Big 12

Blair Kerkhoff's Big 12 report

Two of the best players in the Big 12 — Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles and Kansas State running back Daniel Thomas — both had to take advantage once they were given a second chance with their college football careers.

As a freshman, Broyles was suspended after his arrest on a complaint for trying to steal gasoline. He practiced by didn't play in games. Broyles called himself "a troublemaker" but said he learned from his mistakes. "Like a lot of guys he did some immature things his first year," Bob Stoops said. "He needed to grow up." He has and Broyles is the Big 12's best wide receiver.

In an interview before the season, Thomas said "he didn't take school seriously at all in high school or junior college."

That's how he ended up at two junior colleges before enrolling at K-State, where Thomas had to meet Coach Bill Snyder's standards for academic discipline.

"He let some things get away from him, let his school work slip," Snyder said. "When he saw some daylight he took advantage of it."

Thomas averages 157 rushing yards per game.

Ranking the Big 12

TeamNext opponentComment

1. Nebraska (1) openUgly victory

2. Oklahoma (3) TexasJones, meet UT

3. Texas (2) OklahomaGilbert, meet OU

4. Missouri (5) openGood luck to Prince

5. Kansas State (4) openCoffman!

6. Oklahoma State (6) Texas A&MTest for offense

7. Texas Tech (7) at Iowa StatePrep for two Qbs

8. Texas A&M (8) at Oklahoma StateNo sacks for Miller

9. Baylor (9) KansasDefense better

10. Kansas (10) at BaylorBeshears makes plays

11. Iowa State (11) Texas TechNo playmakers

12. Colorado (12) GeorgiaCU could win