This should be the country's most terrifying offense. Lache Seastrunk was the obvious choice for the Big 12 preseason player of the year and he has a full season to work his magic with arguably the league's best lineman, Cyril Richardson. Quarterback Bryce Petty has all sorts of toys to play with in his first season starting, including receiver Tevin Reese, tight end Jordan Najvar and running back Glasco Martin.
6. Kansas State
True, the Wildcats had the most all-league selections, but two were the punt and kick returners. It's impossible to ignore the quality and quantity lost to graduation - 11 starters, more than all but three other teams in the country. Coach Bill Snyder is a wizard, but he might have to be this season, especially when it comes to picking a running or a throwing quarterback to follow.
7. Texas Tech
The Air Raid offense can click in the first season and that's what Coach Kliff Kingsbury hopes to pull off with Michael Brewer at quarterback, Eric Ward at wide receiver, Jace Amaro at inside receiver and a pretty good set of running backs. The defense returns seven starters and will attack more and see good numbers from defensive end Kerry Hyder.
8. West Virginia
The Mountaineers have holes on offense, but feel like the biggest part is identifying replacements and letting the players and the plays handle the rest. The defense will need its junior college players to make it to campus to fix a big problem with the pass rush, and while the secondary has basically all the same players, they're better for being through the Big 12 once before.
This could be the Big 12's most surprising offense. BYU transfer Jake Heaps is a massive upgrade at quarterback and the receivers will improve with transfers who are now eligible. The Jayhawks also have three good running backs, including Tony Pierson, who they want to use in a Tavon Austin role. Kansas was more competitive in 2012 than the 1-11 record suggests and should win some close games in 2013.
10. Iowa State
The bottom three or four teams could rotate, but the Cyclones might be debuting, or at worst tinkering with, a new Pistol offense. There are good tight ends and running backs, but not many explosive players, which are a necessity in the Big 12. Linebackers Jake Knott and A.J. Klein, the identities of the defense, and by extension the team, the past three years are both gone.
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.