Brad Powers, the lead college football analyst for Pregame.com (this is a sports betting website, which as of this writing is still illegal to bet on games outside the state of Nevada, although I think that may change with the Supreme Court decision coming up). In any event, Vegas has the projected win totals out for the Big 12:
Big 12 Season Win Totals out at BetDSI
Oklahoma St 8.5
West Virginia 7
Kansas St 7
Iowa St 6
Texas Tech 5.5
— Brad Powers (@BradPowers7) May 5, 2018
Lots of folks have predicted a 6 win season for Texas Tech and this is really in line with a lot of preseason predictions. As far as surprises are concerned, I’d be surprised if Oklahoma State can win 9 games given that they are replacing so much on offense and I’m almost equally surprised at the prediction of just 7 wins for West Virginia given how much they have returning on offense. I think (I haven’t started my preseason looks at each team) WVU lost a lot on defense, mainly transfers I think.
But as far as Texas Tech is concerned, I think this is the general thought, that this team is right on the edge of being good enough to get bowl eligible.