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Baylor is on a roll, winning its last three games including an upset of top-ranked Kansas State. Senior quarterback Nick Florence leads the nation in total offense. He gets plenty of help from All-American wide receiver Terrance Williams and running back Lake Seastrunk, the Big 12 offensive newcomer of the year. The Holiday Bowl has a history of high-scoring games. Baylor averages 44 points a game and UCLA averages 35 so expect history to be repeated. Running back Johnathan Franklin had a break-out season, averaging 130 yards per game. Freshman quarterback Brett Hundley threw for 26 touchdowns and is also a running threat. bowl logo
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Chris Thomsen, the team's offensive line coach, is the interim head coach after the departure of Tommy Tuberville to Cincinnati. Offensive coordinator Neal Brown left for the same job at Kentucky, so Sonny Cumbie will take over play-calling duties. Texas Tech lost four of its last five and three of its last six games were decided in overtime. Senior quarterback Seth Doege hopes to close out a stellar two-year career with a victory. Minnesota is led by freshman quarterback Phillip Nelson, who became the starter midway through the season. The Gophers average 21 points a game, which is 97th nationally. bowl logo
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In its first season in the Big 12, West Virginia's bowl opponent reminds of its past as the Mountaineers face Syracuse of the Big East Conference. This is the last hurrah for Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey three explosive playmakers who were keys to the West Virginia offense the last two seasons. WVU fans will be hoping for a replay of last year's record-setting 70-33 victory over Clemson in the Orange Bowl. The Orange started out 2-4 overall, but were able to gain bowl eligibility by winning five of their last six games... Syracuse's only loss during that span was at Cincinnati. bowl logo
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This is a meaningful game for Texas. The Longhorns won four to start the season, lost two straight, won four more then lost their last two. A bowl victory would provide momentum heading into 2013. Sophomore David Ash, who missed the season finale at Kansas State with an injury, will start against Oregon State. Major Applewhite will take over play-calling duties for Brian Harsin, who left to become head coach at Arkansas State. Oregon State is allowing just 21.3 points per game. Sean Mannion, who came back from a mid-season injury, and Cody Vaz have shared the quarterback duties. bowl logo
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It was a challenging first season in the Big 12 for TCU, with injuries and roster moves forcing the coaching staff to play over two dozen freshmen. Redshirt freshman quarterback Trevone Boykin took over in mid-season and helped TCU finish with a winning record. The Horned Frogs led the Big 12 in total defense. Defensive ends Devonte Fields (the Big 12 defensive freshman of the year) and Stansly Maponga are bookend pass rushers. Their pressure helped a secondary, led by Jason Verrett, lead the Big 12 with 21 interceptions. Michigan State led the Big Ten in defense while its ground-oriented offense is led by Leveon Bell, the nation's third-leading rusher. bowl logo
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Rematches of regular-season games are rate but that's what faces Iowa State and Tulsa. The teams opened the season in Ames with the Golden Hurricanes a slight favorite but the Cyclones prevailed, 38-23. The quarterback for Iowa State was Steele Jantz, but he won't be facing Tulsa in the rematch. Redshirt freshman Sam Richardson played most of the last two games and threw seven touchdowns with no interceptions. Iowa State will need to slow a Tulsa running game that is the nation's 11th best. Defensively, Tulsa has 48 quarterback sacks, the third best mark in the NCAA. bowl logo
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Oklahoma State lost three games decided by one possession so winning an eighth game would put a positive spin on the season. Clint Chelf will get the start at quarterback but J.W. Walsh and Wes Lunt will be available to play. Even though injuries caused a revolving door at quarterback, the Cowboys still finished the season as one of the top offensive teams in college football. Purdue won its last three games to become bowl eligible, but that didn't save Danny Hope, who was dismissed after the regular season. Patrick Higgins will be the interim head coach for the bowl. bowl logo
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Kansas State will try to extend the Big 12's Fiesta Bowl winning streak to four. This will be the final game of Collin Klein's amazing collegiate career. The senior quarterback became the first signal-caller at a BCS school to log 20 rushing touchdowns and 10 passing touchdowns in consecutive seasons. The Wildcats excelled in all three phases this season and will need a complete effort to defeat an explosive Oregon team. Ironically, the Ducks' national championship chances ended on the same night that Kansas State lost to Baylor. Oregon's ground-oriented attack is keyed by running back Kenjon Barner, the NCAA's 5th-leading rusher. bowl logo
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The Cotton could be one of the best of the bowl season. Oklahoma probably deserved a BCS bowl bid. The Sooners' two losses came to two teams (Kansas State and Notre Dame) with a combined record of 23-1. Landry Jones and the offense caught fire down the stretch as the Sooners had to win eight consecutive Big 12 games to earn a share of the title. Oklahoma will try to take some of the luster off of "Johnny Football" Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. Texas A&M went 10-2 in its first season after leaving the Big 12. bowl logo
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Conference (# remaining)RecordWin %
WAC (0)2-01.00
C-USA (0)4-1.800
ACC (0)4-2.667
SEC (1)5-3.625
Big East (0)3-2.600
Pac-12 (0)4-4.500
Sun Belt (0)2-2.500
Ind. (1)1-1.500
Big 12 (0)4-5.444
Big Ten (0)2-5.286
MAC (0)2-5.286
MWC (0)1-4.200
** thru games 1/6/2013

