2017 Texas Sports Predictions

American people are crazy about their favorite sports. I have brought some interesting Texas sports predictions for this year. Some of them might sound quite logical to the people while others might be quite unusual. The predictions are originally given by famous sports commentators, and I wanted to share them with you.

The first prediction is about Texas football by Joe Harrington. According to him, the Texas football team is going to win eleven games in the year 2017. Charlie Strong had been doing the hard work. He recruited sophomores and first-year students for two seasons, and now the boys are ready for the big role. Now all Herman has to do is to use the trained boys and achieve success.

The second sports prediction is from Chris Bils. According to him, Tom Herman is not going to wait to show his tricks. He already enjoys a great impression, and his on-field performance is going to be a lot better. His first play is going to be against Maryland, and he will surely show off his tricks. He is known for mixing up things to be more offensive.

The third prediction is from Joe Harrington. According to him, Texas men’s team is not going to win the NCAA basketball title, nor are they going to make the tournament. However, they will enjoy some big victories. Their coach, Shaka Smart, is expected to show his magic in the game against St. Johns which will be held in Austin. Texas will also beat Monmouth, Wake Forest, and Utah. Later, Texas will beat Michigan to take their revenge in the national semifinals. It is expected that Texas is going to win total thirty games in the year 2017. However, they will not win against Kansas and finish second in the Big 12.

The fourth prediction is from Chris Bils about Jarret Allen. Chris predicts that Longhorns are not getting into the NCAA either. Jarret Allen might not play the last few games, but he will make a double-double in the Big 12 which would raise his draft stock. At the end of February, he is going put a 20-20 game which would be an upset for Kansas Jayhawks, and that will cost them a No. 1 seed. March is not going to be a good month for Longhorns.

The fifth prediction is also from Joe Harrington which is that Texas will play in Texas Bowl against Texas A&M in Houston. The Longhorns will be 11-1 while the Aggies will be 8-4. Against the Aggies, Texas is going to be the favorite. There is a high chance that Texas A&M will take an early lead in the game which would charge up their fans. Katy High who is a Houston native will make the touchdown run of 80-yard. Tom Herman will go for only two points because he will face a great challenge for the third one.

Who is Going to Win the Big 12 Basketball Conference?

With just a few weeks and a handful of games left before the Big XII tournament begins, it looks like Kansas will cruise to a record-tying thirteenth consecutive regular-season conference championship. 

The Jayhawks have a two-game lead over the Bears after Baylor’s loss at Texas Tech Monday night. The two play again this Saturday in Waco, but even if Baylor wins, Kansas’ four remaining games come against teams that are .500 or less in conference play. The Jayhawks have also already beaten each remaining team on its schedule.

Meanwhile, Baylor has to play two of the top teams in the conference in West Virginia and Iowa State, having lost by 21 on the road to the former and barely beaten the latter at home. Given the lead Kansas has and the disparity in the toughness of each school’s remaining schedule, it seems safe to say Kansas and Baylor will finish 1-2 in the standings.

West Virginia is technically not out of it however, only a game behind Baylor for second place. They’re only winning the race for third by a half game over Iowa State, and the remaining game between them will probably determine who finishes third and fourth in the conference as it is the final game of the season. The Mountaineers went on the road to beat the Cyclones 85-72 earlier this year.

In the middle of the standings, only a game and a half separate Texas Christian, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, and Texas Tech, and they will all likely finish somewhere between fifth and eighth in the conference with Texas and Oklahoma rounding out the ninth and tenth spots, respectively.

In the conference tournament, each team will be seeded according to its finish in the regular season conference standings, so Kansas and Baylor will be the top dogs with the greatest chance of winning the tourney. Kansas will get the winner of a play-in game between the seventh and tenth seeds, while Baylor will face off against the winner of the eighth and ninth seeds’ play-in game.

Both teams are a tier above the rest of the league and should reach the finals in Kansas City, where the Jayhawks will essentially have a huge home-court advantage, playing less than 40 miles from their campus. As the clear top team in the tourney is practically playing at home, I predict they will take home the crown.

If either Baylor or Kansas is upset however, it will likely be at the hands of West Virginia or Iowa State. West Virginia beat both Baylor and Kansas at home this season by margins of at least 16 points and lost by just four in Lawrence. Iowa State went 1-1 against the Jayhawks this year and lost by just two to Baylor in Waco.

If you want a real underdog in this tournament, Kansas State has beaten both West Virginia and Baylor this season, while playing Kansas very closely, losing both games by a combined total of just five points. After the Mountaineers, Cyclones and Wildcats however, the remaining teams really do not have enough firepower to stop Baylor’s or Kansas’ roll.

Oklahoma Expected Win Total

I’m ready for the 2016-17 college football season to begin so I figured I would run through some of my favorite teams to highlight their strengths and weaknesses.  Above is a video with some of the highlights from last season and a little bit of hype for the Sooners in 2016.

Big Game Bob Stoops is gunning for his 10th Big 12 title.  That’s an incredibly impressive run that he’s had since taking over for this team back in 1999.

