Big 12 gridiron power on display

After three weeks of college football action, fans in the Big 12 will, once again, see some of the nation’s top teams and players.

Three of the Top 10 teams in the USA Today coaches’ poll (Texas, Nebraska and Oklahoma – yes, the Cyclones will face all three in a four-week stretch coming up) reside in the Big 12. Additionally, Missouri and Oklahoma State sit 24th and 25th.

Thus far, Big 12 schools have registered a 7-4 mark against teams that went to bowl games last year. Iowa State, Kansas and Oklahoma have all played two bowl teams and each has posted at least one victory. This week, the Sooners travel to Cincinnati and Central Florida visits K-State in match-ups of bowl squads from a year ago.

Since the formation of the Big 12 in 1995, the league has produced more consensus All-Americans (81) than any other conference. More of the same is likely.

Current NCAA statistics underline the star power in the Big 12 as the nation’s second (Daniel Thomas, KSU) and third-best rushers (Kendall Hunter, OSU), No. 2 passer (Brandon Weeden, OSU) and leading receiver (Justin Blackmon, OSU) all play in the Big 12.

It’s pretty safe to say that league fans will be watching some of college football’s premier teams and players in the coming weeks.

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