Big 12 Predictions

As many as 10 teams could be bowl-eligigle in the Big 12 Conference by the time it's all said and done this season, and the race is wide-open for the title. Texas is the favorite on paper, but the games aren't played on paper.

NORTH DIVISION

  1. Iowa StateCyclones have the best combination of experience, momentum, and friendly schedule in a wide-open – perhaps see that as mediocre – division race.
  2. ColoradoNobody circles the wagons like Gary Barnett, but this time the schedule could be just too much for the Buffaloes, who are looking for consistent quarterback play and a proven tailback.
  3. MissouriThis is a tough team to figure after the way they fell apart last season despite the play-making presence of Brad Smith and one of the top defenses in the Big 12 Conference.
  4. KansasLawrence might be home to the top defense in the division, so look here if you're looking for a sleeper. Although the schedule is not conducive towards a Cinderella season.
  5. Kansas StateTough to see the Wildcats returning to the top until they find some playmakers on defense and one under center, but Bill Snyder won't let them suffer another losing season.
  6. NebraskaThe new defensive coaches ruined a stout unit last season, and the new head coach ruined any chance of a bowl bid by stubbornly passing the ball. Expect more of the same.

SOUTH DIVISION

  1. TexasThis is finally the year the Longhorns overcome their nemesis in Norman, but two tough bookend road games – at Ohio State and Texas A&M – will keep them out of another Rose Bowl.
  2. OklahomaThe Sooners are young and restless, and will probably have two losses by midseason, but once they mature they won't lose again. Better get them this year.
  3. Texas TechThey don't leave Lubbock until October 8th and get Texas A&M and Oklahoma at home. Look out If another plug-n-play quarterback is found and the defense continues to develop.
  4. Texas A&M…Reggie McNeal is the best quarterback in the league, but check the schedule. The Aggies have road games at Clemson, Colorado, Kansas State, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma. Ouch.
  5. Oklahoma StateMike Gundy inherits a roster capable of a fourth straight bowl bid, provided the quarterback derby between Donovan Woods and Bobby Reid gets ironed out.
  6. BaylorIt seems like the Grant Teaff era was eons ago now. Another season of playing the bottom-feeder role. Conference USA is looking better and better every year.


ALL-BIG 12 OFFENSE

Quarterback—Reggie McNeal (Texas A&M, Sr.)

Running back—Adrian Peterson (Oklahoma, So.)

Running back—Stevie Hicks (Iowa State, Jr.)

Wide receiver—Jarrett Hicks (Texas Tech, Jr.)

Wide receiver—Travis Wilson (Oklahoma, Sr.)

Tight end—David Thomas (Texas, Sr.)

Tackle—Davin Joseph (Oklahoma, Sr.)

Guard—Corey Hilliard (Oklahoma State, Jr.)

Center—Kurt Mann (Nebraska, Jr.)

Guard—Manuel Ramirez (Texas Tech, Jr.)

Tackle—Jonathan Scott (Texas, Sr.)

ALL-BIG 12 DEFENSE

End—Larry Birdine (Oklahoma, Jr.)

Tackle—Rodrique Wright (Texas, Sr.)

Tackle—Nick Leaders (Iowa State, Sr.)

End—Kenyunta Dawson (Texas Tech, Jr.)

Linebacker—Thaddeus Washington (Colorado, Sr.)

Linebacker—Tim Dobbins (Iowa State, Sr.)

Linebacker—Aaron Harris (Texas, Sr.)

Cornerback—Charles Gordon (Kansas, Sr.)

Safety—Jaxson Appel (Texas A&M, Sr.)

Safety—Jason Simpson (Missouri, Sr.)

Cornerback—Cedric Griffin (Texas, Sr.)

ALL-BIG 12 SPECIALISTS

Punter—Daniel Sepulveda (Baylor, Sr.)

Kicker—Mason Crosby (Colorado, Jr.)

Returner—Willie Andrews (Baylor)


Offensive Player of the Year—Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma

Defensive Player of the Year—Aaron Harris, Texas

Coach of the Year—Dan McCarney, Iowa State

Offensive Newcomer of the Year—Zac Taylor, Nebraska

Defensive Newcomer of the Year—Ryan McBean, Oklahoma State


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