2012 Scout.com BCS All-Conference teams

Our Scout.com football experts compile their all-conference teams for the six BCS conferences.

Below are Scout.com's all-conference teams for the six BCS conferences, as picked by our football experts from around the country. Check out the teams and then read our explanations below.

Also, check out our 2012 All-American team and Freshman All-American team.

All-ACC First Team
Offense
Position
Player
School
QB
Tajh Boyd
Clemson
RB
Gio Bernard
North Carolina
RB
Andre Ellington
Clemson
WR
DeAndre Hopkins
Clemson
WR
Alex Amidon
Boston College
TE
Brandon Ford
Clemson
OL
James Hurst
North Carolina
OL
Oday Aboushi
Virginia
OL
Jonathan Cooper
North Carolina
OL
Omoregie Uzzi
Georgia Tech
OL
Dalton Freeman
Clemson
Defense
Position
Player
School
DL
Sylvester Williams
North Carolina
DL
Joe Vellano
Maryland
DL
Bjoern Werner
Florida State
DL
Cornelius Carradine
Florida State
LB
Kevin Reddick
North Carolina
LB
Nick Clancy
Boston College
LB
Christian Jones
Florida State
DB
Xavier Rhodes
Florida State
DB
Ross Cockrell
Duke
DB
Lamarcus Joyner
Florida State
DB
Earl Wolff
North Carolina State
Specialists
Position
Player
School
K
Dustin Hopkins
Florida State
P
Will Monday
Duke
AP
Stefon Diggs
Maryland


All-ACC Second Team
Offense
Position
Player
School
QB
EJ Manuel
Florida State
RB
Duke Johnson
Miami
RB
Chris Thompson
Florida State
WR
Jamison Crowder
Duke
WR
Michael Campanaro
Wake Forest
TE
Eric Ebron
North Carolina
OL
Brandon Thomas
Clemson
OL
Cameron Erving
Florida State
OL
Tre' Jackson
Florida State
OL
R.J. Mattes
North Carolina State
OL
Bryan Stork
Florida State
Defense
Position
Player
School
DL
Timmy Jernigan
Florida State
DL
Nikita Whitlock
Wake Forest
DL
James Gayle
Virginia Tech
DL
Kareem Martin
North Carolina
LB
Jeremiah Attaochu
Georgia Tech
LB
Jack Tyler
Virginia Tech
LB
Steve Greer
Virginia
DB
David Amerson
North Carolina State
DB
Antone Exum
Virginia Tech
DB
Rashard Hall
Clemson
DB
Walt Canty
Duke
Specialists
Position
Player
School
K
Chandler Catanzaro
Clemson
P
Tommy Hibbard
North Carolina
AP
Duke Johnson
Miami

Coach of the Year: David Cutcliffe, Duke

Offensive Player of the Year: Tajh Boyd, Clemson

Defensive Player of the Year: Bjoern Werner, Florida State

Freshman of the Year: Duke Johnson, Miami

Expert's take: Florida State won the ACC this season and they lead the way with 12 players on the All-ACC Team along with the Defensive Player of the Year in Bjoern Werner. Clemson has seven players on the list, and their quarterback Tajh Boyd was named Offensive Player of the Year. David Cutcliffe has made Duke into a competitor in the ACC and after finishing with a 6-6 overall record, he was named Coach of the Year.


All-Big East First Team*
Offense
Position
Player
School
QB
Teddy Bridgewater
Louisville
RB
Ray Graham
Pittsburgh
RB
Montel Harris
Temple
WR
Alec Lemon
Syracuse
WR
DeVante Parker
Louisville
TE
Travis Kelce
Cincinnati
OL
Mark Popek
South Florida
OL
Antwan Lowery
Rutgers
OL
Justin Pugh
Syracuse
OL
Mario Benavides
Louisville
OL
Austen Bujnoch
Cincinnati
Defense
Position
Player
School
DL
Scott Vallone
Rutgers
DL
Trevardo Williams
Connecticut
DL
Aaron Donald
Pittsburgh
DL
Dan Giordano
Cincinnati
LB
Khaseem Greene
Rutgers
LB
Yawin Smallwood
Connecticut
LB
Greg Blair
Cincinnati
DB
Adrian Bushell
Louisville
DB
Duron Harmon
Rutgers
DB
Logan Ryan
Rutgers
DB
Blidi Wreh-Wilson
Connecticut
Specialists
Position
Player
School
K
Maikon Bonani
South Florida
P
Brandon McManus
Temple

