Oklahoma State, Baylor, Kansas, Texas, and West Virginia take center stage.
So many questions surround every single one of these teams in 2012:
OSU -- Can a TRUE freshman truly replace Brandon Weeden? Is this team going to become more conservative on offense? Will Mike Gundy change his media policy and actually allow first year players to talk to the media? How improved and how necessary is improvement for the defense in 2012?
Kansas -- The buzz yesterday centered around a grounded and personable Charlie Weiss. Essentially against the grain from EVERYTHING that had been said about the former Notre Dame coaches personality. Does it continue through today? Is Dayne Christ going to make an instant impact to help KU try and climb out of the Big 12 football cellar?
Baylor -- Are the Bears here to stay? After graduating 5 members of its offense to the NFL does Baylor have the depth to replace stars like Robert Griffin without skipping a beat? Will the Phil Bennet led defense continue to improve and increase its take-a-ways again in 2012? Baylor is by far one of the more intriguing teams of 2012. Are its best days truly ahead as Art Briles states? Or have the Bears had its moment in the sun for years to come.
West Virginia -- Without a doubt one of the more entertaining groups has been the West Virginia contingent. With its mascot the Moutaineer carrying around a muskett and showing off his racoon skin hat all day long... West Virginia made a lasting first impression on the Big 12. Today they showcase one of the most personable coaches and one of the best quarterbacks in the country. How does Dana Holgerson handle the pressure of the Big 12? Does it change anything as far as the approach of West Virginia is concerned?
Texas -- The Longhorns are 13-13 in its last 26 games. Getting better is not just getting a game or two over .500 for the Horns. This is about marked improvement and re-entering the national championship picture. Can a team led by its talent laiden defense change the culture of the Big 12? Is this league headed towards more of a defensive mindset and is Texas leading that charge? Or does the absence of a true dynamic quarterback leave the Horns battling for an Alamo Bowl birth again in 2012.