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

by Michael Baldwin Published: August 26, 2012
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SCHEDULE

Sept. 1 -- vs. Missouri State

Sept. 8 -- vs. Miamie

Sept. 15 -- vs. North Texas

Sept. 22 -- at Okalhoma

Sept. 29 -- Off

Oct. 6 -- vs. Kansas

Oct. 13 -- at Iowa State

Oct. 20 -- at West Virginia

Oct. 27 -- vs. Texas Tech

Nov. 3 -- vs. Oklahoma State

Nov. 10 -- at TCU

Nov. 17 -- at Baylor

Nov. 23 -- Off

Dec. 1 -- vs. Texas

OKLAHOMA

Coach: Bob Stoops (14th year, 139-34)

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

2011 postseason: def. Iowa 31-14 in Insight Bowl.

Returning starters: 7 offense, 8 defense.

Key returners: QB Landry Jones, WR Kenny Stills, DB Demontre Hurst, OL Gabe Ikard.

Contends for Big 12 title if... the O-line patches holes and the defense has fewer busted plays under defensive coordinator Mike Stoops.

SCHEDULE

Sept. 1 -- at UTEP

Sept. 8 -- vs. Florida A&M

Sept. 15 -- Off

Sept. 22 -- vs. Kansas State

Sept. 29 -- Off

Oct. 6 -- at Texas Tech

Oct. 13 -- vs. Texas (in Dallas)

Oct. 20 -- vs. Kansas

Oct. 27 -- vs. Notre Dame

Nov. 3 -- at Iowa State

Nov. 10 -- vs. Baylor

Nov. 17 -- at West Virginia

Nov. 23 -- vs. Oklahoma State

Dec. 1 -- at TCU

OKLAHOMA STATE

Coach: Mike Gundy

2011 record: (8th year, 59-30)

2011 postseason: def. Stanford 41-38 in Fiesta Bowl.

Returning starters: 7 offense, 8 defense.

Key returners: OL Lane Taylor, RB Joseph Randle, DB Broderick Brown, LB Daytawion Lowe.

Contends for Big 12 title if... freshman QB Wes Lunt grows up quickly and the defense lives up to the preseason hype.

SCHEDULE

Sept. 1 -- vs. Savannah State

Sept. 8 -- at Arizona

Sept. 15 -- vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

Sept. 22 -- Off

Sept. 29 -- vs. Texas

Oct. 6 -- Off

Oct. 13 -- at Kansas

Oct. 20 -- vs. Iowa State

Oct. 27 -- vs. TCU

Nov. 3 -- at Kansas State

Nov. 10 -- vs. West Virginia

Nov. 17 -- vs. Texas Tech

Nov. 24 -- at Oklahoma

Dec. 1 -- at Baylor

TCU

Coach: Gary Patterson (12th year, 109-30)

2011 record: 11-2, 7-0 in Mountain West

2011 postseason: def. Louisiana Tech 31-24 in Poinsettia Bowl.

Returning starters: 6 offense, 5 defense

Key returners: QB Casey Pachall, OL Blaize Foltz, DE Stansly Maponga, CB Jason Verrett.

Contends for Big 12 if... Pachall and the offense can win some shootouts and newcomers on defense grow up quickly.

SCHEDULE

Sept. 1 -- Off

Sept. 8 -- vs. Grambling State

Sept. 15 -- at Kansas

Sept. 22 -- vs. Virginia

Sept. 29 -- at SMU

Oct. 6 -- vs. Iowa State

Oct. 13 -- at Baylor

Oct. 20 -- vs. Texas Tech

Oct. 27 -- at Oklahoma State

Nov. 3 -- at West Virginia

Nov. 10 -- vs. Kansas State

Nov. 17 -- Off

Nov. 24 -- at Texas

Dec. 1 -- vs. Oklahoma

TEXAS

Coach: Mack Brown (15th year, 141-39)

2011 record: 8-5, 4-5 Big 12

2011 postseason: def. California 21-10 in Holiday Bowl.

Returning starters: 9 offense, 7 defense

Key returners: RB Malcolm Brown, DE Jackson Jeffcoat, DL Alex Okafor, CB Carrington Byndom.

Contends for Big 12 if... the defense is by far the best in the conference and a quarterback shows noticeable improvement.

SCHEDULE

Sept. 1 -- vs. Wyoming

Sept. 8 -- vs. New Mexico

Sept. 15 -- at Ole Miss

Sept. 22 -- Off

Sept. 29 -- at Oklahoma State

Oct. 6 -- vs. West Virginia

Oct. 13 -- vs. Oklahoma (in Dallas)

Oct. 20 -- vs. Baylor

Oct. 27 -- at Kansas

Nov. 3 -- at Texas Tech

Nov. 10 -- vs. Iowa State

Nov. 17 -- Off

Nov. 22 -- vs. TCU

Dec. 1 -- at Kansas State

TEXAS TECH

Coach: Tommy Tubberville (3rd year, 13-12)

2011 record: 5-7

2011 postseason: none

Returning starters: 8 offense, 6 defense.

Key returners: QB Seth Doege, WR Eric Ward, S Terrance Bullitt, S Cody Davis.

Makes a bowl game if... the Red Raiders win at Iowa State to start 4-0 and win at least two conference home games.

SCHEDULE

Sept. 1 -- vs. Northwestern State

Sept. 8 -- at Texas State

Sept. 15 -- vs. New Mexico

Sept. 22 -- Off

Sept. 29 -- at Iowa State

Oct. 6 -- vs. Oklahoma

Oct. 13 -- vs. West Virginia

Oct. 20 -- at TCU

Oct. 27 -- at Kansas State

Nov. 3 -- vs. Texas

Nov. 10 -- vs. Kansas

Nov. 17 -- at Oklahoma State

Nov. 24 -- vs. Baylor

WEST VIRGINIA

Coach: Dana Holgorsen (2nd year, 10-3)

2011 record: 10-3, 5-2 Big East

2011 postseason: def. Clemson 70-33 in Orange Bowl.

Returning starters: 9 offense, 7 defense.

Key returners: QB Geno Smith, WR Tavon Austin, C Joe Madsen, OL Will Clarke.

Contends for Big 12 title if... the high powered offense is the conference's best and the defense makes major strides.

SCHEDULE

Sept. 1 -- vs. Marshall

Sept. 8 -- Off

Sept. 15 -- vs. James Madison

Sept. 22 -- vs. Maryland

Sept. 29 -- vs. Baylor

Oct. 6 -- at Texas

Oct. 13 -- at Texas Tech

Oct. 20 -- vs. Kansas State

Oct. 27 -- Off

Nov. 3 -- vs. TCU

Nov. 10 -- at Oklahoma State

Nov. 17 -- vs. Oklahoma

Nov. 23 -- at Iowa State

Dec. 1 -- vs. Kansas


by Michael Baldwin
Reporter
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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