Friday, June 28, 2013
Sleeper picks across the Big 12
By David Ubben
Colleague Travis Haney examined overlooked teams, players and trends across the Big 12 , identifying sleepers all over the place.
His "sleeper" Big 12 title pick: Kansas State. Haney likes Kansas State's ability to not beat itself and the favorable schedule that includes home games against Baylor, Oklahoma and TCU, even though the Wildcats have to go on the road against Oklahoma State and Texas.
I just don't see it. If I were identifying a sleeper, I'd definitely go with Baylor. It's hard for me to see a team with so much inexperience defensively being good enough to compete for a Big 12 title. I've written it countless times because it's true: You can't win a Big 12 title without a good defense. K-State's won't be horrible, but a finish in the top half of the Big 12 is difficult to see when you're replacing an entire defensive line, an irreplaceable linebacker like Arthur Brown and both cornerbacks.
Bill Snyder's done some amazing work, and it's not hard to see K-State making a run at 10 wins, but repeating as champions is a stretch.
I agree with Haney's sleeper Heisman pick: Lache Seastrunk. On a national level, he's definitely a sleeper, even though he's probably the Big 12's best chance to take home the trophy heading into the season. Seastrunk has the ability to do things nobody in the Big 12 can do and put up numbers no other player can, but he's still only been productive for about half a season. He's still got a lot to prove.