All the Big 12-2 Conference news that is and isn't fit to read...
And some other stuff.
I should have bought Apple stock years ago, but is it constructive to sit around and complain now? Do you want to whine about every recruit Mack Brown passed over? [AAS]
Another Longhorn opponent, another quarterback who got away. If Oklahoma State freshman Wes Lunt's knee isn't recovered enough to let him play Saturday, Texas will face redshirt freshman J.W. Walsh, the pride of Denton Guyer who in three seasons took his team to the 4A state semifinals twice and then to the state championship game as a senior. Longhorn co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite and former defensive coordinator Will Muschamp were keen on Walsh, but they were outvoted by Mack Brown and Greg Davis, and Texas signed David Ash instead.
Thanks for the reminder. [Crystal Ball Run]
While Washington clearly has the toughest next three weeks of anyone in college football (as mentioned above), the Texas Longhorns start a brutal trio of games this weekend as well. It begins this Saturday at Oklahoma State, followed by a visit from West Virginia next week and a trip to the Cotton Bowl to take on Oklahoma the following week.
In the process of those three games, we’ll not only find out if Texas is "for real" or not, but we should get a much clearer picture on the Big XII title race as well. If the Longhorns go undefeated in that three game stretch, it’ll essentially only be the Kansas State standing in Texas’ way of winning the conference crown. If they win two out of three, they’ll be in good shape, and just one win or none would essentially eliminate them from contention before we even hit mid-October.
Now the fun really begins. [AAS]
What are the Pokes chances of beating Texas? [NewsOK]
The Big 12 power rankings are out. [ESPN Big 12 Blog]
3. Texas (3-0, last week: 3) Texas was idle this week, but the Longhorns get to spend the next week waiting to see which Oklahoma State quarterback they'll see. In the meantime, they've got plenty to work on in Austin. Can David Ash keep it up, and can the defense fix its out-of-character tackling woes?
Woo-hoo! We are No. 1. [Football Perspective]
Be sure to watch. The Pokes are opening a practice for ESPN's All-Access. [News On 6]
Bob has a sad this week.
Stoops understands your pain, Sooners. [NewsOK]
Can we still call him Big Game Bob? [San Antonio Express-News]
At least the secondary did their job. [NewsOK]
The Sooners need to improve. FAST. [ESPN]
Snyder's game plan became apparent. Don't give OU any breaks -- and wait for the Sooners to shoot themselves in the foot.
The Sooners obliged Saturday night, committing three turnovers that led to 17 points, as K-State exited Norman with a 24-19 victory.
Should I go back and find all the snide C&CM posts about UT's less-than-stellar seasons and just laugh? [Crimson and Cream Machine]
What did we learn this weekend? [ESPN Big 12 Blog]
K-State is all kinds of bad news. Kansas State coach Bill Snyder loved what his defense did. "They just kept rowing the boat," Snyder said. Indeed. Oklahoma got all the way to the 1-yard line and fumbled a snap in the Belldozer. It settled for field goals of 28 and 34 yards, going without a touchdown in the first half at home for the first time since TCU sprang a season-opening upset in 2005. There wasn't an ounce of quit in the defense, and the Wildcats made big plays when they were in position. This team is remarkably consistent despite a few slow starts. The defense is disciplined, though not very speedy. The offense is efficient and doesn't make mistakes. If K-State keeps playing like that, preventing big plays and squeezing the life out of opposing defenses, can anybody in the Big 12 beat it?
The Frog offense are underachievers. [Ft. Worth Star-Telegram]
K-State is the real deal. [Saturday Morning QB]
Considering that they also played the Sooners to a virtual draw in terms of total yards and yards per play – and crushed Miami on both fronts earlier this month – I don't see any reason not to move KSU to the top of the short list of serious Big 12 contenders.
Bill Snyder is one of the best coaches in college football. [Saturday Morning QB]
Bill Snyder is not underrated, underappreciated or overlooked as a head coach: To the contrary, he's been feted pretty much nonstop as one of the best in the game for the better part of two decades, because it's so obviously true.
Could have Poke QB Wes Lunt's injury been prevented? [NewsOK]
backup QB J.D. Walsh can make adjustments. [NewsOK]
"One thing you've got to remember now," said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy, "he played at a high level of football in Texas. He's a coach's kid."
Put a value on that?
"I really don't think you can," Walsh said, "just because anytime something comes up, it's the knowledge you can come back to, that's in the back of your mind, those conversations at the dinner table with my dad."
Tech has a cohesive defensive unit. [Dallas Morning News]
Warning: Bad Baylor pun. [West Virginia Gazette]
Keep the CF playoff at four teams. [CBS Sports]
This is good news. [SI]
Finally, at the risk of looking stupid again, I'd be willing to bet three months of Andy Staples' barbeque expenses that voters will not allow another SEC rematch this year. There was too much backlash to last year's game, and even though it's not voters' fault the second game was lopsided (Alabama may well have beaten a different opponent by far more than 21 points), the dissatisfaction is still going to factor into their thought process this time. The people desperately want to see the SEC play someone else, and they're going to get their wish. I don't know who that team will be, but you might want to tune in this weekend for possible clues.
When you coach in God's conference, you can do anything you want. [CBS Sports]
Need a skilled player? Try CraigsList. [Lost Lettermen]
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