Big 12 South
The competitive nature of the Big 12 South will not lesson one iota in 2009. If anything, the division will be tougher than it was last year because of a
loaded team emerging in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Oklahoma State took its lumps last season. While Texas Tech, Texas, and Oklahoma each tied for the
division crown Oklahoma State lost to all three of them. It was the only three losses the Cowboys had all regular season until getting run over by
Oregon in the Holiday Bowl. Being competitive in those games against tough competition should play huge dividends for the Cowboys this season.
They have virtually everyone back and only the season finale at Oklahoma is a tough road game. The Cowboys actually get eight home games in
2009, and the road trips are to conference bottom feeders Baylor, Texas A&M, and Iowa State. It is hard not to pick the Cowboys as the favorite
in the Big 12 South division with a schedule like that.
Unfortunately, this is still the division that is dominated by Oklahoma and Texas. Texas lost just once last season on a last second touchdown at Texas
Tech. Without that loss, the Longhorns would have played Florida for the National title. Oklahoma has dominated the bedlam series with Oklahoma
State historically as well. That means a trip to Norman to finish the season will not be an easy one for the Cowboys. Colt McCoy at Texas and Sam
Bradford at Oklahoma will also be two of the best quarterbacks in the nation. Bradford won last year\'s Heisman Trophy and elected to come back to
Oklahoma in order to win a national championship. The Sooners have more than enough talent to do that, but a potentially tricky road game in early
October at Miami could trip them up even if they run through and win the Big 12 championship again.
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