TCU or Baylor? That’s the big question at the top of the Big 12 in 2015. The Bears and Horned Frogs shared the conference crown last season, with Baylor claiming the head-to-head victory in a 61-58 shootout in early October.
The debate between Baylor and TCU continued this offseason, and the Big 12 player rankings reflect the balance of power in the conference. In Athlon’s expert poll, the Bears and Horned Frogs claimed four of the top six spots.
With the season right around the corner, Athlon Sports sought to answer this question: Who are the best 15 players in the Big 12 for 2015?
In order to rank the top 15 players in the Big 12 for 2015, Athlon Sports sought the insight of several experts from the conference. The voting process was simple. Using criteria such as career performance so far, 2015 potential/projection, pro outlook, recruiting ranking, value to team or overall talent, each voter was asked to rank their top 15 players for 2015.
A point system was assigned, giving 15 points for a player with a No. 1 vote, 14 points for a No. 2 vote, 13 points for a No. 3 vote and so on.
Ranking the Big 12's Best Players for 2015 (Experts Poll)
Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU(18 first-place votes)
Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor(1 first-place vote)
Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma(1 first-place vote)
Spencer Drango, OT, Baylor(1 first-place vote)
Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor(1 first-place vote)
Eric Striker, LB, Oklahoma
Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
Le'Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech
Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
Pete Robertson, DE, Texas Tech
Shock Linwood, RB, Baylor
Zack Sanchez, CB, Oklahoma
Kevin Peterson, CB, Oklahoma State
Dante Barnett, S, Kansas State
Nick Kwiatkoski, LB, West Virginia
KD Cannon, WR, Baylor
Cody Whitehair, OT, Kansas State
Davion Pierson, DT, TCU
Joey Hunt, C, TCU
Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
Daryl Worley, CB, West Virginia
Seth Russell, QB, Baylor
Aaron Green, RB, TCU
Tyler Orlosky, C, West Virginia
Danzel McDaniel, CB, Kansas State
Wendell Smallwood, RB, West Virginia
Ryan Simmons, LB, Oklahoma State
Derrick Kindred, S, TCU
DeAndre Washington, RB, Texas Tech
Sam Richardson, QB, Iowa State
* TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin ranked No. 1 or No. 2 on all 22 ballots.
* Baylor led all teams with seven selections. TCU ranked second with six picks, while West Virginia was third with five players receiving votes.
* Kansas and Texas were the only teams to not have a player receive a vote in the expert poll.
* The top 10 players receiving votes were split evenly among the offense (five) and defense (five).