Big 12 post-spring power rankings: Utah edges Kansas State for No. 1, West Virginia leads dark horse group


When quarterback Cameron Rising is in the lineup, the Utes rank among the best teams in college football, posting a 19-6 record with two conference championships. Rising’s knee will be the biggest question mark, but the Utes solidified the offense with three wide receiver transfers and two tight ends along with some quarterback depth in the form of former five-star Sam Huard. If the defense can come along, the Utes are the clear team to beat in the Big 12.2

The Wildcats narrowly trail Utah for No. 1 in the Big 12, but the 2022 conference champs will have plenty of say in the race for the crown. Chris Klieman made a risky move by letting incumbent quarterback Will Howard walk to Ohio State, but sophomore Avery Johnson ranks among the most exciting prospects in program history. Johnson combines with running backs Dylan Edwards and DJ Giddens to pace the Big 12’s most dynamic rushing offense. Klieman has built a consistent winner at Kansas State, and the Wildcats will be in the Big 12 conversation…..

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