Big 12 Conference Preview
BY ERIC BAILEY World Sports Writer
Sunday, August 19, 2012
8/19/12 at 6:36 AM
2012 College Football
Preview: What to expect from OU, OSU and TU this football season.
Can West Virginia and TCU make a splash this season?
Both teams have been conference powers in the Big East and Mountain West, respectively. But how will they leave their mark in their first run through the Big 12? Both will face deeper competition on a weekly basis. A thing to remember: Big 12 schools can't expect a pass from West Virginia and TCU, either.
Is Kansas State being overlooked?
Bill Snyder is one of college football's all-time great coaches. So why aren't the Wildcats receiving any credit for their 10-win season and Cotton Bowl appearance last season? Kansas State must get better on defense, but will be a tough out on every Saturday.
How close is Texas to returning as a conference and national power?
The Longhorns captured a national championship in 2005 and a league title in 2009. Both of those title-winning teams had one thing in common: Quality quarterbacks. If Texas can decide on David Ash or Case McCoy, it can overlook the 13-12 record over past two years and focus on its future. It has the talent at other positions to succeed.
TCU receiver Brandon Carter and the Horned Frogs will face the rigors of a Big 12 schedule for the first time. BRANDON WADE/Associated Press file
Bill Snyder and Kansas State are coming off a 10-win season. MATT STRASEN/Associated Press file
If Texas can decide between quarterback David Ash, above, or teammate Case McCoy, the Longhorns could make noise. MICHAEL THOMAS/Associated Press file