Baylor's current rise to national prominence is not the first by a program in the Big 12. Here are notable rags-to-riches stories:
MIRACLE ON THE BRAZOS
Pinnacle: 1974 Southwest Conference championship.
Architect: Grant Teaff, in his third season.
Precursor: Baylor was 1-9 in 1973, had won just 12 games the previous seven years, had not had a winning season in a decade and hadn't won a SWC title since 1924.
Aftermath: The golden age of Baylor football. Teaff coached 21 years total, making another Cotton Bowl trip in 1980 and going 128-105-6.
School: Kansas State.
Pinnacle: 1998 national title run. Upset loss to Texas A&M in Big 12 title game kept Wildcats from championship game against Tennessee.
Architect: Bill Snyder, in his 10th KSU season.
Precursor: K-State was the acclaimed nation's worst program, with just two winning seasons between 1954 and Snyder's arrival in 1989., and only four winning seasons between 1936 and 1989. Snyder got KSU to nine wins by 1994; the ‘Cats were 37-9 in the four years before '98.
Aftermath: K-State remained relevant. KSU won 11 games in 1999, 2002 and 2003. It won Big 12 titles in 2003 and 2012.
Pinnacle: 12-1 season in 2007, an Orange Bowl victory and the No. 7 national ranking.
Architect: Mark Mangino.
Precursor: KU had just one winning season the previous 11 years. In the previous 55 years, KU had reached eight wins only four times. 2007 remains the only season in which the Jayhawks have had a winning record in Big 12 play.
Aftermath: KU went 8-5 in 2008 but slipped to 5-7 in 2009, and Mangino was fired. In the four years since then, KU is 13-43.
School: Oklahoma State
Pinnacle: 12-1 season in 2011, the Big 12 championship, a Fiesta Bowl victory and the No. 3 national ranking.
Architect: Mike Gundy
Precursor: OSU had only a tri-conference championship to its credit since joining the Big Eight in 1960. The Cowboys had just one winning season between 1988 and 2002. Gundy's first season, 2005, resulted in a 4-7 record. But OSU improved to 7-6, 7-6, 9-4, 9-4 and 11-2 in the following years.
Aftermath: OSU slipped to 8-5 in 2012 but is 7-1 and in Big 12 title contention this season.