Big 12 links: Crabtree tells newspaper he's staying

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

One more Big 12 football game tomorrow night and then speculation season will begin. Not just for bowl games and coaching changes, but also whether players will stay in school or declare for the NFL draft.

It should be interesting. Here are a few links to get things percolating over lunch.

  • Michael Crabtree told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal that he plans to return to school next season, contradicting what his father told the Dallas Morning News.

  • Forget about how some are saying that Oklahoma doesn't belong in the Big 12 championship game. The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel isn't sure if Missouri is the best team in the North Division, either.

  • The Dallas Morning News picked Colt McCoy as its offensive player of the year in what Chuck Carlton called "the year of the quarterback, the year of the wide receiver and the year of the tight end" across the Big 12.

  • Texas A&M players Trent Hunter and Alton Dixon had a definitive answer to the Austin American-Statesman's Randy Rigs who they considered to be the best team in the Big 12's South Division. A hint: the team is playing for the conference championship Saturday night in Kansas City.

  • Guerin Emig of the Tulsa World writes that Bob Stoops struggles with suggestions the Sooners have developed a Big 12 dynasty - despite five previous championships and a shot for an unprecedented three-peat Saturday night by beating Missouri.

  • Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle has Mack Brown's most recent vote to the USA Today coaches' poll, via the Dan Patrick radio show. Brown pegged his Longhorns at second, followed by Florida and Oklahoma.