Top underclassmen: RB Henry Josey, P Trey Barrow, QB James Franklin.
The skinny: Should the Tigers prowl away to the SEC, former Toledo coach Gary Pinkel will find the going a little tougher than in the old Big 12 North, where he won three titles in four years before his team was sacrificed in the league title game. An overtime loss at Arizona State may ultimately keep Mizzou from bowling.
Coach: Bob Stoops (13th season, 135-32)
Current record: 6-1, 3-1 Big 12. Next game: At Oklahoma
Home site: Memorial Stadium (82,112), Norman, Okla.
Average attendance, 2010-11: 84,936
Highest final AP ranking since 2000: 1st, 2000
Notable alums currently in NFL: QB Sam Bradford (Rams), RB DeMarco Murray (Cowboys)
Top underclassmen: QB Landry Jones, RB Dominique Whaley, K Mike Hunnicutt
The skinny: If you paid attention to the NFL last weekend, you know that Murray, not Emmitt Smith or Tony Dorsett, now holds the Dallas Cowboys' single-game rushing record. The Sooners are no less explosive this year, by land or by sky.
Oklahoma State Cowboys
Coach: Mike Gundy (seventh year, 54-29)
Current record: 7-0, 4-0 Big 12
Next game: vs. Baylor
Home site: Boone Pickens Stadium (60,218), Stillwater, Okla.
Average attendance, 2010-11: 52,375
Highest final AP ranking since 2000: 13th, 2010
Notable alums currently in NFL: WR Dez Bryant (Cowboys), K Dan Bailey (Cowboys)
Top underclassmen: RB Joseph Randle, WR Justin Blackmon, DB Broderick Brown, K Quinn Sharp
The skinny: See this offense, tallying 550 total yards a game? This is what Dana Holgorsen has tried to bring to Morgantown, to a large degree. At least Holgorsen won't be seeing Brandon Weeden in his first trip to Stillwater.
Coach: Mack Brown (14th season, 137-36; 28th season overall, 223-110-1)
Current record: 4-2 ,1-2 Big 12
Next game: vs. Kansas
Home site: Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium (100,119), Austin, Texas
Average attendance, 2010-11: 100,730
Highest final AP ranking since 2000: 1st, 2005
Notable alums currently in NFL: QB Colt McCoy (Browns), TE Jermichael Finley (Packers), CB Quentin Jammer (Chargers)
Top underclassmen: RB Malcolm Brown, WR Mike Davis
The skinny: This is the program with the Longhorn Network, which has been the top asset (or poison pill) in the latest round of the conference realignment craziness. That hasn't exactly translated to the field, as the Longhorns have been crushed by the Oklahoma schools 93-43.
Texas Christian Horned Frogs
Coach: Gary Patterson (11th season, 103-30)
Current record: 5-2, 3-0 Mountain West. Next game: vs. Brigham Young, Friday
Home site: Amon G. Carter Stadium (44,358), Fort Worth, Texas
Average attendance, 2010-11: 39,081
Highest final AP ranking since 2000: 2nd, 2010
Notable alums currently in NFL: QB Andy Dalton (Bengals), RB LaDainian Tomlinson (Jets)
Top underclassmen: QB Casey Pachall, DL Stansly Maponga, RB Waymon James, WR Josh Boyce
The skinny: The Horned Frogs are a two-point loss to Baylor and an overtime loss to SMU from being the BCS-busting talk of the nation again. Patterson's team hasn't slipped much from the Rose Bowl squad of last season.
Texas Tech Red Raiders
Coach: Tommy Tuberville (second season, 13-7; 14th season overall, 123-67)
Current record: 5-2, 2-2 Big 12
Next game: vs. Iowa State
Home site: Jones AT&T Stadium (60,454), Lubbock, Texas
Average attendance, 2010-11: 55,826
Highest final AP ranking since 2000: 12th, 2008
Notable alums currently in NFL: WR Michael Crabtree (49ers), WR Wes Welker (Patriots)
Top underclassmen: QB Seth Doege, WR Eric Ward, WR Alex Torres
The skinny: Another Holgorsen reunion game looms in Lubbock, and Tuberville hasn't tinkered with the Red Raiders' formula - run, gun and outscore the other team. Scores of games this year include 35-34, 45-34, 45-40, 41-34 and 41-38.