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Controversy marks Big 12 season

The Big 12 is searching for respect. Tim Griffin has more on that and the conference's season-ending awards in the Big 12 wrap-up.

Updated: December 14, 2006, 11:45 AM ET
By Tim Griffin | Special to ESPN.com

National respect was fleeting for the Big 12 in 2006, even coming after a banner season last year.

Texas' national championship in 2005 -- the conference's fifth appearance in the BCS title game in six years -- and the league's strong 5-3 bowl record were quickly forgotten after Big 12 teams struggled through a subpar nonconference performance like none other in its history.

The Big 12 posted an 0-9 record against ranked foes in nonconference games and a 3-7 mark against opponents ...

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