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3-Point Stance: Big 12 Stock Report, Pac-12 Star Replacements, and Coaching Feuds

3-Point Stance - Brandon Dorlus

3-Point Stance - Brandon Dorlus

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image source="featured_image" img_size="large"][vc_column_text]National Columnist Mike Farrell is here with replacement stars in the Pac-12, how the Big 12 programs are trending post-spring, and five more coaching feuds I’d love to see. Welcome to 3-Point stance!

— We continue a look at the stock report of the Power Five conferences with the Big 12. Mike's 3-Point stance:

Baylor: Up
The Bears were as big a surprise as we had in the country last season. And that was reflected in the draft, as they had six guys taken a couple of weeks ago. Dave Aranda has already proven though that he's not afraid to make tough - and sometimes controversial decisions. He named Blake Shapen the starter for the fall after spring ball, leading last year's starter Gerry Bohanon to enter the portal and eventually transfer to UCF.

Iowa State: Holding Steady
Despite losing as much talent to the draft as they ever have, Matt Campbell and Iowa State continue to show, through spring ball and on the recruiting trail, that they're in as solid a place as any program in the country. Not having Breece Hall to hand the ball off to anymore hurts, but showing recruits that they can come to Iowa State and make it as he did is way more valuable at the end of the day.

Kansas: Up
The Jayhawks still might be the worst program in the conference, but they're no longer the worst Power Five program in the country (looking at you Vanderbilt). Lance Leipold has already raised their floor so much as a program in his one season. They're not going to be in the title race any time soon but wins like the one they had at Texas last season won't become as much of an aberration.

Kansas State: Up
Chris Kleiman had some sneaky good pickups in the transfer portal for Wildcats, most notably Adrian Martinez, who fits their offense like a glove. Another season of Deuce Vaughn in the backfield means that they're a threat to beat anyone on any day.

Oklahoma: Down
You can't have a head coach leave your program for another college job for the first time since 1946 and have your stock up. Brent Venables has done a commendable job already in trying to patch a roster that ended up getting decimated by the portal. But Dillon Gabriel simply isn't Caleb Williams (or even Spencer Rattler for that matter) and there's going to be some growing pains as Venables settles into his new role as head coach.

Oklahoma State: Down
The Cowboys had a bit of an out-of-nowhere season last year that brought them to the Big 12 title game, but those days now seem long gone. Defensive coordinator Jim Knowles left for Ohio State and brought cornerback Tanner McCalister with him, and they lost team leader Malcolm Rodriguez to the NFL. Their defense is going to take a big step back.

TCU: Down
I'm still not sold on Sonny Dykes being any sort of tangible upgrade over Gary Patterson at the helm of the program. They also lost arguably their best offensive piece in Zach Evans and now have an even bigger rebuild on hand.

Texas: Up
The end of last season wasn't pretty for the Longhorns. And to be fair, they've lost a couple of players to the portal. But they've more than made up for it by bringing in Quinn Ewers. If he's the guy we all thought he was coming out of high school, the Longhorns will be back right now.

Texas Tech: Up
Joey McGuire was one of the best hires this cycle. He's going to get a lot of quality players on-campus sooner than most people think.

West Virginia: Holding Steady
The Mountaineers have had a wild offseason, losing more than 1/4 of their roster to the transfer portal. However, they managed to bring in JT Daniels and still have a couple of playmakers leftover on offense.

— The Pac-12 isn’t as talented as some other Power Five conferences but they have some major players to replace.
Mike's 3-Point stance:

Being Replaced: Kayvon Thibodeaux
Replacement: Brandon Dorlus

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Dorlus wasn't a highly regarded recruit, but reports out of Eugene are that he had a great spring and should be able to do a lot of what Thibodaux did, albeit without the same pass-rushing ability. It's nearly impossible to replace any top-10 draft pick, but Dorlus is definitely capable of putting on at least a reasonable facsimile of a Thibodeaux impression.

Being Replaced: Greg Dulcich
Replacement: Michael Ezeike

Dulcich was one of the top tight ends in the country last season and was one of Dorian Thompson-Robinson's go-to targets. Originally a four-star wide receiver coming out of high school, Ezeike offers big upside as a receiver but has struggled with the blocking necessary in Chip Kelly's up-tempo, run-first offense. Ezeike was a big recruiting win for the Bruins back in 2018 - he chose them over Michigan, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, and, most importantly to Bruins fans, USC.

Being Replaced: Devin Lloyd
Replacement: Mohamoud Diabate

A great portal addition for the Utes, Diabate has the athleticism necessary to do what Lloyd did so well for them during his career. The former top-100 recruit has the chance to be special in Kyle Whittingham's system.

Being Replaced: Jayden De Laura
Replacement: Cameron Ward

De Laura was a bit of a revelation last season for the Cougars after opening week starter Jarrett Guarantano went down with an injury, finishing the season a hair shy of 2,800 yards and held a 23 to 9 TD to INT rate. But Ward was one of the most electric players at the FCS level last year, and alongside his offensive coordinator Eric Morris, they'll put up numbers that will make Mike Leach blush.

Being Replaced: Kedon Slovis/Jaxson Dart
Replacement: Caleb Williams

Did you really think we'd overlook the biggest transfer of the entire offseason? Slovis clearly outperformed his 3-star grade coming out of high school, and Dart showed flashes of greatness last season filling in for an injured Slovis. But neither of them is on the same level as Williams.

— And on the heels of the Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher spat, here are three more head coaching feuds I want to see and why.

Jim Harbaugh and Ryan Day — Why not? The best rivalry in college football could use some spice especially after Harbaugh broke through last season and won one.

Lincoln Riley and Brent Venables — This has to happen. The two programs mean nothing to each other on the field but this is beyond personal.

Lane Kiffin and Mike Leach — Can you think of anything more entertaining? I can’t.

Thank you for checking out this week's version of Mike Farrell 3-Point Stance. Be sure to check out the other editions!

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