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2005 SCS.com College Football Preview
2005 BIG XII FOOTBALL PREVIEW
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August 19, 2005

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PROJECTED STANDINGS

TEAM BIG XII OVERALL
NORTH
Colorado 6-2 8-3
Iowa State 5-3 7-4
Missouri 4-4 7-4
Nebraska 4-4 6-5
Kansas State 2-6 5-6
Kansas 1-7 4-7
SOUTH
Texas 7-1 9-2
Oklahoma 6-2 8-3
Texas A&M 6-2 8-3
Texas Tech 4-4 7-4
Oklahoma State 3-5 6-5
Baylor 0-8 2-9

TEAM PREVIEWS

SCS.com TEXAS
Last Season: 11-1 / 7-1
Starters Returning: 7 offense, 9 defense
Projected wins: ULL, Rice, at MO, COLO, TT, at OSU, at BAY, KU
Projected losses: (none)
Toss-Ups: at OHST, OU, at TAMU
PROJECTED RECORD: 9-2 / 7-1
BOTTOM LINE: It seems as if it's said every year, but this really should be the Longhorns' year. Though Benson is gone, sixteen other starters return, including QB Vince Young. Can the South's best team win the division?

SCS.com OKLAHOMA
Last Season: 12-1 / 8-0
Starters Returning: 7 offense, 4 defense
Projected wins: TCU, Tulsa, KSU, at KU, BAY, at NEB, OSU
Projected losses: (none)
Toss-Ups: at UCLA, TX, TAMU, at TT
PROJECTED RECORD: 8-3 / 6-2
BOTTOM LINE: Jason White's eligibility finally expired, leaving RB Adrian Peterson as the leader on this year's offense. Only four starters return on the defensive side of the ball. Early road game at UCLA will tell a lot.

SCS.com TEXAS A&M
Last Season: 7-5 / 5-3
Starters Returning: 9 offense, 8 defense
Projected wins: SMU, TXST, BAY, OSU, at KSU, ISU
Projected losses: at OU
Toss-Ups: at CLEM, at COLO, at TT, TX
PROJECTED RECORD: 8-3 / 6-2
BOTTOM LINE: The Aggies are set up for a very successful 2005 season. QB Reggie McNeal is one of 17 returning starters. Road games at Clemson, Colorado, and Texas Tech will decide if this team is a national contender.

SCS.com COLORADO
Last Season: 8-5 / 4-4
Starters Returning: 7 offense, 10 defense
Projected wins: CSU, NMSU, KU, at KSU, MO, NEB
Projected losses: at Miami, at TX
Toss-Ups: at OSU, TAMU, at ISU
PROJECTED RECORD: 8-3 / 6-2
BOTTOM LINE: The Buffaloes won eight games a year ago, return one of the league's most experienced QBs in Joel Klatt, and bring back ten starters on defense. This team is not great, but it's the best in the North.

SCS.com IOWA STATE
Last Season: 7-5 / 4-4
Starters Returning: 7 offense, 8 defense
Projected wins: ILLST, at Army, BAY, KSU, at KU
Projected losses: at TAMU
Toss-Ups: Iowa, at NEB, at MO, OSU, COLO
PROJECTED RECORD: 7-4 / 5-3
BOTTOM LINE: The Cyclones returned to postseason play a season ago and with fifteen starters returning, another bowl trip is expected in '05. ISU will not overwhelm anyone, but this is a solid team at every position.

SCS.com TEXAS TECH
Last Season: 8-4 / 5-3
Starters Returning: 6 offense, 8 defense
Projected wins: FIU, SHSU, INDST, KU, KSU, at BAY
Projected losses: at TX
Toss-Ups: at NEB, TAMU, at OSU, OU
PROJECTED RECORD: 7-4 / 4-4
BOTTOM LINE: Tech will again have to replace its signal caller in 2005, but that hasn't been a problem in recent years. RB Taurean Henderson, HB Danny Amendola, and WR Jarrett Hicks will make the new QB feel at ease.

SCS.com MISSOURI
Last Season: 5-6 / 3-5
Starters Returning: 7 offense, 3 defense
Projected wins: ARKST, NM, Troy, at KU, BAY
Projected losses: TX, at COLO
Toss-Ups: OSU, ISU, NEB, at KSU
PROJECTED RECORD: 7-4 / 4-4
BOTTOM LINE: QB Brad Smith and his team have yet to live up to potential since the senior has been on campus. The squad won just five games in '04, but this year's schedule has no Texas Tech, Texas A&M, or Oklahoma.

