Best of the Big 12: The Oklahoman polls Big 12 football players to find out their likes and dislikes

Jake Trotter Modified: August 2, 2009 at 11:51 am •  Published: August 2, 2009

photo - From left to right: Texas Tech's uniforms were voted as the best Big 12 uniforms by players; Nebraska fans were the choice as best fans; Bob Stoops was chosen as the coach most players wanted to play for; Zac Robinson was the third choice as quarterback players would like to play with. Associated Press and Oklahoman Archive photos
From left to right: Texas Tech's uniforms were voted as the best Big 12 uniforms by players; Nebraska fans were the choice as best fans; Bob Stoops was chosen as the coach most players wanted to play for; Zac Robinson was the third choice as quarterback players would like to play with. Associated Press and Oklahoman Archive photos

IRVING, Texas — Who is going to win this season's Red River showdown between Oklahoma and Texas?

According to players from around the Big 12, the Longhorns are.

Last week, The Oklahoman polled 29 of the 38 players who attended Big 12 Media Days. At least one player from all 12 league teams was asked a series of questions about the Big 12, ranging from best and worst uniforms to who was most deserving between OU and Texas of advancing to the Big 12 Championship last year to who will win the Red River Shootout this season.

In The Oklahoman's player poll, 56 percent answered they believed Texas would defeat OU in the Cotton Bowl.

But not all went against the Sooners; 53 percent said last season OU was more deserving of going to the Big 12 Championship than Texas.

"I played against both teams last year," said one Big 12 South respondent, "and Oklahoma was the better team."

The majority of Big 12 players also voted OU's Bob Stoops as the coach they'd most like to play for.

"I like his attitude," said one Big 12 North player. "He's got that I'm-going-to-win attitude."

In the poll, players weren't allowed to vote for their own school, teammates or coach. None of the players who participated from OU and Texas was asked either of the two questions about the Red River Rivalry. Not all chose to answer every question, but of the 29, many did. To allow for candid responses, answers are being kept anonymous.



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