Since 2000, four Big 12 football players have won the Heisman trophy: Eric Crouch (Nebraska), Jason White (Oklahoma), Sam Bradford (Oklahoma) and Robert Griffin III (Baylor). If Texas A&M had put off leaving the Big 12 for one more year, Johnny Manziel would have been the league's fifth winner, but alas, the SEC gets to claim him instead.
The conference is rich with big-arm passers, but it certainly hasn't lacked a stable of great running backs either. Ricky Williams (Texas), Rashaan Salaam (Colorado) and Barry Sanders (Oklahoma State) are just a few of the great running backs to come out of the Big 12.
This year, the conference lost a ton of talent, but there are still plenty of players who could be legitimate Heisman contenders—Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk is high on my list.
But we also have some early dark-horse candidates, the players who may have a shot if all the stars and planets align in the universe. In fact, we've got some potential dark-horse candidates on both sides of the ball.
We've even got one player who has never started a game for his team.
Remember to keep your mind open as you check out this list—after all, how many of you predicted in the previous two springs that Griffin and Manziel would win the Heisman?
Ready, set, who will strike the pose?