Last season there was an uproar from Big 12 fans all over the country after TCU and Baylor were left out of the inaugural College Football Playoff. The conference’s commissioner, Bob Bowlsby, noted that the conference would potentially look into adding a conference championship.
ESPN’s Big 12 blog polled 20 student athletes who attended Big 12 media day and asked them some interested questions regarding expansion, what schools they would want added and who really was the best team in the conference last season.
Below are the results of ESPN’s poll.
(Note: players were not allowed to answer with their own school or any teammate in any of the questions)
Should the Big 12 expand and add more schools?
Yes: 88 percent
No: 12 percent
Name at least one school you would add to the Big 12.
Texas A&M: 22 percent
BYU: 17 percent
Houston: 11 percent
Nebraska: 11 percent
Also receiving votes: Arkansas, Boise State, Missouri, Oregon, Texas State, UCF, USC
Who is the team to beat in the Big 12 this season?
TCU: 67 percent
Baylor: 20 percent
Kansas: 13 percent
Who was the one true champion of the Big 12 last season?
TCU: 62 percent
Baylor: 25 percent
“I don’t know”: 13 percent
Who is the best quarterback in the Big 12 other than Trevone Boykin?
“I don’t know”: 59 percent
Trevor Knight 29 percent
Also receiving votes: Baylor QB Seth Russell; Iowa State QB Sam B. Richardson
If you could draft an opposing Big 12 player and put him on your team, who would it be?
Karl Joseph 33 percent
Also receiving votes: Baylor DT Andrew Billings; Baylor WR KD Cannon; Baylor OT Spencer Drango; Baylor TE LaQuan McGowan; Baylor DEShawn Oakman; Baylor QB Seth Russell; Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight; Oklahoma CB Zack Sanchez; Oklahoma LB Eric Striker; Oklahoma State DE Emmanuel Ogbah
Which opposing Big 12 coach do you respect the most?
Bill Snyder: 33 percent
Art Briles: 17 percent
Charlie Strong: 17 percent
Gary Patterson: 11 percent
Also receiving votes: Paul Rhoads, Dana Holgorsen, Bob Stoops, Kliff Kingsbury
*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports