The Horns are not winning many popularity contests with college coaches. [ESPN Big 12 Blog]
But never has a Riley OSU team made it to a bowl as prestigious as the Alamo Bowl.
“It’s a heck of a game, a great opportunity for us against a big opponent — one of the best programs in college football history,” Riley said. “It’s a tremendous reward for this team. I’m so happy for the players, that their hard work has paid off. I love all of that.” [Portland Tribune]
Someone else in Oregon is very impressed with UT's football program. [The Oregonian]
Trash talk has started.
Around the Big 12
Kansas State-Oregon will be a marquee matchup. [ESPN]
The Bears dine on the spread. [Baylor Lariat]
Oklahoma's players aren't too thrilled about bowling in Dallas. [Tulsa World]
The Land Thieves and the Aggies have so much in common these days. [San Antonio Express-News]
Coaching searches work out well for possible coaching candidates. [Frogs O War]
The BCS failed us again. [ESPN]
In shocking college football news... [AAS]
Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops voted his team sixth and its prime competitor for a BCS bowl berth, Northern Illinois, 24th. Stoops stood to make an extra $38,500 for reaching a BCS bowl, which gives off the appearance of, uh, a slight conflict of interest and lack of objectivity. Steve Spurrier was honest, if not ethical, when he said he’d have voted differently had the coaches’ votes not been made public. Who’da thunk it?
Is Northern Illinois the worst team ever? [WSJ]
Is Alabama overrated? [SB Nation]
Bowl games ranked for your pleasure. [ESPN]
Dayne Crist changed the BCS. [Topeka Capital-Journal]
Who are the winners and losers this bowl season? [NewsOK]
The Big 12 never asked our opinion. [BTN]
What is the answer to the realignment frenzy? [Business of College Sports]
The Heisman straw poll has Johnny Manziel winning the trophy. [CBS Sports]
No, Jon Gruden will not be your new head coach. [SB Nation]