Coach of the Year: Charlie Strong, Louisville

Offensive Player of the Year: Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

Defensive Player of the Year: Khaseem Greene, Rutgers

Freshman of the Year: Tyler Matakevich, Temple

Expert's take: Teddy Bridgewater proved his worth to the Louisville offense when he rallied Louisville from a 14-3 deficit to beat Rutgers 20-17 and clinch a BCS bowl berth in the final game of the season. That Bridgewater did it with a broken non-throwing (left) wrist and a bad ankle made it that much more impressive. Strong got the nod over Rutgers coach Kyle Flood in the coach of the year vote because the Cardinals rallied big on the road at Rutgers to get that BCS bowl bid. Flood did a fine job in his first season, but losses to Pittsburgh and the Cardinals to end the season kept the Scarlet Knights from winning the outright title.


All-Big Ten First Team
Offense
Position
Player
School
QB
Braxton Miller
Ohio State
RB
Le'Veon Bell
Michigan State
RB
Montee Ball
Wisconsin
WR
Kenny Bell
Nebraska
WR
Allen Robinson
Penn State
TE
Kyle Carter
Penn State
OL
Taylor Lewan
Michigan
OL
Ricky Wagner
Wisconsin
OL
Spencer Long
Nebraska
OL
Travis Frederick
Wisconsin
OL
Matt Stankiewitch
Penn State
Defense
Position
Player
School
DL
John Simon
Ohio State
DL
Kawann Short
Purdue
DL
Jordan Hill
Penn State
DL
Johnathan Hankins
Ohio State
LB
Ryan Shazier
Ohio State
LB
Michael Mauti
Penn State
LB
Jake Ryan
Michigan
DB
Micah Hyde
Iowa
DB
Johnny Adams
Michigan State
DB
Darqueze Dennard
Michigan State
DB
Bradley Roby
Ohio State
Specialists
Position
Player
School
K
Jeff Budzien
Northwestern
P
Will Hagerup
Michigan


All-Big Ten Second Team
Offense
Position
Player
School
QB
Taylor Martinez
Nebraska
RB
Venric Mark
Northwestern
RB
Carlos Hyde
Ohio State
WR
Jared Abbrederis
Wisconsin
WR
Corey Brown
Ohio State
TE
Dion Sims
Michigan State
OL
Patrick Omameh
Michigan
OL
John Urschel
Penn State
OL
Andrew Norwell
Ohio State
OL
Hugh Thornton
Illinois
OL
Jack Mewhort
Ohio State
Defense
Position
Player
School
DL
Eric Martin
Nebraska
DL
Adam Replogle
Indiana
DL
Baker Steinkuhler
Nebraska
DL
Michael Buchanan
Illinois
LB
Max Bullough
Michigan State
LB
Chris Borland
Wisconsin
LB
Mike Taylor
Wisconsin
DB
Travis Howard
Ohio State
DB
Daimion Stafford
Nebraska
DB
Jordan Kovacs
Michigan
DB
Christian Bryant
Ohio State
Specialists
Position
Player
School
K
Brendan Gibbons
Michigan
P
Mike Sadler
Michigan State

Coach of the Year: Bill O'Brien, Penn State

Offensive Player of the Year: Braxton Miller, Ohio State

Defensive Player of the Year: John Simon, Ohio State

Freshman of the Year: Mason Monheim, Illinois

Expert's take: Some spots were obvious, others were tough to decide for the All-Big Ten team. The most hotly contested spot may have been linebacker -- fitting, since that is a spot at which the conference has had a rich, storied history. Our final three, Ryan Shazier, Michael Mauti and Jake Ryan, not only filled the stat columns, but they made key plays at key times. Max Bullough, Chris Borland, and Mike Taylor, in many years, would be first team guys and even a few guys left off the list like Gerald Hodges, would be first team guys in other years. A few other spots, like tight end, kicker, and others, had more singularly deserving candidates.


