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Bevo's Daily Roundup - November 17, 2009

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Mack Brown still sees room for improvement.

"We can finish better and still haven't played our best for 60 minutes," Brown said. "We're happy with where we are and really enjoying coaching these kids and watching them play. We're really happy to be 10-0, but even more excited with the enthusiasm and passion the guys continue to play with every week."

Barking Carnival has some defensive thoughts and a Baylor post-mortem.


The Jayhawks

Mark Mangino finally has an o-line alignment he can live with.

Kansas University coach Mark Mangino indicated Sunday that he has found an offensive-line alignment he’s happy with —Tanner Hawkinson at left tackle, Sal Capra at left guard, Jeremiah Hatch at center, Jeff Spikes at right guard and Brad Thorson at right tackle — after plenty of mid-season tinkering.

"It’s the most comfortable I’ve been all year," Mangino said. "I think (offensive line coach) John Reagan’s comfortable with that, and I think the kids are comfortable, collectively, with that set-up."

This season has been tough on the seniors.



The Batt continues their undying support of the football program.

So, I'm sitting here trying to come up with some positives that came out of the "Fightin'" Texas Aggies' performance on Saturday in Norman. So far, my list reads: They showed up. Literally. We have tangible evidence to suggest they were, in fact, present in Norman. And…Yeah, that's all I've got.

65-10. Another embarrassment. Another showing of ineptitude. And, suddenly, the sunshine pumpers are awfully quiet. Cat got your tongue?

The 22nd game in the infamous era of Mike Sherman sure looked familiar, didn't it?



Mike Gundy presser: Zac Robinson is doing well. The Pokes play Colorado on Thursday night.

Colorado is absolutely, positively not looking for a new head coach. The athletic director said it, so it must be true.

"Our efforts are in creating an environment for him to be successful," Bohn told the Camera. "We are putting every ounce of energy, support and effort into creating an environment for us to be successful. That's where our focus is."

Dan Hawkins certainly isn't worried about his job.

Earlier today during the Big 12 Conference coaches' teleconference, Hawkins said he doesn't believe his job is in jeopardy.

"No, not at all," he said.

Hawkins was asked if he has had any communication from Bohn or Chancellor Phil DiStefano about his future.

"They've been great," Hawkins said. 'They've been awesome. Mike's been great and Phil has been great. They've both been very supportive about the whole deal, very good."

This Saturday's game between Nebraska and Kansas State is just like old times.

The two old warhorses of the Big 12 North's early days are back at it again.

If there’s such a thing as North Division bluebloods, it would be these two teams. So it’s somehow fitting that both will be involved in an old-school winner-take-all battle for the division championship Saturday night in Lincoln when Bill Snyder and his surprising Kansas State team face Bo Pelini’s Nebraska squad.

For once, the conference spotlight is not on the South division.

Texas, still third in the BCS rankings, wants to clinch the South and make certain Kansas doesn't end a five-game losing streak. Texas A&M hopes its third try will bring bowl eligibility as well as revenge over Baylor, which beat the Aggies, 42-21, last season. Oklahoma or Texas Tech will have seven wins by Saturday evening.

For genuinely high stakes, though, you'll have to look elsewhere. The biggest game in the conference this week will be played in Lincoln, Neb.

Kansas State and Nebraska will decide the Big 12 North title and who gets the trip to Cowboys Stadium next month in a meeting that carries a '90s vibe.

Eleven teams from the conference still have a mathematical chance to go bowling.



SI's Stewart Mandel has his bowl matchups.

Is Bob Stoops really interested in the Notre Dame job?