Scooby Wright wins Nagurski award

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Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY SportsArizona linebacker Scooby Wright, who won the Bronko Nagurski award Monday night, said the Wildcats were the only FBS school to offer him a scholarship.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright won the Bronko Nagurski award, given to the nation's top college defensive player, on Monday night.

Wright was considered a two-star recruit coming out of high school and said the Wildcats were the only Football Bowl Subdivision school to offer him a scholarship.

The 6-foot-1, 246-pound linebacker used that slight as motivation. He took aim at the rest of the Pac-12, turning in a stellar sophomore season with 89 tackles -- 27 for a loss -- and 14 sacks, helping the Wildcats (No. 10 CFP, No. 12 AP) earn a spot in the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl against Boise State.

He became the first underclassman to win the Pac-12 defensive player of the year honor.

He started 12 games as freshman for the Wildcats and had 89 tackles.

"Coming out of high school, I didn't really have too many colleges knocking on my door -- actually nobody really wanted me except Arizona," said Wright, who received the Nagurski award at a banquet sponsored by the Charlotte Touchdown Club. "So I always have that little chip on my shoulder. You always remember those people who didn't think you were good enough. It still motivates me to this day."


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ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS (6-6) vs. TEXAS LONGHORNS (6-6)
DEC. 29, 9 P.M. ET, NRG STADIUM, HOUSTON (ESPN)


ARKANSAS BREAKDOWN

Season highlights: The Razorbacks finally handed Bret Bielema his first SEC win on Nov. 15 when they shut out LSU 17-0, ending the program’s 17-game conference losing streak. As soon as the game ended, Arkansas players rushed across the field en masse to hoist the Golden Boot trophy that goes to the LSU-Arkansas winner. It was a moment of pure bliss for a program that desperately wanted to prove it was moving in the right direction under its second-year coach.

Season lowlights: Arkansas kept suffering near-misses early in the season, falling in overtime against Texas A&M, being beaten 14-13 by Alabama and losing by a touchdown to Mississippi State. The Razorbacks’ one awful performance during the season came against Georgia, when they trailed 38-6 at halftime before eventually falling 45-32.

Player to watch: Jonathan Williams. Teaming with Alex Collins to give Arkansas one of the SEC’s best rushing attacks, Williams led the team with 1,085 rushing yards and ran for 11 touchdowns. Collins isn’t far behind with 1,024 rushing yards and 12 scores. Between that duo and a tough offensive line, the Razorbacks have a ground game that is difficult for any opponent to stop.

Motivation factor: Arkansas was 3-4 after the Georgia loss and had games remaining against UAB, Mississippi State, LSU, Ole Miss and Missouri. That didn’t look like a positive sign, as the Razorbacks needed three more wins to play in a bowl game. They finally broke through by shutting out both LSU and Ole Miss, with the second of those wins achieving bowl eligibility and Arkansas’ first postseason appearance since 2011.
-- David Ching

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TEXAS BREAKDOWN

Season highlights: Charlie Strong never promised a playoff contender in Year 1. He did promise Texas would play some defense. He turned the Longhorns' D into a top-15 unit nationally in yards per play, pass defense, sacks and goal-line stops. The Horns developed one of the nation’s top linemen, defensive tackle Malcom Brown, and assembled a defense that was responsible for allowing 23.4 points per game in Big 12 play. During a three-game win streak to clinch bowl eligibility, Texas finally put it all together and emerged as a physical, tough-to-beat squad.

Season lowlights: It’s been a rocky road. Texas lost quarterback David Ash to a career-ending concussion. Center Dominic Espinosa and nose tackle Desmond Jackson were lost for the season in nonconference play. Expected starting offensive tackles Desmond Harrison (suspension) and Kennedy Estelle (dismissal) were gone too. Their absences set Texas up to fail early and lose five of its first eight games. Close calls against UCLA and Oklahoma were encouraging. Blowout losses to BYU, Baylor and Kansas State were embarrassing. So was Texas’ 48-10 implosion against TCU on Thanksgiving.

