putting up absurd numbers and winning games seemingly single-handedly for the Red Raiders. But nobody is talking about Seth Russell at Baylor. Russell was spectacular for the Bears in the 7 games before his neck injury last season, throwing for 2,104 yards and 29 TD’s to only 6 INT’s. Throw Mason Rudolph, Kenny Hill, two more quarterbacks at legitimate conference contenders, and OU running back Samaje Perine, and the Big 12 looks to have a great shot at landing a man or two in New York City when it’s all said and done.
Bill Snyder will win his 200th game.
He currently sits at 193 wins all time, and he’ll get the seven wins needed to reach 200. It might take a bowl game, but he’ll get them. Not that bold, but I want to throw my stick in the sand on that one.
TCU loses three games this year and at least two teams finish ahead of them in the Big 12.
TCU has been a very trendy pick to win the Big 12 and make the College Football Playoff. I understand that they probably have the best defense in the conference, a very favorable schedule and are deeper at receiver than they’ve been in a while. However, losing Boykin, Doctson, Listenbee, Green and four starting offensive lineman is going to prove more difficult to replace than people expect. We’ve seen what Kenny Hill’s ceiling looks like, but we’ve also seen the floor. I think he struggles in a league where success is largely dictated by quarterback play.
Iowa State will win 10 games.
Iowa State is going to be good. If they can avoid the injury bug and the offensive line develops, they’re going to win 10 games. The defense is returning mostly starters, and this will be the best Iowa State team maybe we’ve ever seen.
No Big 12 teams in the CFB Playoff
Sorry Big 12 fans, but this one’s gonna hurt. There are at least five fan bases in Big 12 country that are getting their hopes up of a perfect season where everything breaks right and they crash the playoffs. And, at least 2 of those fan bases aren’t completely delusional. Sadly though, none of them will be celebrating come December. (Except for, you know, the holidays. But, you know what I meant.)
Here’s a quick breakdown: Florida State or Clemson are almost a lock to take up one of the four spots. The SEC is destined to send at least one team too, much like their fans are destined for obesity. That leaves 2 spots at best for the Big 12 champ, Pac 12 champ, and whoever comes out cleanest from the Big 10. “Clean” is a relative term when it comes to Ohio State and Michigan, naturally. That’s assuming the SEC doesn’t sneak in two teams and trigger Oklahoma State fans’ PTSD.
Even if Kenny Hill turns into Boykin 2: Electric Frogaloo, or Jim Grobe is an Art Briles avatar, or Gundy’s Mullet has Sampson like powers, those teams could still be left out if other conference champs finish strong. So, are you confident OU is running the table? Because if not, there’s nothing to play for this year.
The Best From #LGGgoBOLD
Not sure how bold this is…
— Josiah Meints (@jophime) September 1, 2016
I actually like this, I see it happening. I could also be very, very wrong.
— Nick Brown (@nickhorsebrown) September 1, 2016
Oh, hi Matt!
— Matt Turney (@turneym77) August 24, 2016
Liquor stores in Oklahoma just can’t catch a break right now.
— SoonerDad,Cowboyfan (@OUdadOSUfan) August 24, 2016