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August 16, 2012

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Landry Jones Cover - Sports Illustrated August 16, 2012

August 16, 2012 | AS TOLD TO ELIZABETH MCGARR
On the eve of their programs' first Big 12 games, two beloved QBs dish on what makes their schools great

August 16, 2012
New coaches. New schemes. New teams. This Big 12 season is all about moving forward

August 16, 2012 | ELIZABETH MCGARR
Its security blanket gone, the defense has been remade and layered with young talent. Now it needs to stop some people

August 16, 2012 | ELIZABETH MCGARR
ON ADVISING RG3 AND THE BUILDING OF THE CAMPUS'S FUTURE

August 16, 2012 | ELIZABETH MCGARR
In brief glimpses, the understudy to RG3 has shown that with his own (more modest) skill set he can do the job

August 16, 2012 | RICHARD DEITSCH
In trying to make that jump to the top half of the Big 12, ISU needs a signal-caller and a defensive front four it can count on

August 16, 2012 | RICHARD DEITSCH
ON IOWA STATE'S BRAND AND THE ARDOR IN AMES

August 16, 2012 | RICHARD DEITSCH
The conference's top linebacker is ready to rattle your bones—or (ask his running mate) pop them back in

August 16, 2012
Sports Illustrated PRESENTS

August 16, 2012 | RYAN HATCH
A pedigreed, no-nonsense coach has started the rebuilding process by changing the culture and importing his old quarterback

August 16, 2012 | RYAN HATCH
ON HAVING HIGH STANDARDS AND THE AGONY OF THE TWEET

August 16, 2012 | RYAN HATCH
Back with his former coach, the ex--Notre Damer is seeking to boost a struggling program and his NFL stock

August 16, 2012 | GARY GRAMLING
Last year's team was wild in more than name. With its electrifying stars returning, the next step is to win like a BCS contender

August 16, 2012 | GARY GRAMLING
ON TEAM VALUES, LOSING CLOSE ONES AND MOVING ON

August 16, 2012 | GENE MENEZ
It's been a tumultuous two years for the conference. Teams have come and gone. But after sifting through the double talk, it seems the Big 12 just may be stronger than ever

August 16, 2012 | GARY GRAMLING
After failing to live up to the hype in Miami, a native son has become a star again in the Sunflower State

August 16, 2012 | STEWART MANDEL
A coordinator returns to the scene of earlier successes (reuniting with his big brother) in hopes of lighting a fire under the D

August 16, 2012 | STEWART MANDEL
ON CONTINUITY IN NORMAN AND BELLDOZING FOES

August 16, 2012 | STEWART MANDEL
Unsatisfied with how last season ended, a quarterback returns focused, leaner and determined to go out on top

August 16, 2012 | STEWART MANDEL
With its star performers lost to the NFL, a high-octane, championship offense is now in the hands of a true freshman

August 16, 2012 | STEWART MANDEL
TALKS TITLES, OSU'S REP AND WIDEOUTS WHO CAN HOOP

August 16, 2012 | STEWART MANDEL
The Oklahoma State back has been dazzling defenses since his Pop Warner days. Now he's carrying a full load

August 16, 2012 | ELIZABETH MCGARR
As an era of rebuilding enters a new stage, thoughts of a return to national prominence are dancing in some Horns' heads

August 16, 2012 | ELIZABETH MCGARR
ON A&M'S DEPARTURE AND THE DILEMMA OF SUGAR PACKETS

August 16, 2012 | ELIZABETH MCGARR
Three years ago a star recruit from Ohio irked his neighbors by picking the Horns. Now he's in his Texas prime

August 16, 2012 | DAN GREENE
An invitation to join a BCS conference was just the beginning. Now TCU is eager to show everyone it can keep up with the Big 12's best

August 16, 2012 | DAN GREENE
ON THE SCHOOL'S APPEAL AND HIS NEARNESS TO HISTORY

August 16, 2012 | DAN GREENE
A former two-way lineman beefed up and worked hard to get noticed. Now he's quite the imposing presence

August 16, 2012 | CHRIS MAHR
His job is on the line, but a third-year coach with a track record for turning teams around may finally have the pieces in place in Lubbock

August 16, 2012 | CHRIS MAHR
ON STACKING UP TALENT AND WHOM HE EXPECTS TO RISE

August 16, 2012 | CHRIS MAHR
A West Texas product overcame injury and bided his time on the bench to take the same field as his childhood heroes

August 16, 2012 | STEPHANIE APSTEIN
Joining a conference with fast-moving teams means freshmen on the field and a simplified defensive philosophy

August 16, 2012 | STEPHANIE APSTEIN
ON BETTER RECRUITS, STAFF UNITY AND BOUNCING BACK

August 16, 2012 | STEPHANIE APSTEIN
A record-setting player was seemingly born to compete in the sport he loves, and also to listen to his mother

August 16, 2012 | DICK FRIEDMAN
The stadiums of the Big 12—the most worshiped spots on campus—blend tradition, the elements and cutting-edge amenities to keep fans making their pilgrimages, time and again

August 16, 2012
Before a fast and furious season gets rolling, SI selects the top players in the conference—plus backups—at each position

August 16, 2012 | STEWART MANDEL
With titles turning on their capricious talents, placekickers are being sought—and taught—as never before

August 16, 2012 | STEWART MANDEL
They are tried and true, all but automatic after a touchdown and dead solid in the clutch. Here, in alphabetical order, are the nation's top kickers