Combine the potential that OSU has on defense and the production that it has on offense, and the Cowboys are favorites to win the league.
Much of that is because of the Cowboys, but you can't ignore the fact that part of it is because of the competition.
OU and Texas are no longer the undisputed powerhouses of the league. Kansas State will have to replace Collin Klein. West Virginia will be replacing Geno Smith and Tavon Austin.
On and on the list goes.
TCU is the only other team besides OSU that deserves consideration for the league's top spot. The Horned Frogs have a stout defense and have welcomed back former starting quarterback Casey Pachall. He left the team last fall to seek treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, but this spring, he locked in a battle with returning starter Trevone Boykin.
Whoever gets the starting nod, TCU should have a good squad.
But better than OSU?
I don't see it.
The Cowboys have a great chance to win their second Big 12 title in three seasons. The roll call of programs that have done that is short. Oklahoma. Texas. Nebraska.
Win the Big 12 in the fall, and OSU would join an extremely elite group.
Add that to the list of reasons this offseason carries great expectations for the Cowboys. It will be a summer like no other for this program.
Things are about to get really interesting at OSU.
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