A week from Sunday I will be heading along with radio teammate Jordan Woodruff of Triple Play Sports Radio to Dallas for the Big 12 Media Days.
The two-day event will feature the head coach and players from each team with Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy and quarterback Mason Rudolph, wide receiver James Washington, safety Jordan Sterns, and middle linebacker Chad Whitener there on Monday along with Iowa State, Kansas, TCU, and Texas Tech.
On Tuesday, Baylor (with only two players, most schools have four players), Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia will be there.
Each year the Big 12 takes a media poll for the preseason pick at where each school will finish in the conference and with the All-Big 12 team. Below are my selections and a few notes.
Big 12 Predictions
1. Oklahoma: Top to bottom the best team and after two tough nonconference games, a favorable schedule.
2. Oklahoma State: No homer pick, it's either OSU or TCU here and the Cowboys have the veteran quarterback.
3. TCU: Some explosive offensive players like Hicks and Turpin with a good cast on defense.
4. West Virginia: My surprise team as Dana Holgorsen has a veteran quarterback, good offensive line, and good defensive coordinator.
5. Baylor: I have the Bears falling to fifth, but it could get worse.
6. Texas Tech: If the Red Raiders get any defensive play at all they have the pieces on offense.
7. Texas: Sorry, not believing as Texas has a defense but could sure use a quarterback like Mahomes.
8. Kansas State: I may regret this one because Bill Snyder never finishes this low.
9. Iowa State: I like Matt Campbell and believe he will be good but this ISU team lacks speed on defense, bad recipe in the Big 12.
10. Kansas: A long way to go for the Jayhawks but I have them beating Rhode Island.
QB - Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State: Homer pick, maybe, but I think Rudolph is the best in the league.
RB - Samaje Perine, OU: I think Perine is the best in the league and one of the best in the country.
RB - Shock Linwood, Baylor: He's deserving but how many teammates will be there and motivated.
FB - Winston Dimel, Kansas State: One of the few teams that lists a fullback.
WR - James Washington, Oklahoma State: The most explosive receiver in the Big 12, also, my Offensive Player of the Year.
WR - K.D. Cannon, Baylor: The second most explosive receiver in the Big 12.
WR - Allen Lazard, Iowa State: He is legit and if Lanning has time to get him the ball he will be in position.
TE - Blake Jarwin, Oklahoma State: Not many tight ends in the conference either.
OL - Tyler Orlosky, West Virginia: The best of a good group of centers in the Big 12.
OL - Patrick Vahe, Texas: One of my two picks at offensive guard.
OL - Kyle Bosch, West Virginia: My other guard pick in the league.
OL - Kent Perkins, Texas: Big, offensive tackle for the Horns.
OL - Orlando Brown, OU: The best of the returning OL at OU, and he is 6-8, 320.
PK - Ben Grogan, Oklahoma State: Has hit two game-winning kicks and was 16-of-20 last season.
KR/PR - KaVontae Turpin, TCU: Reminds me some of Tyreek Hill when he was at OSU.
DL - Noble Nwachukwu, West Virginia: A good pass rusher.
DL - Vincent Taylor, Oklahoma State: He may be the best defensive tackle in the Big 12.
DL - Paul Boyette, Texas: Best of the two big inside techs (other is Poona Ford) for Texas.
DL - Breiden Fehoko, Texas Tech: Freshman who started coming along quickly last season for the Red Raiders.
DL - James McFarland, TCU: Veteran and talented edge player up front for the Frogs.
LB - Elijah Lee, Kansas State: He puts up monster tackle numbers.
LB - Travin Howard, TCU: Leader on the Horned Frogs defense.
LB - Jordan Burton, Oklahoma State: The Cowboys hybrid linebacker and he has turned out to be really good vs. run and pass.
DB - Ryan Reid, Baylor: There is a shortage of good experienced corners in the Big 12, I believe OSU's Ramon Richards will deserve this postseason.
DB - Jordan Thomas, OU: Did not want to vote for him after summer problems, not sure if Stoops will punish but there is a shortage.
DB - Fish Smithton, Kansas: There is not a shortage of safeties and Smithton deserves it as he is the best Jayhawk defender.
DB - Jordan Sterns, Oklahoma State: Sterns is one of the best defenders in the Big 12, very reliable.
DB - Dante Barnett, Kansas State: Another example of excellent safeties in the league.
P - Austin Seibert, OU: Does it both kick and punt for OU and is very good at both.
Newcomer of the Year: QB Kenny Hill, TCU.