This is the 7th edition of my Big 12 Power Rankings. The Big 12 season tips off today. I seriously cannot wait. The debate over the “best” conference in the country is often confusing to me. Are we talking about the conference with the most teams who could win it all or the conference that has the highest number of good teams or the conference with the fewest amount of weak teams? We can’t debate this if we don’t know the guidelines of the debate. Nonetheless, there is no argument to this — the conference is clearly the deepest in the country.
This week’s post is going to be a bit different than weeks past. There’s only been six games involving Big 12 teams since last Thursday’s post, and only two of them really mattered: Texas/Alabama and Northwestern/Oklahoma. So there won’t be any game clips or in-depth breakdowns of things I’ve noticed in the last week. Instead, I’m going to use each team’s space as an opportunity to be both optimistic and pessimistic about that team based on a statistic or trend I’ve noticed so far this season. This is a good way to examine a major strength and weakness of each team as we forecast how this conference season will go.
It’s a reset as we head into conference play. The order of this week’s rankings are representative of what I think the conference standings will look like once the conference season is completed in early March. I will include a projected conference record for each team in their section.
All of my previous Power Rankings posts, as well as the season previews I wrote, can be found at this link. For any newcomers, below is a blurb I wrote in my first Power Rankings post this season. (If you’ve been here before, go ahead and skip ahead to the good stuff.) The below inset is what I’ve decided is essentially my mission statement for this weekly article. Give it a read if you’re new. Continue reading