The 2022 college football season is in the books and the Georgia Bulldogs are back-to-back national champions. The TCU Horned Frogs ran into a buzzsaw on Monday night, as UGA pummeled them 65-7, leaving them as the national runner-up and 13-2 on the year.
Now, everyone outside of the Bulldogs is turning their eyes to next season on Tuesday morning and wondering what will become of the 2023 season, and there are Way-Too-Early Top 25 lists coming out all over the place.
247Sports released their version of the list this morning, with five Big 12 teams making the cut. Let’s take a look at what they’re prognosticating for next season’s poll.
The highest-rated Big 12 team going into next season, according to 247Sports, is the Texas Longhorns at No. 14. Texas will have a quarterback battle on its hands this spring with Arch Manning coming in and pushing Quinn Ewers, who struggled in 2022. Their defense was much improved in 2022 and has a chance to be great in 2023 if they can put it all together.
Just behind them at No. 15 is TCU, who just finished No. 2 nationally after their loss to Georgia. TCU will lose several key pieces this offseason, including QB Max Duggan, WR Quentin Johnston, and RB Kendre Miller. Replacing those guys will be difficult but their activity in the transfer portal has been promising and should help shore up some of those losses offensively.
K-State is next on the list as the Big 12 champions come in at No. 17. The Wildcats will lose Deuce Vaughn and Felix Anudike-Uzomah, but will return its top eight offensive linemen and QB Will Howard. There are some holes to fill on both sides of the ball, but K-State will be one of the teams to beat in the Big 12 race in 2023.
Coming in at No. 20 is Joey McGuire and the Texas Tech Red Raiders after an impressive 2022 season. Tyler Shough is coming back, and while Tyree Wilson is gone, the defense returns several contributors and adds one of the best recruiting classes it’s had in years. Joey McGuire was the first head coach in Texas Tech history to beat Oklahoma and Texas in the same season, and now he will look to build on that in year two.
The final Big 12 team to make the list is Oklahoma at No. 23. The Sooners went 6-7 in Brent Venables’ first season and are expected to make wholesale changes in 2023. Oklahoma is bringing in its best recruiting class in its history this season and has plenty of defensive talent coming in via the transfer portal. Dillon Gabriel returns and the Sooners’ backfield looked quite promising in the Cheez-It Bowl.