1. Oklahoma State 8-1, 11-1
By BLAIR KERKHOFF
The Kansas City Star
If not best team, best schedule in Big 12 and could be in national title hunt.
2. Oklahoma 7-2, 9-3
Key is improved defense, which in ’12, was dreadful by Bob Stoops’ standards.
3. TCU 6-3, 8-4
Perhaps best defense in Big 12, and QB Casey Pachall is back.
4. Kansas State 6-3, 9-3
So many new faces on defensive side could make it tough to defend Big 12 title.
5. Texas 5-4, 8-4
Horns have improved each year since bottoming out in 2010.
6. Baylor, 5-4, 8-4
New QB in Bryce Petty, and offense should be nation’s best.
7. Iowa State 3-6, 6-6
Only Cyclones and Ohio State have beaten ranked foe on road each of last three years.
8. Texas Tech 2-7, 5-7
Kliff Kingsbury returns home seeking to reverse Raiders’ conference fortunes.
9. West Virginia 2-7, 4-8
Reality set in after fast start in ’12, now Mountaineers continue without big playmakers.
10. Kansas 1-8, 4-8
Ending the 21-game conference losing streak is the first step in road to recovery.
• Fiesta: Oklahoma State
• Cotton: Oklahoma
• Alamo: TCU
• Buffalo Wild Wings: Kansas State
• Holiday: Texas
• Texas: Baylor
• Pinstripe: Iowa State
• Aug. 31, TCU vs. LSU (at Arlington, Texas): Frogs will be without Devonte Fields, but it’s a statement opportunity for Big 12 vs. SEC.
• Oct. 12, Oklahoma vs. Texas (at Cotton Bowl, Dallas): Pressure is on Longhorns’ Mack Brown, who has lost three straight in series, last two by 118-38 score.
• Dec. 7, Oklahoma at Oklahoma State: Winner of Bedlam, not Red River Rivalry, has produced at least a share of last three Big 12 winners.
• Offensive player of the year: Lache Seastrunk, Baylor (with ball). The Oregon transfer averaged 138.5 rushing yards over final six games.
• Defensive player of the year: Devonte Fields, TCU (left): Yes, he’s suspended for the first two games, but Frogs look for him to come back strong.