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Player poll proves revealing

ESPN The Magazine has rolled out its college football preview, and it polled 120 FBS football players, including several from the Big 12, as part of the preview. You should go check out the full poll -- plus the Big 12-specific version, but here's some of what it found.

  • There's almost no deviation from automatic qualifier and non-AQ schools in their desire for a playoff. The two groups averaged about 62 percent in favor of it, while 38 percent opposed. AQ-school players: 61 percent in favor. Non-AQs: 63 percent.

  • Fifty percent of players polled picked Oklahoma to win the Big 12: "I remember how good they were in 2008," says one rival senior. "They might be better this year."

  • Texas' Mack Brown won as the coach most players would want to play for: "He's the kind of guy who gets a lot out of his players and yet still comes off like a grandpa type," says a rival LB.

  • Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy won (lost?) as the coach players would least like to play for: "Too fiery for my taste," says an O-lineman.

  • Perhaps the most interesting tidbit: Von Miller earned the title of the conference's best player, with 33 percent of the vote. "I don't really know how to block him," says one lineman. "He runs like an LB, but he can bull you like a D-end." Aggies QB Jerrod Johnson and running back Christine Michael also earned votes. You can read more about Miller here in our story from earlier today.

  • More than 41 percent of those polled said Texas was the toughest place in the Big 12 to play. And for good reason: It's the conference's biggest stadium by over 15,000 seats.

  • Most annoying mascot? Congratulations, Herbie the Husker. You seem innocent enough to me, but apparently the players are no fans of you.

  • And finally, 99.3 percent of players polled said they don't wear cups. So...there's that.

Plenty more over on the full poll page, including the pro that players would most like to hang out with.