The Big 12 Conference, no matter the rumors of falling apart or joining other conferences, have arguably the best and most explosive offenses in the nation, headlined by the Oklahoma Sooners and the Oklahoma State Cowboys. We all know what these teams have at quarterback in Oklahoma's Landry Jones and Oklahoma State's Branden Weeden, who have thrived in their respective spread offenses.
However it's the receivers from their teams who have stolen the shows in the passing game. They are among the best receivers in the nation, and teams are quick to learn their names: Ryan Broyles of Oklahoma and Justin Blackmon of Oklahoma State.
Both receivers are the unquestioned number one receivers on their respective teams, both are highly rated prospects in the NFL Draft among receivers, and both are a huge part of the passing game. One question still remains: Which receiver is better? Do you take Broyles or Blackmon?
In terms of skill, there is little, if any, separation between the two receivers. While Blackmon won the Biletnikoff Award last season, which the nation's best receiver receives, and led the nation in receiving yards per game, Broyles was still a finalist, likely a very close finalist, and led the nation in receptions. While it appears that Blackmon may have the edge, both are very different kinds of receivers.
Broyles, who stands at around 5-11, 185 pounds, is more in the mold of a possession receiver, able to make catches consistently from anywhere from the field, while Blackmon, who stands bigger at 6-2, 215, is a huge, big play receiver, a threat to score at anytime. Almost a fifth of his touchdown catches (111 in 2010) went for touchdowns, of which he scored 20 of in 2010, compared to Broyles' own remarkable 14 touchdowns.
But Broyles, despite his size, is a playmaker that has shown an ability not only as a possession receiver but has also shown an ability to at times get behind defensive backs and is the center point of Oklahoma's offense. Broyles fits what Oklahoma does very well, and Blackmon fits what Oklahoma State does very well.
What do you think? Would you take the Sooners' Broyles, or the Cowboys, Blackmon?