The Big 12 is not known generally for its defense, but that does not mean there are not many elite defensive players in the conference and the Oklahoma State Cowboys will have to overcome many of them while navigating their 2012 schedule.
Ranking the Top 5 of these players is not an easy task. As I stated previously, defense is not at a premium in the Big 12, so it can be harder to pinpoint who the best defensive players are. That actually makes defense even more valuable in this conference, because a solid defense really is harder to find.
These players are ranked by two criteria: how good they are compared to the rest of the conference and how well they matchup with this year’s Oklahoma State team. Certain players may not have made the list, not because they did not deserve to be here talent-wise, but because their position or makeup does not match up well against the Cowboys.
As you will see, a premium was put on players who were both extremely talented and played a position that would give Mike Gundy’s team particular trouble. With that, let’s begin.