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Big 12 2012 Second-Half Predictions and Midseason Review

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 9 months ago
The first half of the Big 12 season is in the books. It’s been a strong first seven weeks for the conference, as four teams are ranked in the Associated Press poll and only one team is out of bowl contention (Kansas). The Big 12 still has a legitimate national title contender, along with two players who could get into the Heisman mix (Geno Smith and Collin Klein). It’s still a wide-open battle...

Big 12 Week 7 Preview and Predictions

By David Fox, 1 year 9 months ago
Once a kingmaker in the Big 12, Texas-Oklahoma this week almost seems to be an undercard for other matchups in the league in the coming weeks. While the Red River Rivalry is the top game in the Big 12 this week, Kansas State-West Virginia next week may do more to determine the conference champion. In Dallas on Saturday, one team will remain in the Big 12 race while the loser will endure its...

Big 12 Post-Week 6 Power Rankings

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 9 months ago
Thanks to Saturday's 48-45 win in Austin, it's clear West Virginia is ready to challenge for a national title. The Mountaineers are in the thick of the BCS title discussion, while quarterback Geno Smith is the frontrunner to win the Heisman Trophy. Not far behind West Virginia is Kansas State, who easily beat Kansas in Week 6. Oklahoma rebounded from losing to the Wildcats with a key road win...

Big 12 Week 6 Preview and Predictions

By David Fox, 1 year 9 months ago
The Big 12 title race is going to be a track meet, so it seems. A week after two games involving West Virginia, Baylor, Texas and Oklahoma State combined for 210 total points, the league’s best offense (West Virginia) faces what most thought would be the league’s best defense (Texas). The Longhorns will try to score a victory for defense this week, but that’s going to be a tall order...

College Football's Top 15 Freshmen After Week 5

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 9 months ago
With the halfway point of the 2012 college football season approaching, it's time to take a look at some of the top freshmen performers so far this season. For the purpose of this article, Athlon included true and redshirt freshman, with an emphasis on the offensive and defensive performers. Quarterbacks grabbed three of the top five spots, as UCLA's Brett Hundley barely edges Texas A&M's...

Big 12 Post-Week 5 Power Rankings

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 9 months ago
Week 5 provided plenty of excitement in the Big 12. West Virginia and Baylor met for a 70-63 shootout in Morgantown, while Texas and Oklahoma State matched up for a thriller in Stillwater. The Longhorns rank as Athlon's No. 1 team, but the top three aren't separated by much.  Post-Week 5 Big 12 Power Rankings 1. Texas (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) Last Week: 1 Week 5 Result: Beat Oklahoma...

Big 12 Week 5 Preview and Predictions

By David Fox, 1 year 10 months ago
With only four games involving Big 12 teams, this is a light week in the schedule. But what the Big 12 lacks in quantity, it may make up for it in early signpost games for conference contenders. A week after Kansas State’s upset of Oklahoma in Norman reset the picture at the top of the conference, teams like Texas, West Virginia, Oklahoma State and Baylor will have key games setting the...

Big 12 Post-Week 4 Power Rankings

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 10 months ago
Week 4 provided a few surprises in Big 12 play. Kansas State shocked Oklahoma in Norman, allowing the Wildcats to jump from No. 5 in Athlon's power rankings to No. 2. Kansas State is one of the least flashy teams in the nation but always finds a way to win. Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Texas and Iowa State had a bye week, while West Virginia knocked off Maryland and TCU beat Virginia....

Big 12 Week 4 Preview and Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 10 months ago
Non-conference play highlights the majority of the college football action this Saturday in the Big 12. Two teams take on opponents from the ACC (Virginia vs. TCU and Maryland vs. West Virginia), while Kansas travels to Northern Illinois and Baylor takes on Louisiana-Monroe. The biggest game of the Week 4 slate in the Big 12 is Oklahoma hosting Kansas State. Other Week 4 Previews and...

Big 12 Post-Week 3 Power Rankings

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 10 months ago
Week 3 featured a pedestrian slate of games in the Big 12. TCU-Kansas was the only conference game, while Texas easily handled Ole Miss on the road and Texas Tech, Iowa State and Oklahoma State cruised to victories. The Horned Frogs were victorious in their first Big 12 game, but the Jayhawks showed signs of progress in defeat. Big 12 Post-Week 3 Offensive Player of the Year Standings 1....