This past season, the Big 12 was unfortunately exiled from college football’s first ever playoff festivities, when co-conference champions Baylor and TCU came up just short of making the four-team field. The Horned Frogs and the Bears were the bright spots of what was an otherwise sub par 2014 campaign for the conference as a whole.
After finishing the season with just three teams ranked in the final AP Top 25, the league will be looking to re-establish itself on the national scene with a bounce back season in 2015.
The conference is welcoming back plenty of premier stars such as TCU QB Trevone Boykin, Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine, Baylor RB Shock Linwood, Oklahoma State DE Emmanuel Ogbah, Baylor DE Shawn Oakman and West Virginia S Karl Joseph. But the Big 12 is also loaded with plenty of emerging players who are primed and ready to have breakout seasons.
Here’s a look at five players who are ready to become stars in 2015.