By CLINT FOSTER
Go tell it on the mountain, football season is on the way!
As I wrote last Sunday, I know this to be true because – as I have done every year for as long as I can remember and usually with my grandfather – I recently made my annual pilgrimage to pick up my copy of "the Bible of Texas Football," Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine.
Even now, as the magazine sits upon my desk, this year's coverboy Art Briles stares at me – somewhat uncomfortably – reminding me that the most wonderful season of the year is a mere two months away.
Having poured through the pages more than once, I'm ready to offer my opinion on ... well, Dave's opinions. Consider this column the first of a two-part series: today I'll give my thoughts on the Big 12 season to come and next week I'll offer my thoughts on the ever-interesting Writer's Poll – which the folks at Texas Football have still inexplicably yet to ask me to participate in. What's with them, right?
As it was last year, this year's incarnation of the Big 12 looks to be as wide open as ever and should make for another very fun season. As I see it, any of the teams in the league's preseason top seven have a legitimate shot of making a run at a title. It's the kind of parity that has built reputation for the Big 12 as one of – if not the most – competitive conference in all of college football, even if the schools don't always get the same benefit of the doubt given to so many SEC schools. But that's a conversation for another day.
As they often are, Texas Football's Big 12 predictions this year are pretty fair and sensible. They have the Oklahoma Sooners winning the title, followed by Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas, TCU, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Iowa State, West Virginia and Kansas.