All-Big 12 First Team
Offense
Position
Player
School
QB
Collin Klein
Kansas State
RB
Joseph Randle
Oklahoma State
RB
John Hubert
Kansas State
WR
Terrance Williams
Baylor
WR
Stedman Bailey
West Virginia
TE
Jace Amaro
Texas Tech
OL
Gabe Ikard
Oklahoma
OL
Lane Johnson
Oklahoma
OL
Lane Taylor
Oklahoma State
OL
Cyril Richardson
Baylor
OL
Cornelius Lucas
Kansas State
Defense
Position
Player
School
DL
Meshak Williams
Kansas State
DL
Calvin Barnett
Oklahoma State
DL
Devonte Fields
TCU
DL
Jake McDonough
Iowa State
LB
Arthur Brown
Kansas State
LB
Bryce Hager
Baylor
LB
A.J. Klein
Iowa State
DB
Tony Jefferson
Oklahoma
DB
Jason Verrett
TCU
DB
Ty Zimmerman
Kansas State
DB
Kenny Vaccaro
Texas
Specialists
Position
Player
School
K
Quinn Sharp
Oklahoma State
P
Tress Way
Oklahoma
AP
Tavon Austin
West Virginia


All-Big 12 Second Team
Offense
Position
Player
School
QB
Landry Jones
Oklahoma
RB
Lache Seastrunk
Baylor
RB
James Sims
Kansas
WR
Eric Ward
Texas Tech
WR
Josh Stewart
Oklahoma State
TE
Travis Tannahill
Kansas State
OL
Josh Jenkins
West Virginia
OL
Blaize Foltz
TCU
OL
Joe Madsen
West Virginia
OL
Trey Hopkins
Texas
OL
LaAdrian Waddle
Texas Tech
Defense
Position
Player
School
DL
Alex Okafor
Texas
DL
Kerry Hyder
Texas Tech
DL
Stansly Maponga
TCU
DL
Adam Davis
Oklahoma
LB
Ben Heeney
Kansas
LB
Jake Knott
Iowa State
LB
Steve Edmond
Texas
DB
Aaron Colvin
Oklahoma
DB
Karl Joseph
West Virginia
DB
Demontre Hurst
Oklahoma
DB
Ahmad Dixon
Baylor
Specialists
Position
Player
School
K
Jaden Oberkrom
TCU
P
Ethan Perry
TCU
AP
Justin Gilbert
Oklahoma State

Coach of the Year: Bill Snyder, Kansas State

Offensive Player of the Year: Collin Klein, Kansas State

Defensive Player of the Year: Arthur Brown, Kansas State

Freshman of the Year: Devonte Fields, TCU

Expert's take: The Big 12 had a lot of teams close in talent, which makes each an every selection on the team up for debate. However, no position will be debated more than the selections at quarterback. Left off the first and second team is West Virginia's Geno Smith, who was an early front-runner in the Heisman Trophy hunt. He put up big numbers all year, but both Collin Klein and Landry Jones netted better overall results, while still amassing some impressive statistics.


All-Pac-12 First Team
Offense
Position
Player
School
QB
Marcus Mariota
Oregon
RB
Ka'Deem Carey
Arizona
RB
Johnathan Franklin
UCLA
WR
Marqise Lee
USC
WR
Austin Hill
Arizona
TE
Zach Ertz
Stanford
OL
Xavier Su'a-Filo
UCLA
OL
Hroniss Grasu
Oregon
OL
David Yankey
Stanford
OL
Sam Brenner
Utah
OL
Brian Schwenke
Cal
Defense
Position
Player
School
DL
Star Lotulelei
Utah
DL
Dion Jordan
Oregon
DL
Will Sutton
Arizona State
DL
Scott Crichton
Oregon State
LB
Anthony Barr
UCLA
LB
Trent Murphy
Stanford
LB
Michael Clay
Oregon
DB
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu
Oregon
DB
Jordan Poyer
Oregon State
DB
Desmond Trufant
Washington
DB
Ed Reynolds
Stanford
Specialists
Position
Player
School
K
Andrew Furney
Washington State
P
Jeff Locke
UCLA
AP
Reggie Dunn
Utah


All-Pac-12 Second Team
Offense
Position
Player
School
QB
Brett Hundley
UCLA
RB
Kenjon Barner
Oregon
RB
Stepfan Taylor
Stanford
WR
Markus Wheaton
Oregon State
WR
Brandin Cooks
Oregon State
TE
Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Washington
OL
Khaled Holmes
USC
OL
Sam Schwartzstein
Stanford
OL
Kevin Danser
Stanford
OL
Jeff Baca
UCLA
OL
Jake Fisher
Oregon
Defense
Position
Player
School
DL
Datone Jones
UCLA
DL
Morgan Breslin
USC
DL
Leonard Williams
USC
DL
Henry Anderson
Stanford
LB
Shayne Skov
Stanford
LB
Chase Thomas
Stanford
LB
Eric Kendricks
UCLA
DB
T.J. McDonald
USC
DB
Rashaad Reynolds
Oregon State
DB
Alden Darby
Arizona State
DB
Deone Bucannon
Washington State
Specialists
Position
Player
School
K
Vince D'Amato
Cal
P
Josh Hubner
Arizona State
AP
Marqise Lee
USC

