Big 12 football: Team-by-team look at the Big 12 Conference

by Michael Baldwin Published: August 26, 2012
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Over the past few years, determining what teams were going to be in the Big 12 has been a bit of a moving target. But now, the league seems locked in with the teams you see below. Here's our look at this year's crop of Big 12 teams:

BAYLOR

Coach: Art Briles (5th year, 25-25)

2011 record: 10-3, 6-3 Big 12

2011 postseason: def. Washington 67-56 in Alamo Bowl.

Returning starters: 6 offense, 8 defense

Key returners: QB Nick Florence, OL Ivory Lane, DB Ahmad Dixon, WR Terrence Williams.

Makes a bowl game if... Florence and Williams help the offense prevent a dramatic drop off and a veteran defense steps up.

SCHEDULE

Sept. 2 -- vs. SMU

Sept. 8 -- Off

Sept. 15 -- vs. Sam Houston State

Sept. 21 -- at Louisiana-Monroe

Sept. 29 -- at West Virginia

Oct. 6 -- Off

Oct. 13 -- vs. TCU

Oct. 20 -- at Texas

Oct. 27 -- at Iowa State

Nov. 3 -- vs. Kansas

Nov. 10 -- at Oklahoma

Nov. 17 -- vs. Kansas State

Nov. 24 -- vs. Texas Tech

Dec. 1 -- vs. Oklahoma State

IOWA STATE

Coach: Paul Rhoads (4th year, 18-20)

2011 record: 6-7, 3-6 Big 12

2011 postseason: lost to Rutgers 27-13 in Pinstripe Bowl.

Returning starters: 7 offense, 5 defense

Key returners: LB Jake Knott, LB A.J. Klein, RB James White, DB Jeremy Reeves.

Makes a bowl game if... the Cyclones can go 3-0 in non-conference, defeat Kansas on the road and Texas Tech and Baylor at home.

SCHEDULE

Sept. 1 -- vs. Tulsa

Sept. 8 -- at Iowa

Sept. 15 -- vs. Western Illinois

Sept. 22 -- Off

Sept. 29 -- vs. Texas Tech

Oct. 6 -- at TCU

Oct. 13 -- vs. Kansas State

Oct. 20 -- at Oklahoma State

Oct. 27 -- vs. Baylor

Nov. 3 -- vs. Oklahoma

Nov. 10 -- at Texas

Nov. 17 -- at Kansas

Nov. 23 -- vs. West Virginia

Dec. 1 -- Off

KANSAS

Coach: Charlie Weis (1st season)

2011 record: 2-10, 0-9 Big 12

2011 postseason: none

Returning starters: 7 offense, 6 defense.

Key returners: QB Dayne Crist, OT Tanner Hawkinson, DE Toben Opurum, S Bradley McDougald.

Makes a bowl game if... the NCAA lowers standards to where two or three wins are enough to qualify for a bowl.

SCHEDULE

Sept. 1 -- vs. South Dakota State

Sept. 8 -- vs. Rice

Sept. 15 -- vs. TCU

Sept. 22 -- at Northern Illinois

Sept. 29 -- Off

Oct. 6 -- at Kansas State

Oct. 13 -- vs. Oklahoma State

Oct. 20 -- at Oklahoma

Oct. 27 -- vs. Texas

Nov. 3 -- at Baylor

Nov. 10 -- at Texas Tech

Nov. 17 -- vs. Iowa State

Nov. 23 -- Off

Dec. 1 -- at West Virginia

KANSAS STATE

Coach: Bill Snyder (21st season, 159-82-1)

2011 record: 10-3, 7-2 Big 12

2011 postseason: lost to Arkansas 29-16 in Cotton Bowl.

Returning starters: 8 offense, 6 defense.

Key returners: QB Collin Klein, LB Arthur Brown, LB Tre Walker, DB Ty Zimmerman.

Contends for Big 12 title if... the Wildcats once again win the close games and their run-oriented offense doesn't face huge deficits.


by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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