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Sporting News takes an early look at what the Big 12 Conference will look like in 2018

Sporting News takes an early look at what the Big 12 Conference will look like in 2018

Four times, college football has staged a playoff. And twice, Oklahoma was invited. The Sooners’ trophy case now includes 11 Big 12 Conference titles (one shared) in 18 seasons, including each of the last three.

No other Big 12 team has made the playoff yet. Baylor and TCU came close in 2014, but the only other team to get close to consideration was two-loss Oklahoma in 2016.

While the Sooners have clearly been the class of the league, the Big 12 may be primed for a change at the top in 2018. West Virginia might have what it takes to topple the Sooners this year. Many think Texas is back, though the Longhorns need to prove it on the field first first. Others will pretend as well. They all face a stark reality: The Sooners could easily four-peat.

Click here to read the Sporting News’ early take at what the Big 12 may look like in 2018.

 

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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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