The last two weeks we analyzed and ranked the individual position units in the Big 12 heading into the spring, measuring them based on performance, potential and quality depth.
Below is a snapshot recap of how each position group of every Big 12 team was ranked. This is not how we rank the teams in a power poll (you can see our way-too-early post-signing day Big 12 power rankings here), but rather a glimpse of where each team might be strong and weak relative to the other teams in the league.
These rankings could change after the spring. But this is how we see them for the moment:
TCU: Are the Frogs underrated? These position rankings suggest so. But TCU contending for the Big 12 title hinges on whether quarterback Kenny Hill improves off an uneven first season in Fort Worth.
QBs: 4th; RBs: 2nd; WRs: 2nd; OL: 3rd; DL: 7th; LBs: 1st; DBs: 2nd; STs: 3rd
Average rank: 3.0
KANSAS STATE: The Wildcats have a couple of holes, particularly at linebacker. But this could also be one of the strongest overall squads that Bill Snyder has fielded since un-retiring.
QBs: 3rd; RBs: 6th; WRs: 5th; OL: 2nd; DL: 2nd; LBs: 8th; DBs: 1st; STs: 1st
Average rank: 3.5
OKLAHOMA STATE: The Cowboys might have questions defensively and along the offensive line. But Oklahoma State is absolutely loaded at the offensive skill positions.
QBs: 2nd; RBs: 4th; WRs: 1st; OL: 7th; DL: 3rd; LBs: 4th; DBs: 6th; STs: 2nd
Average rank: 3.63
OKLAHOMA: Inexperience at running back and receiver killed the average ranking for our early Big 12 favorite. But the Sooners have brought in plenty of skill talent, albeit untested, to surround quarterback Baker Mayfield.
QBs: 1st; RBs: 8th; WRs: 8th; OL: 1st; DL: 4th; LBs: 2nd; DBs: 3rd; STs: 7th
Average rank: 4.25
TEXAS: The Longhorns are brimming over with depth at every level defensively. But can new coach Tom Herman translate that talent into production after Texas' awful defensive showing in 2016?
QBs: 5th; RBs: 5th; WRs: 6th; OL: 4th; DL: 1st; LBs: 3rd; DBs: 4th; STs: 6th
Average rank: 4.25
QBs: 6th; RBs: 1st; WRs: 9th; OL: 5th; DL: 8th; LBs: 5th; DBs: 5th; STs: 8th
Average rank: 5.88
QBs: 7th; RBs: 3rd; WRs: 10th; OL: 6th; DL: 6th; LBs: 6th; DBs: 8th; STs: 5th
Average rank: 6.38
IOWA STATE: Led by wide receiver Allen Lazard, the Cyclones will be explosive offensively. But they'll need more from their defense in Matt Campbell's second season.
QBs: 9th; RBs: 7th; WRs: 4th; OL: 10th; DL: 9th; LBs: 9th; DBs: 7th; STs: 4th
Average rank: 7.38
TEXAS TECH: Other than receiver, Tech failed to rank in the top half of the league in any position group.
QBs: 8th; RBs: 9th; WRs: 3rd; OL: 9th; DL: 10th; LBs: 7th; DBs: 9th; STs: 9th
Average rank: 8.0
KANSAS: Though they still have plenty of work ahead, the Jayhawks fared better here than they did in these position rankings last year. David Beaty has Kansas trending in the right direction.
QBs: 10th; RBs: 10th; WRs: 7th; OL: 8th; DL: 5th; LBs: 10th; DBs: 10th; STs: 10th
Average rank: 8.75