Here is one stat from each Big 12 team that helped define the season:
Iowa State’s sacks allowed: The Cyclones allowed 37 sacks in 12 games, an average of 3.08 per game. ISU finished last in the nation and tied for No. 113 among FBS teams in the category. The trouble protecting the passer speaks volumes about the injury struggles Paul Rhoads’ team had along the offensive line. Ten different ISU offensive linemen started games this season, with nine different starting lineups starting the first 11 games. All of ISU’s offensive problems began up front.
Kansas’ yards per play: It’s amazing to think how bad Charlie Weis’ offense was this season. The Jayhawks ranked among the worst in the nation in several categories, but their 4.28 yards per play was No. 120 among FBS teams. KU entered the season with much higher expectations for this offensive unit, particularly with BYU transfer Jake Heaps as the triggerman. Yet the Jayhawks never really found any consistency, as Weis and company tried several different things to jump start the unit. KU scored more than 20 points twice this season, letting down a defense that was much improved over last year’s group.
Kansas State’s yards per play: When you think of the top offenses in the Big 12, it takes a while to get to Kansas State. Yet the Wildcats featured a surprisingly explosive offense despite losing uber-productive quarterback Collin Klein off last year’s squad. This year’s K-State offense averaged 6.3 yards per play, second to only Baylor in the Big 12 and No. 28 among FBS teams. Bill Snyder’s ability to find harmony while using Jake Waters and Daniel Sams in a two-quarterback system led to 33.4 points per game by an offense that didn’t enter the season expected to be among the Big 12’s best.
Oklahoma’s yards allowed per game: The Sooners allowed just 336.3 yards per game to lead the Big 12 and finish No. 13 in the FBS. OU entered the season with a lot of questions and concerns about a defense that was embarrassed by Johnny Manziel in last year's Cotton Bowl and was losing a bunch of starters, yet the Sooners defense improved thanks to several young players, including defensive end Charles Tapper and Big 12 defensive newcomer of the year Dominique Alexander. OU's defense was the foundation of the Sooners' 10-2 season and Sugar Bowl berth.
Oklahoma State’s opponent third down conversion rate: The Cowboys defense was among the Big 12’s best in its first season under Glenn Spencer. Their third down production was superb, allowing opponents to convert just 31.3 percent of their third down attempts to lead the Big 12 and finish seventh among FBS teams. OSU’s veteran defense and willingness to be more aggressive on third downs under Spencer played a key role in its success in those situations and eventual 10-2 finish.
Texas sack percentage: The Longhorns' ability to get after the quarterback played a key role in their success. UT featured two of the Big 12’s top pass rushing threats in Jackson Jeffcoat and Cedric Reed. That duo helped UT sack opposing quarterbacks on 8.6 percent of passing plays, ranking No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 9 among FBS teams while finishing with 37 total sacks, including 35 during Big 12 play, helping UT to a 7-2 conference record.
TCU third down conversion rate: The Horned Frogs converted just 32 percent of their third down attempts this season, ranking eighth in the Big 12 and No. 113 among FBS teams. It’s easy to see why the Horned Frogs have brought in former Houston offensive coordinator Doug Meacham to take over their offense. TCU’s defense was good enough to be in the Big 12 title race, its offense was not.
Texas Tech passing yards per game: It was a terrific debut season for head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s offense despite some musical chairs at the quarterback position. The Red Raiders averaged 392 passing yards per game to lead the Big 12 and rank second among FBS teams despite having true freshmen Baker Mayfield and Davis Webb running the offense. Without one of the nation’s elite passing offenses, it’s unlikely the Red Raiders earn a bowl bid with a 7-5 record.
West Virginia’s opponent third down conversion rate: The Mountaineers allowed opponents to convert 42.7 percent of their third down attempts, ranking last in the Big 12 and No. 91 among FBS teams. WVU’s inability to get off the field in those important moments was one reason the Mountaineers’ defense allowed 455 yards per game, leading to the team's 4-8 finish.
Tight end: Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
Offensive guard: Cyril Richardson, Baylor
Defensive end: Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
Center: Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma
Cornerback: Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
Cornerback: Jason Verrett, TCU
Safety: Ahmad Dixon, Baylor
Kicker: Anthony Fera, Texas
Safety: Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State
A sampling of today's chat:
Go Pokes! (Colorado): With the retirement of Mack Brown, should Okie State fans be worried that Texas might want to hire Mike Gundy?
