The Big 12 is certainly home to elite talent and is looking to assert itself as a dominant conference in the college football world. Although Oklahoma has been in the college football playoffs on several occasions, they have lost and have been virtually eliminated every time.
On top of that, it was a year of decline overall for the Big 12 last season. There were no playoff reps, and the conference produced no first-round picks in the 2021 NFL Draft.
For 2021, the conference has the potential to have at least three teams vying for a playoff berth and there are plenty of playmakers at all levels. So much in fact that Iowa State star tight end Charlie Kolar was narrowly excluded from that list.
Here are the top 10 players from the Big 12 conference ahead of the 2021 college football season:
Josh Sills, Oklahoma State, Central
DeMarvion Overshown, Texas, linebacker
2020 stats: 32 solo tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles, two interceptions
Deuce Vaughn, Kansas State, running back
2020 stats: 123 rushing attempts, 642 yards, seven touchdowns and 5.2 yards per carry
Nik Bonitto, Oklahoma, Edge Rusher
2020 stats: 19 solo tackles and 8.5 sacks
Terrell Brenard, Baylor, linebacker
2020 stats: 34 solo tackles, 3.5 sacks and one interception
Brock Purdy, State of Iowa, quarterback
2020 stats: 2,750 passing yards, 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions
Marvin Mims, Oklahoma, Large Receiver
2020 stats: 37 receptions, 610 yards, nine touchdowns and 16.5 yards per catch
Breece Hall, Iowa State, running back
2020 stats: 279 rushing attempts, 1,572 yards, 21 touchdowns and 5.6 yards per carry
Bijan Robinson, Texas, running back
2020 stats: 86 rushing attempts, 703 yards, four touchdowns and 8.2 yards per carry
Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma, quarterback
2020 stats: 3,301 passing yards, 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions