Oklahoma finds itself in a familiar place this offseason, sitting among the nation's top teams in ESPN Insider's post-spring Top 25 projections. The rest of the conference features some surprises. Brian Fremeau breaks down the four Big 12 teams in the Top 25 on ESPN Insider. Here is a sample of his thoughts on each team:
Oklahoma is the Big 12’s highest projected team at No. 5. The Sooners are considered the favorite to win the conference in the projection.
“Timing is everything in the college football playoff push, and the road trip to Lubbock to face Texas Tech one week after Oklahoma faces Baylor may pose the biggest threat to an undefeated campaign.”
Oklahoma State is the next highest Big 12 squad with the Cowboys projected at No. 14.
“This team, more than any other in the Top 25, may have the most precarious outlook for 2014.”
Bill Snyder's Kansas State squad sits at No. 17.
“The individual offensive and defensive projections are particularly high on Kansas State in the model, but the Wildcats have been one of the most projection-defying teams we have tracked over the years.”
Baylor is the biggest surprise in the projections with the defending Big 12 champions sitting at No. 19.
“Baylor is getting more attention in preseason polls than the FEI projections are willing to give.”