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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