Player to watch: Is Tyrone Swoopes playing for his job in the bowl? Strong and co-offensive coordinator Shawn Watson won’t say that, but they have repeatedly said they need more competition at the quarterback position. They will find some this offseason, and Swoopes will be challenged to take a big step in the spring. Can he bounce back from his five-turnover performance against TCU and end an up-and-down first season as a starter on a positive note?

Motivation factor: Significant, especially for the future. Giving star seniors like Quandre Diggs, Jordan Hicks, Cedric Reed and John Harris a win on the way out would be great. They have endured plenty at UT through all the coaching changes. But Texas also has another shot to do what it couldn’t against the Horned Frogs. A big win means momentum for offseason workouts, recruiting and further affirmation that Strong has Texas heading in the right direction.
-- Max Olson

Best of the visits: Big 12

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The Big 12 ended its regular season on Saturday. Baylor won. TCU won. And then, they lost. Oklahoma State claimed Bedlam honors over Oklahoma. And Texas hosted a huge recruiting weekend without playing a game.

Here’s a recap of what happened with conference recruiting:

Recruits enjoy Texas visit

Who needs a football game?

Texas had one of its biggest recruiting weekends of the year. It says a lot about a program when recruits make their official visit the weekend after the regular season ends.

LBs Malik Jefferson and Darrin Kirkland and WR Ryan Newsome, all ESPN 300 athletes, were three of the seven players on official visits over the weekend. Needless to say they had a great time in Austin. So much, that each player was actually trending in Austin on Twitter.
Of the three, Newsome may be the one who most enjoys the limelight. He loves to document each visit with something specific to the environment. It so happened that he, Jefferson and Kirkland found the Longhorn Network production studio -- and when in Rome ... Jefferson, Kirkland and Newsome are three uncommitted athletes. Also in Austin were Texas OL commits Connor Williams and Garrett Thomas, junior college DE commit Quincy Vasser and juco OL commit Tristan Nickelson Bedlam brings out Oklahoma, Oklahoma State targets

Bedlam didn't go the way Oklahoma wanted, as Oklahoma State scored a 35-28, come-from-behind victory in the state's biggest game of the year.

Louisville DB commit Kareem Orr was one of the athletes in Norman on an official visit. Orr committed to Louisville in June, but the Sooners appear to be making a strong push as we get closer to February. ESPN OL Josh Wariboko is one of Oklahoma's top targets. After decommitting from the Sooners in April, he has kept his word in keeping them high on his recruiting list. Oklahoma was Wariboko's fourth official visit and a chance for him to reunite with the coaching staff. It was Dominique Hearne's birthday weekend, and the Oklahoma OL commit enjoyed it spending time with his future team and coaching staff. Sooners OL commit Cody Ford paid full attention to the offensive line -- a group responsible for Samaje Perine's record-breaking, single-game rushing performance a couple of weeks back. The Sooners produced 304 rushing yards against the Cowboys in the loss. Bedlam has the tendency of being the energy needed to land big-time recruits. It also is able to key in on a few younger players - for both teams. 2017 QB Chaz Ah You was in Norman over the weekend. The Utah standout has an Oklahoma State offer in addition to BYU, Hawaii, Utah and Utah State, and before he took in the game atmosphere, he made a trek to Stillwater for an unofficial visit to Oklahoma State. Recruits watch Baylor, TCU shine

Baylor and TCU ended Big 12 play with identical 11-1 overall and 8-1 conference records. And then early Sunday, they both had their hearts broken by watching Ohio State take the fourth and final spot in the College Football Playoff bracket.

If there's a bright spot in this, both teams will head to big bowls, and both teams will use this as motivation for next year. Both teams also will have stud recruits to help them in their quests.

For TCU, WRs Jaelan Austin and Jarrison Stewart both were in Fort Worth taking in TCU's 55-3 rout against Iowa State. Austin and Stewart were there with 2016 QB Greg Eisworth. 2017 LB Anthony Hines, who has 56 offers, also was in Fort Worth. Hines recently decommitted from Mississippi State. High three-star DB Montrel Wilson, a one-time Baylor commit, took his official visit to Waco over the weekend. In addition to a great game and a great overall experience, Wilson received a cookie cake.

