Big 12 notebook: Who will be offensive player of the year?

by Michael Baldwin Modified: November 22, 2010 at 8:10 pm •  Published: November 22, 2010

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.

“It is difficult,” Gundy said. “When 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.”

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.

“It's going to be a great game,” Brown said. “I'll be watching it. Both are great teams. Both quarterbacks are playing well. They both have a great receiver and a great running back.

“In 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.”

Sherman said: “They 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.

“It 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.”

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.


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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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.

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