Jake Trotter: It doesn't sound like Gundy will be at the top of the list. But he'll be on the list. That said, would Texas hire someone who is 1-8 lifetime against Oklahoma? One of the reasons Mack Brown had to retire was because he couldn't consistently defeat OU.
Randy (Pampa): Hi, Jake. I know everyone is going to ask you who you think will be the next coach at Texas, so I won't bother to. Oh, who am I trying to fool? I gotta know! Who do you think will be the next coach at Texas?
Jake Trotter: Safest bet is James Franklin. He's a guy they can definitely get, and a guy they will definitely target.
Chase (Dallas): What do you think of Sonny Cumbie heading over to TCU?
Jake Trotter: I thought it was strange initially. But after hearing Cumbie's explanation, it makes sense. He basically wants to be where Kliff Kingsbury is someday. And it was going to be very difficult getting there where he was, coaching WRs with little input in the offensive game planning. Cumbie is a great recruiter, very energetic. I like what Gary Patterson has done so far this offseason.
Sooner in Texas (Texas): How do you leave Jordan Phillips, Keith Ford off your underclassmen list? Those two will be incredible next year. Truly shocking and shows poor judgment on your part.
Jake Trotter: As I mentioned in the post, the all-underclassman team was about 2013 performance, not 2014 potential. Both have bright futures. Neither played enough this year to warrant recognition for this team.
Austin (Austin, Texas): Where do you see Baker Mayfield going?
Jake Trotter: I've heard he has his sights set high. I think all the non-AQ schools in Texas are possibilities (SMU, Rice, North Texas). I know he wants to play somewhere in a major conference. But it will require one of those schools offering him a scholly, which is something most of them didn't do in the winter.
Bob (Waco): Is there any chance some UT recruits change commitments with Mack leaving?
Jake Trotter: I get the sense most players commit to Texas more than they commit to the coach, though I'm sure many of those commitments will be watching closely to see who the new coach is.
Kevin (Reno, Nev.): The Big XII needs a big time coaching addition to the conference, not for Texas to poach one from a fellow school. Agree or disagree?
Jake Trotter: It would be better for the conference if Texas poached outside the league, rather than inside it. I agree.
shrubsooner (Oklahoma): Oklahoma State or Mizzou?
Jake Trotter: I give Oklahoma State a slight edge. They have a CB in Justin Gilbert who can match up with DGB.
Big Sean (KCMO): Yea, we will see if Okie State's corner can match up with DGB or any of Mizzou's wideouts.
Way to be a Big 12 homer!!!
Jake Trotter: Justin Gilbert was a Thorpe finalist. Try to keep up.
Leon (WV): Are we dumping Dana Holgorsen after this disaster?
Jake Trotter: Dana will be back in 2014, but he will be on the hot seat. The problem is, will West Virginia be able to bounce back far enough to save his job? West Virginia plays Alabama at Maryland, at Oklahoma State, at Texas, at Texas Tech, Baylor, OU -- they would have to win at least one of those games just to make a bowl. Gonna be tough.
Shrub (Oklahoma): Do you think Charlie Weis ever turns it around? And have you heard of that program getting any top recruits?
Jake Trotter: Weis actually has a decent class coming in. LB Kyron Watson, C Jacob Bragg and RB Traevohn Wrench are all four-star players. Next year is a big year. The key might be QB Montell Cozart. He needs to take the next step.
Jim (Colo.): Do you think Colorado and Nebraska anticipated being this poor after leaving the Big 12? I think Bo Pelini is the problem in Lincoln but I have no idea why Colorado is a complete doormat.
Jake Trotter: I agree. I don't think Pelini is the answer at all in Lincoln. Strange they're keeping him. And does Colorado still field a football team? I have no idea.
Kenny (WV): How does the new juco transfer fit into the musical chairs if the WVU QB situation? Also will he qualify to be there in the spring?
Jake Trotter: Skyler Howard is another hat in the ring. I have no idea what direction Dana will go at QB. I think he wanted Ford Childress to be the guy before the injury. As bad as he was against Maryland, I might give Childress the slight edge in the spring. But he'll have to be better than he was in Baltimore.
- The Sooners players talked highly of departing Texas coach Mack Brown. Kansas coach Charlie Weis is sorry to see Brown go. The Oklahoman looks at Brown's memorable victories over Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. The Dallas Morning News collected fan reaction on Brown's decision to resign.
- The Oklahoman's Erik Horne thinks Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy should be getting looks for the Texas job. The paper's Berry Tramel offers up 25 candidates to replace Brown.
