Football 2012 Kansas State

Big 12 blitz | Projections, top players, top games

Updated: 2012-08-26T04:20:26Z

By BLAIR KERKHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Predicted order of finish

1. Oklahoma: 11-1, 8-1

QB Landry Jones looks to make his mark.

2. West Virginia: 10-2, 7-2

Are Mountaineers ready for weekly battles?

3. Oklahoma State: 9-3, 6-3

From 28-year-old QB Brandon Weeden to Wes Lunt, 18.

4. Texas: 9-3, 6-3

Look out if ’Horns get solid QB play.

5. Kansas State: 8-4, 5-4

No sneaking up on foes this season.

6. TCU: 7-5, 4-5

Toughest finishing slate in Big 12.

7. Baylor: 6-6, 3-6

Life without RG3 means slight step back.

8. Texas Tech: 6-6, 3-6

Seth Doege is league’s most underrated QB.

9. Iowa State: 4-8, 2-7

As always, will play everybody tough.

10. Kansas: 3-9, 1-8

This will be tougher, more disciplined team.

Bowl destinations

•  Fiesta: Oklahoma

•  Orange: West Virginia

•  Cotton: Texas

•  Insight: Oklahoma State

•  Alamo: Kansas State

•  Holiday: TCU

•  Meinieke Car Care: Baylor

•  Pinstripe: Texas Tech

Three can’t-miss games

•  Oct. 13: Oklahoma vs. Texas at the Cotton Bowl

Greatest spectacle in college football.

•  Nov. 3: Oklahoma State at Kansas State

One of the most entertaining games in the nation last year.

•  Nov. 17: Oklahoma at West Virginia

Morgantown will be on fire — at least the couches.

Award winners

•  Offensive player of the year: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

•  Defensive player of the year: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State

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