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Plenty of news and notes as game week officially kicked off on Monday.
OSU likely lost its starting left tackle for the season reports The Oklahoman's Gina Mizell. It's a rough blow for the Cowboys, who will have to reshuffle their offensive line. Mizell also provides a solid breakdown of which Cowboy freshmen could make an impact this season.
The Tulsa World's Kelly Hines talked with several national writers about the potential impact of Oklahoma State vs Mississippi State in the Big 12 vs SEC debate.
It's time for Iowa State football to take the next step forward, writes Randy Peterson of the Des Moines Register.
There are several interesting changes on Iowa State's depth chart, reports Bobby La Gesse of the Ames Tribune.
Jake Waters won the starting quarterback job at Kansas State with his consistency and effort, reports Kellis Robinett of the Wichita Eagle.
Kansas is the only Big 12 team that doesn't kick off this weekend. And Charlie Weis thinks it's a good thing for this year's team, writes Matt Tait of KUSports.com.
Wofford will bring an old-school offensive attack against Baylor, writes the Waco Tribune's John Werner.
One glimpse at West Virginia's depth chart reveals how deep the Mountaineers are at running back, says the Charleston Gazette's Dave Hickman.
When Texas Tech visits SMU on Friday, there will be plenty of offensive minds on the field, writes Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
Texas' defense hopes to rebound after the worst year, statistically, in school history, writes Jimmy Burch of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
"We want to keep developing Blake [Bell]," says Bob Stoops who expects to keep using Bell in short yardage situations this season. The Tulsa World's Guerin Emig has the report.
Oklahoma is hoping to surprise people and insert itself into the BCS title hunt with some small changes to its offense and defense, reports George Schroeder of the USA Today.
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