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Big 12 football: Players answer the tough questions

If you were Big 12 commissioner, what two schools would you replace Colorado and Nebraska with? Last week, The Oklahoman conducted its second annual Big 12 media days player poll, and they gave their answers.
By Jake Trotter, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: August 2, 2010 at 9:58 am •  Published: August 1, 2010

IRVING, Texas — If you were Big 12 commissioner, what two schools would you replace Colorado and Nebraska with?

Last week, The Oklahoman conducted its second annual Big 12 media days player poll. Last year, we polled players about the bests and worsts of the Big 12. This time, we asked players a series of questions regarding conference realignment.

TCU, garnering 27 percent of the vote, was the overwhelming selection as the school players would select to replace Colorado and Nebraska. Arkansas and Houston also received strong support.

While the league's coaches voted overwhelmingly against having a conference championship game years ago, the Big 12 players unanimously support one, even though there won't be a championship game after this season.

Of the 38 players who attended Big 12 media days, 28 participated. The six players from Colorado and Nebraska were not interviewed, and all four of Texas' players refused to take part in the poll.

To allow for candid responses, the answers are being kept anonymous.

QUESTION

If you could pick any two schools to replace Colorado and Nebraska in the Big 12, who would you pick?

ANSWERS

TCU 27%

Arkansas 11%

Houston 11%

Boise State 7%

Florida 7%

Alabama 5%

Utah 5%

Miami 4%

Notre Dame 4%

Ohio State 4%

Other receiving votes: Air Force, BYU, USC, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, UNLV, Tulsa, Rice, Cincinnati, Arizona, Memphis

QUESTION

Who were you more sorry to see leave the Big 12, Nebraska or Colorado?

ANSWERS

Nebraska 71%

Both 21%

Colorado 4%

Neither 4%

QUESTION

If you had to remove one more school from the Big 12 other than Colorado or Nebraska, who would you remove?

ANSWERS

Iowa State 41%

Baylor 27%

Missouri 9%

Texas A&M 9%

Kansas 5%

Kansas State 5%

Texas 5%

QUESTION

If the Big 12 had folded, what conference would you have tried to take your school to?

ANSWERS

SEC 54%

Pac-10 25%

Big Ten 21%

QUESTION

Are you for or against the Big 12 having a conference championship game?

ANSWERS

For 100%

Against 0%

QUESTION

Which format do you prefer, North and South divisions, or a round robin where you play every school in the league once?

ANSWERS

Round robin 54%

Divisions 46%

What will you miss most about playing Nebraska?

"I love playing there. I love their stadium." — a Big 12 South defensive player

"Playing against the best makes you the best." — a Big 12 South offensive player

"Their fans." — Three Big 12 South defensive players, and a North offensive player

"Playing over there in their stadium. It's the third biggest city in Nebraska on Saturdays. What they do is unbelievable over there." — a Big 12 North offensive player

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