Predicting every Big 12 football team’s final 2021 record

In just over 100 days, Texas will kick off the season against Louisiana on Sept. 4. For Steve Sarkisian, the goal is simple: Get over the ‘Tom Herman only goes 8-4 or worse” hump and bring momentum into the program.

As for the rest of the Big 12, a return to normalcy is back. There will be a full nonconference slate this season, along with everyone being able to play all nine conference games. Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas all missed out on a Big 12 matchup last season due to COVID-19.

Once again, Lincoln Riley and the Oklahoma Sooners are the favorites to bring back the Big 12 crown. This season, however, there will be more than just conference championship hopes for the Sooners. Oklahoma is looking to make another College Football Playoff and not get blown out by an SEC program again. National championship buzz is palpable in Norman.

Here’s a look at a projection of every Big 12 football team’s final record for the upcoming 2021 season:

Baylor Bears (5-7)

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How It’ll Play Out

Wins: Texas State, Texas Southern, Kansas, BYU, Texas Tech Losses: Iowa State, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Texas, TCU, Oklahoma, Kansas State

Iowa State Cyclones (10-2)

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How It’ll Play Out

Wins: Northern Iowa, UNLV, Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Texas, Texas Tech, TCU Losses: Iowa, Oklahoma

Kansas Jayhawks (1-11)

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Kyron Johnson

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How It’ll Play Out

Wins: South Dakota Losses: Coastal Carolina, Baylor, Duke, Iowa State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Texas, TCU, West Virginia

Kansas State Wildcats (7-5)

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Deuce Vaughn

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How It’ll Play Out

Wins: Stanford, Southern Illinois, Nevada, Texas Tech, Kansas, West Virginia, Baylor Losses: Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Iowa State, TCU, Texas

Oklahoma Sooners (12-0)

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How It’ll Play Out

Wins: Tulane, Western Carolina, Nebraska, West Virginia, Kansas State, Texas, TCU, Kansas, Texas Tech, Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma State Losses: None

Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-3)

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How It’ll Play Out

Wins: Missouri State, Tulsa, Boise State, Kansas State, Baylor, Kansas, West Virginia, TCU, Texas Tech Losses: Texas, Iowa State, Oklahoma

TCU Horned Frogs (9-3)

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How It’ll Play Out

Wins: Duquesne, California, SMU, Texas, Texas Tech, West Virginia, Kansas State, Baylor, Kansas Losses: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Iowa State

Texas Longhorns - 9-3

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How It’ll Play Out

Wins: Louisiana, Arkansas, Rice, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, West Virginia, Kansas State Losses: TCU, Oklahoma, Iowa State

Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-8)

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How It’ll Play Out

Wins: Houston, Stephen F. Austin, FIU, Kansas Losses: Texas, West Virginia, TCU, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Baylor

West Virginia Mountaineers (6-6)

How It’ll Play Out

Wins: LIU, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Baylor, Kansas Losses: Maryland, TCU, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Texas

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