Ranking the Big 12 Coaches

10. Joey Mcguire Texas Tech- A Texas high school legend in the high school ranks, Coach Mcguire spent 14 years as the head coach at Cedar Hill going 141-42 with seven district titles. Mcguire then got the call from then Baylor coach Matt Rhule to come help recruit the state of Texas. He was beloved at Baylor and was in the running for the head job before going to LSU’s Dave Aranda. It will be interesting to see a brand new coach put his stamp on the college ranks for the first time. I expect Mcguire to move up the list this season.

9. Brent Venebles Oklahoma- Another new head coach in the big 12 and I expect just like Joey Mcguire that coach Venebles moves up the list fast. Coach Venebles comes from Clemson as a Defensive Coordinator, so I expect OU to be a very defensive minded team. With the surprise exit of the 2 qbs he will have to rely on transfer former UCF QB Dillion Gabriel. Venebles will give complete control to new OC Jeff Lebby who took Ole Miss Offense to new heights last year, as i said before i expect the coach to move up pretty quickly on this list. 

8. Neal Brown West Virginia- Neal Brown enters his 4th season for the mountaineers and I think this is a season where he needs to show progress. Brown is 17-18 at the helm in Morgantown. Coach Brown will get help right away with Georgia transfer JT Daniels expects to start for the team right away which is a huge upgrade. I think West Virginia could be the 5th best team in the Big 12 next season and definitely could pull off some upsets. 

7. Lance Leipold Kansas- Coach Leipold will be in his 2nd season with Kansas but in all honesty will be his first real season with the jayhawks after taking the job with Les Miles being fired late in the off season. I saw some good things from Kansas last year and Leipold is the man to atleast make Kansas competitive. Coach will have an exciting play maker Jalon Daniels back who actually played really well. Had his best game on the road last year in a shocking upset in Austin. I like coach Leipold a lot and believe he is the right man for this job.

6. Chirs Klieman Kansas State- Klieman in his 4th year in the little apple has a record of 20-16 and I believe is about to make some noise in the Big 12 this year. He gets Nebraska transfer QB Adrian Martienez who will be a dangerous duo with all Big 12 back Deuce Vaughn. I thought this was a homerun hire for K-State and think this will be his breakout year. 

5. Sonny Dykes TCU- Entering his 1st year at TCU coach Dykes has been around the coaching world as a head man, first at Cal and most recently some success at SMU. I like this hire for the Horned Frogs and actually think he fits pretty well at TCU. I do think this will be a learning curve for the coach as I don’t expect big things year one for the frogs.

4. Steve Sarkisian Texas- With by far the most talent on a roster on paper in the Big 12 coach Sarkisian will have to have a big year in year number 2. Finishing a disappointing 5-7 and a brutal loss to Kansas at home, Texas fans will expect nothing short of at least an appearance in the Big 12 title game. Transfer Quinn Ewars is expected to be the starter will help the horns and so does having the best back in the conference and the best wideout makes the longhorns a real threat on offense. I expect Texas to finish in at least the top 3 this year.

3. Matt Cambell Iowa State- Matt Cambell in Ames is 42-34 in 7 years and with his best team ever assembled last year really disappointed fans, Iowa State was even picked to make the CFP in a few minds and really underachieved from a talented team. Brock Purdy is gone going as Mr. Irrelevant in the NFL draft and Brecce Hall going to the draft , ISU has some holes to fill and might be coach campbells most difficult coaching jobs yet. A 6’3 235 lefty will take over as QB this year in Hunter Dekkers. He has shown some stuff last year only playing just a little bit but being the full time guy all season is a different season. This could be a rough season for the Cyclones.

2. Dave Aranda Baylor- Defending Big 12 coach of the year and Big 12 champions coach Aranda begins his 3rd season in Waco and is looking for a repeat of last year. Aranda took a 2 win team in his first season to the best record ever seen in Baylor history at 12 wins. The Bears return both OL and DL which will come up huge with Blake Shapen being named the starter. This could be another special year for the bears and Aranda.

1. Mike Gundy Oklahoma State- By far the most tenure in the Big 12, Mike Gundy enters his 18th season in Stillwater. The Cowboys had a great season last year and really just one play away from making the college football playoffs against Baylor in an epic conclusion to the Big 12 Championship game. Spencer Sanders does come back but there will be holes to fill on both sides of the ball including DC leaving.

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