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Big 12 Preview with Bill Connelly (8/15)

Ty and Dan talk with Bill Connelly from SBNation about the arc of Baylor football, the latest iteration of Texas’ defense, Oklahoma’s quarterback questions, Kansas State’s underrated-ness, Texas Tech’s new coach, and much more.  Plus, the strongest trivia showing to date.

Show Summary

On today’s episode of The Solid Verbal, Dan and Ty are joined by Bill Connelly from Football Study Hall to pick his brain on the Big 12.

Bill’s hits on all ten teams in the conference, dropping preseason knowledge bombs

Oklahoma: Who takes the reins at the quarterback position? Can Blake Bell transform into an every down quarterback?

Oklahoma State: This is going to be a top 15 to 20 team, but what can push Oklahoma State over the edge from bad bounces and being close, to being really good?

TCU: How much does the return of Casey Pachall improve TCU? Fall camp hasn’t been forgiving this year. Could the recent rash of injuries hold this year’s Horned Frogs team back?

Baylor: Is Baylor suffering from a bout of 2012 WVU hype in the preseason rankings? If the defense can stay out of its own way and the offense is ridiculous as predicted, could this team edge upon elite?

West Virginia: The offense will certainly regress in 2013, but all eyes have to be on the defense. Can a year’s experience and an infusion of JUCO transfers improve upon 2012’s wretched unit? How acclimated are the Mountaineers to their new conference?

Texas: If the defense progresses to the mean and the offensive line improves marginally, could Texas be your Big 12 title favorite? Texas is still Texas.

Iowa State: How feisty is Paul Rhodes’ team this year as compared to his previews squad? Bowl worthy-feistiness?

Kansas State: A Verballer emails in to challenge Bill and his concern for the Wildcats, arguing they’re consistently underrated. Bill fires back, taking particular offense to the listener’s claim Kansas State has best offensive line in the Big 12.

Kansas: How’re things going for Charlie Weis these days? Can he really rebuild the program on the backs of JUCOs and a transfer quarterback? How risky is this venture?

Texas Tech: How much different will Kliff Kingsbury’s Texas Tech offense be from Tommy Tuberville’s?

The guys then get into Bill’s book “Study Hall: College Football, Its Stats and Its Stories.” Bill discusses the book’s inspiration, a few of the chapters and the roots of his own college football fandom.

The show closes out the show with a some offseason Solid Trivial.

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