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Here we go again. [AAS]
It had to happen.
Mack Brown waited long enough.
Garrett Gilbert had to go.
It's nothing personal against the Texas quarterback – he's a pleasant young man if ever there was one – but the kid just hasn't shown himself capable of leading an offense that's sorely in need of a caretaker at the most important position in college football.
More on that QB situation. [Houston Chronicle]
Sophomore Case McCoy and freshman David Ash are the best two signal callers on campus, and those are the two who should see playing time at the position for the foreseeable future.
ESPN wired Duane Akina. [ESPN]
Let us hope we aren't roadkill at the end of October. [CBS Sports]
"We're probably even with every team that we play from here on out, or an underdog."
The thing is, he's right. He's not exaggerating his team's deficiencies or lifting up the talent level of future opponents. Texas isn't playing possum -- at least not until it plays Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in back-to-back weeks in early October, a stretch that should turn the Longhorns into roadkill.
This Texas team just isn't that good, although it's about to be a lot better. It took Mack Brown a long, long time, but it finally dawned on him -- perhaps because he has a new co-offensive coordinator, Bryan Harsin, who came to Texas from Boise State -- that Garrett Gilbert shouldn't be playing quarterback.
S&C coach Wylie was a good hire. [ESPN Big 12 Blog]
"If you can get everybody to run up those bleachers at the very top, and everybody on the team finishes? That's how it is, man," said running back D.J. Monroe. Monroe compared losing at home last year -- which Texas did five times -- to having somebody take out his mother. Texas wants to "protect this house," which they spent the summer gaining an intimate knowledge of with a souped-up conditioning regimen from Wylie. "That's a shoutout to Coach Wylie," Monroe said of his comments. "After A&M, it was the worst feeling ever, and we don't want to experience that ever again. If we go out and play our hearts out every single night, I feel like that can be a result."
What did we learn this week? [ESPN Big 12 Blog]
Congratulations are in order. [ESPN]
For the 100th time, Oklahoma is No. 1.
The Sooners reached a milestone in the history of The Associated Press college football poll without even playing. Oklahoma became the first team to hold the top ranking 100 times since the poll began 1936.
Gary Pinkel knew exactly what he was doing. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
With Mizzou and Arizona State tied 30-30 late in the fourth quarter on Friday night at Sun Devil Stadium, MU set up for a 48-yard field-goal attempt with 17 seconds left.
Somewhat curiously to many and amplified in cyberspace, MU coach Gary Pinkel then proceeded to call time- out. Twice.
Gotta love the Cyclones. [New York Times]
The Iowa State running back ran for two touchdowns in overtime to help the Cyclones beat their rival Iowa, 44-41, in three overtimes and give his teammate Stephen Ruempolhamer, right, a chance to hoist the Cy-Hawk Trophy, which is given to the winner.
The Pokes have more than a passing game. [Tulsa World]
During a Saturday when the Cowboy passing game doesn't click with its customary efficiency, can OSU sophomores Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith get on the ground what Dantrell Savage did in 2007, what Kendall Hunter did in 2008 and what Keith Toston did in 2009?
"(Against Louisiana-Lafayette), our run game set up some big throws," Weeden said. "A good run game is a tough dimension to stop. If we had to just line up and run the football, I think we've got a good offensive line and a good fullback and great tailbacks. We could pound the football."
Jayhawk football is forging ahead. [Kansas City Star]
Ten years ago today. [Tulsa World]
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