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Big 12 football survey: Players weigh in on conference's best QB, best and worst uniforms and more

A few days ago at Big 12 Football Media Days in Dallas, The Oklahoman surveyed 29 players, polling them on a variety of subjects. Here are some of their answers.
by Berry Tramel Published: July 27, 2013

/articleid/3866787/1/pictures/2169708">Photo - CELEBRATION: Oklahoma State celebrates a Charlie Moore (17) touchdown during a college football game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Texas Christian University (TCU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
CELEBRATION: Oklahoma State celebrates a Charlie Moore (17) touchdown during a college football game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Texas Christian University (TCU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

“KU. I don't like playing at KU, because by halftime all the fans are flying out of the stadium. It's a tough place to play.” — KSU player

“Baylor. Getting to their locker room, it was like downhill, then you've got to go up this huge hill. But when you walk through, right up under their stadium, it's like cages that led down where the fans walk. That's not a good place to walk in the middle of. It's just not. You can just feel the animosity when you're just walking through there.” — OSU player

“All the stadiums are pretty interesting. The one I didn't maybe like as much, I'd say West Virginia, just because it didn't look like a lot of other stadiums.” — KSU player

“I'd say TCU's because they've got a grass field. When you run in it, you can't really feel your feet because it's so thick.” — Tech player

“Iowa State. They've got a grass field with a mound on it. It feels like you're out playing in a corn field. It's not one of the sexiest stadiums you can play in.” — KSU player

BIG 12's BEST UNIFORMS

OSU: 10 1/3

TCU: 6 1/2

No answer: 6

Baylor: 3 1/2

Texas: 1 1/3

West Virginia: 1

OU: 1/3

“Oklahoma State has a lot of diversity, they can change things up. As far as classic uniforms, Texas and Oklahoma stay true to their uniforms, like K-State does. Same scheme. Same look. Very traditional.” — KSU player

“TCU. Even if they don't have more combinations, their uniforms are more unique. They're not traditional.” — OSU player

“Oklahoma State. I like the variety. I like the gray helmets, too.” — Kansas player

“Texas. It's classic.” — KSU player

BIG 12's WORST UNIFORMS

No answer: 6

Texas: 4 1/2

Iowa State: 4

Kansas State: 4

OU: 3 1/2

Kansas: 3

Baylor: 1

OSU: 1

West Virginia: 1

Texas Tech: 1

Quotable

“Baylor. It's just an ugly green.” — TCU player

“UT, just because they're just basic, the same thing week in and week out. Not much.” — Baylor player

“Iowa State is a combination of USC's, and I don't like that,” — KSU player

“Oklahoma, because they only have one or two uniforms. That's boring.” — Tech player

“I'm going to have to go with us.” — KSU player

“I don't like Texas Tech, because they're sponsored by Under Armour. I don't like Under Armour.” — Kansas player

“Probably KU. I just don't like them. It looks weird. They have curvy numbers, where everybody else has block numbers.” — KSU player

BIG 12's BEST FANS

OSU: 8 1/2

OU: 5

No answer: 5

Texas: 3

Kansas State: 3

Iowa State: 2

West Virginia: 1 1/2

Texas Tech: 1

Quotable

“Oklahoma State, the fans were into the game experience, being rowdy and all. But when the game was over they were very classy, warmhearted, welcoming people.” — KSU player

“West Virginia. They're just real sportsmanlike. Even if you go into their place and try to take over, they're like 'good game, good game.'“ — Baylor player

“Oklahoma State. The atmosphere is crazy when you go play there. They're banging their paddles on the sides.” — Tech player

“Oklahoma State. I respect them a great deal. To be in Stillwater, they make the most of it. And they're just loud. A stadium like Texas, 100,000 fans, you don't feel the pressure. But Oklahoma State, you feel it.” — KSU player

“Iowa State. Because they're friendly. No matter who you are, they're going to treat you great, whether you beat them or lose to them. They just love football.” — Tech player

“OU. The craziest. An older lady flipped us the bird when we were driving through. It was crazy. I never thought that would happen before. She was easily someone's great grandmother.” – OSU player

BIG 12's WORST FANS

Kansas: 6

No answer: 5

Texas Tech: 4

Texas: 4

Baylor: 3

Kansas State: 2

OSU: 2

TCU: 1

West Virginia: 1

OU: 1

Quotable

“KU. They don't stick around. They don't really support their team.” — KSU player

“I'd say Baylor. I didn't really have a bad experience, they just think Baylor's the only school in America.” — Tech player

“Texas Tech. They come out throwing things at you and saying things to you. You definitely have to keep your helmet on during the whole game.” — KSU player

“TCU. They're all old. I wish we had some younger people in there.” — TCU player

“I guess Texas. They've got a huge stadium but they're really just all alumni sitting there.” — Tech player

BIG 12's BEST MASCOT

No answer: 10

West Virginia's The Mountaineer: 5 1/2

KSU's Willie the Wildcat: 4

TCU's Super Frog: 3

Iowa State's Cy the Cardinal: 2 1/2

Kansas' Big Jay: 2

Texas' Bevo: 1 1/2

OSU's Pistol Pete: 1

OU's Schooner: 1/2

Quotable

“Probably go with West Virginia. I'd grow my beard out like that if I could.” — Kansas player

“I always grew up on a farm, so seeing Bevo with the ‘Horns, that was cool. And Texas is known for the cattle drives and the Longhorns. Oklahoma having the historical homesteaders, the Sooners, that's pretty cool. I'm a history major.” – KSU player

“I like the Cyclone. I don't really get the Cyclone/Cardinal thing, but it seems cool.” — Tech player

“Pistol Pete. He's his own person.” — KSU player

BIG 12's WORST MASCOT

No answer: 7

Iowa State's Cy the Cardinal: 5

Kansas' Big Jay: 5

OU (Schooner and Boomer/Sooner): 4 1/2

West Virginia's The Mountaineer: 3

KSU's Willie the Wildcat: 1

Baylor's Judge Joy: 1

OSU's Pistol Pete: 1

TCU's Super Frog: 1

Texas' Bevo: 1/2

Quotable

“OU. Isn't it a little dog? It's a pony? I didn't even know what the mascot was.” — Tech player

“West Virginia. It's too real. I saw him from a distance and was like ‘that's a real beard.' He said the girls like it. You want to walk around with a beard like that for 12 months out of the year? You can't just grow that back overnight.” — OSU player

“OSU. The head is just creepy.” – Iowa State player

“Iowa State. They're a cyclone, but they have a cardinal as their mascot. It just doesn't make sense to me.” — Kansas player

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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