And who doesn't like cookie cake? Junior college DB Jay'Onn Miles also received a cookie cake, in addition to a great overall experience from the official visit. Miles came to Waco from Pierce College in California. The regular season is over for the conference, but look for official visits to still take place. December and January will be perfect opportunities for teams to score 11th-hour commitments before Feburary's signing day.

Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 15

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Welcome Oklahoma State to the party!

The Cowboys earned bowl eligibility with an improbable 38-35 overtime win over Oklahoma on Saturday to give the Big 12 seven bowl-eligible squads.

There’s not much movement in the rest of our projections, as nobody really knows what the College Football Playoff committee will do when the top four teams are announced Sunday.

What we do know is TCU entered the weekend at No. 3 in the College Football Rankings and finished its season with a 55-3 win over Iowa State to secure a 11-1 regular season. No. 6 Baylor matched TCU’s 11-1 record with a 38-27 win over No. 9 Kansas State and finished the season as Big 12 co-champions tied with the Horned Frogs at 8-1 in Big 12 play. It’s possible the Big 12 is left on the outside looking in, or TCU or Baylor could find themselves with a playoff berth. There’s plenty of Big 12 intrigue (and debate sure to follow) when the committee’s final decision becomes public on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Kansas State and Oklahoma maintain their places in the pecking order, despite losses along to Texas and West Virginia, who ended their regular seasons last week. OSU sneaks in at the bottom of the projections after its Bedlam triumph.

College Football Playoff semifinal (Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual): TCU
Goodyear Cotton Bowl: Baylor
Valero Alamo Bowl: Kansas State
Russell Athletic Bowl: Oklahoma
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl: Texas
AutoZone Liberty Bowl: West Virginia
Cactus Bowl: Oklahoma State
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Big 12's top recruiting visits 

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As the rest of the college football world prepares for conference championship weekend, the Big 12 is preparing for its final week of regular-season play -- a week that happens to have major implications not only for final College Football Playoff placement, but also for the conference’s "One True Champion" motto.

Baylor, TCU and Kansas State enter the final week of the regular season each with one loss. Baylor hosts Kansas State, and TCU, No. 3 in the College Football Playoff rankings, hosts Iowa State. Baylor, No. 6 in the rankings, could make a move to the top four with a big win and some help in the other conference championship games.

If that isn’t enough, Bedlam takes place this week, as Oklahoma hosts Oklahoma State.

There are only three games taking place, but all three provide quality matchups. All three also are expected to have big visitors in attendance. Additionally, Texas, which has completed its regular season, will have a long list of official visitors this week.

The good news Thursday was that both Florida and Nebraska filled their open coaching positions in a timely manner, but the bad news is we’re less than 60 days until signing day. Plus, what type of recruiter is Nebraska getting?


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Gators pay record $5M for coach

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The University of Florida has some serious faith in Jim McElwain.

To score the Colorado State coach, the Florida Gators will pay the largest buyout ever given to another school in college football history.

Florida said Thursday that it would pay CSU a total of $5 million -- $3 million in cash over six years and another $2 million to play a football game in Gainesville in the near future.

McElwain will also pay $2 million to make for a total buyout of $7 million.

The Gators' total eclipsed the previous school-to-school record of $4.375 million that Texas paid Louisville last year for Charlie Strong.

McElwain's payment of $2 million is also the largest amount that a coach has ever paid to buy himself out of a contract. The previous record was held by Rich Rodriguez, who paid $1.5 million to West Virginia to get out of his contract and take the job at Michigan.

The total $7 million buyout is seven and a half times the average buyout paid by a school to another school over the past three years. Of the 21 buyouts that were public over that time period, the average buyout was $935,786.

For a total of $6.93 million, schools bought out the contracts of Gus Malzahn, Hugh Freeze, Kevin Sumlin, Gary Andersen, Bret Bielema, Chris Petersen, Sonny Dykes, Craig Bohl, Dino Babers, Tim Beckman, Dave Clawson, Darrell Hazell, Dave Doeren and Tommy Tuberville.


