Even though the Big 12 was home to Texas, this year's national champion, it was a conference under fire in 2005 for a lack of great competition. With Oklahoma having a down year and Texas A&M not meeting expectations, Texas ran through the Big 12 South. The Big 12 North was a battle of average teams with Colorado backing into the division title. The conference did send eight members to bowl games and walked away with a 5-3 record and the national title.
This once powerful conference is hoping that 2006 will see a rise to the level of dominance that fans are used to. Texas will be strong again and many expect the Sooners to rise back up. Texas Tech has proven to always be a dangerous team. Kansas State and Colorado will start new eras under new head coaches and many hope Nebraska's strong finish is a sign of things to come.
Many of these teams have the ability to be Top 25 programs, but it all starts with recruiting. So let's take a look at how each team is doing with its 2006 class.