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What if Big 12 College Football Teams Had an All-Star Game?

Baker Mayfield

Baker Mayfield

Major League Baseball’s 2016 All-Star Game is slated for Tuesday night at Petco Park in San Diego. While the Midsummer Classic won’t satisfy the hunger for football at this point in the summer, the All-Star Game got the staff at Athlon Sports thinking about potential all-star matchups at the college football level. What if each Power 5 league had an all-star game during the offseason or just after the year ended? The idea isn’t likely to come to fruition, but it is an interesting concept to ponder.

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How would a potential Big 12 All-Star Game this break down for 2016? In order to draft teams, the league was divided into two groups. The first team featured selections from TCU, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Iowa State and Texas. The second team featured selections from Oklahoma, Kansas, Kansas State, Baylor and West Virginia. Athlon Sports’ Lance Dozier drafted a team for the first team, while Steven Lassan drafted a team comprised of the best players from the second team.

Which team has the advantage? 

Big 12 Team 1 All-Stars 

(Players from TCU, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Iowa State and Texas)

Offense

QB Patrick Mahomes II, Texas Tech

RB Mike Warren, Iowa State

RB D’Onta Foreman, Texas

WR Allen Lazard, Iowa State

WR James Washington, Oklahoma State

WR KaVontae Turpin, TCU

C Michael Wilson, Oklahoma State

OL Patrick Vahe, Texas

OL Connor Williams, Texas

OL Baylen Brown, Texas Tech

OL Jake Campos, Iowa State

AP Justin Stockton, Texas Tech

Defense

DL Josh Carraway, TCU

DL James McFarland, TCU

DL Vincent Taylor, Oklahoma State

DL Demond Tucker, Iowa State

LB Malik Jefferson, Texas

LB Jordan Burton, Oklahoma State

LB Travin Howard, TCU

CB Davante Davis, Texas

CB Brian Peavy, Iowa State

S Jordan Sterns, Oklahoma State

S Denzel Johnson, TCU

Special Teams

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K Clayton Hatfield, Texas Tech

P Zach Sinor, Oklahoma State

RS KaVontae Turpin, TCU

Team 1 Analysis: Big bodies and speed are the two things that make up the offense. Mahomes is one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the country, while Warren and Foreman headline the running back group with a thunder and lightning approach. A similar style is at wide receiver with Lazard and Washington having the sure hands, while Turpin has the ability to take the top off the defense. Three lineman hail from the state of Texas and Malik Jefferson - the face of Charlie Strong's rebuilding effort in Austin - will lead the defense. Hatfield and Co. make up the rest of the squad in the special teams department. - Lance Dozier

Big 12 Team 2 All-Stars 

(Players from Oklahoma, Kansas, Kansas State, Baylor and West Virginia)

Offense

QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma

RB Samaje Perine, Oklahoma

RB Shock Linwood, Baylor

WR KD Cannon, Baylor

WR Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma

WR Shelton Gibson, West Virginia

AP Joe Mixon, Oklahoma

C Tyler Orlosky, West Virginia

OL Kyle Fuller, Baylor

OL Orlando Brown, Oklahoma

OL Dalton Risner, Kansas State

OL Kyle Bosch, West Virginia

Defense

DL Charles Walker, Oklahoma

DL Will Geary, Kansas State

DL Noble Nwachukwu, West Virginia
DL Jordan Willis, Kansas State
LB Elijah Lee, Kansas State

LB Jordan Evans, Oklahoma

LB Taylor Young, Baylor

CB Jordan Thomas, Oklahoma

CB Duke Shelley, Kansas State

S Dante Barnett, Kansas State

S Steven Parker, Oklahoma

Special Teams

K Matthew McCrane, Kansas State

P Austin Seibert, Oklahoma

RS Joe Mixon, Oklahoma

Team 2 Analysis: Scoring points shouldn’t be a problem for the Team 2 All-Stars. Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and fellow Sooner Samaje Perine (RB) lead the way on offense, and there’s a sturdy line in place with two of the Big 12’s top linemen – Kyle Fuller and Tyler Orlosky – anchoring the trenches. Overall, the defense is in good shape. End Charles Walker is the top player up front, but the Kansas State duo of Will Geary and Jordan Willis is quietly effective. Elijah Lee is the headliner at linebacker, with lockdown cover man Jordan Thomas leading the way in the secondary. Of the 26 selections on Team 2, 11 come from Oklahoma. – Steven Lassan