The Top Five Contenders for Big 12 Offensive and Defensive POY

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The Top Five Contenders for Big 12 Offensive and Defensive POY
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Before we begin the season, I'd like to first give you a sneak peak into who will dominate the Big 12 on both sides of the ball, and who I believe will receive the Big 12 Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year awards.

2008 was a banner season for the Big 12, and more of the same should follow this season. Coming back are two Heisman finalists in Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy, and they should have their respective programs battling for Big 12 supremacy all season long.

Other storylines include Oklahoma State. Will the Cowboys be last season's Texas Tech? How about Baylor? Can breakout sophomore quarterback Robert Griffin lead his team to a bowl game? In the North, who will take the lead now that it appears Missouri is down?

All those questions will be answered and more.

But for now, let's take a look at some of the contenders for the conference POY honors:

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