It’s easy to forget that Stoops was on the hot seat entering last season.  They finished 8-5 the year before and seemed like they had been left behind TCU and Baylor when it comes to modern offenses.  Yet, the year before Stoops went 11-2 and won the Sugar Bowl over Alabama.  Oh, how fast the tide can change in Norman.

The real down spot was losing to a not-very-good Texas team 24-17.  They might have had a letdown after beating West Virginia by 20, but it was inexcusable either way.

The only other loss came in the playoff to Clemson, a very, very good team.

This year’s team should be poised for another big run.  Stoops has 10 Top-10 finishes, 9 Big 12 titles, and his team’s have compiled double digit victory totals 13 times.  The latest win totals in Vegas show the Sooners expected to get to 10 again this season.

This year’s offense won’t skip a beat.  Sure, the Sooners lose their main receiving threat in Sterling Shepard, but they still have Baker Mayfield.  Mayfield was incredible in his junior season with 3700 yards, 36 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions.  He competed 68% of his passes and made Oklahoma fans soon forget about Trevor Knight.  He was also dangerous on the ground with 608 yards and seven touchdowns.

The running game isn’t too bad either.  Samaje Perine racked up 1349 yards and 16 touchdowns on 6 yards per carry, while Joe Mixon added 753 yards and 7 scores on 6.7.  The Sooners need that running game to keep pace.  In their two losses neither running back could get going and it put too much pressure on the passing game.

Mike Stoops heads the defensive side of the ball and he did an impressive job once again.  This team is built to stop Big 12 passing attacks so isn’t real big, and that lack of size showed against good running teams at times.  However, on the whole they showed an ability to stop both the run and the pass due to their speed.  That shouldn’t change this season.

So what is the concern about the defense?  I would start with the pass rush.  Oklahoma lost their best linebacker and defensive end.  There are plenty of talented players who could replace Eric Striker and Charles Tapper, but it’s a concern.  If this defense takes a step back I don’t think it’s going to be anything other than a lack of ability to get to opposing quarterbacks.

So how does the schedule look?  Not as favorable as it could be.  Houston will be tough to open things up, they get Ohio State at home, then travel to TCU after a bye week.  Baylor and Oklahoma State are both home games, but going to West Virginia in the penultimate game could pose a challenge.  Realistically this team is going to be a touchdown favorite in all of their games, so I can’t see them not making the playoff is Mayfield stays healthy.

Iowa State’s 2016 Outlook

Will there be something special going on in Ames in 2016?  It’s not very likely as first year coach Matt Campbell’s team is only projected to win three games this season.

The problem with Iowa State is it’s in a very difficult spot.  They are in the Big 12, but they are more of a basketball school than a football one.  They are competing for talent in a small state with the Iowa Hawkeyes, and those in-state neighbors definitely have a better history of winning and fan support.

That is why it’s tough to anyone to find success and keep the momentum going.  Dan McCarney had it going for awhile back in the early 2000s.  Paul Rhoads started out with three bowls in four years but finished 8-28.

How bad of a history does this team have?  They have won more than 7 games just seven times, including just one time since 1978.  They have the lowest revenue of any team in the Big 12 and just don’t have the talent to compete with teams like Texas and Oklahoma.

Personally I was hoping Iowa State would hire Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo.  Simply because they need to zig when everyone else is zagging.  The triple options and a power based offense would differentiate them and make it difficult to prepare for.

Instead they hired Campell from Toledo.  I don’t hate the move.  He did a great job of recruiting there and had better teams than the Cyclones in five of his six years.  You would think he could get guys who were interested in the MAC interested in a Big 12 school.

The good news is that there are low expectations in Ames.  It doesn’t take a lot to impress this fan base.  You don’t have to win Big 12 titles, you just have to make Bowl games.

There are some skill players that have potential.  Joel Lanning took over at quarterback last year and three for 1,246 yards on 55.4% passing, but had ten touchdowns to just four interceptions.  He’s only a junior and could shine in this system.

Mike Warren wasn’t bad at running back.  He had 1,339 yards and five touchdowns while averaging almost six yards per carry.  Plus receivers Allen Lazard, and Jauan Wesley both caught over 30 passes last year.

The problem on offense will be the line.  The Cyclones lost nearly every starter from a year ago so it’s a huge question mark.  And by question mark I mean I’m not expecting much.  However, if there is anything Iowa State is known for it’s turning those big Iowa farm boys into blockers.

Can Jon Heacock have the same effect with the Cyclones as he did for the Rockets last year?  Toledo was one of the worst defensive teams in the nation in 2014 but rebounded to the top 25 in 2015.

He does have quite a bit of juniors and seniors to work with, but they don’t have any experience.  To me that means they couldn’t have looked that good in practice under previous leadership, but maybe they just missed something or misused their skills.

Here’s the problem though.  The schedule is brutal.  At Iowa, at TCU, Baylor, at Oklahoma State, at Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, and West Virginia.  That doesn’t look promising to rack up a few wins.  Four wins would be a success.