Football: Media poll on the Big 12

Web Posted: 08/29/2006 11:26 PM CDT

San Antonio Express-News Twenty beat writers and columnists familiar with the Big 12 were anonymously polled on the following questions:

1. Who is the Big 12's best coach? Bob Stoops 12, Mack Brown 5, Dan McCarney 2, Mike Leach 1.

2. Who is the conference's best offensive player? Adrian Peterson 19, Jamaal Charles 1.

3. Who is the conference's best defensive player? Rufus Alexander 7, Michael Griffin 6, Adam Carriker 5, Frank Okam 2.

4. Who is the most valuable player in the Big 12? Adrian Peterson 9, Bret Meyer 3, Michael Griffin 2, Mason Crosby 2, Zac Taylor 2, Daniel Sepulveda 1, Mason Crosby 1, Jamaal Charles 1.

5. Who is the Big 12's most overmatched coach? Gary Pinkel 9, Mike Gundy 5, Ron Prince 2 1/2, Dennis Franchione 2, Guy Morriss 1, Mark Mangino 1/2

6. Who is the Big 12's most underrated player? Brian Smith 3, Todd Blythe 3, Zac Taylor 2, Brent Curvey 2, Shawn Bell 2, C.J. Wolfe 1, Jon Cornish 1, Jamaal Charles 1, Mike Hamilton 1, C.J. Wilson 1, Joel Filani 1, Mason Crosby 1/2 , Daniel Sepulveda 1/2, no vote 1.

7. Who is the Big 12's most overrated coach? Bill Callahan 6, Dennis Franchione 5, Mack Brown 3, Dan McCarney 2, Mike Leach 1, Gary Pinkel 1, Ron Prince 1, Mike Gundy 1

8. Who is the Big 12's most overrated player? Bret Meyer 3, Tony Temple 2, Hugh Charles 2, Brandon Archer 1, Zac Taylor 1, Red Bryant 1, Courtney Lewis 1, Whoever plays Texas Tech QB 1, Martellus Bennett 1, Stephen McGee 1, Mason Crosby 1, Bobby Reid 1, no votes 4.

9. Who is the Big 12's best recruiter (coach or assistant)? Mack Brown 15 1/2 , John Blake 3 1/2 , Brent Venables 1.

10. Who is the Big 12's best assistant coach? Gene Chizik 16, Lyle Setencich 1, Bill Young 1, Brent Venables 1, Mark Helfrich 1.

11. Who is the next head coach in the Big 12 to be fired? Dennis Franchione 10, Gary Pinkel 8, Mike Gundy 1, no vote 1.

12. Who is the next Big 12 assistant to get head coaching job? Gene Chizik 15, Brent Venables 3, Sonny ***** 1, no vote 1.

13. Rank the Big 12 programs in order, at the start of the 2006 season: 1. Texas (all 20 first-place votes), 2. Oklahoma (all 20 second-place votes), 3. Texas Tech, 4. Nebraska, 5. Iowa State, 6. Texas A&M, 7. Colorado, 8. Missouri, 9. Kansas, 10. Baylor, 11. Oklahoma State, 12. Kansas State.

14. Rank the six BCS-affiliated conferences in order: 1. SEC (all but one first place vote), 2. Big 10, 3. Big 12, 4. ACC, 5. Pac-10, 6. Big East (all last place votes but one).

15. What is the best bowl game? Fiesta 5 1/3, Rose, 5, Cotton 3, Alamo 2 1/3 , Holiday 1 1/3, Orange 1, no choice 2.

16. What is the worst bowl game? Independence 10, Houston 4, Fort Worth 2, Orange 1, Holiday 1, New Orleans 1, MPC 1.

17. What is your favorite Big 12 trip? Boulder 10 1/2, Austin 6, Lawrence/K.C. 1, Lubbock 1, Texas-OU in Dallas 1, College Station 1/2.

18. What is your least favorite Big 12 trip? Manhattan 8, Waco 5, Ames 3, Stillwater 2, Lubbock 2.

19. What is the best 12 stadium in terms of atmosphere? Nebraska 10, Texas A&M 9, Texas 1.

20. What is the worst Big 12 stadium in terms of atmosphere? Baylor 17, Kansas 3.

21. Which team would you add to the Big 12 if you could another school? Arkansas 13, LSU 1 1/2, Notre Dame 1 1/2, Hawaii 1, Miami 1, TCU 1, San Diego State.

22. Which team would you take away if you had to subtract one team? Baylor 12, Colorado 4, Kansas State 2, Iowa State 1, Oklahoma State 1.

23. Who is your favorite play-by-play announcer in the Big 12? Craig Way (Texas) 5, Mike Kelly (Missouri) 2, Adrian Fiala (Nebraska) 1, Bob Davis (Kansas) 1, Dave South (Texas A&M) 1, Jack Dale (former Texas Tech) 1, Bob Barry Sr. (Oklahoma) 1, Larry Zimmer (Colorado) 1, Brian Jensen (Texas Tech) 1, no preference 5.

24. Who is your least-favorite announcer? Bob Barry Sr. 6, Dave South 5, Jim Rose (Nebraska) 2, Mike Kelly 1, Brian Jensen 1, Wyatt Thompson (Kansas State) 1/2, John Morris (Baylor) 1/2, no preference 4.

25. What is your favorite television network for college football coverage? ESPN 14, ABC 6.

26. What is your least favorite television network for college football coverage? Fox 7 1/2, TBS 6, CBS 2, ESPN 1 1/2, TNT 1, NBC 1, CSTV 1.

27. Who has the best sports information department in the Big 12? Oklahoma 6 1/2, Texas 3 1/2, Colorado 3, Texas A&M 3, Texas Tech 1, Baylor 1, Nebraska 1, no vote 1.

28. What is the best national program? USC 12 1/3, Texas 4 1/3, Stanford 1, Nebraska 1, None 1, Ohio State 1/3.

29. What is the best program in a non-BCS conference? TCU 9, Boise State 3, Fresno State 3, unspecified MAC schools 2, unspecified MWC school 1, San Diego State 1, no choice 1.

30. Who will win this season's national championship? Ohio State 9, Auburn 5, West Virginia 3, LSU 1, Notre Dame 1, no choice 1.

31. Who will win this season's Heisman Trophy? Brady Quinn 13, Adrian Peterson 4, Troy Smith 2, Chris Leak 1.

- Tim Griffin