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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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Will WVU be a new power?

This particular sign refers to South Florida, but for West Virginia, which finally received clearance to join the Big 12, it could easily be about TCU or, say, Texas.

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Can the Big East survive?

The Big East isn't in bad shape, but it's never a good thing when you lose a major football and basketball program. Will it have to combine with another conference like the C-USA/MWC hybrid?

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The Big 12 will have two new football powerhouses in 2012 to replace Missouri and Texas A&M, as West Virginia and TCU are set to join the conference. Both teams bring championship pedigrees to the table, but is either the best in the conference? Cast your vote now!

Big 12 Football Schools

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Kansas

Kansas State

Oklahoma

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A win for which conference?

West Virginia thumped Clemson 70-33 in the Orange Bowl as the Big East's BCS representative, but it will soon head to the Big 12. "Soon" being a term debated by lawyers at the moment.

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Which program is the real prize?

West Virginia wasn't the only future Big 12 member (with Big East ties) to win a bowl. TCU won the Poinsettia Bowl and finished 11-2 in its final Mountain West season.

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Is West Virginia a football power?

West Virginia is 70-20 since 2005 and nearly played for a national title one of those seasons. Throw in the glory days of Don Nehlen and Bobby Bowden's roots and what does it equal?

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What about the team that gave up 70?

You know who loves Clemson right now? Washington, no longer on the hook for the sorriest defensive performance in a bowl this year.

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The Big 12's continued existence looked more than a little shaky after Texas A&M, Colorado and Nebraska left, but with the announcement that West Virginia will leave the Big East and be accepted into the conference after a formal invitation, things could be looking up for the Big 12. Missouri's departure from the Big 12 has been held up somewhat, but conventional wisdom says the school will likely join the SEC very soon.

More: Can the Big East survive its latest loss, or will the conference dissolve?


TCU or WVU?

TCU and West Virginia have been doing good things in football over the past few years, but which program brings more to the table?

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Game 1: SportsNation's burning questions for No. 1 Alabama at No. 10 Arkansas

Cash (Arkansas)

Joe Adams is having a great season for the hogs this year. If he has a big game against Bama can he make his way into the heisman watch?

SEC blogger Chris Low
Chris Low

I think Adams is one of the best players in the SEC after the catch. He's terrific in space and making people miss. But it's just so hard for receivers to make a legitimate run in the Heisman race no matter how special they are. Full transcript

Game 2: SportsNation's burning questions for No. 24 Oregon State at No. 3 Boise State

Adam (NV)

Who do you think will win this wknd between OSU vs Boise? Any chance the Beavers keep it close, or even pull the upset?

Pat Forde
Pat Forde

Adam: Wouldn't be surprised if Oregon State keeps it close. Would be surprised if Oregon State wins. Like Boise to win. Full transcript

Game 3: SportsNation's burning questions for No. 22 West Virginia at No. 15 LSU

Walt (DC)

What will WVU do to compensate for lack of size going up against LSU's offense and defense lines?

Big East blogger Brian Bennett
Brian Bennett

I think the Mountaineers will be OK defensively. Offensive line is an issue. They need to get a push up front against what is always a talented defensive line. Perhaps some screens, the shotgun and a little old-fashioned zone read can slow that down. Full transcript

Game 4: SportsNation's burning questions for No. 16 Stanford at Notre Dame

Dave (NC)

I've had a bad weekend Andrea. I only care about UNC and Notre Dame sports when it comes to college and I'm from MA so the Pats let me down as well...... give me something to look forward to for UNC and or ND this week.

Andrea Adelson
Andrea Adelson

Oh, Dave. I hope you are staying away from sharp objects ;) Both teams have been competitive, so there is that. Notre Dame is a few plays away from being 3-0, so there is that. I am not sure the Irish can beat Stanford -- the Cardinal have looked awfully good. But UNC can definitely beat Rutgers. From what I have seen of the Scarlet Knights, they haven't looked overly impressive and probably should have lost to FIU. Full transcript

Game 5: SportsNation's burning questions for South Carolina at Auburn

Sanders Colson (Atlanta)

Auburn won one they probably should have lost to Clemson. How do think they will do against S Carolina?

Mark Schlabach
Mark Schlabach

I think it should be a really good game. Clemson had some success running the ball, so I'd expect to see a heavy dose of Marcus Lattimore. Clemson did a nice job shutting down AU's offense in the first half, too. That's happened twice in the last two games, but give AU credit for coming back. Newton threw the ball well at the end. Full transcript

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