- Texas Tech assistant Sonny Cumbie discussed his decision to leave Tech to become the QB coach and co-offensive coordinator at TCU, in this radio interview with Double T 104.3-FM's Chris Level.
- Three-star recruit Ty Summers explains to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Travis L. Brown why he flipped his commitment from Rice to TCU.
- Trevor Knight should be Oklahoma's starting QB against Alabama, in the opinion of The Oklahoman's Jenni Carlson, but coach Bob Stoops isn't saying who will start. Sooners cornerback Aaron Colvin talks about giving Oklahoma State fans the business, in an interview with the Tulsa World's John E. Hoover.
- Iowa State picked up an OG junior-college commitment and a high school DB verbal. The Cyclones are getting more TV exposure, according to the Des Moines Register's Andrew Logue.
- The Jayhawks snagged a junior-college defensive back commitment.
- Oklahoma State QB Clint Chelf and LB Shaun Lewis took home the team's major awards.
- Central Florida is struggling to sell tickets for its Tostitos Fiesta Bowl matchup with Baylor. Art Briles' coaching staff has been busy -- the Bears have pulled in three junior college commitments already this week.
Oklahoma's defense was the foundation of the team's drive to the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Mike Stoops' unit finished atop the Big 12 in passing yards allowed and total yards allowed while making sure the Sooners had the chance to win every game they played, even with constant uncertainty at quarterback. The defensive line was surprisingly good, the linebackers were much more productive than in 2012 and the secondary replaced several starters with relative ease.
Here are the position-by-position grades for the Sooners' defense.
Linebackers: A-. OU’s linebackers showed terrific improvement in 2013. Junior Frank Shannon and freshman Dominique Alexander, the Big 12 defensive newcomer of the year, finished 1-2 in tackles. Shannon played through nicks and bruises to finish with 85 tackles while Alexander finished with 75 stops after being thrust into the starting role against Texas. Add linebacker/defensive end hybrid Eric Striker to the mix and the linebackers were among the most productive groups on the squad. The versatility of Shannon and Alexander and Striker’s pass rushing skills are one reason the Sooners finished second in the Big 12 and No. 13 among FBS teams in third-down conversion percentage at 32.5 percent.
Cornerbacks: A-. Two-time All-Big 12 performer Aaron Colvin is an “A+++” performer. He showed toughness, leadership and exceptional coverage skills as a senior. With Colvin on the other side, redshirt freshman Zack Sanchez was constantly picked on by opponents but held up well and, most importantly, displayed the competitive nature every cornerback needs to succeed. Behind Colvin and Sanchez, freshman Stanvon Taylor and sophomore Cortez Johnson both made starts and earned valuable experience while providing quality depth. And nickelback Julian Wilson was stellar in his first season as a starter while tying for the team lead with three interceptions. OU led the Big 12 with 198 passing yards allowed per game, largely because of quality play from its cornerbacks and Wilson.
Safeties: A-. As good as the cornerbacks were, the safeties held their own in the defensive backfield. OU’s safeties were better in coverage this season than in 2012 while limiting big plays in the running and passing game. Gabe Lynn and Quentin Hayes weren’t dominant forces in the secondary but they were very good and played key roles while helping the Sooners to their 10-2 record.
But that doesn’t mean the Big 12 is bereft of young talent that impacted this season. And to underscore that, we put together our All-Big 12 underclassman team (freshmen and sophomores).
This team is based on 2013 performance, not future potential -- though many on this list also have bright futures.
So, without further ado, the ESPN.com 2013 All-Big 12 underclassman team:
QB: Daniel Sams, Kansas State
RB: Johnathan Gray, Texas
RB: Shock Linwood, Baylor
WR: Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma
WR: Jakeem Grant, Texas Tech
WR: Quenton Bundrage, Iowa State
OT: Le’Raven Clark, Texas Tech
OG: Cody Whitehair, Kansas State
C: Joey Hunt, TCU
OG: Desmine Hilliard, Baylor
OT: Spencer Drango, Baylor
AP: Trevone Boykin, TCU
DE: Charles Tapper, Oklahoma
DT: Travis Britz, Kansas State
DT: Malcom Brown, Texas
DE: Shawn Oakman, Baylor
LB: Eric Striker, Oklahoma
LB: Dalton Santos, Texas
LB: Dominique Alexander, Oklahoma
CB: Kevin Peterson, Oklahoma State
S: Isaiah Johnson, Kansas
S: Chris Hackett, TCU
CB: Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma
K: Jared Oberkrom, TCU
P: Nick O’Toole, West Virginia
PR/KR: B.J. Catalon, TCU
PR/KR: Daje Johnson, Texas
With 50 days from national signing day, a lot of questions about star players have been answered. Some questions, however, are still left to be answered.
