How Bedlam plays out Saturday night at Boone Pickens Stadium could be a factor in how coaches and media vote.
Oklahoma State has three candidates in quarterback Brandon Weeden, wide receiver Justin Blackmon and running back Kendall Hunter. Oklahoma has two viable candidates in wide receiver Ryan Broyles and quarterback Landry Jones.
If there's a favorite, it's probably Blackmon, who has received some Heisman consideration.
Coaches aren't allowed to vote for their own players. OSU coach Mike Gundy said he could make a case for all three of his players.
â€œIt is difficult,â€ Gundy said. â€œWhen you're determining a player of the year, you're trying to decide at all positions who was the best player in the league. What we try to do is look at each player and how he performed at his position in what he could control.â€
WEIGHING IN ON BEDLAM
Texas coach Mack Brown and Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman were asked to analyze Bedlam. Both coaches focused on the high-scoring offenses.
â€œIt's going to be a great game,â€ Brown said. â€œI'll be watching it. Both are great teams. Both quarterbacks are playing well. They both have a great receiver and a great running back.
â€œIn that series, it's been a better game, by in large, in Stillwater. I think it will be a great one between two of the great teams in the country.â€
Sherman said: â€œThey both have dynamic offenses that can put up a lot of points. They're different teams in many ways. I just got done watching the Texas film, and Oklahoma State's quarterback is very comfortable in the pocket, making good decisions. I haven't seen Oklahoma since we played them, but Landry Jones has come into his own.
â€œIt will be kind of like our game (with Texas). Anything can happen in a rivalry game. No matter what you've done means nothing in these types of games.â€
RELAXED BUFFALOES PLAYING WELL
Colorado interim coach Brian Cabral said back-to-back wins over Iowa State and Kansas State can be traced to the Buffaloes playing more relaxed since Dan Hawkins was fired.
â€œThere was a lot hanging over their hands before all that, the possibility of losing their head coach,â€ Cabral said. â€œThat was hanging over their heads for most of the season. Whether or not they liked it or didn't like it, now it's over. That allowed them to focus forward and move forward.â€
WILDCATS HELP CLOSE STADIUM
Kansas State coach Bill Snyder was once was an assistant at North Texas. Saturday afternoon, the Wildcats play in the final game at Fouts Field. Next season, North Texas will play in a new stadium across the street on Interstate 35.
â€œI'm sure it will bring back some memories but haven't thought much about it,â€ Snyder said. â€œYou certainly never forget the impact that (Mean Joe) Green had on the program.â€
PELINI APOLOGIZES FOR CONDUCT
Reprimanded by chancellor Harvey Perlman for his tirade in a loss at Texas A&M, Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said he needs to tone down his sideline antics.
â€œYou don't agree with every call that's made, but there's a way to deal with it,â€ Pelini said. â€œI probably got too animated at times. I regret that. I apologized for it. I understand where the chancellor is coming from, but I have the administration's full support. It's one thing to disagree, but it's how you disagree.â€
BEARS FOCUS ON POSITIVES
Baylor led the South division with a 4-1 record three weeks ago but surrendered 150 points in consecutive losses to Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Oklahoma. The Bears, though, will play in a bowl game for the first time since 1994.
â€œWe're coming off one of the longest non-bowl streaks in D-I, so that's a huge accomplishment what our guys did," said Baylor coach Art Briles. â€œWe certainly didn't finish the way we wanted, but thank goodness we had enough in the bank to get us through the lean times. It definitely was a positive step.â€
Mike Baldwin's Big 12 rankings
1. Oklahoma State: A Bedlam favorite for first time in the Stoops era, Cowboys in position to win the South.
2. Oklahoma: Sooners are a rare underdog and are on the road. OU, though, has won the past seven meetings.
3. Nebraska: Cornhuskers' offense looking lethargic in November; must defeat Colorado to win the North.
4. Missouri: Tigers should finish the regular season 10-2 following an expected rout of the Jayhawks.
5. Texas A&M: The Aggies have a shot to defeat Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas in the same season.
6. Baylor: Bears fizzed with three losses but can focus on playing in a bowl for first time since 1994.
7. Kansas State: Wildcats travel to Denton to play North Texas in final game played at Fouts Field.
8. Colorado: Buffaloes, 2-0 under interim coach, can become bowl eligible with an upset over Nebraska.
9. Iowa State: Cyclones failed to become bowl eligible but 5-7 finish respectable versus tough schedule.
10. Texas: Longhorns finally win a game but must upset rival A&M to get to six wins to assure a bowl bid.
11. Texas Tech: Red Raiders viewed as a disappointment under Tommy Tuberville but should finish 7-5.
12. Kansas: Long season in Turner Gill's debut season finally ends Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium.