Fall is coming. With that, so is college football. Here at the Mecca we love our college football: the pageantry, the loyalty, annual rivalries, the heartbreak for many, and the eternal glory for one. Today we start college football previews for the teams within the “Power Five” Conferences: The ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, and SEC. We break each team down separately, looking at any major coaching changes, if any at all, and then into the real meat and potatoes, what you came to see: A close look at personnel on offense and defense, and then an outlook at each team, what you should be expecting.
Where do we start? How about with the conference that was left on the outside of the inaugural College Football Playoff, the Big 12? Fastened with two new elite programs in Baylor and TCU, while also home to college football royalty and perennial powers in Texas and Oklahoma, one would think the Big 12 would have the inside track to a playoff spot every season. Clearly not so. The lack of “twelve” teams, and therefore a conference championship game, really hurt the conference, as other programs get to face off against elite division winners the last week of the season, while Big 12 programs face off in almost meaningless regular season games. While Ohio State was beating a top-15 Wisconsin, TCU was busy taking care of Iowa State. That’s all you really need to know. The Big 12 needs to change how they go about doing their business, or else risk the chance of always being left out. The choice is theirs.
But enough about the conference itself, let’s take a look at the teams that occupy it.