Having top 25 polls now is obviously ridiculous, but it's the off-season so here it is.
A couple of funny quips:
2012 record: 10-3
With four offensive linemen and their top two rushers (Damien Williams and Brennan Clay) returning, the Sooners should have little trouble moving the ball. Blake Bell will have to transition from Belldozer to Bellthrower, but he certainly appears capable. The defense is a bit of a mystery. The Sooners lose most of their defensive line, but given that group's performance last season, that might be a good thing. Safety Tony Jefferson entered the NFL draft, but cornerback Aaron Colvin returns.
Why this ranking could be too low: If Bell emerges as a star and some of the former four- and five-star recruits blossom on defense, the Sooners could be back among the nation's elite.
Why this ranking could be too high: The Big 12 as a whole is tough to project. TCU and Baylor could be major factors, and eventually Texas is going to put it all together.
2012 record: 9-4
I know I have a section below for such things, but I'll come right out and say it: I'm probably vastly underrating the Longhorns. Given the amount of quality players they return on offense and defense, they should compete for the Big 12 title and maybe even the national title. But I need to see it on the field. Since 2010, the Longhorns simply haven't lived up to their preseason billing. Until they prove differently, this is still the group that lost to TCU at home, got smoked by Oklahoma in Dallas and played porous defense against the run. The record will need to reflect the talent for the ranking to rise.
Why this ranking could be too low: A three-headed monster at tailback. A defense that has to get better after a bad year that seems like an anomaly. Why do I get the feeling Texas fans will be e-mailing me links to this column when their team cracks the top five?
Why this ranking could be too high: Because games aren't played on paper. Sometimes they're played in Dallas during the Texas State Fair.