While the 2012 college football season is still a ways off, you can bet that Texas football fans are eager to get things started. The Texas Longhorns and TCU Horned Frogs will both be in pursuit of the Big 12 conference title this season. We can take an early look at how one analyst views both teams' odds to capture the conference.
Will Harris at ESPN Insider has posted his preseason odds for the SEC and Big 12, among other conferences. Here's how he views the early favorites in the Big 12 conference:
Here's what Harris has to say about TCU:
The four teams ahead of the Wildcats are all clocking in at 6:1 or lower. Two of them, TCU and West Virginia, are changing leagues -- not typically a recipe for instant success. Additionally, TCU is by far the least experienced team among the contenders, while West Virginia has by far the least experienced coaching staff. Oklahoma is comfortable wearing the favorite's mantle and could certainly wind up as a national contender, but at barely better than even money we're just not interested in a team with this much offseason turmoil, attrition and staff turnover.
And his take on Texas:
has Texas back on track, thanks largely to two excellent coordinator hires, and this Longhorns defense should be the conference's best. Still, the team is in just the second year of new schemes and lacks the experience and leadership on the offensive side of the ball to fulfill the coaches' vision of the Horns' new offensive identity just yet.
There will certainly be no shortage of intrigue in the fall as these two colleges try to make a run for the title.