Here are 10 signing day storylines that could affect recruiting classes throughout the Big 12:
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This is not a final list, just an early rundown of who we know that has decided where to showcase their skills in front of the NFL scouts.
REESE'S SENIOR BOWL (Jan. 25, Mobile, Ala.)
- Mike Davis, WR, Texas
- Ahmad Dixon, S, Baylor
- Jalen Saunders, WR, Oklahoma
- Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
- Kirby Van Der Camp, P, Iowa State
- Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma
Also, TCU quarterback Casey Pachall will take part in the inaugural Medal of Honor Bowl on Jan. 11 in Charleston, S.C.
The Class of 2013 is in the stretch run. With just 50 days until national signing day, there are plenty of developments and questions in the lead-up to Feb. 5. From top uncommitted players to class rankings predictions, this is everything you'll need to know.
Questions to ponder
50. Who is next at Texas, and when? The choice as new Longhorns coach will be key for future classes, but the timing of the hire is also important as there are quite a few commitments targeted by other teams that are now hanging by a thread with each passing day -- dead period or not.
49. Will Maryland close with a bang? This one is simple: keep No. 15 Jalen Tabor (Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate Academy) and No. 26 Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara) home and it's a big bang.
We've all experienced at least one crazy, tempestuous relationship, right? It was toxic yet also sometimes thrilling beyond measure. The highs were extraordinary, and the lows miserable. There were raving arguments full of frenzied recriminations, but somehow you stayed together for a surprisingly long time. Alas, eventually, sanity prevailed and you went your separate ways.
On Jan. 6 at midnight, college football will break up with the BCS after a tumultuous 16 seasons. The sport will move on to a new relationship in 2014 with the four-team College Football Playoff. This one promises to be more stable and mature.
So as we move toward this inevitable split, how do we feel? We know this is for the best, but certainly there will be some bittersweetness to the parting.
The BCS, after all, stopped us from ending seasons the way we ended 1997, when twin unbeatens Michigan and Nebraska eyeballed each other from across the country because the old bowl system didn't allow them to settle things on the field. Simply, the BCS tried to find the best way to put the Nos. 1 and 2 teams together for a winner-take-all game, which, at the time of its creation, seemed like a great idea. While it was unquestionably an imperfect system, it gave us Texas' 41-38 win over USC in 2006, which might well be the greatest college football game ever played. It also gave us Ohio State's shocking double-overtime win over a seemingly invincible Miami squad in 2003, which has a spot on the same list.
- Texas coach Mack Brown finally stepped down over the weekend, and held a press conference Sunday to explain why. Replacing Brown will be a tough act to follow according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which also recaps the highs and lows of the Brown era. The Houston Chronicle looks back at his key games. Forbes examines the financial impact of Brown's tenure. The San Antonio's Express News' Tim Griffin tallies the Twitter support Brown received.
- The Dallas Morning News' Chuck Carlton writes the Longhorns face the most super-sized coaching search in college football history. USA TODAY's George Schroeder looks at who Brown's replacement might be. According to the Dallas Morning News' Kevin Sherrington, Stanford coach David Shaw should be at the top of Texas' list.
- After watching Auburn roll up 545 rushing yards on Missouri, Oklahoma State is likely to go run heavy in the AT&T Cotton Bowl, writes The Oklahoman's Gina Mizell. Cowboys QB Clint Chelf finally spoke, and the Tulsa World's Kelly Hines detailed what he had to say.
- The Horned Frogs have an interesting new QB coach, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Stefan Stevenson reports. TCU had a good recruiting weekend.
- Kliff Kingsbury said he didn't get many specifics on why QB Baker Mayfield wanted to transfer, according to the Dallas Morning News' Mike Graham.
- The Oklahoman's Jason Kersey offers up reasons why the Sooners can upset Alabama. Oklahoma had a junior-college tight end recommit.
- Baylor WR Tevin Reese got upgraded to probable over the weekend for the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, after suffering a dislocated wrist last month.
- Kansas State QB Jake Waters got better as the season wore on, writes the Topeka Capital-Journal's Ken Corbitt. WR Tyler Lockett and DB Ty Zimmerman were named team MVPs.
