Lunchtime links: Touching column on Slauson a must read

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Here are some links to prime your appetite for the turkey and stuffing tomorrow and some really good football rivalry games over the next three days. Enjoy.

  • Great column this morning from Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald that tells as much about him as his interview subject -- and that's a lot. Shatel profiles Nebraska offensive lineman Matt Slauson, who like Shatel, has overcome stuttering throughout his entire life.

  • Tom Keegan of the Lawrence Journal-World reports that Kansas and Missouri officials are "close" to extending their deal to playing their annual rivalry game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City for either two or four years.

  • Texas Tech's defense has done a much better job containing opposing quarterbacks in the running game this season. But Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal writes that the Red Raiders will be facing their biggest challenge of the season against Baylor's Robert Griffin.

  • Texas quarterback Colt McCoy will be going for history Thursday night as he tries to slay an old nemesis. The Dallas Morning News' Chuck Carlton writes that McCoy can become the winningest quarterback in school history while beating Texas A&M for the first time in his career.

  • Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford will be looking to become the first Heisman Trophy winner to beat three ranked opponents to finish the season since Michigan's Charles Woodson in 1997, the Oklahoman's Jake Trotter writes.

  • Jason Whitlock of the Kansas City Star tracks down Ball State offensive coordinator Stan Parrish -- the head coach at Kansas State before Bill Snyder arrived -- for the first time in 1988.