Big 12: Big 12 poll

This week, we've been counting down the Big 12's top 25 players of 2014. Friday, we'll unveil our top five players.

But before then, we want to mention the players who narrowly missed the cut.

The unfortunate part of our top 25 ranking is that only 25 players can make the cut. But we considered at least a dozen other standouts who were also worthy of inclusion.

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Who has the biggest gripe being left off the Big 12 top 25 player ranking?

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Standouts like Baylor's KD Cannon, who totaled more than 1,000 receiving yards as a true freshman; Texas' Jordan Hicks, who led a stout Longhorns defense in tackles; West Virginia's Mario Alford, who was a big-play threat on offense and special teams; Kansas State's Curry Sexton, who was third in the league in receptions despite playing alongside Tyler Lockett; Baylor's Shock Linwood, who finished second in the Big 12 in rushing; and Texas' John Harris, who finished fifth in the league in receiving.

But there were five other players who proved most difficult to leave out.

Oklahoma receiver Sterling Shepard most definitely would have made the top 25 had he not suffered a groin injury that severely limited him late in the season. Still, with more than 900 receiving yards before November, Shepard almost made the cut anyway.

So did his teammate, offensive right tackle Daryl Williams. The first-team All-Big 12 selection helped pave the way for the Sooners' powerful running game. His tackle cohort Tyrus Thompson, however, did crack the top 25 at No. 20.

Like Shepard, Baylor wideout Antwan Goodley would have been a lock had it not been for an early-season injury. After totaling more than 1,300 yards receiving last year, Goodley finished with just more than 800 this season. Still, Goodley re-emerged as one of the most dominant pass-catchers during Big 12 play, placing seventh in the league in receiving during conference games. He had 158 yards receiving and two touchdowns in Baylor's critical 61-58 victory over TCU.

The final two players who nearly made the list didn't play for prolific teams, but they stood out nonetheless. Iowa State tight end E.J. Bibbs tied for seventh in the Big 12 with eight touchdown receptions. Kansas' JaCorey Shepherd, meanwhile, surfaced as one of the top cover corners in the conference for an underrated Jayhawks defense. Shepherd was fourth in the country with 18 pass breakups.

So we put the question to you in our weekly Big 12 poll.

Of Shepard, Williams, Goodley, Bibbs and Shepherd, who has the biggest gripe about being left out of our Big 12 top 25 player ranking?
This past year, TCU and Baylor decided the Big 12 title.

And if preseason prognostications already pouring in are any indications, the Bears and Horned Frogs will likely decide the Big 12 again in 2015.

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Who should be the preseason pick to win the Big 12 next year

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TCU debuted at No. 1 in Mark Schlabach’s Way-Too-Early Top 25 released earlier in the week. The Bears fell in right behind at No. 3, sandwiching the national champions Buckeyes.

At No. 24, Oklahoma State is the only other Big 12 team ranked.

TCU and Baylor have reason for the high expectations.

The Horned Frogs return 10 offensive starters, including quarterback Trevone Boykin, who finished fourth in the Heisman voting. The entire receiving corps is back, and so is all but one starter along the offensive line.

The Bears graduated quarterback Bryce Petty, who was a prolific passer in two seasons as the starter. But the Bears return 17 starters, including a 1,000-yard rusher in Shock Linwood and a pair of 1,000-yard receivers in Corey Coleman and KD Cannon. All-American offensive tackle Spencer Drango and All-Big 12 defensive end Shawn Oakman also both put off the NFL draft to return for their senior season.

In other words, the Bears are loaded again. So too are the Horned Frogs.

So we put the question to you in our weekly Big 12 poll: Who is your preseason pick to win the Big 12 next year?

TCU or Baylor?

Let us know by casting your vote.
Sunday morning, the College Football Playoff selection committee will decide who is in the playoff, and who is out.

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Provided both win Saturday, who deserves a College Football Playoff berth most?

