Here's a look at Mike Baldwin's Big 12 Preseason Power Poll:
The Sooners once again are the favorite but must navigate through a host of viable contenders.
2. WEST VIRGINIA
The Mountaineers are viewed as a legit contender their debut season but have a lot to prove.
3. OKLAHOMA STATE
The Cowboys lost two NFL first-round offensive playmakers, but there's still a lot of talent.
After back-to-back subpar years, the Longhorns have a defense capable of staying in the race.
Frogs are embracing the opportunity to play in a big-time league. But was this a down year to join?
6. KANSAS STATE
The Wildcats won a lot of close games last season and thrived on a plus-12 turnover edge.
Bears must replace last year's Heisman winner but recruiting has been solid in recent years.
8. IOWA STATE
Paul Rhoads' Cyclones are always capable of an upset in Ames but talent gap is just too wide.
9. TEXAS TECH
These aren't your Mike Leach Red Raiders. Tommy Tuberville needs to start producing.
Charlie Weis was a flop at Notre Dame and faces an even greater rebuilding job in Lawrence.