Friday, May 13, 2011
The surprise team in the Big 12?
By David Ubben
Last year, Oklahoma State took home this title in a landslide. But who's the surprise team in the Big 12 this season?
Texas enters the season with measured expectations, but in theory, the Longhorns could surprise in one of two ways. What would be more surprising? Another 5-7 season? Or a Big 12 title?
Missouri has been written off as a real contender for the Big 12 title because it lacks a proven quarterback, despite being deep and experienced nearly everywhere else. Can the Tigers rally around James Franklin and surprise the league?
Kansas State has a host of unproven players who could boom or bust. Can the Brown Brothers carry Kansas State to big things, more than just a second consecutive bowl berth?
Baylor got in a bowl last season for the first time since 1994, but hired Phil Bennett to shore up the defense. Can he help push the Bears over the top and help Baylor become a factor in the Big 12 race?
Texas Tech has to replace a lot from last season's team, but so did Oklahoma State in 2010. Can Tommy Tuberville's squad shake things up in his second season in Lubbock?