Big 12 Conference
The Sooners return six starters on offense and six on defense from a team that went 11-2 and qualified for the College Football Playoff last year.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield returns after throwing for 3,700 yards and 36 touchdowns. The Sooners may have the best backfield in all of college football with RB Samaje Perine and RB Joe Mixon. Perine led the team with 1,346 yards and 16 TDs while Mixon added 753 yards and seven scores. Oklahoma had the best defense in the pass-happy Big 12 last season and will be as good if not better in 2016.
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Most Improved: Iowa State
The hiring of new head coach Matt Campbell instantly makes the Cyclones better. Iowa State lost their last four games to finish 3-9. One of those losses was to Campbell’s former team, Toledo. The Cyclones have eight returning starters on defense. The defense wasn’t that good – they gave up nearly 33 points a game – but the unit will be experienced. Quarterback Joel Lanning fits perfectly into Campbell’s run-first, up-tempo offense. The schedule is brutal, but the Cyclones will be better in 2016.
Biggest Disappointment: Baylor
The Bears lost two of their last three games last season, including the finale to an awful Texas team. Then, the offseason saw scandal tear apart the program. Head coach Art Briles was fired, a number of players transferred, and a boatload of recruits jumped ship. New head coach Jim Grobe will bring some stability and do a great job of promoting a top-notch, ethical program.
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