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Jordan Howard rushed for 1,600 yards at UAB this season, and now that the program has been shuttered, recruiters are lining up to get his transfer. Plus, with the Brady Hoke news, Michigan lost four-star tight end commitment Chris Clark. So where do recruits think he’ll end up?


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In the 100 days leading up to signing day 2015, RecruitingNation will be looking back at our ESPN recruiting rankings from 2006 to the present and count down the best player of the past 10 years at each ranking position, No. 100 to No. 1.

Keenan Robinson, No. 65 in 2007 class

Robinson was one of the most athletic outside linebackers in the 2007 class coming out of Plano East High, north of Dallas. He committed to Texas in February 2006 in a recruitment that wasn't close, even though Oklahoma State and Texas A&M gave maximum effort. Robinson was part of a Texas top-10 ranked class in 2007 that included NFL Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas, NFL cornerback Curtis Brown, NFL running back Fozzy Whittaker and quarterback G.J. Kinne, who later transferred to Tulsa.

After a redshirt year in 2007, Robinson was a key reserve on the Texas Fiesta Bowl champion team in 2008, recording 24 tackles.

In 2009, be became one of the top players on the Longhorns' defense that lost in the BCS National Championship to Alabama. He finished the season with 74 tackles and five tackles for loss in 14 starts.

Robinson enjoyed his most productive season in 2010, despite the Longhorns falling fast on the field ending the season 5-7 just a year removed from playing the national title. Robinson totaled 113 tackles, eight tackles for loss and two interceptions in 12 games earning All-Big 12 honors for a second straight season.

Robinson was again productive as a fifth year senior recording 106 tackles and 10 tackles for loss in 13 games. He ended his career in Austin with 317 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and two interceptions in 51 games, including 39 starts.

Robinson was selected in the fourth round (No. 119-overall) in the 2012 NFL draft by the Washington Redskins, where he is a starter.

Honorable mention: Blake Bell, No. 65 in the 2010 class. Bell began his career at quarterback at Oklahoma, including eight starts in 2013. After rushing for over 600 yards and 24 touchdowns in three seasons, the redshirt senior made the move to tight end in 2014 and has 13 receptions for 154 yards and four scores in 10 games, seven being starts. Bell is on the NFL radar as a tight end. His father Mark Bell and uncle Mike Bell played multiple years in the NFL.
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Stats to consider: Baylor vs. TCU

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Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY SportsChris Callahan’s field goal lifted Baylor over TCU in their matchup in Waco, Texas.
Baylor defeated TCU 61-58 on Oct. 11 yet remains behind the Horned Frogs in the College Football Playoff rankings.

Is there precedent for the head-to-head result not being the deciding factor when comparing two teams with the same number of losses?

Yes, here are three:

• In 2008, Texas defeated Oklahoma on a neutral field. The Longhorns’ only loss was at No. 6 Texas Tech on a last-second catch by Michael Crabtree. Yet, Oklahoma was selected to play Florida in the BCS National Championship.

• In 2000, the Miami (FL) Hurricanes defeated Florida State at home. The Hurricanes’ only loss was at No. 15 Washington. Yet, Florida State was selected to play Oklahoma in the BCS National Championship.

• In 1993, Notre Dame defeated Florida State in South Bend, Indiana. The Fighting Irish’s only loss was against No. 17 Boston College. Yet, Florida State was voted the AP national champion and Notre Dame finished second.

If there is precedent for not using head-to-head, then how do the résumés stack up?

The résumés for No. 6 TCU and No. 3 Baylor are very similar. Both teams are 10-1, and they have the two best point-per-game differentials (Baylor +25.9, TCU +24.2) among Power 5 teams. Each team’s loss came against a conference opponent on the road.

They have played very similar schedules. Both have played eight other Big 12 opponents, SMU and an FCS opponent. The one non-conference difference is TCU hosted Minnesota and Baylor played at Buffalo. As a result, Baylor is last in the FBS in non-conference strength of schedule and TCU is 117th.

The big difference (other than head-to-head) is that Baylor has one fewer win against a team in the top 40 of FPI. Yet, that could change Saturday as the Bears host Kansas State and TCU plays Iowa State.

If the résumés are similar, then what about on-field performance?

