A look around the Big 12

A team-by-team look at the Big 12.

Originally Published: December 6, 2004
By Chip Brown | Special to
Can Oklahoma avenge last season's bowl performance? Will Bill Callahan turn Nebraska into a passing attack? Did Texas deserve a trip to Pasadena? These questions and more are answered in our Big 12 notebook.

Overview: Baylor coach Guy Morriss thought he could get the Bears to 6-5 this season and sneak into a bowl game. Instead, his 3-8 team turned it over six times in a season-opening loss at Alabama-Birmingham and never had any confidence on the road. The Bears have lost 24 straight road games and are 0-36 in Big 12 road games. Like last year's home victory over Colorado, the Bears pulled off another major upset this season by toppling Texas A&M at home in overtime.

MVP: Safety Willie Andrews edges out linebacker Justin Crooks and fellow safety Maurice Lane for this one because Andrews, a junior, not only makes plays on defense but on special teams as well. Andrews was second to Crooks (16) with 10 tackles behind the line of scrimmage thanks to a heavy dose of blitzing. But Andrews kept Baylor in games because of his ability to make plays returning punts and kicks.