On Wednesday, I blogged about some of the OU highlights from Sporting News’ College Football Preview magazine. You can check those out here.
Today, I’ll dig a little deeper into the rest of what Sporting News had to say about the Big 12, particularly Oklahoma State:
*SN has Oklahoma State at fourth in the Big 12 behind OU, Baylor and Texas. OSU will get drawn into the Alamo Bowl against Arizona State and former Tulsa coach Todd Graham.
*We all know this would be a year of rebuilding for OSU, particularly on the defensive side with the loss of so many seniors from the 2013 team. SN has the Cowboys on the “declining” side, with OU on the “ascending.” But a lot falls on the newcomers. From SN:
“The Cowboys, who tied for second last year, enter 2014 without a QB derby, but the depth and quality of their recent recruiting classes will be tested in a way it hasn’t in several seasons.”
*Speedster Tyreek Hill is listed as the Best Athlete in the Big 12. Hill, the transfer from Garden City Community College (Kan.) won the Big 12 indoor title in the 200 meters and finished second in the 60 meters this spring.
*Oklahoma State junior defensive back Kevin Peterson is an All-Big 12 pick by SN – the lone Cowboy on the All-Big 12 roster. Can the junior follow in Justin Gilbert’s footsteps as the next big thing in the Cowboys defensive backfield?
*OU got the nod as the Big 12 (and national champion) by SN, but get this – Baylor is loaded individually. The Bears leads the way with six selections to the All-Big 12 team – five of which are on SN All-America teams. Receiver Antwan Goodley and linebacker Bryce Hager are on the All-America Second Team, while quarterback Bryce Petty, offensive lineman Spencer Drago and punter Spencer Roth are Third-Team selections.
*Former Oklahoma State quarterback Wes Lunt is listed as a transfer to watch at Illinois. “Wait and see how this uber-talented thrower flourishes in offensive coordinator Bill Cubit’s offense,” says SN.
*The only Big 12 player listed on SN’s All-America First Team is Tulsa native and Kansas State receiver Tyler Lockett, who enters 2014 as one of the Big 12’s most exciting players.
*SN lists TCU DE/LB Devonte Fields as the Big 12’s best NFL prospect. Fields (6-foot-4, 250 pounds) was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year as a freshman in 2012, but missed all but one game last season with a foot injury.