Coach of the Year: Mike Riley, Oregon State

Offensive Player of the Year: Marqise Lee, USC

Defensive Player of the Year: Will Sutton, Arizona State

Freshman of the Year: Marcus Mariota, Oregon

Expert's take: The easiest choice was the offensive player of the year. Marqise Lee is quite possibly the true best player in college football. His year was terrific. The rest weren't so easy. Defensive player of the year could have gone to about four-five players. Anthony Barr, Jordan Poyer, Ed Reynolds and Dion Jordan all had a case, but in the end, Will Sutton was the most disruptive player in the conference. Freshman of the year was really a three-horse race: Marcus Mariota, Leonard Williams and Brett Hundley, and in the small sample of time, Kevin Hogan could have been a contender. Coach of the year could have gone to Jim Mora, who took over a 6-8 UCLA squad and won the Pac-12 South and finished 9-4. Or it could have gone to David Shaw, who was the coaches' pick after winning the Pac-12, which he didn't do last year with Andrew Luck. The choice for us was Mike Riley, who turned a 3-9 team into a 9-3 team.


All-SEC First Team
Offense
Position
Player
School
QB
Johnny Manziel
Texas A&M
RB
Eddie Lacy
Alabama
RB
Todd Gurley
Georgia
WR
Cobi Hamilton
Arkansas
WR
Jordan Matthews
Vanderbilt
TE
Jordan Reed
Florida
OL
Jake Matthews
Texas A&M
OL
Luke Joeckel
Texas A&M
OL
Chance Warmack
Alabama
OL
Larry Warford
Kentucky
OL
Barrett Jones
Alabama
Defense
Position
Player
School
DL
Sharrif Floyd
Florida
DL
Sheldon Richardson
Missouri
DL
Jadeveon Clowney
South Carolina
DL
Damontre Moore
Texas A&M
LB
Jarvis Jones
Georgia
LB
Jon Bostic
Florida
LB
Kevin Minter
LSU
DB
Dee Milliner
Alabama
DB
Johnthan Banks
Mississippi State
DB
Matt Elam
Florida
DB
Eric Reid
LSU
Specialists
Position
Player
School
K
Caleb Sturgis
Florida
P
Kyle Christy
Florida
AP
Cordarrelle Patterson
Tennessee


All-SEC Second Team
Offense
Position
Player
School
QB
A.J. McCarron
Alabama
RB
Mike Gillislee
Florida
RB
Zac Stacy
Vanderbilt
WR
Justin Hunter
Tennessee
WR
Donte Moncrief
Ole Miss
TE
Mychal Rivera
Tennessee
OL
Antonio Richardson
Tennessee
OL
D.J. Fluker
Alabama
OL
Gabe Jackson
Mississippi State
OL
Dallas Thomas
Tennessee
OL
T.J. Johnson
South Carolina
Defense
Position
Player
School
DL
John Jenkins
Georgia
DL
Jesse Williams
Alabama
DL
Sam Montgomery
LSU
DL
Corey Lemonier
Auburn
LB
Alec Ogletree
Georgia
LB
Denzel Nkemdiche
Ole Miss
LB
Cameron Lawrence
Mississippi State
DB
Marcus Roberson
Florida
DB
Darius Slay
Mississippi State
DB
D.J. Swearinger
South Carolina
DB
Bacarri Rambo
Georgia
Specialists
Position
Player
School
K
Carey Spear
Vanderbilt
P
Dylan Breeding
Arkansas
AP
Marcus Murphy
Missouri

Coach of the Year: Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M

Offensive Player of the Year: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

Defensive Player of the Year: Jarvis Jones, Georgia

Freshman of the Year: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

Expert's take: Kevin Sumlin left Houston for Texas A&M late in 2011, and he had the Aggies playing some of the best football in the country at the end of the season. The Aggies finished 10-2, winning in Tuscaloosa along the way, and Sumlin is the Scout.com SEC Coach of the Year. Alabama is playing in the national championship game for the third time in four seasons and they lead the way with seven players selected for the teams.

* -- No second team selected

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