SCS.com NEBRASKA
Last Season: 5-6 / 3-5
Starters Returning: 6 offense, 5 defense
Projected wins: Maine, WF, at BAY, at KU, KSU
Projected losses: OU, at COLO
Toss-Ups: PITT, ISU, TT, at MO
PROJECTED RECORD: 6-5 / 4-4
BOTTOM LINE: The Huskers missed out on a bowl game for the first time in (seemingly) forever, but hopes are high for second-year head coach Bill Callahan. RB Cory Ross can tote the rock, but can he carry NU bowling?

SCS.com OKLAHOMA STATE
Last Season: 7-5 / 4-4
Starters Returning: 6 offense, 8 defense
Projected wins: MONTST, at FAU, ARKST, MO, at BAY
Projected losses: at TAMU, TX, at OU
Toss-Ups: COLO, at ISU, TT
PROJECTED RECORD: 6-5 / 3-5
BOTTOM LINE: Mike Gundy steps in as the new head Cowboy and inherits a talented squad. Though the defense should be better in 2005, the strength of the Big XII South will make it difficult for OSU to make much noise.

SCS.com KANSAS STATE
Last Season: 4-7 / 2-6
Starters Returning: 5 offense, 6 defense
Projected wins: FIU, NTX, KU
Projected losses: at OU, at TT, TAMU, at ISU, at NEB
Toss-Ups: at MAR, COLO, MO
PROJECTED RECORD: 5-6 / 2-6
BOTTOM LINE: How have the Wildcats fallen so far in just two years? This squad no longer appears to be a Big XII North contender, much less a BCS contender. Six wins is possible but will not be easy for Bill Snyder's 'Cats.

SCS.com KANSAS
Last Season: 4-7 / 2-6
Starters Returning: 6 offense, 8 defense
Projected wins: FAU, APPST, LATECH
Projected losses: at TT, OU, at COLO, NEB, at TX, ISU
Toss-Ups: at KSU, MO
PROJECTED RECORD: 4-7 / 1-7
BOTTOM LINE: Coach Mark Mangino has won just one-third of his games on campus but did take the team bowling in 2003. The win total dropped back to four a year ago, however, and expect this year's tally to be similar.

SCS.com BAYLOR
Last Season: 3-8 / 1-7
Starters Returning: 6 offense, 7 defense
Projected wins: at SMU, Samford
Projected losses: at TAMU, at ISU, NEB, at OU, TT, TX, at MO, OSU
Toss-Ups: at Army
PROJECTED RECORD: 2-9 / 0-8
BOTTOM LINE: The Bears continue to bring up the rear in the Big XII. A total of 13 starters are back, and the program is slowly improving (see last year's Big XII victory), but more than three wins in '05 would be shocking.

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FIVE CAN'T MISS GAMES

October 8 Texas vs Oklahoma
November 19 Texas at Texas A&M
November 12 Texas A&M at Oklahoma
October 15 Colorado at Texas
November 12 Colorado at Iowa State

ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

OFFENSE
OL Jonathan Scott SR Texas
OL Davin Joseph SR Oklahoma
OL Justin Blalock JR Texas
OL Tony Palmer SR Missouri
OL Jeromey Clary SR Kansas State
RB Adrian Peterson SO Oklahoma
RB Taurean Henderson SR Texas Tech
WR Jarrett Hicks JR Texas Tech
WR D'Juan Woods JR Oklahoma State
TE Joe Klopfenstein SR Colorado
QB Reggie McNeal SR Texas A&M
DEFENSE
DL Dusty Dvoracek SR Oklahoma
DL Rodrique Wright SR Texas
DL Nick Leaders SR Iowa State
DL Keyunta Dawson JR Texas Tech
LB Aaron Harris SR Texas
LB Rufus Alexander JR Oklahoma
LB Nick Reid SR Kansas
DB Charles Gordon JR Kansas
DB Daniel Bullocks SR Nebraska
DB Jaxson Appel SR Texas A&M
DB Michael Huff SR Texas
SPECIAL TEAMS
K Mason Crosby JR Colorado
P Daniel Sepluveda JR Baylor
AP Willie Andrews SR Baylor

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