With Big 12 Media Days taking place Monday and Tuesday of this week in Dallas, the eyes of the Nation were on the Big 12. Texas A&M and Mizzou are no more and TCU and West Virginia is on board. TCU has not only been a Mid-Major power for the last decade, they have been a year in and year out a favorite to be a BCS buster, earning BCS bowl berths in 2010 and 2011 and with chances to renew old SWC rivalries with Baylor, Texas and Texas Tech, the Horned Frogs and their fans would love nothing more than a little revenge on being left out of the original Big 12. West Virginia has been at the top of the Big East since 2003 claiming stake to at least part of six of the last nine Conference Championships and attending three BCS Bowls.
The media members that cover the Big 12 conference have selected their top ten and they are as follows. 1. Oklahoma, 2. West Virginia, 3. Texas, 4. Oklahoma State, 5. TCU, 6. Kansas State, 7. Baylor. 8. Iowa State, 9. Texas Tech and 10. Kansas.
Personally, I have been trying to come up with a poll of my own. I think this conference will be the best football conference in the college football this season. Of course the SEC is a very powerful conference winning the last six BCS Championships, however during those runs it has really only been Alabama, LSU and Florida who have been consistent competitors. Auburn lucked out one year in getting Cam Newton's services for one season and Georgia has stayed competitive but really only because no one else has been. The same goes for the Big 10 with Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin and the Pac 12 with Oregon and USC and to a lesser extent Stanford but I think having the best all-around quarterback the last few years helped that. Most conferences have an idea who will be in the top three where the Big 12, well, honestly there are seven teams that have a legitimate shot at winning the conference.
Oklahoma and West Virginia are the heavy favorites due to their quarterbacks Landry Jones and Geno Smith. While Oklahoma State and Baylor have lost a several stars including Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon, Robert Griffin III and Kendall Wright, there is plenty of talent left in Stillwater and Waco to build for the future. Kansas State was last year's surprise team going 10-2, TCU hopes to show the big boys they belong now that they are in a big conference and Texas hopes they can build on the progress from 2011 along with a strong recruiting class and get back on top of the conference. And while Iowa State, Texas Tech and Kansas may not be getting much love early in the season, when the season kicks off, anything can happen!
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