Big 12 football: The Oklahoman's college football coverage team predicts the season

BIG 12 FOOTBALL — Who is the best player in the Big 12? Which coach is on the hot seat? Who will be the Big 12 champ? Our writers answer these questions and more in the Big 12 picks.
by Michael Baldwin Modified: August 21, 2012 at 10:11 am •  Published: August 26, 2012

Coach on the way out: Charlie Weis, Kansas

Is Texas 'back': Not by much.

Big 12 champ: Oklahoma

GINA MIZELL, OSU beat writer

Best player: Geno Smith, West Virginia QB

Biggest game: OU at West Virginia

Upset of the season: Iowa State over Kansas State

What two teams would you add: Florida State and Clemson

Coach on the rise: Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia

Coach on the way out: Tommy Tuberville, Texas TEch

Is Texas 'back': No

Big 12 champ: West Virginia

JOHN HELSLEY, OSU beat writer

Best player: Geno Smith, West Virginia QB

Biggest game: Oklahoma at West Virginia

Upset of the season: Iowa State over Oklahoma

What two teams would you add? Notre Dame and Louisville

Coach on the rise? Paul Rhoads, Iowa State

Coach on the way out? Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech

Is Texas 'back'? Not to Texas standards

Big 12 champ? West Virginia

RYAN ABER, OU recruiting

Best player: Alex Okafor, Texas DE

Biggest game: Oklahoma at West Virginia

Upset of the season: Iowa State over West Virginia

What team teams would you add: Florida State and Clemson

Coach on the rise: Paul Rhoads, Iowa State

Coach on the way out: Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech

Is Texas ‘back': No

Big 12 champ: Oklahoma

SCOTT WRIGHT, OSU recruiting

Best player: Geno Smith, West Virginia QB

Biggest game: Oklahoma at West Virginia

Upset of the season: Iowa State over TCU

What two teams would you add: Louisville and Notre Dame

Coach on the rise: Paul Rhoads, Iowa State

Coach on the way out: Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech

Is Texas 'back': Not yet

Big 12 champ: Oklahoma

MIKE SHERMAN, Sports Editor

Best player: Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas DE

Biggest game: OU at West Virginia

Upset of the season: Kansas State over West Virginia

What two teams would you add: BYU and Arkansas

Coach on the rise: Gary Patterson, TCU

Coach on the way out: Mack Brown, TExas

Is Texas 'back': No

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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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