For many March means brackets and upsets, and it leads into a cheesy Jim Nantz line in early April. However around the CFFInsider.com compound March means projections, as in statistical projections for the upcoming season. After all, we're only seven months away from the fun and frivolity that is another collegiate football campaign. And a three week vacation was plenty of time away from college football analysis; just don't tell this to my wife.
Now is the time when we complete our INITIAL (I repeat INITIAL) projections for the 2011 season. While it may appear ludicrous to complete projections prior to spring drills, doing so does provide a baseline that we can adjust or leave alone once position battles begin to shake out.
While we're not ready to release our complete set of projections (that will come a little later), we can discuss and issue or two that may pose a problem or an opportunity for the fantasy drafter. And because it's a conference that has become home to so many collegiate stars of late, we'll kick things off in the Big 12.
Please note we've included both Colorado and Nebraska in this group, even though these two programs have decided to head west and east respectively.
Big 12 Projections: A Few Quick Thoughts
Divvying up Jay Finley's yards was more difficult than first anticipated. I've been a fan of Jarred Salubi from the get-go, but I'm not sure he's ready to carry the load.
Uncertainties abound: New coach, new conference, possibly a new signal caller. However the one constant remains Rodney Stewart. Another big year is on the horizon.
Offensive production hinges entirely on the quarterback choice: Steele Jantz or Jerome Tiller? And we'll be watching DeVondrick Nealy closely this spring.
Brock Berglund...come on down.
A fascinating team to project. Love what Bryce Brown and Chris Harper may be able to do.
James Franklin's ability to tuck it and run brings a whole different dimension to the offense. This year's version won't look like the past few seasons.
Like Colorado, so many uncertainties. New offensive coordinator, new schedule and maybe even a new quarterback. Is Rex Burkhead the one sure thing in Lincoln?
DeMarco's carries aren't as cut and dried as you might think. The RB battle in Norman may be one of the fiercest in the nation.
Did we really give Hubert Anyiam that many yards and receptions? Justin Blackmon's owners will not be happy.
Will the starting quarterback please step forward? Uhhh...not so fast Mr. Gilbert. We're seeing split snaps in Austin, with a familiar name in Austin making a move.
Draft Cyrus Gray.
More rushing yards available...but too many running backs. Damn you Tuberville!