Offense
Few teams can match Baylor’s offensive production. The Bears are averaging an FBS-high 49.8 points per game. They have scored at least 60 points in four games, including their win against TCU. No other FBS team has more than two such games.

Pace is a big factor in Baylor’s offensive success. The Bears average 20 seconds per play, third-fastest in the FBS. In the first half, they are even quicker, running a play every 18.2 seconds, best in the FBS. Not surprisingly, Baylor has an FBS-high 21 touchdown drives of 1 minute or less.

TCU’s offense is not too far behind. It is averaging 46.1 points per game, third-most in the FBS and on pace to break the school record of 41.6 set in 2010.

Defense
TCU is allowing 21.9 points per game, 26th-best in the FBS, which does not sound overly impressive. Yet, when you factor in the opponents and the impact the defense has had on games, few have been better than the Horned Frogs.

Consider:

• TCU has forced an FBS-high 3.1 turnovers per game and is averaging 12.0 points off turnovers, second-best in the FBS behind Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (12.5).

• The Horned Frogs have held their opponents without a first down or touchdown on an FBS-high 51 percent of their drives this season. Not coincidentally, their average starting field position is their own 35-yard line, fifth-best in the FBS.

• TCU ranks fifth in the nation in third-down conversion defense (30 percent) and eighth in the percentage of opponents red-zone drives that end in a touchdown (45 percent).

Baylor has not been too far behind on defense, especially in the first half of games before it builds a huge lead: The Bears’ first-half point-per-game margin is an FBS-high +18.7.

So, with the teams so similar, it brings us back to head-to-head. Baylor defeated TCU by three points in Waco. How much does home field matter anyway?

According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, home field would play a role in projecting a winner in a matchup between these teams. For instance, if Baylor and TCU were to play this weekend on a neutral field, Baylor would have a 51 percent chance of winning. If the game were at Baylor, the Bears would have a 59 percent chance of winning, and if it were at TCU, the Horned Frogs would have a 57 percent chance of winning.

Maybe the best solution would be to have a Big 12 championship game, on a neutral field. If there were, and if the second matchup was anything like the first, then everyone would be in for some excitement.

In that game, Baylor became the only team in the last 10 seasons to overcome a 21-point (or more) fourth-quarter deficit against a ranked team. It was also the most combined points (119) for a game involving two top-10 teams in the Associated Press Poll.

--Information from Chris Fallica and Sharon Katz of ESPN Stats & Information was used in this post

Big 12 bowl projections: Week 14

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TCU took a giant step toward playoff inclusion Tuesday night as the College Football Playoff committee bumped the Horned Frogs all the way up to No. 3 in the fifth update to the rankings.

Committee chairman Jeff Long has said that Baylor's head-to-head edge over TCU would only come into effect as a tiebreaker if the teams were close in the rankings. With Baylor being three spots behind TCU at No. 6, the Bears would seemingly have a long way to go before pushing that tiebreaker into effect. The good news for Baylor is that its next opponent, Kansas State, moved up three spots to No. 9. That gives the Bears at least a shot at a statement, top-10 victory to give the committee.

Either way, it should be a fun weekend in Fort Worth and Waco.

K-State remains in line for the Valero Alamo Bowl, though the Wildcats could play their way into one of the New Year's Six bowls with a win over Baylor. There's even a scenario in which K-State could emerge onto the precipice of the playoff with a series of upsets. On the other hand, if the Wildcats get blown out in Waco, Oklahoma could still get scooped up by the Alamo Bowl, where the Sooners have never played before.

Oklahoma State remains the only non-bowl team in the Big 12 at the moment that can still play its way to bowl eligibility. But the Cowboys are almost three-touchdown underdogs at Oklahoma this weekend.

College Football Playoff semifinal (Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual): TCU

Goodyear Cotton Bowl: Baylor

Valero Alamo Bowl: Kansas State

Russell Athletic Bowl: Oklahoma

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl: Texas

AutoZone Liberty Bowl: West Virginia

Cactus Bowl: None eligible


In today's weekly Big 12 roundtable, we examine which team has produced the most impressive offensive, defensive and special teams units this season?

