Texas Longhorns: Lunch Links
Blame the refs if you want, TCU fans, but why was Trevone Boykin wearing a Kansas State arm sleeve on Thursday night? On to the links ...
- Kliff Kingsbury got his first big win at Texas Tech, knocking off No. 24 TCU 20-10. Kingsbury is happy to take a crazy, ugly win. What a night for the Red Raider defense. Bradley Marquez made a bigger contribution than just the game-winning score. After the loss, Gary Patterson says it's time for penalty-prone TCU to "grow up." Gil LeBreton of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram writes this looked like the same TCU team of 2012. Devonte Fields was also injured in the game.
- Oklahoma State Berry Tramel's take on part III: OSU needs to quit recruiting numskulls. Here's background on the players involved in part III. Former Cowboy Artrell Woods is still mad at OSU. SI responds to criticism from Brandon Weeden. As for this week's game, Lamar's offense is much like what OSU sees in the Big 12.
- West Virginia is handing over the keys to its offense to quarterback Ford Childress. Dana Holgorsen says it's Childress' time and his job. WVU linebacker Doug Rigg "still a little foggy" after being knocked out of the Oklahoma game.
- Oklahoma needs a passing attack to maximize its potential. Bob Stoops argues that majority of OU's passing troubles aren't the fault of his QBs.
- Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated visited Texas and Texas A&M on same day and compared where both programs stand. Former Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro says players are to blame for the firing of Manny Diaz. Athlon is predicting an Ole Miss victory on Saturday.
- Kansas ready to end 22-game road losing streak that began in Sept. 2009. KU may have found its deep threat in receiver Rodriguez Coleman. Safety/linebacker tweener Victor Simmons is making a good impression on KU defensive coordinator Dave Campo.
- Iowa State needs Sam Richardson to make game-winning decisions this weekend. The loser of Iowa-Iowa State faces a tough road ahead.
- Bill Snyder is more confident in playing a two-quarterback system than ever before. UMass is facing quarterback questions of its own, plus five keys to a KSU win this weekend.
- Sports On Earth looks at how Baylor and other big-time schools are feasting on easy wins over small-conference schools. The Bears' new stadium is coming along nicely.
August, 27, 2013
By Brandon Chatmon | ESPN.com
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.
August, 26, 2013
By Brandon Chatmon | ESPN.com
It's finally game week!
- You've seen Gary Patterson on the sideline, as intense as anyone. But have you seen him play the guitar? Tim Madigan of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram give you a glimpse at the TCU coach unplugged.
- Stefan Stevenson takes a closer look at the SEC vs Big 12 debate heading into the Horned Frogs battle with LSU this weekend. TCU also revealed new uniforms on Friday afternoon.
- Iowa State linebacker Jeremiah George considers the season opener his "first true start", writes Bobby LaGesse of the Ames Tribune.
- The Cyclones are hoping a move to the Pistol offense will help spark an offense that averaged 24.5 points per game in 2012, reports LaGesse.
- Have the Jayhawks found their future quarterback? Austin Meek of the Topeka Capital-Journal writes about one of the surprises of Kansas' preseason camp. Also, KU coach Charlie Weis calls UCLA transfer T.J. Millweard a "top-line talent".
- Iowa State quarterback Sam Richardson prefers to be just another guy on campus but is ready to be the headliner of the Cyclones offense this season, reports Randy Peterson of the Des Moines Register.
- West Virginia has released a game week depth chart but its starting quarterback remains a mystery, writes Dave Hickman of the Gazette Mail.
- There are five major developments during Baylor's preseason camp, reports John Werner of the Waco Tribune.
- Kansas State's quarterback competition continues as the Wildcats look to replace Collin Klein, writes Kellis Robinett of the Wichita Eagle.
- Mike Gundy creating confusion about Oklahoma State's quarterback position is genius, writes Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman.
- The Oklahoman's Jason Kersey talks with Thomas Lott, a former Oklahoma quarterback who has a lot in common with newly named Sooners starter Trevor Knight.
- Texas Tech is looking to ride together this season, writes Krista Pirtle of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
- The Big 12 has the opportunity to prove itself against the SEC, writes Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News.
- Texas coach Mack Brown talks with Dan Wolken of USA Today about his legacy in Austin.
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12:00 PM ET North Dakota State Iowa State 3:30 PM ET West Virginia 2 Alabama 7:00 PM ET Louisiana Tech 4 Oklahoma 7:00 PM ET Samford TCU 7:00 PM ET Central Arkansas Texas Tech 7:10 PM ET Stephen F. Austin 20 Kansas State 8:00 PM ET North Texas Texas 8:00 PM ET 1 Florida State Oklahoma State