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"We want to be in the BCS, in the end," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "The ones who are playing in that, by and large, are running it and stopping the run ... We want to make sure we are pounding people and beating them at the line of scrimmage." [Kansas City Star]
David Ash needs to trust his teammates. [CBS Sports]
"The concern we had with David last year was he tried to make every play," Brown said.
Now he's making better decisions when reading defense and finding his escape routes, such as pulling back a deep pass into coverage to complete a shorter one.
"Trust your other players," Brown said. "Drop it off to the back in the flat. He may score."
Earl Campbell will have a college football award in his honor. [ETSN]
The Commish dropped in for a visit. [ESPN]
UT President Bill Powers believes ESPN will get a deal done. [AAS]
"We're working very, very hard," Powers said. "We want to get it right. I'm optimistic. We would like wide distribution."
Wyoming will be tested by the Texas running back trio. [Go Pokes]
"It will be a great test for us on Saturday," Wyoming coach Dave Christensen said Monday. "We know they’re going to run the football. I know Coach [Mack] Brown wants to get back to where they were at a few years back, when they had a dominant run game. That’s what we’re expecting to see."
Defensive end Patrick Mertens suffered with Guillain-Barre system his sophomore year. [Go Pokes]
It is hard to find a Sooner weakness. [Ft. Worth Star-Telegram]
At first glance, the offense doesn't present any major weaknesses, which likely makes Sooners fans sleep well at night. On the other side of the ball, there is more of the same. The defense seems extremely solid.
The Pokes are in the crosshairs. [NewsOK]
OSU's recent run of sustained success does bring a focus beyond a national spotlight and widespread recognition.
It brings a target.
TCU likes the role of underdog. [Ft. Worth Star-Telegram]
"We're going to continue to be the underdog and that's how we like it," Maponga said. "You have to approach the games like we're underdogs no matter what because we don't want to get big-headed or anything like that. A lot of teams mess up when they get big-headed and think they don't have to work. We have to attack each game like we're the underdog. We're tired of talking about it. We're just ready to play football."
How close are the Red Raiders to a championship? [Lubbock Avalanche-Journal]
Each of his first two years, Tech coach Tommy Tuberville used "championships" as a buzzword, saying the program needed to be indoctrinated with that mindset constantly. In his Tuesday news conference, however, Tuberville dropped the term just once, then admitted, "I don’t know how close we are."
Texas Tech lost their top special teams player to injury. [Lubbock Avalanche-Journal]
Baylor's nose guard Kaeron Johnson broke his leg. [San Antonio Express-News]
President Obama mentioned ISU coach Paul Rhoads. [CFTV]
Great tales of tailgating. [Wide Right Natty Light]
The next controversy in college football? The playoff selection committee. [SI]
"I don't know the exact way to set the committee," Boise State coach Chris Petersen said. "But I do know this: It's going to be one of the most important elements of the whole playoff system."
The SEC is all about football and football recruiting. [Kansas City Star]
"In the SEC, dude, we make sure you're well-taken care of," Charles Barkley once said. "Everybody wants to give us a hard time about giving Cam Newton $200,000. That's called a good damn investment. We got him for $200,000? You kidding me? I wish my accountant could do stuff like that."
Just awful. [Youtube]
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