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Oklahoma State: Long overshadowed by Oklahoma, the Cowboys finally broke through during the past two seasons, going 23-3 under coach Mike Gundy. Last season, the Pokes went 12-1 and won the Big 12 title, their first outright conference championship since 1948. And it never hurts having wealthy booster T. Boone Pickens' checkbook at your disposal. In 2005, Pickens donated $165 million to Oklahoma State to help improve the Pokes' football facilities.
TCU: The Horned Frogs were the model of consistency in the Mountain West, winning 11 games or more in six of the past seven seasons. During the past three seasons, TCU played in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl and won the Rose Bowl presented by VIZIO in 2011. Now TCU can sell recruits on playing in the Big 12, which should help it attract bigger and faster talent. It doesn't hurt that 34 individual donors helped TCU complete a $105 million renovation of the west side and north end zone of Amon G. Carter Stadium last year.