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Final power rankings for each head coach

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The 2022 college football season is over for everyone except Georgia and Texas Christian. They will meet in Los Angeles on Monday, January 9 to find out who is the best team in 2022.

TCU could become the first Big 12 team to win the title since the Texas Longhorns accomplished that feat in 2005. It’s a daunting task, asking a team to beat the Bulldogs who have only lost once. in their last 29 games.

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Back to the task at hand, I present my final power rankings for each Big 12 head coach. These rankings are purely based on what happened over the course of the season and taking into account where they were expected to finish in the Big 12 pre-season poll.

We start at the top with a freshman head coach looking to make Lone Star State history.

1

Sonny Dykes, Texas Christian Horned Frogs

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Record: 13-1 (9-0)

For TCU to go 5-7 in the college football playoffs is nothing short of miraculous. Despite a few close calls along the way, the former Texas Tech assistant was able to secure the first Big 12 semifinal victory after Oklahoma went 0-3. Dykes was able to strike while the iron was hot and in less than a week he can win the conference’s first national championship since 2005. He only needs to beat a team that has gone 28- 1 in the past two seasons.

2

Chris Kleiman, Kansas State Wildcats

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Record: 10-4 (7-2)

Kansas State is a team that is usually in the middle of the pack in the Big 12, but this year they managed to win the conference championship. Sure, the losses to Texas and TCU hurt, but they were able to get into title play with a little help. Despite winning his first conference title since arriving at the North Dakota State powerhouse, Klieman missed out on the top spot due to the impressive TCU.

3

Joey McGuire, Texas Tech Red Raiders

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Record: 8-5 (5-4)

McGuire and the Red Raiders were one of the biggest surprises in the Big 12. Texas Tech finished with a conference winning record for the first time since Mike Leach was on the sidelines more than a decade ago. Not to mention, the team was able to win with three different quarterbacks under center due to injuries. Not bad for a first-time FBS head coach who was picked to finish No. 9 in the Big 12.

4

Steve Sarkisian, Texas Longhorns

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Record: 8-5 (6-3)

The Texas Longhorns finished about where they expected in 2022. The preseason poll had them at No. 4 and the Longhorns were close to a Big 12 title spot for the first time since 2019. another year with Quinn Ewers under center with another top-five recruiting class and it looks like the burnt orange is near.

5

Lance Leipold, Kansas Jayhawks

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Record: 6-7 (3-6)

The overall record wasn’t impressive for Kansas, but their 5-0 start to the season was. The Jayhawks were chosen to finish dead last in the conference, but they rose to 19th in the polls before the loss to the TCU faltered them. Getting to a bowling game, however, was a win for a program that hadn’t seen the playoffs since 2008. Leipold could be bracing for KU to turn the corner.

6

Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State Cowboys

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Record: 7-6 (4-5)

Last season, Mike Gundy and the Pokes played half the game for the Big 12 title and even beat Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. However, a year later, Oklahoma State looked like a shell of itself. The loss of their top assistant to Ohio State was one cause. They have lost five of their last six games, including the bowl game, to finish 7-6 on aggregate.

7

Dave Aranda, Baylor Bear

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Record: 6-7 (4-5)

Coming out of the Big 12 Championship, many felt that Dave Aranda and the Bears had a good chance of repeating. It didn’t follow their path as they hesitated on the stretch. After the win over Oklahoma, Baylor was close to earning a ticket to the Big 12 title game. Four straight losses (including the bowl game) sent the Bears on a downward spiral. The No. 1 team in the preseason poll has some soul-searching to do this offseason.

8

Brent Venables, Oklahoma Sooners

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Record: 6-7 (3-6)

After Lincoln Riley rejected the Oklahoma Sooners, they turned to a household name in Brent Venables. After leaving Norman, he helped lead the Clemson Tigers defense. These teams have won two national championships. However, last season Venable’s defenses were anything but expected. Oklahoma allowed the third-most points in the Big 12 and the second-most yards. Not to mention that Oklahoma was expected to finish second according to the preseason poll.

9

Neal Brown, West Virginia Mountaineers

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Record: 5-7 (3-6)

The Mountaineers added former five-star quarterback JT Daniels in the offseason, but it didn’t matter much. Nothing seemed to be going well for WVU, which was expected to finish No. 8 in the preseason media poll. They ended up in 8th place with a 3-6 conference record, tied with Oklahoma and Kansas.

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Matt Campbell, Iowa State Cyclones

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Record: 4-8 (1-8)

Someone was supposed to finish last and that’s Matt Campbell. After losing their best offensive weapons to Brock Purdy and Breece Hall, we knew it would be tougher for Campbell and the Cyclones. They played more like Kansas than we expected from Iowa State. At least, the Kansas of the past. Campbell’s team was expected to finish in the middle of the pack based on the conference’s preseason poll, but they trailed dead last with just one Big 12 victory in 2022.

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