Apr 1, 2012; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns tight end M.J. McFarland (88) runs the ball after a reception during the first half of the spring game at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE
The college football season isn't here yet, but we have an early look at the odds. Here's how things look to shape up heading into the 2012 Big 12 season.
The 2012 college football season keeps getting closer and the speculation about how the Texas Longhorns will perform continues to heat up. One analyst figures that, as of the preseason state of the team, the Longhorns have the best shot at challenging the Oklahoma Sooners for the Big 12 title.
Will Harris at ESPN Insider has posted his preseason odds for the SEC and Big 12, among other conferences. Here is how the favorites for the conference shape up, as he sees it.
Here's what Harris has to say about the Longhorns heading into the season:
has Texas back on track, thanks largely to two excellent coordinator hires, and this Longhorns defense should be the conference's best. Still, the team is in just the second year of new schemes and lacks the experience and leadership on the offensive side of the ball to fulfill the coaches' vision of the Horns' new offensive identity just yet.
Texas fans likely can't wait to see whether their team will live up to expectations -- or perhaps exceed them.