Unlike previous campaigns, Oklahoma’s offense was not the envy of the rest of the Big 12 this season. The Sooners running game was second to none and provided a foundation that allowed OU to stay in games, control the ball and create opportunities in its passing game. But it’s lack of explosiveness through the air, leading to poor offensive balance, made this year’s offense one of the worst in Norman, Okla. in recent memory. Yet the Sooners limited turnovers and mental mistakes while running the ball well enough to earn 10 wins, which should quiet critics considering a double-digit win season was unexpected heading into the season.
Quarterback: C+. Where are all the Landry Jones haters now? A quick glance at the Sooners passing stats (186.67 ypg, No. 99 in FBS) makes this grade seem way too high. But a quick glance at the win column makes everything clear. OU never got consistency from the position, as Blake Bell and Trevor Knight each had their moments of success and failure. Bell was the starter in Sooners’ losses to Texas and Baylor, and looked uncomfortable in both games, but played a key role in road wins at Notre Dame and Oklahoma State. And Knight showed flashes of big-time upside but also showed the inexperience of a redshirt freshman. Through it all the Sooners found a way to get 10 wins and the quarterbacks played a key role in that success. A significant drop off from Jones yet OU finished the regular season with the exact same record Jones led them to as a senior.
Running back: A+. Who knows how the Sooners’ season would have ended up if it wasn’t for a talented and deep group of running backs led by Brennan Clay. The senior led the Sooners with 913 rushing yards, averaging 5.78 yards per carry, but Damien Williams (553 rushing yards) and Roy Finch (347 rushing yards) joined him as quality threats in the backfield. The Sooners running backs brought a physical running style and game-breaking ability which helped offset OU’s ugly passing attack.
Receiver: B-. The quarterbacks shouldered a bunch of the blame for OU’s passing troubles, but the Sooners receivers deserve their share of the burden. Jalen Saunders performed like an “A” student and Sterling Shepard wasn’t far behind. After those two playmakers, the Sooners receivers left plenty to be desired. Lacolton Bester had good moments but wasn’t the constant threat that Saunders and Shepard were in 2013 and the overall depth seemed nonexistent as young players such as Durron Neal never emerged as difference makers at the receiver spot.
Offensive line: A-. OU rushed for nearly 3,000 yards yet didn’t feature a single 1,000-yard rusher, speaking volumes for the offensive line. The only reason the Sooners’ starting front didn’t get a A+ was lackluster efforts against Texas and Baylor, helping to contribute to OU’s only losses. Center Gabe Ikard was the anchor and star of the offensive front, but tackle Daryl Williams made an overlooked but valuable contribution as the other all-Big 12 level performer on the squad. Tackle Tyrus Thompson, guard Nila Kasitati, guard Bronson Irwin and guard Adam Shead each played well while helping pave the way for OU’s running game and limiting opponents to 15 total sacks.
Overall: B-. The lack of balance keeps this grade from being higher but OU averaged more than 31.8 points and 5.84 yards per game, ranking them in the top half of the Big 12. The Sooners running game was superb and overcame the passing game struggles while protecting the football. OU's offense is not an national championship-level offense, but it's not as bad as it appeared at various times either.
The defenses became the foundation of Big 12 title runs as Baylor, Oklahoma State and Texas used improved defenses to put themselves in title contention on the season’s final day. Baylor safety Ahmad Dixon, Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert and Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat were among the Big 12’s best defenders.
The season began with Oklahoma State as the favorite in a wide-open race but few foresaw the Bears’ 11-1 season and outright conference title. BU played the role as the Big 12’s most impressive team week after week until a disappointing loss in Stillwater but didn’t let it derail their hopes for a title, defeating TCU and Texas to capture the title when OSU lost to Oklahoma to end the season.
Things weren’t quite as rosy at TCU, where a combination of injuries and turnovers took the Horned Frogs out of the conference title race early in the year. Cornerback Jason Verrett & Co. did their job on defense but got very little help from the offense on the way to a disappointing season for a team that Big 12 players picked as the league favorite.
Offensive MVP: Petty. The quarterback position was the lone question about the Bears' offense heading into the season. Could their new triggerman excel like Griffin and Nick Florence? Petty passed the test with flying colors, passing for 3,844 yards and 30 touchdowns with just two interceptions.
Defensive MVP: Jeffcoat. The Longhorns’ senior didn’t run away from the competition for this award the way Petty did for the offensive version. But a strong end to the year and sitting atop top the Big 12 in sacks (12) and was second in tackles for loss (18) made him the Big 12's top defender in 2013.
