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The Register columnist gives his educated estimates on the records of all Big 12 football teams.
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FRISCO, Texas — Looking for hot topics to come out of the annual Big 12 Conference Football Media Days that start Monday?

Don’t get your hopes up for anything too major — unless commissioner Bob Bowlsby drops a surprise either during his Monday morning formal presentation to reporters, or during the informal scrum he’ll conduct somewhere beyond the bright lights.

Expansion?

Not happening.

What about Baylor?

So far, that scandal-riddled school is still one of the 10 Big 12 members.

Television rights?

Change the word “television” to “digital” and you’re probably onto something.

College football’s future?

The sport will continue. But it’s never too early to speculate how everyone will be aligned next year — or five years from now. Maybe that’ll be a big-picture focal point this week. Maybe.

Something will come up. Something always comes up, like:

In 2014, when Bowlsby told a couple handfuls of reporters that “I think the vast majority of people in intercollegiate athletics are of high integrity; they’re doing it for the right reasons. But right now, if you want to cheat, you can do it and you can get away with it. There are benefits for doing that. And that needs to change.”

And don’t forget last year when reporters asked about the reported crimes against women by Baylor football players, Bowlsby said:

“It almost goes without saying that when you combine alcohol and drugs and raging hormones and the experiences of 18- to 22-year-olds, it’s probably unrealistic to think that (campus sexual assaults) are never going to happen.”

Uh . . .

Hopefully he’s toned that one down — if the topic re-emerges.

What else will, or won’t, come up during this gathering of Big 12 administrators, football coaches and some of their star players…

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Depth chart anticipation

Who’s backing up Iowa State quarterback Jacob Park? Is redshirt freshman Sean Foster the starting offensive left tackle?

Is Matt Leo among the top-four defensive linemen, and is Kene Nwangwu anywhere to be found after having an Achilles repaired during the offseason?

And why do we get so curious over something as fluid (and sometimes even meaningless) as a depth chart, you wonder?

Practice starts in a few weeks, that’s why. Fans wonder which true freshmen might play. They’ve heard that Joel Lanning will be a starting linebacker. But on Monday it’ll be on the depth chart, in black-and-white.

It’s good fodder for conversation, but realistically, everyone on it not named Lazard, Jones, Park, Lanning, Cotton-Moya, Peavy, Montgomery, Payne, Harvey, Good-Jones, Campos and Downing are subject to change before the Sept. 2 opener against Northern Iowa at Jack Trice Stadium.

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Who the Cyclones play, and when.
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The 13th data point and it’s potential for disaster

Let’s say Oklahoma beats Oklahoma State en route to winning the Big 12 title. Let’s say that’s Oklahoma State’s only loss. Let’s say they meet again in the conference playoff game after the 2017 regular season — and let’s say Oklahoma State springs an upset.

It happened when Texas beat Nebraska in the 1996 title game, when Texas A&M upset Kansas State in 1998, when Colorado beat Texas in 2001 and when Oklahoma knocked off 2007 regular-season champion Missouri.

Take this one to the bank: It’ll happen again in 2017.

But after the College Football Playoff Committee suggested that it’s advantageous to have 13 games on the ol’ resume instead of 12, the Big 12 decided to start what other Power Five conference already had — a postseason league title game. The Big 12 did it despite being the only conference with true round-robin scheduling.

All that will come up again this week, too. Especially the what happens when/if No. 2 beats No. 1.

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No Jacob Park

The Big 12 doesn’t mandate what players schools bring to media days, thus there will be no comments from Iowa State starting quarterback Jacob Park. Allen Lazard, Joel Lanning, Jake Campos and Brian Peavy will represent the Cyclones, and they’re deserving.

While on the subject of Park, it was interesting that he was on the lengthy watch list for the Maxwell Award. That award goes to college football’s top player, not top quarterback.

Where was Lazard, the all-conference receiver who is generally considered to be Iowa State’s top player?

My guess is that the senior doesn’t give a hoot that he wasn’t mentioned on that meaningless watch list. He opted not to become available for the last NFL Draft because he wants to play in a bowl game, not because he wants to see his name among 85 others on some silly list.

Remember last month when the Rimington Award folks released their list of players they’ll be watching while determining who is college football’s best center?

Iowa State’s Julian Good-Jones was among the 71. No one’s saying he’s not deserving of being mentioned, but he hasn’t even played center yet in college.

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Rookie coaches

We’ll hear from new coaches Lincoln Riley and Tom Herman; probably about how Oklahoma won’t miss a beat with Riley in charge of Bob Stoops’ program, and about how Texas will finally play like Longhorn fans expect them to play under Herman.

We’ll hear Matt Rhule say Baylor’s sleazy football culture has changed — and we hope he’s right.

Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield for Heisman?

That’ll be talked about considerably, too. Probably.

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And finally…

This week, someone will ask Kansas State’s Bill Snyder about his health, after battling a form of throat cancer this offseason. He’ll say he’s doing well. He attended Bobby Elliott’s Celebration of Life on Saturday in Iowa City. He sat next to Kirk Ferentz.

Someone will ask the 77-year-old how long he’ll continue in this business. He’ll tell us he’s looking forward to starting his 26th season as a coach.

He’ll gentlemanly respond that as long as he’s healthy, that as long as he feels he’s still getting through to players more than 50 years younger, he’s sticking with it.

Iowa State columnist Randy Peterson has been with the Register for parts of five decades. Randy writes opinion and analysis of Iowa State football and basketball. You can reach Randy at rpeterson@dmreg.com or on Twitter at @RandyPete.