Big 12 Articles

Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State Cowboys Football
Standout quarterback play and high-powered offenses are usually an annual storyline in the Big 12. And with the return of Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph, that theme should continue into 2017. Mayfield is...
Steven Lassan
3 months ago
Mason Rudolph and Justice Hill
On one side of the ball, the Oklahoma State Cowboys have plenty of pieces to contend for a Big 12 crown and spot in the College Football Playoff: a polished veteran at quarterback, possibly the best wide receiver in the country, an experienced...
Allen Kenney
3 months ago
Matt Rhule, Baylor Bears Football
Matt Rhule was only too happy to talk on a cool Central Texas morning. It was better than the alternative: unloading the U-Haul that had pulled up to his new Waco home just a couple hours earlier. It’s not like he had any help, either. His...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech Red Raiders Football
If Kliff Kingsbury needs any further reminder about exactly why the shouts for his removal became so loud last year, he need look no further than his bank statement. “We know what we signed up for, and we get paid a lot of money to do it,...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Non-conference play turned into a disaster for the Big 12 on the whole in 2016. For every step forward such as Texas’ season-opening win over Notre Dame, a giant leap backwards, such as Ohio State throttling the conference champs, popped up...
Allen Kenney
4 months ago
Tom Herman, Texas Longhorns Football
When Tom Herman took over at Houston in 2015, he found it hard at first to convince players, administrators and even fans that the way the program operated had to change — in a big way. What did he know, anyway? Here was a guy who had never...
Athlon Sports
4 months ago
Baker Mayfield
The Oklahoma Sooners are learning to live without Bob Stoops on the sidelines for the first time in nearly two decades.   In Lincoln Riley, OU’s detractors likely see a 33-year-old with zero experience as a head coach. Pro-OU...
Allen Kenney
4 months ago
Kevin Wilson, Ohio State Buckeyes Football
College football’s coordinator carousel featured a handful of big names on the move for the 2017 season. Ohio State hired former Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson to coordinate the offense, while Todd Orlando followed Tom Herman from Houston to...
Steven Lassan
4 months ago
West Virginia Mountaineers Football
Every fan has experienced it. Your team has the ball in scoring position. It’s a big moment. And before you can say, “Run the dang ball!” your quarterback is cocking back to lob the football toward the back corner of the end zone...
Athlon Sports
4 months ago
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma Sooners Football
Baker Mayfield’s 2016 season will go down as one of the most effective years by any quarterback in the Bob Stoops era at Oklahoma. His place as a Heisman finalist in New York merely underscored what was evident from an 11–2 season that...
Athlon Sports
4 months ago
Jim Harbaugh, Michigan Wolverines Football
Congratulations, WakeyLeaks. Wake Forest’s game-plan breach from a highly unlikely source — radio analyst and former assistant coach Tommy Elrod — managed to make already-paranoid college football coaches even more paranoid....
Athlon Sports
4 months ago
Dana Holgorsen
Despite being picked to finish sixth in the Big 12 by the media there is plenty of optimism surrounding West Virginia leading into the 2017 season.   Florida transfer quarterback Will Grier has been cleared to start the season coming off...
Jeremy Simon
4 months ago
Jake Bentley, South Carolina Gamecocks Football
It’s no secret quarterback play is an integral part of every college football team and its hopes of winning a national title, contending for a conference championship or simply making a bowl. And if you need any evidence, take a look at last...
Steven Lassan
4 months ago
Urban Meyer, Ohio State Buckeyes Football
In 2012, the SEC’s perceived dominance over the rest of college football was an unquestioned fact of life in the sport. Five years later, the conference with the most money, most fertile recruiting base and most passionate following looks...
Athlon Sports
4 months ago
Justin Crawford, West Virginia Football
The Big 12 features a solid collection of running backs at the top of the league, as West Virginia’s Justin Crawford, Oklahoma State’s Justice Hill, Baylor’s Terence Williams and TCU’s Kyle Hicks are back after rushing for...
Steven Lassan
4 months ago
Ed Oliver, Houston Cougars Football
Ed Oliver could’ve gone to almost any college in America, at least any college with a football program.   That’s the luxury afforded to 6'2", 277-pound blue-chip defensive tackles who are blessed with enough speed to...
Athlon Sports
4 months ago
Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State Football
Mike Gundy may not start the 2017 season as a traditional man. In fact, he may start it with an AARP card.   He is 50, or at least will be on Aug. 12. And if all of these references are forcing you to jog your memory to that fateful day...
Matt Fortuna
4 months ago
Baker Mayfield vs. Texas 2016
It has not been a dull offseason for the Big 12, highlighted by the departure of longtime Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops. In addition, more news kept coming out of Baylor. Unfortunately, it was predominantly negative.   As for the 2017...
Matt Josephs
4 months ago
Mike Gundy
Once again, Oklahoma State made it to the final game of the season in 2016 with a chance to win the Big 12. Just like the year before, the Cowboys came away with a second-place finish.   The Pokes should find themselves in contention for the...
Allen Kenney
4 months ago
Dravon Askew-Henry
A year ago, fresh faces such as Oklahoma edge rusher Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and West Virginia cornerback Rasul Douglas helped shape the Big 12 race. Other programs counted on newcomers and unknowns who ultimately didn’t have the same impact on...
Allen Kenney
4 months ago
Trying to build off of a rare 10-win season for the West Virginia Mountaineers will be no easy task. After once again losing valuable pieces of the puzzle to the NFL, Dana Holgorsen and Co. will look to put together back-to-back double-...
Jeremy Simon
4 months ago
Tom Herman
College football’s 2016-17 coaching carousel featured 21 changes and several big-time hires. Texas (Tom Herman), Minnesota (P.J. Fleck), Oregon (Willie Taggart) and Purdue (Jeff Brohm) were just a few of the biggest winners from this year...
Steven Lassan
4 months ago
Baker Mayfield
An ongoing run of futility. A legend's last year? Bad defense.   One statistic can sum up a lot about a college football team. In the Big 12 this year, a successful season for each program could hinge on one key number, be it a...
Allen Kenney
4 months ago
Boise State Football
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would...
Athlon Sports
4 months ago
Penn State Football
The Athlon Sports era began with the publication of our first SEC preview magazine in 1967, and the intervening half-century has brought so many seismic shifts to the college football landscape that we wonder if our founder, Jerry McCoin, would...
Athlon Sports
4 months ago

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