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Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops made some critical comments recently about the SEC and the idea that the conference is significantly better than the rest of college football, and in particular Stoops' home, the Big 12. "You can look at the top two, three, four, five, six teams, and you can look at the bottom six, seven, eight, whatever they are. How well are they all doing?" Stoops asked. "What'd we [the Big 12] have, eight of 10 teams in bowl games this year?" So we'll ask you, SportsNation. How do the SEC and Big 12 stack up heading into the 2013 season? Click the logos to set your ballot.

Playbook's DJ Gallo looks at some key criteria in the Big 12 vs. SEC debate

SEC vs. Big 12 teams

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Oklahoma State ended the 2011 season as the No. 3-ranked team in the nation, the only Big 12 team to finish inside the top 10 of the final polls. Will the Cowboys repeat their success of last season? How will newcomers TCU and West Virginia do? Click on the team logos to set your rankings!

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2012 Big 12 football teams

Baylor

Baylor

2011 overall: 10-3
2011 Big 12: 6-3

Iowa State

Iowa State

2011 overall: 6-7
2011 Big 12: 3-6

Kansas

Kansas

2011 overall: 2-10
2011 Big 12: 0-9

Kansas State

Kansas State

2011 overall: 10-3
2011 Big 12: 7-2

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

2011 overall: 10-3
2011 Big 12: 6-3

Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State

2011 overall: 12-1
2011 Big 12: 8-1

TCU

TCU

2011 overall: 11-2
2011 MWC: 7-0

Texas

Texas

2011 overall: 8-5
2011 Big 12: 4-5

Texas Tech

Texas Tech

2011 overall: 5-7
2011 Big 12: 2-7

West Virginia

West Virginia

2011 overall: 10-3
2011 Big East: 5-2

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As if college football teams don't have enough on their minds at this of year, Iowa and Iowa State are less than a month away from their annual rivalry game and don't know what they're playing for on Sept. 10 in Ames. The humanity! The old Cy-Hawk Trophy was scrapped after last season, but the new version, seen here, didn't exactly meet with rave reviews from Iowans wondering if someone ordered it off a late-night infomercial. Might we suggest a statue of some fried butter?


What does your inner art critic say?

The depiction of a farmer, his family and their corn apparently struck some people as, well, having little to do with football.

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Where should they look for advice?

This is Floyd of Rosedale. Floyd is a bronze pig. We'll leave it to fans of Iowa and Minnesota to explain why their teams play for it.

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Where can they find inspiration?

Among fun facts about the state that don't involve baseball players walking through corn: Iowa is the only state that begins with two vowels.

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The Big East has teams in Milwaukee and Louisville. The Big Ten not only has a name that's out of date but a logo (with the embedded "11" in it) that's doubly wrong after adding Nebraska to the mix. The Pac-10 and Big 12? Not for math majors. At this rate, Conference USA needs to add the University of Western Ontario just to keep up with the big boys. But now that Texas has apparently saved the 10-team Big 12 by graciously accepting the opportunity to make more money than anyone else, what should we do about the name?

SportsNation blogger MightierToaster thinks the answer isn't coming up with a new name to match the math (and as a Big Ten fan, he has some experience with this). Instead, he thinks the answer is finding new non-Texas schools to match the old name.

Craig (Oklahoma)

I have an idea for the Big 12: add TCU and Tulsa to the conf. and put TCU in the south and Tulsa in the north, plus move OSU to the north. Just an idea, what do you think?

Bruce Feldman
Bruce Feldman

I don't think its crazy. TCU is a big time program with great history. IT's not like you said shove two Sun Belts teams in there. Full transcript

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ESPN.com's college football writers and bloggers will be going conference by conference in the coming weeks to preview the season ahead, and we're looking for your rankings along the way. Things get started with the Big 12, where blogger Tim Griffin has some Cowboys and Cornhuskers as the most likely spoilers in the Oklahoma-Texas race.

1. Texas
2. Oklahoma
3. Oklahoma State
4. Nebraska
5. Kansas
6. Texas Tech
Check out Griffin's complete Big 12 rankings.

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