CFN 2012 Final Season Rankings - Big 12
Posted Jan 15, 2013

Which teams had the best seasons? Here's CFN's final ranking based on who earned it on the field.

CFN 2012 Season Rankings

Big 12 Rankings

2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011

2012 CFN Final Season Rankings
The Top 10 | Rankings 11-29 | Rankings 30-48 | Rankings 49-67
- Rankings 68-86Rankings 87-105The Bottom 19 
- ACC | Big East | Big Ten | Big 12 | C-USA | Ind
- MAC | Mountain West | Pac-12 | SEC | Sun Belt | WAC

- Based On Opinion ... CFN 2012 FINAL Rankings, Top  25

The Formula's Components: 
1. Wins. - If you win, everything else falls into place. Each win counts as 1.
2. Quality Wins - The number of wins over teams that finished with a winning record. Each win counts as 1.
3. Elite Wins - The number of wins over teams that finished with two losses or fewer. Each win counts as 1 with a road win over an Elite team getting an extra 0.5. Also counting as 1 is a road win over a team that finished with three losses or fewer (but the extra 0.5 isn't added). A win over a team that finishes with three losses in a bowl game counts as one.
4. Bad Loss - The number of losses to teams that finished with three wins or fewer or a loss to a FCS (DI-AA) team. Each loss counts as minus-1. Take away an additional 0.5 for a Bad Loss at home.
5. Bad Win - The number of wins to teams that finished with three wins or fewer, or a win over a D-IAA team. Each win counts as minus 0.25. 
6. Elite Loss - The number of losses to teams that finished with two losses or fewer. Each loss counts as 0.25.
7. Point Differential - Points for minus points against divided by 100. 
8. Winning Percentage - To take losses into account, winning percentage is in the mix. Total wins is the tie-breaker followed by winning percentage.

NOTE: This is based on who had the best season. This isn't a ranking of who the best teams were.

The number next to the team is the overall rank.

7. Kansas State (11-2) 2012 CFN Score: 21.77

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 32
2011 Final Season Ranking: 24
2011 CFN Final Score: 15.02
2010 Final Season Ranking: 60
2010 CFN Score: 8.63 
2009 Final Season Ranking: 72
2009 Final Score: 6.71
2008 Final Season Ranking: 83
2008 Final Score: 5.06
Key Stat: KSU was first in the nation in kickoff returns and second in punt returns.

There was no way Kansas State could win all the close games again after a phenomenal 2011 season. No, it couldn't - instead it blew just about everyone away. There were some tight battles against Oklahoma and Iowa State, but the Wildcats managed to roll at will against West Virginia, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and others on the way to a 10-0 start before the inexplicable disaster against Baylor. Even with the loss to Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl and despite the gaffe in Waco, winning the Big 12 title and going to the BCS made it one of the greatest seasons in school history.

18. Oklahoma (10-3)   2012 CFN Score: 18.42

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 4
2011 Final Season Ranking: 8
2011 CFN Final Score: 21.04
2010 Final Season Ranking: 4
2010 CFN Score: 23.52 
2009 Final Season Ranking: 35
2009 Final Score: 13.02
2008 Final Season Ranking: 2
2008 Final Score: 25.59
Key Stat: OU finished 12th in the nation in total offense. 

The Sooners still came up with a ten-win season; a fact that got lost in the three high-profile losses. This season, losing to Kansas State, Notre Dame and Texas A&M isn't anything to get into a twist over, but Oklahoma is supposed to be able to beat the big boys on a regular basis, especially at home and in bowl games. Blasting Texas 63-21 and getting by Oklahoma State helped on the way to sharing a piece of the Big 12 title, but the Cotton Bowl blowout to the Aggies will make this a bit of a rocky offseason.

22. Baylor (8-5) 2012 CFN Score: 16.06

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 50
2011 Final Season Ranking: 16
2011 CFN Final Score: 17.57
2010 Final Season Ranking: 58
2010 CFN Score: 8.88 
2009 Final Season Ranking: 85
2009 Final Score: 4.55
2008 Final Season Ranking: 92
2008 Final Score: 4.17
Key Stat: The Bears were 2nd in the nation in total offense for the second year in a row.

The offense kept on rolling without a problem despite the loss of RG3. Nick Florence finished second in the nation in total offense and the team finished second in yards and fourth in scoring. The defense, though, was the second-worst in the nation and was a big problem in losses to West Virginia, TCU and Texas. But things started to change around as RB Lache Seastrunk started to become a bigger part of the attack on the way to five wins over the final six games including a blowout over UCLA in the bowl and a season-changing win over Kansas State.

24. Texas (9-4) 2012 CFN Score: 15.53

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 5
2011 Final Season Ranking: 35
2011 CFN Final Score: 12.43
2010 Final Season Ranking: 65
2010 CFN Score: 7.68 
2009 Final Season Ranking: 4
2009 Final Score: 24.09
2008 Final Season Ranking: 3
2008 Final Score: 25.24
Key Stat: Texas was sixth in the nation in tackles for loss.

Even with a tough loss to West Virginia and a 63-21 embarrassment to Oklahoma, Texas still was in the hunt late in the season for at least a piece of the Big 12 title and a possible at-large spot in the BCS. Instead, the wildly inconsistent Longhorns needed a miracle finish to get by lowly Kansas and barely showed up in a Thanksgiving loss to TCU before an 18-point loss to Kansas State. A bowl win over Oregon State helped go into the offseason on a high note, but the team had too much talent to be 9-4.

