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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
The pundits over at College Football News had an interesting project a couple of weeks ago that I wanted to discuss before the start of the season.
Their group ranked the top 200 players in the country, starting with Florida quarterback Tim Tebow at No. 1.
Their list had a decided crimson-and-cream hue to it with more Oklahoma players -- by far -- than any other team in the country.
The Sooners had 10 players selected. Penn State was next with six players, followed by Florida, Virginia Tech and USC with five players apiece. Oklahoma State, Texas and Kansas were among the team with four players apiece.
Here's a list of the Big 12 players who were selected with their rankings in parenthesis.
Oklahoma (10): QB Sam Bradford (5), DT Gerald McCoy (8), TE Jermaine Gresham (20), T Trent Williams (47), CB Dominique Franks (T141), LB Travis Lewis (142), RB DeMarco Murray (148), LB Ryan Reynolds (173), DE Jeremy Beal (182), RB Chris Brown (185).
Kansas (4): QB Todd Reesing (31), WR Dezmon Briscoe (74), WR Kerry Meier (135), S Darrell Stuckey (T141).
Oklahoma State (4): WR Dez Bryant (7), T Russell Okung (38), QB Zac Robinson (39), RB Kendall Hunter (49).
Texas (4): QB Colt McCoy (4), DE-LB Sergio Kindle (19), T Adam Ulatoski (122), DT Lamarr Houston (152).
Baylor (3): QB Robert Griffin (37), LB Joe Pawelek (73), S Jordan Lake (126).
Missouri (2): LB Sean Weatherspoon (17), RB Derrick Washington (118).
Nebraska (2): DT Ndamukong Suh (10), DE Pierre Allen (170).
Colorado (1): RB Darrell Scott (116)
None selected: Iowa State, Kansas State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech
As expected, the Big 12's offensive reputation dominates with 17 players from that side of the ball, compared with 13 defensive players. And the 21-9 edge that the South Division enjoys isn't actually as one-sided as nearly every all-conference team that I saw.
But it again exhibits the star power of the conference when 30 of the top 200 players -- a cool 15 percent -- will be playing in the Big 12 this season.
I'll check back tomorrow with this list broken down by opposing nonconference players that Big 12 teams will be seeing in their nonconference games.