The Big 12 released its media predictions today and, not surprisingly, the Texas Christian Horned Frogs are heavy favorites to win the conference. John Taylor of NBC Sports’ College Football Talk reported the prediction.
This will be the first year that Big 12 football has a conference champion, as controversy was stirred last season when TCU and the Baylor Bears were named co-champions despite TCU having a better overall record, but their sole loss coming at the hands of Baylor. TCU being the favorite this year, to be honest, is not surprising at all.
Not only does head coach Gary Patterson have a key returning player and Heisman Trophy candidate in senior quarterback Trevone Boykin, but also senior running back Aaron Green and senior receiver Josh Doctson.
Baylor, on the other hand, lost a key player in quarterback Bryce Petty, who was drafted by the New York Jets in the fourth round of this year’s NFL Draft. He has a talented successor in junior Seth Russell, a former three-star recruit out of Garland, Texas, and there is every indication that Russell can assume the starting job under center after throwing for 1,231 yards and 11 touchdowns across his first two years, plus 332 rush yards for five scores.
But that doesn’t take away from TCU’s experience, which is key in college football. Thus, while Baylor is sure to give them a run for their money, the Big 12 title is the Horned Frogs’ to lose in 2015.
TCU opens the season on the road against Minnesota on September 3.
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