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July 28, 2009

SPRUILL: Big 12 could make some noise in 2009

As good as Oklahoma State has a chance to be this upcoming football season, they still didn’t get one vote as the top team in the Big 12 South Media Preseason Football Poll released last week.

Shouldn’t that raise some eyebrows. Not to say I wouldn’t have voted the same, but for a team that boasts three potential Heisman candidates — Zac Robinson, Kendall Hunter and Dez Bryant — not to mention being ranked in the Top 10 in several preseason publications, it seems a bit unreal.

Oklahoma and Texas tied for the top spot, with the Cowboys being a distant third.

And if you’re a Cowboy fan you have to like the demeanor of Mike Gundy during the Big 12 Media Days. He didn’t make any bold statements.

“We could be the only top 10 team that’s ranked third in our own league,” Gundy said.

OSU was close to where they are now with Les Miles. But Miles made enemies. And that was all Oklahoma needed to turn the tide in the Bedlam Series, just a little fuel. We all know why Les did it though, just to get media attention, like Lane Kiffin is trying to do at Tennessee. Either way, you look like an fool doing it.

But, Gundy knows the Cowboys are good, and he doesn’t need to tell anyone they are.

So what does this mean? Does it mean the Big 12 has finally arrived. The Southeastern Conference is still king, but a king that could fall at anytime, but not until someone knocks off Florida.

The Big 12 has the firepower to compete. So much on the offensive side, that everyone has been able to spend the spring concentrating on the defensive side. And that’s where the Big 12 needed the most improvement.

It’s not that the defenses were so bad, the offenses were so good.

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