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We’ve debated TCU-Baylor for months. The committee has debated it. You’ve debated it.

But before the committee decides, we want you to vote.

It's possible that both the Horned Frogs and Bears get in the playoff. But if only one team from the Big 12 should get in, who should it be?

Baylor?

Or TCU?

Like most debates, this one has two sides.

Baylor beat TCU 61-58 on Oct. 11, giving the Bears the head-to-head advantage. Baylor also has the most impressive road victory of the two, with a 48-14 spanking of Oklahoma on its résumé. Baylor has also led by at least two touchdowns throughout the fourth quarter in eight of its 11 games, the highest rate of any team ranked in the top seven (that stat came courtesy of Baylor’s public relations firm).

TCU, however, has the better loss (Baylor vs. West Virginia), the better nonconference win (Minnesota) and five victories against teams ranked in ESPN’s FPI top 45 (the Bears only have three, though they can add a fourth against ninth-ranked K-State this weekend). The Horned Frogs also have the nation’s best scoring margin in the country against Power 5 conference opponents, with an average of 19.6 points per game.

With those facts in mind, we want you to weigh in via our weekly Big 12 poll. Who most warrants a spot in the playoff? TCU? Or Baylor?

Poll: Big 12 upset coming soon?

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TCU beating Oklahoma. West Virginia stunning Baylor. Heck, even Kansas beating up Iowa State.

Most of us didn't see those upsets coming. Three-fourths of the way through this Big 12 season, we have had a few surprise results. Why can't there be one more?

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Which Big 12 team is most likely to pull an upset?

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Kansas State, Texas, West Virginia and Oklahoma State all have a shot to shake up the Big 12 title race and create a little chaos in the next month if they can pull off a big-time upset.

The Wildcats can go down to Waco on Dec. 6 with a 9-2 record and a chance to earn a Big 12 title trophy. You think they want a share of the Bears' crown? Don't forget what happened last time K-State made that trip: Baylor clobbered the No. 1 team in the BCS in 2012, spoiling their national title hopes with a 52-24 upset. Time for some payback, right?

Texas gets a similar opportunity for revenge. TCU spoiled its Thanksgiving when they first met as Big 12 foes in 2012. This time, the Horned Frogs have everything at stake when they head to Austin on Nov. 27. This is Texas' season finale and perhaps its last shot to reach bowl eligibility.

Then you have West Virginia's Thursday night meeting with K-State on Nov. 20. The Wildcats aren't out of this race yet, but a mid-week visit to Morgantown won't be fun. It's going to be a cold night and a long fight.

Your last option for a Big 12 stunner: What if Oklahoma State, tired of being overlooked and refusing to end its season with six straight losses, goes to McLane Stadium and gives Baylor more heartbreak? The Pokes have lost to Baylor just once in the past eight seasons.

Which of those four has the best shot at making that happen? You tell us.
Now that we're entering the first full week of Big 12 conference games, we got to thinking: Have there really been that many surprises so far?

No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 7 Baylor are both undefeated and rolling just as expected. The tier of teams below them is a bit of an uncertain jumble, which we could've predicted in August. A few programs that might've seem poised to take a small step back in 2014 -- Oklahoma State and West Virginia -- have been better than advertised. So is still-unbeaten TCU.

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What has been the biggest early-season surprise in the Big 12?

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But the on-field results, to this point, haven't provided many shocks. Kansas State, WVU and OSU played Auburn, Alabama and Florida State admirably close, for sure, but all three came up short of a season-changing upset. OU and Baylor handled their first conference road trips just fine, too.

But there are a few developments, some on the field and some off of it, that provide a nice dose of surprise.

Maybe the biggest one came last Sunday, when Kansas fired coach Charlie Weis four games into his third season in Lawrence. There was also the abrupt departure of Texas Tech defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt last month and the ESPN.com report that he'd been suspended of being under the influence of a substance on campus.

