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Bevo’s Daily Roundup: The Big 12 is actually good and might look to stay that way without Texas, Oklahoma

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Plus: Some highlights and bright spots from last weekend.

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For all the dreary weather talk about the Big 12 Conference in recent years – hell, let’s face it, there’s probably someone out there bad-mouthing the conference, and for good reason – the conference as a whole has actually looked good thus far, as our friends over at Frogs O’ War recently pointed out. Here’s how the Big 12 has shook out against other conferences so far this season: 1-0 versus ACC, 1-2 versus Big Ten, 2-0 versus Pac-12, 0-1 versus SEC (um, that one is on the Texas Longhorns), and 9-1 against the Group of Five conferences.

Add in newly invited members like the UCF Golden Knights, the Cincinnati Bearcats, the Houston Cougars and BYU Cougars, and those numbers shake out like this, instead: 1-1 versus the ACC, 2-2 versus the Big Ten, 5-0 versus the Pac-12, 0-1 versus the SEC (again, that’s our bad), and 12-1 versus Group of Five opponents.

In other words, that’s not too bad.

It’s almost worth saying that Texas and the Oklahoma Sooners aren’t leaving the conference in too bad of shape.

WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS

Austin American-Statesman: The start of Big 12 play raises the stakes for Steve Sarkisian, Texas

Austin American-Statesman: Taking stock of Texas’ 2-1 start heading into Big 12 opener

Austin American-Statesman: Roschon Johnson leads the way as Texas backs ‘dominate that game’

Austin American-Statesman: Golden: Texas looks right again, just in time for start of Big 12 play

Austin American-Statesman: How our five pregame questions facing Texas worked out for the Horns

Austin American-Statesman: How the Texas Longhorns graded out in their win over Rice

Austin American-Statesman: Bohls: A Texas passing tandem worthy of high praise and expectations

Dallas Morning News: National reaction to Texas’ dominant win vs. Rice: Bijan Robinson, Longhorns run all over Owls

Dallas Morning News: 5 takeaways from Texas’ 58-0 demolition of Rice: Longhorns put on a rushing clinic

247Sports: Grading the Longhorns: Offense makes positive strides in rout of Rice

247Sports: Pick Six: Texas cleanses the palate before heading into conference play

247Sports: Morning Brew: You know when you’ve found your starting quarterback? When the players say so.

247Sports: The Good, Bad and Ugly from Texas’ 58-0 rout of Rice as Longhorns find their starting quarterback

Inside Texas: Texas-Rice Postmortem: Defense/special teams

Inside Texas: Texas’ perimeter emphasis boosts entire offense versus Rice

Inside Texas: In the rear view mirror: Texas vs Rice

ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION

Texas bounces back in 58-0 annihilation of overmatched Rice

Initial thoughts from Texas’ 58-0 shutout win over Rice

Inside the Numbers: Texas found efficiency against an outmatched opponent

Texas vs. Rice: Game thread

Instant Reaction Live stream: Texas dominates Rice

Texas runs all over Rice: Post-game celebration thread

Podcast: Casey Thompson remains QB1 and improvements on the O-Line

Kickoff time set for Texas at TCU

RECRUITING ROUNDUP

247Sports: The Stampede: Visit intel, Texas’ standing with priority targets

247Sports: Nick at Nite: Nuggets on two key cornerback targets in 2022

247Sports: NickKnacks: Texas makes big impact on four-star Brenen Thompson on official visit

247Sports: Longhorns still in line for official visit from Omari Abor

Inside Texas: Scoop: Rice was nice; individual recruiting updates; save the date Oct. 16th

BIG 12 BREAKDOWN

Inside Texas: Who won Week 3 in the Big 12?

The Athletic: After 25 years of conference grief, how the Houston Cougars became proud members of Big 12

Our Daily Bears: Baylor’s on the right path to compete for Big 12 titles

Our Daily Bears: Baylor at Oklahoma State set for 6 PM kickoff on ESPN2

Our Daily Bears: Sunday Thoughts: Gerry Bohanon is the real deal

Viva the Matadors: Game Thread: Florida International

Frogs O’ War: Around the Big 12: A day late and a bit surprised

Frogs O’ War: Quick Look: SMU Mustangs

Crimson and Cream Machine: Oklahoma Football: OU wins Nebraska’s way

Crimson and Cream Machine: OU falls one spot to No. 4 in AP Poll

Crimson and Cream Machine: Recap: OU outlasts Nebraska in 23-16 slugfest

Cowboys Ride For Free: Oklahoma State survives the blue turf at Boise State in 21-20 win

The Smoking Musket: Big 12 Roundup and Power Rankings: Who has the best non-conference win?

The Smoking Musket: What I think after bringing the Black Diamond Trophy back home

The Smoking Musket: West Virginia holds off No. 15 Virginia Tech with goal line stand to win the Black Diamond Trophy

Wide Right & Natty Lite: Iowa State Football Post-Mortem: UNLV

Wide Right & Natty Lite: Cyclones roll Rebels, 48-3

Bring On The Cats: K-State No. 25 in AP Poll; coaches remain stupid

Rock Chalk Talk: A (semi) statistical recap of Baylor

Rock Chalk Talk: Bears beat KU in Big 12 opener

WHAT WE’RE READING

SB Nation: The NFL’s crackdown on taunting is as bad as we thought

SB Nation: NIU coach says Michigan ‘built their team to beat Ohio State

SB Nation: The Jaguars’ ‘Hang In There’ post is even sadder than their record

NEWS ACROSS THE FORTY ACRES AND BEYOND

  • Texas’ win over the Rice Owls last weekend was its first shutout since 2017.
  • Can’t get enough of this, folks.