This pick was a toss up between the Missouri Tigers, the Texas Longhorns, and the Oklahoma Sooners (now that Jones is staying).
The Missouri Tigers, with now-sophomore quarterback James Franklin returning, could be a very dangerous team in 2012. What will hold them back is the difficulty of their schedule, with games against Georgia, Arizona State and South Carolina before entering Big 12 play.
The Sooners will undoubtedly be a tough team to beat in Big 12 play, but it's too hard to predict their success without knowing which opponents they will play outside of their conference.
The Texas Longhorns, who are returning starters at all key offensive positions, have a much more favorable non-confernce schedule, with games against Wyoming, New Mexico and Ole Miss.
Texas returns quarterbacks David Ash and Case McCoy, running back Malcolm Brown, and wide receivers Mike Davis and Jaxon Shipley, which will make the Longhorns offense one of the most explosive in all of college football.
The Longhorns were a young and inexperienced team in 2011, and they still managed to end their season with a bowl win and an 8-5 overall record—a pretty impressive feat.
In 2012, with more experience and more time to build team chemistry, the Longhorns will easily be one of the top two teams in the Big 12, ultimately vying for the Big 12 Championship.
If the Longhorns can get a big win against Oklahoma in early October, they will be an early favorite to make a run for the BCS title.