The following is a quick preview and 2016 predicted order of finish for The Big 12:

10) Kansas

Now that Kansas and David Beaty have survived the first year of the Charlie Weis departure – and a winless season – surely the Jayhawks have bottomed out? I'm not sure but there is reason for optimism. To frame my thought I needsome help from one of my favorite masters of the English language, Sir Winston Churchill.

When The Allies were celebrating their first significant win of World War II, he was asked if this proved they had turned the corner and would the war soon be over. His answer: "Now, this is not the end.

It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." Keep the faith, Kansas!

9) Iowa State

Matt Campbell arrives at Iowa State, replacing Paul Rhoads, who coached there seven years. Rhoads teams came temptingly close to winning 2009 (7-6), 2011 (6-7) and 2012 (6-7).

Campbell brings a proven winning system from his four year plus time in Toledo (35-15). Unfortunately, he arrives in Ames in the midst of a down cycle talent wise. Especially along the offensive line, where Campbell's run oriented offense starts.

8) West Virginia

The Mountaineers are going to have to rely on the offense primarily this season. They return eight starters on offense from last year's 8-5 team but only three defenders.

Getting above 500 will be a tough order in 2016.

7) Kansas State

Bill Snyder's Wildcats had a losing record (6-7) for the first time since he resumed coaching the team in 2009. Snyder is not about excuses, so I will do this one for him. Injuries to key personnel hurt the offense through the middle of the season.

The Wildcats went through a very difficult six game losing streak during this time as well.

6) Texas

Charlie Strong isinstalling a new offense. As a general rule, it takes about two to three seasons to install and recruit to a new system. And, unless you already have personnel in place to run it, your output will fall off some.

Charlie Strong is a good Football coach and will be good at Texas if the big boosters stay behind him for a couple more years.

5) Baylor

Baylor could wind up conference champs or dead last. Every one of these situations are different.

4) Texas Tech

The Red Raiders second ranked offense averaged scoring 45.1 points per game. But thedefense gave up an average of 43.6 points per game. The overall outcome was almost predictable at 7-6.

Junior QB, Pat Mahomes II, who accounted for over 5,000 yards last season is one of five offensive starters returning and that's a good place to start.

3) Oklahoma State

Returning 17 starters from last year's team that finished 10-3 and was in the run for the conference championship up till the last day.

This is a serious conference championship – and possible national –contender.

2) TCU

The Horned Frogs are going to miss Trevone Boykin and Josh Doctson offensively. They think they have the answer with Kenny Hill or Foster Sawyer, and a number of quality receivers. While the new QB and receivers get up to speed, the defense may have to do the heavy lifting. With seven returning starters that should be doable. Look for TCU to have one of its better defenses this season.

1) Oklahoma

This should be the best the Big 12 has to offer this year. Oklahoma returns 12 starters from last season's Big 12 Champion and national playoff team.

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