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Gauging the Big 12's top coaches in 2011

Four Big 12 coaches have been named to the 20-man watch list for the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award, but who deserves it in the Big 12 this season?

Mike Gundy's Oklahoma State team is one of eight remaining undefeated teams left in the FBS. Despite losing offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen, his offense is back near the top, ranking third nationally in total offense under the tutelage of new coordinator Todd Monken. The Cowboys erased a 17-point halftime deficit to beat then-No. 8 Texas A&M in College Station this season.

Bill Snyder's Kansas State team was picked to finish eighth in the Big 12, but after seven games it finds itself ranked eighth in the BCS standings. The Wildcats won four consecutive games as underdogs before blowing out rival Kansas in Lawrence last week. Two of those four wins as underdogs came on the road (Miami and Texas Tech) and K-State was outgained in all four. The Wildcats lead the nation in time of possession and have the fewest turnovers (seven) in the Big 12.

Bob Stoops' Oklahoma team lost to Texas Tech last week, and the Sooners had a 39-game home winning streak stopped in the loss. Despite the loss, Oklahoma held on to a spot in the BCS top 10 and ranks fourth nationally in total offense.

The man who helped knock off Oklahoma? Tech coach Tommy Tuberville. The win propelled the Red Raiders into the top 25 in the AP, USA Today and Harris polls, and in the BCS standings, for the first time in his tenure at Lubbock. By beating Iowa State on Saturday, the Red Raiders would qualify for a bowl for the 19th consecutive season. Tech's two losses came to ranked teams (Kansas State and Texas A&M) by a combined 12 points.

Who gets your vote in the Big 12 Coach of the Year race?