Newcomer of the year: Sims. The Houston transfer didn’t envision the struggles he experienced during his lone season in Morgantown, W.Va. Yet, he was one of the league’s best and most consistent playmakers despite the musical chairs alongside him. His 129.1 all-purpose yards per game average was second in the Big 12.
Biggest surprise: Baylor. The Bears finished fifth in the Big 12 preseason poll as question marks about Petty and their defense dragged them down in the minds of many. Yet Petty and the defense rose to the occasion, becoming the driving forces behind the program’s breakthrough season that sees them playing in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
Biggest disappointment: TCU. Bigger things were expected from Gary Patterson's squad. Injuries to Casey Pachall and Devonte Fields hurt TCU’s chances but sloppy, uncreative offense did more damage. While the defense played well enough to be in the title hunt, the offense dragged the squad into the bottom half of the Big 12 standings.
Best game: Bedlam. Few people gave Oklahoma a chance to knock off OSU, which entered the game with the chance to make its second Fiesta Bowl berth in three years. But OU answered a late touchdown from the Cowboys with a touchdown of its own in the game’s final moments to destroy OSU’s Fiesta Bowl dreams and catapult OU into the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Even then, there were more deserving players than there were spots. But we tried to remain true to the spirit of all-conference teams, picking the 26 best players according to their positions. As a result, our team doesn’t have four defensive ends, three cornerbacks or two centers, despite how much we would have liked to include Texas’ Cedric Reed, Kansas State’s B.J. Finney or Oklahoma’s Aaron Colvin.
So, without further ado, the 2013 ESPN.com All-Big 12 Team:
QB: Bryce Petty, Baylor
RB: Lache Seastrunk, Baylor
RB: Charles Sims, West Virginia
WR: Antwan Goodley, Baylor
WR: Tyler Lockett, Kansas State
TE: Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
OT: Le'Raven Clark, Texas Tech
OG: Cyril Richardson, Baylor
C: Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma
OG: Trey Hopkins, Texas
OT: Parker Graham, Oklahoma State
DE: Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
DT: Calvin Barnett, Oklahoma State
DT: Kerry Hyder, Texas Tech
DE: Ryan Mueller, Kansas State
LB: Jeremiah George, Iowa State
LB: Caleb Lavey, Oklahoma State
LB: Eddie Lackey, Baylor
CB: Jason Verrett, TCU
S: Ahmad Dixon, Baylor
S: Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State
CB: Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
K: Anthony Fera, Texas
P: Nick O'Toole, West Virginia
PR/KR: Jalen Saunders, Oklahoma
PR/KR: Josh Stewart, Oklahoma State
If all eyes weren’t on the Heisman Trophy race Saturday, then they were on Mack Brown's impending resignation as head coach of the Texas Longhorns. Add that in with the multiple junior college pledges to Big 12 programs, and you have a pretty solid weekend of recruiting as we approach the middle of the month.
Official visits and in-home visits were major topics of discussion last week. Here are some of the top storylines over the weekend:
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BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
2:00 PM ET Washington State Colorado State 3:30 PM ET 20 Fresno State 25 USC 5:30 PM ET Buffalo San Diego State 9:00 PM ET Tulane Louisiana-Lafayette
6:00 PM ET Pittsburgh Bowling Green 9:30 PM ET Utah State 23 Northern Illinois
2:30 PM ET Marshall Maryland 6:00 PM ET Syracuse Minnesota 9:30 PM ET Brigham Young Washington
12:00 PM ET Rutgers Notre Dame 3:20 PM ET Cincinnati North Carolina 6:45 PM ET Miami (FL) 18 Louisville 10:15 PM ET Michigan Kansas State
11:45 AM ET Middle Tennessee Navy 3:15 PM ET Ole Miss Georgia Tech 6:45 PM ET 10 Oregon Texas 10:15 PM ET 14 Arizona State Texas Tech
12:30 PM ET Arizona Boston College 2:00 PM ET Virginia Tech 17 UCLA 4:00 PM ET Rice Mississippi State 8:00 PM ET 24 Duke 21 Texas A&M
12:00 PM ET Nebraska 22 Georgia 12:00 PM ET UNLV North Texas 1:00 PM ET Iowa 16 LSU 1:00 PM ET 19 Wisconsin 9 South Carolina 5:00 PM ET 5 Stanford 4 Michigan State 8:30 PM ET 15 UCF 6 Baylor
7:30 PM ET 13 Oklahoma State 8 Missouri 8:30 PM ET 12 Clemson 7 Ohio State