The star players in the Big 12 in 2013, like TCU quarterback Casey Pachall or Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk, obviously stand out from the pack.
But what often can push a team to the top of the standings at the end of the season is the performances of a select few sleeper players. Guys like former Kansas State wide receiver Chris Harper and Oklahoma safety Tony Jefferson were big reasons why the two schools split the Big 12 title in 2012.
So heading into this season, here's a look at the top sleeper player for each team.
*Quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted