Big 12 football power rankings after spring portal closes: Did Buffaloes get better?

Coach Prime and his family have talked a big game out all offseason in Boulder, but where do the Buffs realistically stack up in the new-look Big 12? It might not be as high as Sanders and Colorado fans hope.
Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Shedeur Sanders (2)
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Kansas State Wildcats. . . . 463. . 1. Head Coach: Chris Klieman. Last Year: 9-4 Pop-Tarts Bowl W.

Key losses: Will Howard, Cooper Beebe Key additions: Dylan Edwards, Easton Kilty

Kansas State suffered one of the biggest transfer portal departures of this offseason and Chris Klieman didn’t bat an eye. Will Howard is off to Ohio State where he’ll likely be contending for a national championship, but the Wildcats are getting an upgrade at the quarterback position. 

Avery Johnson is one of the most exciting players in college football. As a true freshman, he started for Kansas State in the Pop-Tarts Bowl and while he only completed 14 of his 31 passes for 178 yards, he threw for two touchdowns and ran for another along with 71 yards on seven carries. 

Johnson is a dynamic playmaker and in the spring portal window, K-State grabbed Dylan Edwards from Colorado to create one of the fastest backfields in the entire country. Kansas State should be considered the favorite to win the Big 12.

National analyst says Sanders's handling off cut players was "inhumane". dark. Next. National analyst says Sanders's handling off cut players was "inhumane"