Renewed sense of optimism in Big 12

Originally Published: August 21, 2012
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

The Big 12 has a new defending champion. Oklahoma State finished 12-1 last season and ranked No. 3.

The Big 12 has a new commissioner. Bob Bowlsby came to the league from Stanford, where his program won the Directors' Cup every year he ran it.

The Big 12 has a new membership roster. Two unranked teams, Missouri and Texas A&M, fled for greener pastures. Two ranked teams replaced them. West Virginia is No. 11. TCU is No. 20.

The Big 12 is finalizing a television deal ...

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