29. Oklahoma State (8-51) 2012 CFN Score: 14.64
2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 12
2011 Final Season Ranking: 2
2011 CFN Final Score: 25.52
2010 Final Season Ranking: 8
2010 CFN Score: 20.67 
2009 Final Season Ranking: 34
2009 Final Score: 13.06
2008 Final Season Ranking: 30
2008 Final Score: 14.34
Key Stat: The Cowboys finished the year third in the nation in scoring offense. 

Considering the massive overhaul of talent - and losing QB Brandon Weeden and WR Justin Blackmon - going 8-5 wasn't that bad with wins over West Virginia, Texas Tech and TCU. The losses to Texas and Oklahoma were close, and the Cowboys put up a battle on the road against Kansas State. The 58-14 stomping of Purdue in the bowl was a good finish for a young team that's on the rise.

46. TCU (7-6)  2012 CFN Score: 12.03

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 24
2011 Final Season Ranking: 9
2011 CFN Final Score: 20.87
2010 Final Season Ranking: 2
2010 CFN Score: 24.60 
2009 Final Season Ranking: 5
2009 Final Score: 22.99
2008 Final Season Ranking: 8
2008 Final Score: 19.50
Key Stat: TCU was tenth in the nation against the run.

Considering all of the drama and controversy in the offseason, and despite the loss of starting quarterback Casey Pachall early on, TCU came up with a decent first year in the Big 12. Starting out 4-0 was a big help, and despite a three overtime loss to Texas Tech and struggles against Oklahoma State and Kansas State, the Horned Frogs managed to blowout Baylor, beat West Virginia in double overtime and got by Texas on Thanksgiving to earn their way to a bowl. The 17-16 bowl loss to Michigan State was a disappointment, but if the team could get past all the problems and come up with a seven-win season, now the sky is the limit.

52. Texas Tech (8-5) 2012 CFN Score: 11.11

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 47
2011 Final Season Ranking: 69
2011 CFN Final Score: 7.52
2010 Final Season Ranking: 38
2010 CFN Score: 11.90
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 32
2009 Final Season Ranking: 42
2009 Final Score: 12.09
2008 Final Season Ranking: 9
2008 Final Score: 19.42
Key Stat: The Red Raiders finished 114th in the nation in total defense in 2011 and 38th in 2012.

How freaking weird was the 2012 Texas Tech season? It started out red hot winning the first four games on the way to a 6-1 start - highlighted by a blowout that exposed West Virginia - and then came the second half slide losing four of the final five regular season games. Needing double overtime to get by Kansas didn't help the cause, and a sideline slap of an assistant by Tommy Tuberville was a black mark, but beating Minnesota with a nice comeback in the bowl helped. Just when it seemed like Tuberville was on a hot seat, he took off for Cincinnati. The Red Raider faithful never really took to Tuberville, and now they have one of their own in Kliff Kingsbury.

59. West Virginia (7-6) 2012 CFN Score: 9.47

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 19
2011 Final Season Ranking: 19
2011 CFN Final Score: 16.93
2010 Final Season Ranking: 19
2010 CFN Score: 14.95 
2009 Final Season Ranking: 21
2009 Final Score: 15.02
2008 Final Season Ranking: 29
2008 Final Score: 14.42
Key Stat: The Mountaineers finished tenth in the nation in total offense.

It all looked so great. There was the 70-point outburst against Baylor, the win over Texas, and the 5-0 start that seemed like it was leading to a Big 12 title and a Heisman for Geno Smith. And then reality set in as the miserable defense couldn't stop Texas Tech, Kansas State, or anyone else in a five game losing streak that destroyed the season. Getting run over by Syracuse in the Pinstripe Bowl was a fitting finish.

61. Iowa State (6-7) 2012 CFN Score: 9.29

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 56
2011 Final Season Ranking: 60
2011 CFN Final Score: 8.34
2010 Final Season Ranking: 74
2010 CFN Score: 6.31
2009 Final Season Ranking: 67
2009 Final Score: 8.12
2008 Final Season Ranking: 110
2008 Final Score: 0.66
Key Stat: Iowa State finished 112th in the nation in sacks.

The overall talent just isn't there to win the Big 12, but the Cyclones managed to get hot early with a 3-0 start and a 4-1 record to form the base to survive a rough conference season. Beating Baylor was a bit of a stunner, but combined with the layup against Kansas, the Cyclones were able to get to a bowl game. The loss to Conference USA champion Tulsa wasn't a positive, but at least the bar is set at the post-season - the team is always good for one or two big wins a year it absolutely needs.

114. Kansas (1-11) 2012 CFN Score: -0.81

2012 CFN Preseason Ranking: 74
2011 Final Season Ranking: 109
2011 CFN Final Score: 0.60
2010 Final Season Ranking: 108
2010 CFN Score: -0.33
2010 CFN Preseason Rank: 58
2009 Final Season Ranking: 74
2009 Final Score: 6.54
2008 Final Season Ranking: 39
2008 Final Score: 12.46
Key Stat: Kansas was last in the nation in passing efficiency.

Charlie Weis might have come up with a clunker of a record in his first season, and he filed to come up with any wins over any FBS teams, but the Jayhawks were closer to having a decent season than it might appear. In all, KU lost five games by a touchdown or less including a two OT thriller to Texas Tech and a tough battle against Texas. But just when it seemed like the team was going to be interested, it got very, very bad again, always following up a close call with a blowout loss.