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The Big 12 North versus Big 12 South

Like it or not, the Big 12 will be without divisions after 2010, no matter how many legends or leaders made their mark in the league's short history as a two-part conference.

Over that history, the South has been dominant with a pair of national powers, Texas and Oklahoma who were consistently racking up big win totals over the last decade while the North has, more often than not, sent a significantly less impressive team to the title game. That's measurable in plenty of ways, but I'll settle for the 11-4 advantage in the championship game and a 13-4 advantage in BCS bowl game appearances.

But what about this year? The South is clearly the deeper division when you talk total teams, but then I got this e-mail, which got me wondering:

John in Omaha, Neb., wrote: Bored at work, thought I'd give you a blog topic idea. If you had to pick two all star teams, one made entirely of B12 north players at each position and then a B12 south all star team at each position and then had them play a game. Who would win and who would be the players. Off the top of my head I'd say the south would but I bet it's pretty close once you break it down player by player.

My interest was piqued. We know what the All-Big 12 team looks like, but what if you broke it down by division? For reference, my All-Big 12 team had 11 players from the North and 15 from the South.

Here are my picks, when broken down by division:

Big 12 South

OFFENSE

QB: Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State

RB: Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State; DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma

WR: Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State; Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma

TE/FB: Bryant Ward, Oklahoma State

OL: Levy Adcock, Oklahoma State; Danny Watkins, Baylor; Eric Mensik, Oklahoma; Matt Allen, Texas A&M, Lonnie Edwards, Texas Tech

DEFENSE

DL: Jeremy Beal, Oklahoma; Lucas Patterson, Texas A&M; Colby Whitlock, Texas Tech; Sam Acho, Texas

LB: Von Miller, Texas A&M; Orie Lemon, Oklahoma State; Travis Lewis, Oklahoma

CB: Andrew McGee, Oklahoma State; Jamell Fleming, Oklahoma

S: Quinton Carter, Oklahoma; Byron Landor, Baylor

SPECIALISTS:

K: Dan Bailey, Oklahoma State

P: Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State

KR: Coryell Judie, Texas A&M

PR: Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma

Big 12 North

OFFENSE

QB: Blaine Gabbert, Missouri

RB: Rodney Stewart, Colorado, Daniel Thomas, Kansas State

WR: T.J. Moe, Missouri; Scotty McKnight, Colorado

TE/FB: Michael Egnew, Missouri

OL: Nate Solder, Colorado; Ricky Henry, Nebraska; Tim Barnes, Missouri; Zach Kendall, Kansas State, Ben Lamaak, Iowa State

DEFENSE

DL: Jared Crick, Nebraska; Aldon Smith, Missouri; Brad Madison, Missouri; Pierre Allen, Nebraska

LB: Lavonte David, Nebraska; Andrew Gachkar, Missouri; Jake Knott, Iowa State

CB: Prince Amukamara, Nebraska; Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska

S: Eric Hagg, Nebraska; Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State

SPECIALISTS:

K: Alex Henery, Nebraska

P: Alex Henery, Nebraska

KR: William Powell, Kansas State

PR: Niles Paul, Nebraska

So, there are my teams. I'll offer some further observations, plus my pick in a post Tuesday. But for now ... who you got?