Big 12 mailbag: Oklahoma State's Big 12 title chances, Texas and OU QB battles


In today's Big 12 Twitter mailbag, we discuss Oklahoma State's Big 12 title chances, Texas' spring game, West Virginia's outlook and the new "Star Wars" trailer.

On to the 'bag:

Trotter: They'll both get first-team snaps, though I assume Swoopes will get more given he's still ahead of Jerrod Heard on the internal depth chart -- even if Charlie Strong can't remember his first name (it's Tyrone, by the way). I'm very curious to see Heard, though. He's the X factor. The upside is there. A big spring game performance would give him a bunch of confidence and momentum heading into the fall.

Trotter: I get the sense Todd Mays is going to hold a role similar to the one Tyreek Hill did last year, and that includes manning returns. David Glidden (punts) and Brandon Sheperd (kickoffs) also have experience in the return game. The Cowboys aren't going to be nearly as explosive as they were on returns. But they'll be fine.

Trotter: I think it's a long shot. Hansen had an encouraging spring game, completing all five of his pass attempts. But Trevor Knight, Cody Thomas and Baker Mayfield all have significant starting experience; Hansen does not. That said, should the starter (Mayfield?) struggle at, say, Tennessee in Week 2, the Sooners could give Hansen a strong look before Big 12 play. Just because he hasn't started yet doesn't mean he can't play. The OU QB battle could definitely linger into the season, which would enhance Hansen's positioning.

Trotter: If he did, he'd probably take the Wildcats to the Final Four with a walk-on point guard.

Trotter: I usually do a story over the summer examining who has the most returning offensive line experience factoring cumulative career starts. But without delving into the numbers, Baylor, TCU and Texas Tech seem to have the most experience up front returning in the league. They seem to have the most talent, too, with Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Kansas State just behind.

Trotter: West Virginia has the No. 1 secondary in the Big 12 going into the season. Karl Joseph is a Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year candidate. Sophomore Dravon Henry and junior Daryl Worley started as true freshmen. But after the Mountaineers, Oklahoma State is right there with any secondary in the league. Jordan Sterns is a budding star at safety. And the Cowboys boast four cornerbacks with starting experience in Kevin Peterson, Ashton Lampkin, Ramon Richards and Indiana transfer Michael Hunter. Oklahoma State should be feisty defending the pass.

Trotter: I've never been a big Star Wars fan, so the trailer didn't do much for me since I really had no idea what was going on. But I'm excited about the return of the franchise. I'm thinking maybe I should go rent the original three films and binge-watch them to see if it takes.

Trotter: With the right breaks I could see West Virginia getting to eight, maybe even nine wins. But it's not going to be easy. The defense should be better. But there's a ton of production that needs to be replaced on the offensive side. Given how recruiting has gone, Dana Holgorsen has the Mountaineers headed back in the right direction. But they are still a year or two away from seemingly being serious conference title contenders.

Trotter: This year, the schedule could catapult Oklahoma State into the conference title discussion. The Cowboys get TCU, Baylor and Oklahoma all at home in the month of November. If they can handle business on the road earlier in the schedule, they could have a legitimate chance at the league crown.

Trotter: This question was asked a couple of weeks ago. I love you, Baylor and TCU fans. But let's tap the brakes. The Red River game is one of the five most storied rivalries in college football history. The Revivalry carried national title implications one year. The Red River game has been doing that for the better part of seven decades.