The preseason magazines and pundits like to rank the Big 12 QBs 1-12, and I was tempted to do the same, but I'm not sure how useful that is in helping to understand individual situations, different system requirements, providing context to productivity and statistics, or assessing the role of supporting casts. Is ISU's Kyle Kempt better than Sam Ehlinger? Is KSU's dual-headed QB combo better than TCU's Shawn Robinson? Does anyone know how good Kyler Murray really is and can we tease his numbers out from his supporting cast? So I've broken up the Big 12 QB situations into four groupings that will offer a more holistic view.
The Big 12 preseason All-Big 12 media teams are out and I wanted to share my thoughts on them. It's my belief that the media tends towards a little bit of groupthink and may not always evaluate the factors that led to the prior year's performance that typically inform preseason picks. I think this year is also fairly challenging at some positions as there isn't clear differentiation.
With a full year done and over, we can now evaluate Tom Herman’s strategy for getting Texas back to where they need to be. Let’s set aside the non-conference slate for a moment. Herman drew the ideal slate in his first pre-conference schedule with a “firm enough” challenge from Maryland that of course went disastrously wrong, a tune-up against San Jose State, and then a true test of mettle against a fellow blueblood power in USC. That kind of schedule will be beneficial to Texas if/when they’re “back” to being a national contender.
MORGANTOWN, WV -- Texas entered Saturday’s game at No. 24 West Virginia winless in 2017 against ranked opponents. Stopping WVU quarterback Will Grier was a tough task, but Texas had its own difference maker on the offensive side of the ball in junior Connor Williams, back for the first time since USC. Texas rushed for more than 230 yards behind an invigorated offensive line and held the potent Mountaineer offense in check after WVU quarterback Will Grier’s injury to earn bowl eligibility in a 28-14 win.