The Monahans Loboes and Greenwood Rangers are picked to finish 2nd and 3rd. Both were playoff teams last year. For the 1st time in the UIL, 4 3A teams will go to the playoffs, and Sweetwater is picked to be that team.
The Mustangs just missed the postseason last year by 1 game, and 12 positions are filled with starters from that team. Chief among the returners is quarterback Kaegan Jeffery. Jeffery threw for over 2,000 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2012. He enters the new season as Texas Football's District Preseason Offensive Most Valuable Player.
Look for Snyder to fight for one of those playoff spots with 17 starters returning. Big Spring is picked 6th.
The Brownwood Lions are the favorite to win District 8-3A in 2013. Chuck Howard takes over as head coach for Bob Shipley, who took a job on the staff with the University of Texas. Chris Keesee is the leading returner for the Lions. The quarterback was good as a junior, and Texas Football expects him to be even better this year.
Burnet finished 3rd last year, and they are expected to finish 2nd in 2013. Liberty Hill is 3rd, and 2012 district champion Gatesville picks up the 4th and final playoff berth. Llano is 5th and Lampasas is picked to finish 6th.
Wylie is the only Big Country team ranked in the Class 3A top 10. They are ranked 8th to start the year.