Big 12 doesn't fare well among top NFL players
A recent story in the Houma (La.) Today newspaper indicated that the Big 12 ranks fourth among conferences in terms of projected NFL starters for the 2008 season with 72. That number is behind the Southeastern Conference (137), ACC (121) and Big Ten (105).
And it also got me to thinking about the potential star players who were developed in the conference and how that might rank with other conferences across the country. I perused a copy of Pro Football Weekly/CBSSports.com's yearly preview issue, mainly because it had a list compiled of the 50 best players in the NFL. That list was developed, the magazine said, after extensive discussion with coaches, scouts and NFL personnel people.
The results were eye-opening -- and not so good for the Big 12.
Only four of Pro Football Weekly/CBSSports.com's top 50 NFL players were produced by Big 12 schools -- former Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson (Minnesota, 16th on the list), former Oklahoma defensive tackle Tommie Harris (Chicago, 47th), former Kansas State defensive back Terence Newman (Dallas, 36th) and former Oklahoma State defensive tackle Kevin Williams (Minnesota, 25th).
That total ranked fifth among the BCS conferences. The ACC led the list with 10 players selected, followed by the SEC and Pac-10 with seven players each and the Big Ten with six. The Big 12's collective total wasn't even as many as those players produced by Miami (Fla.), as five former Hurricanes made the list.
Oklahoma was one of 10 schools with more than one player listed. Others were Miami, Arkansas, California, Florida State, Michigan, Oregon State, Tennessee, Troy State and USC.
BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
Final Illinois 18 Louisiana Tech 35 Final Rutgers 40 North Carolina 21 Final North Carolina State 34 UCF 27
Final Cincinnati 17 Virginia Tech 33 Final 15 Arizona State 36 Duke 31 Final Miami (FL) 21 South Carolina 24 Final/OT Boston College 30 Penn State 31 Final Nebraska 42 24 USC 45
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State