Charlie Strong's debut year at Texas, with losses to BYU and UCLA and potentially to Baylor and Oklahoma up next, also hasn't gone as planned. But we have been pleasantly surprised by the prolific start for West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett and receiver Kevin White, as well as the sharp play of quarterback Daxx Garman at OSU after J.W. Walsh went down.

So which of those takes the cake? Let us know what you think by voting in today's poll.

What are we forgetting here? Oklahoma going 0-for-3 on Baker Mayfield, Dorial Green-Beckham and Frank Shannon playing in 2014? The nine Texas dismissals? Has there been a truly surprising game result we've overlooked? After you vote, please let us know in the comments below.
So far, fourth-ranked Oklahoma and seventh-ranked Baylor have looked like the class of the Big 12. But is there a third team that could emerge as a threat? Earlier this week, we examined who that third team might be.

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After the first month of the season, who has the best chance to challenge Oklahoma and Baylor for the Big 12 title?

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Brandon went with West Virginia, even though the Mountaineers already have a conference loss. Quarterback Clint Trickett and wideout Kevin White have been phenomenal, and West Virginia could be geared for a run with the scheduling easing up a bit. If the Mountaineers can knock off Baylor at home on Oct. 18, then they could definitely emerge as a contender, despite the loss to Oklahoma.

While Max and I like what we’ve seen from West Virginia, we both went with Kansas State. The Wildcats won the Big 12 title just two years ago and appear to have a team with similar strengths. The front seven appears to be formidable, after snapping Auburn’s 13-game streak of at least 200 rushing yards last week. Bill Snyder remains one of the best coaches in the country. And Tyler Lockett is as big of a playmaker as anyone player in the league. The Wildcats to do have to travel to Norman and Waco. But K-State won its last trip to Oklahoma, and will have an extra week to prepare for the Sooners. And the Wildcats played Baylor tough last year, even without Lockett.

Of course, West Virginia and Kansas State aren’t the only possible teams that could emerge as Big 12 contenders.

TCU is 2-0, and appears to have another top-flight defense. The Horned Frogs have a huge game with Oklahoma in two weeks, which could dictate whether they can finally challenge for the conference title in their third year in the Big 12.

Oklahoma State, meanwhile, looks better than its preseason prognostication. The Cowboys played No. 1 Florida State tough in the opener and have cruised in their last two games. Coordinator Glenn Spencer’s defense has been stout so far despite inexperience at several positions. The key will be whether backup quarterback Daxx Garman can get the Oklahoma State offensive attack humming to the level of previous seasons.

We’ve given you our thoughts. Now we put the question to you in our weekly Big 12 poll. Who is the biggest threat to Oklahoma and Baylor in the Big 12 race?

Is it West Virginia or Kansas State? TCU or Oklahoma State?

Or maybe even somebody else.

Let us know what you think by voting in our poll.

Poll: Kansas State or Auburn?

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It’s been 45 years since Kansas State welcomed a nonconference opponent to Manhattan ranked as high as No. 5 Auburn. The Wildcats played second-ranked Penn State tough in 1969, but ultimately fell to the Nittany Lions, 17-14.

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What will happen Thursday night between Kansas State and Auburn?

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Earlier this morning, Brandon and Max picked the favored Tigers, who are coming off an SEC title and appearance in the national title game. I sided with K-State, which has won eight of its past nine games, with the lone loss coming last November against Oklahoma, which went on to topple Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.

This will be the final opportunity for the Big 12 to land a splashy nonconference win after starting out 4-5 against Power 5 conference opponents.

Can quarterback Jake Waters and the Wildcats pull off the upset? Or will Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall and the SEC impose their will on the road against one of the Big 12’s better teams?

Let us know what you think will happen in our weekly Big 12 poll.
This weekend figures to be one of the biggest in Big 12 history, as the league will face an unprecedented seven nonconference opponents from Power 5 conferences.

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What will the Big 12's record be in its seven games against Power 5 conference opponents this weekend?

