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10. TEXAS TECH will win its first three games—and lose its next six, as calls for coach Tommy Tuberville's head reach a level that can no longer be ignored.
9. BAYLOR returns to earth. Without Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, Kendall Wright and Terrance Ganaway, the Bears win just seven games.
8. OKLAHOMA STATE returns to earth. Without Biletnikoff winner Justin Blackmon and Brandon Weeden, the Cowboys win just seven games.
7. IF HE stays injury-free despite all the hits he takes, Kansas State's do-it-all QB Collin Klein will run for more than 20 TDs again and be invited to the Heisman Trophy ceremony.
6. KLEIN WON'T stay injury-free.
5. TCU WILL start the season 7--0 and crack the nation's top 10 but lose four of its last five, as Big 12 teams catch on to Patterson's defensive scheme.
4. WEST VIRGINIA quarterback Geno Smith will pass for 4,500 yards and 30 TDs and earn Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year honors. But he'll be snubbed and won't receive a Heisman invite.
3. TEXAS WILL be really good—in 2013. The Longhorns will field one of the nation's best defenses this season, led by conference Defensive Player of the Year Alex Okafor. But with the passing game in an infant state, they're still a year away from returning to national title contention.
2. OKLAHOMA WILL win the conference title at 11--1, with its only loss coming at West Virginia, but be left out of the BCS championship game pitting LSU against USC.
1. ECHOING THE sentiments of president Hargis, the Big 12 is here to stay. In other words, this time we're buying it.