  Big 12PctOverallPct
 Kansas State8-1.889 11-2 .846
 Oklahoma State5-4.5568-5.615
 Texas Tech4-5.4448-5.615
 West Virginia4-5.4447-6.538
 Iowa State3-6.3336-7.462
** thru games 1/3/2013

The Big 12 is the only league in which 90% of its membership will participate in bowl games, and one of just two conferences with nine bowl teams.
The 90% bowl-participation mark is the highest in college football history.
Big 12 teams did not suffer any losses in 2012 that weren't to bowl-eligible teams.
The Big 12 led the nation in non-conference win percentage (.866) for the second consecutive season. The Big 12 also had the fewest non-conference losses (26-4).
2012 will mark the seventh season in the last eight that at least eight Conference teams played in bowl games.
The Big 12 has made 20 appearances in a BCS game in the 15-year history of the structure, including the 2012 appearance.
Every Big 12 team has played in a bowl game since 2008.
Current Big 12 members have made 268 all-time bowl appearances, including 2012's nine selections.
The league's season average of 74.2 plays per game is the nation's most. Big 12 teams average 38.7 rushes a game and 35.5 through the air.
The Big 12 's average yards per game entering bowl games is 463.4, which is well on pace to be the highest among FBS leagues over the last five seasons, bettering the 453.3 mark by the Conference in 2011.
The Big 12 leads the FBS with 35.8 points per game and 4.59 touchdowns per game, compared to the FBS average of 29.6 ppg and 3.46 tpg.
This season marks the third straight in which the Conference is averaging over 30 points a game, and the fourth out of five seasons.
The Conference also holds the top spot in rushing TDs (2.04) and passing TDs (2.27). The Big 12 is the only league averaging over two rushing scores a game and one of two with over two passing scores.
Big 12 teams have scored non-offensive points on 38 occasions.

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Looking Back
9/1West Virginia 69, Marshall 34
9/1Texas Tech 44, NW St. 6
9/1Texas 37, Wyoming 17
9/1Oklahoma St. 84, Savannah St. 0
9/1K-State 51, Missouri St. 9
9/1Kansas 31, South Dakota St. 17
9/1Iowa St. 38, Tulsa 23
9/1Oklahoma 24, UTEP 7
9/2Baylor 59, Southern Methodist 24
9/8K-State 52, Miami FL 13
9/8Rice 25, Kansas 24
9/8Iowa St. 9, Iowa 6
9/8Texas 45, New Mexico 0
9/8TCU 56, Grambling St. 0
9/8Texas Tech 58, Texas St. 10
9/8Oklahoma 69, Florida A&M 13
9/8Arizona 59, Oklahoma St. 38
9/15TCU 20, Kansas 6
9/15Oklahoma St. 65, Louisiana-Lafayette 24
9/15West Virginia 42, James Madison 12
9/15K-State 35, North Texas 21
9/15Texas Tech 49, New Mexico 14
9/15Baylor 48, Sam Houston St. 23
9/15Iowa St. 37, Western Illinois 3
9/15Texas 66, Ole Miss 31
9/21Baylor 47, ULM 42
9/22TCU 27, Virginia 7
9/22West Virginia 31, Maryland 21
9/22Northern Illinois 30, Kansas 23
9/22K-State 24, Oklahoma 19
9/29TCU 24, Southern Methodist 16
9/29West Virginia 70, Baylor 63
9/29Texas Tech 24, Iowa St. 13
9/29Texas 41, Oklahoma St. 36
10/6K-State 56, Kansas 16
10/6Iowa St. 37, TCU 23
10/6Oklahoma 41, Texas Tech 20
10/6West Virginia 48, Texas 45
10/13Oklahoma St. 20, Kansas 14
10/13Oklahoma 63, Texas 21
10/13TCU 49, Baylor 21
10/13K-State 27, Iowa St. 21
10/13Texas Tech 49, West Virginia 14
10/20Oklahoma St. 31, Iowa St. 10
10/20Texas Tech 56, TCU 53 (3 OT)
10/20Oklahoma 52, Kansas 7
10/20Texas 56, Baylor 50
10/20K-State 55, West Virginia 14
10/27Texas 21, Kansas 17
10/27Oklahoma St. 36, TCU 14
10/27K-State 55, Texas Tech 24
10/27Iowa St. 35, Baylor 21
10/27Notre Dame 30, Oklahoma 13
11/3Oklahoma 35, Iowa St. 20
11/3Texas 31, Texas Tech 22
11/3TCU 39, West Virginia 38 (2 OT)
11/3K-State 44, Oklahoma St. 30
11/3Baylor 41, Kansas 14
11/10Texas Tech 41, Kansas 34 (2 OT)
11/10Texas 33, Iowa St. 7
11/10Oklahoma St. 55, West Virginia 34
11/10Oklahoma 42, Baylor 34
11/10K-State 23, TCU 10
11/17Oklahoma St. 59, Texas Tech 21
11/17Oklahoma 50, West Virginia 49
11/17Iowa St. 51, Kansas 23
11/17Baylor 52, K-State 24
11/22TCU 20, Texas 13
11/23West Virginia 31, Iowa St. 24
11/24Oklahoma 51, Oklahoma St. 48 (OT)
11/24Baylor 52, Texas Tech 45 (OT)
12/1Oklahoma 24, TCU 17
12/1Baylor 41, Oklahoma St. 34
12/1West Virginia 59, Kansas 10
12/1K-State 42, Texas 24
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