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 Coming off its Sugar Bowl win over Alabama, Oklahoma will try to strike another blow for the Big 12 against the SEC when it welcomes Tennessee to Norman. Texas Tech will play host to another Big 12-SEC matchup in a meeting with old Southwest Conference rival Arkansas.

The Big 12 will also be pitted against the Big Ten in three separate games. West Virginia travels to new Big Ten member Maryland, Iowa State goes to instate rival Iowa, and TCU will play Minnesota in just the second ever meeting between the two programs.

Kansas will test its revamped offense at defending ACC Coastal Division champion Duke. And Texas will take on one of the preseason favorites to win the Pac-12 in UCLA.

With so many losable games, Saturday could be a disaster for the Big 12, as it was for the Big Ten last weekend, when Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan all fell in marquee matchups.

On the other hand, Saturday is an opportunity for the Big 12 to deliver another statement about its legitimacy in the playoff era.

But how will the league fare? We put the question to you in our weekly Big 12 poll.

Poll: Team most on upset alert?

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Last year, North Dakota State marched into Manhattan, Kansas and then marched down Bill Snyder Family Stadium in the fourth quarter with a game-winning touchdown drive to stun Kansas State.

The good news for the Wildcats is they open with a far less frightening opponent this weekend in Stephen F. Austin. While North Dakota State was capturing a third consecutive FCS national title, Stephen F. Austin was going 3-9 in the Southland Standings.

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Which Big 12 team should be on upset alert Saturday?

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 Who in the Big 12 should most be on upset watch Saturday?

Iowa State is certainly a candidate. The Cyclones play the same Bison team that toppled K-State last fall. Sure, North Dakota State lost its head coach to Wyoming and the quarterback who engineered the game-winning drive to beat the Wildcats. The Bison, however, have reloaded before. And just last season, Iowa State fell in the opener to FCS opponent Northern Iowa.

North Dakota State, however, isn’t the only capable FCS team coming to Big 12 country this weekend. Central Arkansas, which travels to Texas Tech, received votes in the FCS Top 25 after winning seven games in 2013. So did TCU’s opponent, Samford, which finished in a tie for first with Chattanooga and Furman in the Southern standings. The Horned Frogs, meanwhile, will be debuting a new offense without a clear-cut starting quarterback. Texas Tech has the clear-cut starter at quarterback in Davis Webb, but it will be starting four underclassmen in its secondary.

The two traditional powers in the Big 12 both have curious games, as well. North Texas, which will head to Austin, went 9-4 last season. The Longhorns are still big favorites, but this will be just the fourth start quarterback David Ash has made since the 2012 season.

Oklahoma too is a heavy favorite to dispose of Louisiana Tech. The Sooners are riding high after taking down Alabama their last time out. But Oklahoma has a tradition under Bob Stoops of sputtering at times in openers. And while the Bulldogs struggled last season, they are only two years removed from going 9-3 and taking Texas A&M to the wire in a 59-57 shootout.

Now, we put it to you in our weekly Big 12 poll: Of these five teams, pick one to put on upset alert for this weekend.
Last year Kansas joined the alternate uniform craze, which gave the Jayhawks triple-digit uniform possibilities. Wednesday, Kansas released another alternate option, dubbed the Crimson Chrome, which includes a gigantic Jayhawk beak on the helmet.

The Jayhawks are hardly alone in the Big 12 in donning alternative uniforms.

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Which team in the Big 12 does alternate uniform combinations the best?

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Oklahoma introduced an alternative concept this summer, with cream helmets and crimson pants. Iowa State has been known to wear throwbacks. And TCU unveiled special helmets for last year’s opener with two streaks of red flamed on either side of a purple helmet.

Oklahoma State, Baylor, Texas Tech, West Virginia and now Kansas, however, have been the most aggressive in changing up their looks from week to week.

Oklahoma State was on the cutting edge of the alternative uniform trend, and has been utilizing combinations of orange, black, white and gray dating back to 2011.