Which Big 12 team has had the most impressive offense this season?

Brandon Chatmon: TCU's offense has impressed time and time again this season. The combination of balance and explosiveness is any defensive coordinator's nightmare. New co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham is a finalist for the Broyles Award, which is given to the nation's top assistant, for good reason. The Horned Frogs have become one of the Big 12's best at putting its best playmakers in position to make plays. TCU is averaging 6.6 yards per play and 2.84 points per drive with a turnover percentage of 7.9, ranking among the Big 12's top three in each category. It's a stark contrast to the 2013 version of TCU's offense.

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Ed Zurga/Getty ImagesThe Horned Frogs have had a near-perfect season thanks in part to QB Trevone Boykin.
Max Olson: It's easy to overhype coordinator hires as being more transformative than they really are. Not at TCU. This was the Big 12's second-worst offense in league play a year ago, according to both scoring and yardage. Trevone Boykin was supposed to get surpassed by a grad transfer. You're not supposed to produce a 46 points-per-game offense this quickly. Quarterback, line, skill personnel, coaching, play-calling, big-game performance -- the Frogs had a near-perfect season.

Jake Trotter: Because they make it look so easy and score so consistently, Baylor's offense is easy to overlook. But based on the dramatic turnaround alone, I have to go with TCU, too. The Horned Frogs went from having the 88th-ranked scoring offense in the country last season to having the third-best one this season. Boykin might be the most improved player in college football, and Meacham and Sonny Cumbie have done a phenomenal job whipping this offense into a juggernaut. The Horned Frogs have a chance to win the national title. And the offensive turnaround is the biggest reason why.

The most impressive defense?

Chatmon: It's been remarkable to watch Baylor pick right up where it left off defensively after its Big 12 title-winning season a year ago. The Bears replaced several starters, including Ahmad Dixon and Eddie Lackey, but BU's defense hasn't skipped a beat becoming a key force in another title run including wins over Texas and Oklahoma. Baylor's run defense, in particular, has been stellar thanks to a much-improved defensive front. BU's 2.98 yards per carry allowed leads the Big 12 and ranks No. 5 among FBS teams. Phil Bennett's crew seemed poised to take a step backward, instead it got even more disruptive.

Olson: Kansas State does not have the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, nor will many of its defenders hold down spots on All-Big 12 teams. This group has rolled through the season without the overwhelming praise it deserves. They don't ask for it. Holding Big 12 foes to fewer than 20 points per game in 2014 is good enough for them. The Wildcats have playmakers at all three levels and put this team in position to win a Big 12 trophy. That matters way more than perception.

Trotter: In the offseason, I ranked Texas' defensive line as fourth-best in the Big 12, and DB Quandre Diggs let me hear about it over Twitter. Diggs was right. I was wrong. The Longhorns have been dominant up front this season, and solid everywhere else.

Most impressive special teams unit?

Chatmon: The Wildcats have built plenty of their success on the shoulders of great special teams and this year is no different despite some early-season stumbles with their place-kicking. KSU has the Big 12's top kick return and punt return units, thanks to the explosive nature of Tyler Lockett and Morgan Burns, and has seen Matthew McCrane hit 14 of 15 field goals this season. KSU consistently wins special teams battles then wins the game.

Olson: K-State takes the cake. No Big 12 team has more return touchdowns. Lockett and Burns have this unit ranked best in the league in yards per punt and kick return. Lockett has seven punt returns of 20-plus yards. KSU has seven kick returns of 30-plus. McCrane is 14-of-15 on his field goal attempts since taking over the job. There are more talented individual returns and kickers out there, but this unit does everything right.

Trotter: I can't disagree. K-State leads the Big 12 in kickoff returns, punt returns and kickoff coverage. Lockett is a superstar returner and McCrane has solidified the place-kicking, earning Big 12 player of the week recognition this week. Honorable mention honors, though, go to West Virginia, which has a dynamic returner in Mario Alford, a reliable punter in Nick "Boomstache" O'Toole and a Lou Groza Award finalist at kicker in Josh Lambert, who has set an FBS record with 15 field goals of at least 40 yards this season, including a pair of game winners in the final seconds.

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