The beauty about the offseason is that everyone's excited. No one's played a game, the previous year is over, and for many a new beginning means great potential. Yet every year, many of those teams face the harsh realization that there season isn't going to end how they originally thought. Nearly everyone in the Big 12 has already witnessed that firsthand through just five weeks of play. It's still early for many teams, but there are some definite disappoints heading into Week 6. They can turn things around, but sometimes you've seen enough to know what a teams all about in a season.
The Big 12 (minus Oklahoma State)
There's an implosion happening in the Big 12, and they can't seem to get out of their own way. Outside of Oklahoma State. Texas and Baylor lost this weekend, leaving the Cowboys as the only undefeated team in the conference after the Longhorns lost to TCU and the Bears lost to West Virginia. Oklahoma also suffered its second consecutive loss this weekend in Ames, Iowa. The Sooners are now 1-2. Iowa State and Kansas State are the two teams that beat the Sooners, and while they sit atop the Big 12, both have losses to Sun Belt teams. West Virginia's a decent team but not championship level yet, and Texas Tech just lost two games in a row. Oh and Kansas is still Kansas even with Les Miles and are 0-3. Not a good year for the conference.
The fact that the Seminoles needed to come back against Jacksonville State this weekend says all you need to know about this team. Things aren't good in Tallahassee, and there's a lot to fix. Mike Norvell knew things were bad when he took over, but it doesn't look like they've hit the bottom yet. A 1-2 start isn't surprising, but how they got there doesn't give fans hope.
They're 1-1, but last week's loss to Georgia puts them in this category. Bo Nix appeared to be an improved passer, even teams focusing on Seth Williams. Georgia did everything they could to take Williams away, and no one could step up. The Tigers looked like a contender in the SEC in their opening win against Kentucky, but looked the opposite in the 27-6 loss.
Terry Wilson was back. The top three rushers were back. The leadership on the offensive line that's also future NFL talent was back. They had one of the most underrated secondaries in the country. And they stumbled out of the gate. A loss to Auburn was a tough pill to swallow, but they followed that with an overtime loss to Ole Miss. There was also this play during their latest loss.
With Asher O'Hara coming back, it was expected that the Blue Raiders would at least compete early on in Conference USA. Now, they're far from it. O'Hara's struggled thanks largely to questionable throws but also a lack of blocking and production the backfield. He's the leading passer and rusher for Middle Tennessee, and it seems like every other play he's running for his life. He might be a magician at times, but he can't do it this frequently. An 0-4 start is absolutely stunning, and hopefully Rick Stockstill can get his team turned around quickly.