 
Baylor’s digs have also been brash, highlighted by a golden chrome helmet.

 
West Virginia still has its classic blue-blue-gold look, but the Mountaineers have introduced several other combinations since joining the Big 12, including a white helmet with an old-school WVU logo.

 
Texas Tech opened up its options last year under coach Kliff Kingsbury, who had creative authority designing the Red Raiders' many new alternate looks.

 
Now, in light of Kansas’ latest uniform addition, we put this question to you: Which team in the Big 12 does alternate uniform combinations the best?

Let us know what you think in our weekly Big 12 poll.
Wednesday night, the Big 12 officially lost its preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, as defensive end Devonte Fields announced via Twitter that he would be leaving TCU for Stephen F. Austin. Fields had been “separated” from the university after being charged with assaulting his ex-girlfriend. Fields could have hung around and appealed the separation. But the writing appeared to be on the wall. His days at TCU were numbered.

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With Devonte Fields leaving TCU, who should take over his title as Big 12 preseason Defensive Player of the Year?

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Even though he missed most of the 2013 season with a suspension and foot injury, Fields was still picked to be the Big 12’s top defender in July. He was dominant as a freshman two years ago, and was named the Associated Press’ Big 12 Defensive Player of the year.

The Big 12 won’t hold a vote to select a new preseason Defensive Player of the Year. But we can have one right here.

Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker received several votes for the award. After a breakout sophomore regular season, Striker dominated Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl with three sacks, and the game-clinching forced fumble.

Sooners defensive end Charles Tapper is another option. Tapper was the only defensive underclassman to earn first-team All-Big 12 honors last season. He and Striker lead an Oklahoma defense that returns nine starters.

Two of the Big 12’s most lethal pass-rushers from last season are also back.

Kansas State defensive end Ryan Mueller (11.5) and Texas defensive end Cedric Reed (10) combined for 21.5 sacks. Mueller was also second in the league with 18.5 tackles for loss. Reed was right behind him with 16.5. Only Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Jackson Jeffcoat (13) had more sacks in the league than Mueller and Reed.

Mueller and Reed also combined for nine forced fumbles, and figure to be the anchors of their respective defenses.

The fifth and final spot in our poll could go to a number of players. Linebacker Ben Heeney is arguably the league’s top returning tackler, but it’s difficult to see a player from Kansas contending for a player of the year award as long as the Jayhawks continue to dwell in the cellar. Baylor linebacker Bryce Hager, TCU safety Sam Carter, TCU defensive tackle Chucky Hunter, Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown and Texas cornerback Quandre Diggs should all be contenders, as well.

But we will give to the final poll slot to Shawn Oakman because of his enormous upside. The 6-foot-9, 275-pound Baylor defensive end was "unblockable" during the spring, according to Bears coach Art Briles. Oakman has the skills to become the most dominating defensive player in the league.

Now we put it to you in our weekly Big 12 poll. Who should be the Big 12’s new preseason Defensive Player of the Year?
The unfortunate part of our Top 25 ranking of the Big 12’s best players is that only 25 players can make the cut.

We’re down to the unveiling of the final five players, which will come out Friday morning. You can review who has made the list so far by clicking here.

But what about the players who narrowly didn't make the list?

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Who has the biggest gripe being left out of our top 25 ranking of the Big 12's best players?

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When putting this ranking together, we gathered a strong case for a dozen other players who didn’t make it -- standouts like Oklahoma receiver Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma offensive tackle Daryl Williams, TCU cornerback Kevin White, West Virginia safety Karl Joseph, Texas center Dominic Espinosa and Kansas wideout Nick Harwell, who once finished second in the country in receiving at Miami (Ohio).

But there were five players specifically who were the most difficult to leave out, including two of the league’s top returning running backs.

