Texas or Oklahoma State? Oklahoma State or Texas?

That was the question in my mind when I was thinking about my pre-season top 16. I didn’t really see room for more than two teams from the Big 12, which is fifth in my mind among the Power Five conferences.

A lot of people are assuming that Tom Herman is going to wave his magic wand and restore the Longhorns to glory. It’s the most anticipated coaching debut in Austin since. . . Charlie Strong. (True fact: I expected Strong to shine in the Lone Star state.)

We’ll see about Herman, who is an outstanding prospect after accomplishing so much at Houston. I expect him to do well. But it wouldn’t surprise me if the Longhorns endured a period of adjustment this fall.

Meanwhile, Mike Gundy will have another high-flying offense in Stillwater, thanks to the return of quarterback Mason Rudolph, who pondered passing on his senior season and heading to the NFL. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.