***NOTE: This article was written and submitted BEFORE Landry Jones declared that he was returning to school. This article assumes that both he and Robert Griffin III would be gone.***
In what should be known as the "Year of the Quarterback," the Big 12 conference might have been the front-runner for most consistent quarterback play.
Many of these quarterbacks would have finished near the top of this year's list of the best players in the conference, but very few are returning next season.
Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden and Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill will be graduating, Baylor quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III and Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones are both likely leaving, and up-and-coming Missouri quarterback James Franklin will be playing in the SEC next season.
With Missouri and Texas A&M leaving for the SEC, this list loses quite a few talented players. However, in order to compensate, this list will include TCU (who is definitely going to be in the Big 12 next season) and West Virginia (who is almost assuredly going to be in the Big 12 next season).
The Big 12 will undergo a major change next season with all the elite quarterbacks leaving and new teams coming in, but one thing will remain the same: The conference will still be loaded with talent.