Malcolm Brown was previously known as Johnathan Gray's wing man in the Texas backfield. But Brown proved he could handle a starring role after Gray suffered a season-ending Achilles injury Nov. 9. Brown stepped in and rushed for 128, 131 and 130 yards in the Longhorns’ final three games. Gray, who did make our top 25 list, is back from the Achilles tear. But Brown will still be a big part of the Texas offense.

Baylor’s Shock Linwood also started out last season in a backup role. But when Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin both suffered injuries against Oklahoma, Linwood stepped in and the offense didn’t miss a beat. He rushed for 182 yards against the Sooners, then 187 the following week against Texas Tech. Despite being Baylor’s third-team running back, Linwood finished sixth in the Big 12 in rushing. With Seastrunk and Martin gone, Linwood will step into the starting lineup full time this season.

The other notable omissions from our top 25 reside in the trenches.

Oklahoma defensive tackle Jordan Phillips was on his way to an All-Big 12 type of campaign before suffering a season-ending back injury. Phillips is healthy again and might be the best player on one of the nation’s deepest and most disruptive defensive lines.

On the other side of the ball, West Virginia guard Quinton Spain and Kansas State tackle Cody Whitehair were on my preseason All-Big 12 ballot. Spain has 26 career starts and might be the best guard in the league after Texas Tech’s Le'Raven Clark. Whitehair is also a two-year starter and earned second-team All-Big 12 honors as a sophomore last year. Whitehair has moved to left tackle, where he’ll be protecting the blind side of quarterback Jake Waters.

Now, we put the question to you in our weekly Big 12 poll.

Who has the biggest gripe being left out of our Big 12 Top 25 player rankings?
On Wednesday, the Big 12 released its official All-Big 12 team, which is voted together by media that covers the conference.

Like any other all-whatever team, there were several players deserving of making the cut that didn’t. But who had the biggest gripe about being left off the preseason All-Big 12 team?

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Who had the biggest gripe about being left off the media's preseason All-Big 12 team?

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Oklahoma defensive end Charles Tapper has a compelling grievance, considering he was All-Big 12 last year as a sophomore. Tapper, in fact, was the only defensive underclassman named All-Big 12 in 2013.

Tapper, however, isn’t the only one with a gripe.

Texas running back Johnathan Gray probably also would have been All-Big 12 last season, had he not torn his Achilles at West Virginia in early November. Gray rushed for 141 yards against Kansas State and 123 against Oklahoma. Teammate Malcom Brown took over at running back after Gray’s injury, and rushed for more than 100 yards in the Longhorns’ final three games. As a result, although Gray is expected to be good to go for the opener, Brown was selected to the preseason team over him.

Only five offensive linemen have more career starts than West Virginia guard Quinton Spain, who has been the Mountaineers’ top offensive lineman the past two seasons. Spain and Mark Glowinski form arguably the league’s best one-two punch at guard. Among the offensive linemen left off, Spain might have the biggest beef.

TCU cornerback Kevin White got overshadowed last year by All-American teammate Jason Verrett. And he’s getting overshadowed this preseason by safeties Sam Carter and Chris Hackett. But White was one of the better cornerbacks in the league last year, and should be one of the Big 12’s best this season.

Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman isn’t as accomplished as the other players mentioned above. But he might have the biggest upside. Despite being a part-time player last year, Oakman ranked sixth in the Big 12 in tackles for loss. Coach Art Briles called the 6-foot-9 Oakman “unblockable” during the spring, and is probably the biggest reason why Briles believes Baylor will have one of the best offensive lines in the country.

But we’re leaving it to you to decide via our weekly Big 12 poll – who actually has the biggest gripe?
In 2008, the Big 12’s strongest position was quarterback with a deep roster that featured Heisman winner Sam Bradford, Heisman finalist Colt McCoy and national passing champ Graham Harrell, among several other noteworthy QBs.

Five years later, the league’s top position turned out to be cornerback, headlined by eventual first-round picks Justin Gilbert and Jason Verrett.

