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Rhule hits reset button on Baylor image

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(TSX / STATS) -- New head coach Matt Rhule seems to be exactly what the Bears need.

During Rhule's introduction to Big 12 media in Dallas in July, he directly addressed the controversy that has surrounded Baylor for more than two years.

"We're not running from the past but rather we're learning from it," Rhule said in his Big 12 Media Days press conference. "That which we don't acknowledge we're doomed to repeat."


Gundy: Offense should be really good

(TSX / STATS) -- Oklahoma State is a somewhat fashionable pick to not only capture the Big 12 championship but advance to the College Football Playoff.

The second ambition could require the Cowboys to beat Bedlam rival Oklahoma twice, a tall order considering the Sooners are the consensus choice to repeat as Big 12 champions. The league restored its championship game, beginning this season, and will pit the top two teams to advance from the round-robin format the Big 12 has used since contracting to 10 teams in 2011.


New coach, same goals for Sooners

(TSX / STATS) -- Bob Stoops' late June retirement was unexpected.

Even Lincoln Riley, the 33-year-old prodigy tabbed to take his place, didn't know until a few days before Stoops' announcement that the longtime Oklahoma coach was even considering stepping aside without coaching another game.


Texas well-stocked for Herman's debut

(TSX / STATS) -- AUSTIN, Texas -- There's a certain hunger surrounding Texas as it begins its first season with Tom Herman as head coach, a desire fashioned by a series of losing campaigns and unmet expectations over the past three seasons.

Herman inherits a team that went 16-21 in three years under Charlie Strong, who took over for Mack Brown before the 2014 season. Texas went to just one bowl game under Strong and missed the postseason the past two years.


K-State's Snyder back after cancer scare

(TSX / STATS) -- The beginning of a second quarter-century as Kansas State head coach has arrived for Bill Snyder, and he will commemorate by kicking a habit.

He no longer drinks coffee. Gave it up. Doctor's orders. It didn't mix well with the treatments and scans the coach underwent in the offseason after he was diagnosed with throat cancer.


West Va. hopes for more magic with Grier

(TSX / STATS) -- West Virginia enjoyed a magical season in 2016, winning its first six games on the way to a 10-3 record, mixing a powerful, senior-laden team with a lot of luck and hard work.

It's going to take a lot more of those intangibles to get the Mountaineers near those levels of success this year, but thanks to the steady hand of coach Dana Holgorsen -- who can get a bit frantic at times -- and a solid overall team built with junior college and graduate transfers, it would be foolish to discard West Virginia as a second-division Big 12 Conference squad.


TCU motivated after rare losing season

(TSX / STATS) -- If college football pundits and media types are looking past TCU this season, they are doing so at their own peril.

One losing season does not a downturn make, and Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson has the tools, and now some added motivation, to make sure his team bounces back in 2017.


Red Raiders attempting to strike balance

(TSX / STATS) -- Life after Patrick Mahomes II begins in September for Texas Tech, and that's a scary prospect.

Mahomes led the Football Bowl Subdivision with 5,052 passing yards, and he tossed 41 touchdown passes in 12 games during his junior season. He declared for the NFL Draft in January and shot up the draft boards until Kansas City selected him with 10th overall pick.


Major expectations for Ohio St. in 2017

(TSX / STATS) -- COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Urban Meyer has set the bar so high at Ohio State that anything short of a Big Ten championship and a berth in the College Football Playoff is considered a disappointment.

If the pollsters and pundits are right, Ohio State fans and players won't be disappointed this season after the team finished 11-2 a year ago, losing in a CFP semifinal and to Penn State during the regular season.


Michigan, Harbaugh eye quick rebuild

(TSX / STATS) -- Michigan finds itself in rebuilding mode in Year 3 of the Jim Harbaugh era.

The Wolverines won 10 games in each of Harbaugh's first two seasons as coach and the players mainly responsible for those records are off to the NFL or out of eligibility.

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