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Sporting News Big 12 predictions: Conference picks, sleepers, big games and Heisman hopefuls for 2018

Sporting News Big 12 predictions: Conference picks, sleepers, big games and Heisman hopefuls for 2018

Texas coach Tom Herman will try to challenge Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley for Big 12 supremacy.

The more things change, the more the Big 12 Conference stays the same.

Oklahoma owns three consecutive Big 12 titles and the league’s only two College Football Playoff appearances. And despite last year’s retirement of iconic coach Bob Stoops — and this year’s graduation of the Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield — the Sooners are prohibitive favorites to win again.

In his first year replacing Stoops, Lincoln Riley took OU to within a whisker of the national title game, and things (i.e., recruiting) have only gotten better. Until someone else (West Virginia?) steps up and takes it, the Big 12 still belongs to Oklahoma.

Sporting News makes its predictions for the Big 12 in 2018. We have the league’s Heisman hopefuls, biggest games, X-factors, sleepers and a conference champion.

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John Hoover

Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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