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2014 Baylor Opponent Previews

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Mustangs are boring, thrilling

SMU has been basically the same team for most of the last five years, and despite some key players/coaches leaving, should be pretty similar again in 2014. Does June Jones have a big run in him at some point?

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Buffalo rebuilds, again

Jeff Quinn's fifth Buffalo squad returns 12 starters, including the quarterback, from the program's second eight-win FBS team. But the Bulls lose almost all of their star power as well, and only a cake-soft schedule gives them a shot at another bowl.

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What now for Kansas?

Charlie Weis sacrificed long-term stability for short-term gains by signing a JUCO-heavy recruiting class in 2013 ... and Kansas didn't improve at all. Can a new offensive identity bring hope to a program at its most hopeless state?

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TCU close to high caliber again

Tight losses and sketchy quarterback play have held TCU back since the Frogs' move to the Big 12. Can a new QB, new offensive co-coordinators, and yet another fantastic defense change the narrative?

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Texas in 2014? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

From defensive toughness to offensive identity to quarterback health, Charlie Strong's first Texas team has plenty of questions to answer. And depending on the answers, a middle-heavy schedule could be conducive to a gaudy record in either direction.

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All eyes on the Sooners

Oklahoma was both lucky and good at the end of 2013. The Sooners have the easiest conference schedule of any Big 12 contender, but can they prove that last year's holes have been plugged enough to reach the College Football Playoff?

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Can West Virginia stop sliding?

West Virginia has lost 14 of 20 games and, in terms of advanced stats, has regressed for five of the last six years. Dana Holgorsen has the X-and-O prowess, but will his 2014 Mountaineers have enough pure talent to stop the slide?

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Iowa State looks for a rebound

Iowa State's offense might have more upside now than at any time in recent history, but it probably won't get much help from a young, rebuilt defense. ISU isn't hopeless, but the Cyclones are probably in for another down year in 2014.

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Texas Tech is dreaming big again

The last time we saw Texas Tech, the Red Raiders were delivering one of the best performances of the bowl season. Was that a sign of a bigger, better 2014 campaign? Probably not, but it's hard not to dream big with Kliff Kingsbury leading the way.

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Oklahoma State: The next generation

Mike Gundy has a lot of key pieces to replace and faces a rough schedule away from home. So 2014 might shape up a lot like 2012 for OSU, in which the Cowboys take their lumps, play at a high level, and break through in an odd-numbered year.

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Kansas State: permanent dark horse

Kansas State returns quite a few difference makers from a 2013 squad that played at a legitimate top-20 level after September. Does that make the Wildcats a Big 12 dark horse, or simply an outright contender?