The countdown has reached five weeks. Just 35 short days until the kickoff of the 2012 season. To tide you over, we present a preview of the Big 12, a league that adds two new members, TCU and West Virginia. To see last year's post on the Big 12, click here.
One Man Show
Kansas State enjoyed a great deal of unexpected success in 2011. The Wildcats won 10 games for the first time since 2003, climbed into the AP top-10, and finished the season ranked number 15. A huge reason for their success was quarterback Collin Klein. Klein threw for less than 2000 yards on the season and only managed 13 touchdown passes. However, he accumulated an amazing 317 carries from the quarterback position (75 more than the second ranked quarterback Tevin Washington of Georgia Tech). Perhaps not surprisingly, with the ball in his hands for so many runs, he scored a lot of touchdowns. His 27 rushing touchdowns ranked second nationally behind Montee Ball of Wisconsin (tied with Bernard Pierce of Temple). Of his 40 total touchdowns, Klein scored 31 in conference play. As a team, the Wildcats scored 37 times in Big 12 play, meaning Klein accounted for nearly 84% of his team's conference touchdown total. That was tops amongst all players from BCS conferences in 2011. For those scoring at home, here is the top-nine from last season.