Key Question No. 9 - The Big 12 Champ Is...?
Posted Aug 24, 2013

Key Question No. 9 - With at least half the league in contention, who emerges from the Big 12 scrum?

9. With at least half the league in contention, who emerges from the Big 12 scrum?

Richard Cirminiello: Baylor has many of the markings of an upstart capable of capturing the wide-open league, but this is one of those races that might have a different leader every week of the second-half. Oklahoma and Texas remain the conference's most recognizable entities, but Oklahoma State and TCU, along with the Bears, are poised to steal more market share in 2013. The Big 12 no longer stages a conference title game, but Nov. 23, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 sure will have a playoff feel, as a bunch of schools jockey for a crown and a Fiesta Bowl bid.

FOLLOW! @PeteFiutak: Texas. Oklahoma State will be dangerous, Oklahoma will come up with a fantastic year, and Kansas State will be dangerous again, but everything is in place - everything is in place - for the Longhorns to roll through the season and be the favorite to win the Big 12 title while also being in the hunt for the whole ball of wax. Around 20 starters are back – depending on the alignment – with linebacker Jordan Hicks and defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat both returning from injury and both among the Big 12's top defensive players. There's depth, talent, experience, and the right mix of hopeful expectations and little belief from the rest of the world. This is a top ten team that's not getting any respect in the polls, but that could quickly change. If the Longhorns are 7-0, they'll go 12-0.

2013 CFN Preseason Questions
No. 25 New Star True Freshman | No. 24 Best New Head Coach
No. 23 Top Non-Conference Game | No. 22 Top Conference Game
No. 21 Who'll Bust The BCS? | No. 20 What Can Louisville Do?
No. 19 The Next Kansas State | No. 18 Cameron & Mettenberger
No. 17 Where's The Florida O? | No. 16 Clemson Or Florida St?
No. 15 Stanford Or Oregon? | No. 14 Clowney & The Heisman
No. 13 Who'll Win The Heisman? | No. 12 Will The BCS Work?
No. 11 Is Oklahoma Rebuilding? | No. 10 USC & Kiffin Rebound
No. 9 The Big 12 Champ Is...? | No. 8 Can Georgia Reload?
No. 7 Will Notre Dame Drop? | No. 6 Will Oregon Miss Chip?
No. 5 Will Texas Be A Player? | No. 4 Eight In A Row For SEC?
No. 3 Will Ohio State Go 14-0? | No. 2 Alabama Threepeat
No. 1 2013 & Johnny Manziel