Earlier this week, ESPN revealed its preseason FPI for the 2020 college football season. The Big 12 is pretty well represented around the middle of the list, an indication that we could have a very competitive league once again.
Three teams from the Big 12 conference make the preseason Top 25. Oklahoma starts the year No. 3, with Texas and Oklahoma State each landing in the Top 25 as well. Beyond there is where things really get interesting.
Between No. 31 (Iowa State) and No. 50 (Kansas State), are five Big 12 schools. The league is often among the more competitive college football conferences in the middle, and this indicates that may be the case again.
Ultimately, things are pretty familiar here. Oklahoma is on top, Kansas is on the bottom, there are high expectations for Texas, and the rest is a jumble. Here’s the list of all 10 Big 12 teams on the list, via FPI:
3. Oklahoma Sooners
7. Texas Longhorns
17. Oklahoma State Cowboys
31. Iowa State Cyclones
32. TCU Horned Frogs
44. Baylor Bears
46. Texas Tech Red Raiders
48. West Virginia Mountaineers
50. Kansas State Wildcats
104. Kansas Jayhawks
The Longhorns’ spot here will be up for serious debate. Tom Herman’s team was a major disappointment this year, after winning the Sugar Bowl over Georgia the year before. The team around Sam Ehlinger was pretty young though, so there’s a good chance they do improve.
We have about six months until the college football season. It’ll be here sooner than you think.