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Which Big 12 defensive end will have the best 2014 season?

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This season, the Big 12’s best position is looking more and more like it will be defensive end, notably thanks to Kansas State’s Ryan Mueller, Texas’ Cedric Reed, Oklahoma’s Charles Tapper, Baylor’s Shawn Oakman and TCU’s Devonte Fields -- all of whom have All-American potential.

Mueller was a first-team All-Big 12 selection last year after finishing second in the league with 11.5 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss. Only Jackson Jeffcoat, the departed Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, topped Mueller in either category.

Just one spot behind Mueller, Reed finished third in the league with 10 sacks, and was a second-team All-Big 12 pick. Even though his teammate Jeffcoat racked up all the accolades, many coaches around the league felt Reed was the tougher assignment.

Tapper was another tough assignment, and the only underclassman defender to earn first-team All-Big 12 honors last season. Tapper was timed running the 40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds during the spring, underscoring why he’s such a nightmare matchup for opposing offensive linemen.

Speaking of nightmare matchups, Oakman presents just that with his 6-foot-9, 275-pound frame. Despite being a part-time player last year, Oakman still finished sixth in the conference with 12.5 tackles for loss. According to coach Art Briles, Oakman was unblockable during spring ball and could be in for a monster breakout season.

Fields already broke out two years ago, when he was the AP’s Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year as a true freshman. A suspension followed by season ending foot surgery turned Fields’ sophomore campaign into a disaster. But by all accounts, Fields was his old self again this spring, and seems primed to have a dominating season.

But which of these defensive ends will have the most dominating 2014 season?

We put the question to you via our weekly Big 12 poll.

Poll: '00 Oklahoma or '05 Texas?

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Our Big 12 16-team BCS era playoff had so much promise.

But off the bat, unsavory collusion from the state of Ohio bounced the 2005 Texas Longhorns from the bracket in the very first matchup in the very first round to rob the tournament of legitimacy.

With no other national champion in its path, the 2000 Oklahoma Sooners cruised with ease through all four rounds to capture our Big 12 BCS era playoff title.

Now it's time to find out whether the '00 Sooners would have won the title anyway.

Now it's time to pit them head-to-head with the '05 Longhorns.

Both teams went undefeated, toppling the preeminent programs of their day (USC/Florida State) in the national championship behind a pair of all-time great title game performances (Vince Young/OU’s defense).

But who do you think was best?

Tell us by voting in the weekly Big 12 poll.

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Which team would win?

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2005 TEXAS LONGHORNS

Record: 13-0

Final ranking: No. 1

Top player: QB Vince Young

Consensus All-America:Young, OT Jonathan Scott, DT Rod Wright, S Michael Huff

First-Team All-Big 12:Young, Scott, Wright, Huff, OL Justin Blalock, DE Tim Crowder, LB Aaron Harris, CB Cedric Griffin

Second-Team All-Big 12: RB Jamaal Charles, TE David Thomas, DT Frank Okam

Best wins: at No. 4 Ohio State (25-22); Oklahoma (45-12); No. 10 Texas Tech (52-17); Colorado (70-3, Big 12 championship); USC (41-38, national championship)

Losses: None

2000 OKLAHOMA SOONERS

Record: 13-0

Final ranking: No. 1

Top player: QB Josh Heupel

Consensus All-America: Heupel, LB Rocky Calmus

First-Team All-Big 12: Heupel, Calmus, DT Ryan Fisher, S Roy Williams, S J.T. Thatcher

Second-Team All-Big 12: QB Quentin Griffin, WR Antwone Savage, OT Frank Romero, LB Torrance Marshall, P Jeff Ferguson

Best wins: No. 11 Texas (63-14); at No. 2 Kansas State (41-31); No. 1 Nebraska (31-14); at No. 23 Texas A&M (35-31); No. 8 Kansas State (27-24, Big 12 Championship); No. 3 Florida State (13-2, national championship)

Losses: None

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