Lunch links: Big 12 in high demand
August, 16, 2010
By ESPN.com staff | ESPN.com
First off, a lion? Swimming? In the ocean? Lions don't like water. If you'd placed it near a river or some sort of fresh water source, that might make sense. But you find yourself in the ocean, 20-foot waves -- I'm assuming off the coast of South Africa -- coming up against a full-grown, 800-pound tuna, with his 20 or 30 friends? You lose that battle. You lose that battle nine times out of 10.
- Despite the recent recession, ticket prices for high-demand games are at an all-time high. And the highest prices for those games are in the Big 12, reports Rachel Bachman of The Oregonian.
- Baylor gave some players a microphone and put them in front of the camera. Hilarity ensued. Former fireman and current left tackle Danny Watkins is a masterful host.
- Texas' defense, which Mack Brown believes might be his best ever, is dishing out the big hits early, writes Cedric Golden of the Austin American-Statesman.
- Getting through preseason camp is hard because preseason camp is.... hard. Dirk Chatelain of the Omaha World-Herald consults a few Huskers for their secret to making it to opening weekend.
- The Kansas City Star takes a long look at what seems like excess spending on private planes by Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins. Perkins says its a matter of convenience, not luxury. Great reporting on this; it's a lot more interesting than it sounds. Elsewhere, The Star's Sam Mellinger reminds us that he's done nothing illegal, but says if Perkins cares about his legacy, he'll decline a $600,000 bonus he's due two months before he retires next fall.
- Robert Cessna of the Bryan-College Station Eagle sees progress from the Aggies defense.
- Colorado linebacker Michael Sipili has developed from a troubled young player into the Buffaloes hardest hitter and defensive leader, writes Kyle Ringo of the Boulder Daily Camera. And the Buffaloes are in negotiations to play a game at Ohio Stadium against the Buckeyes in 2011, reports the Camera's Neil Woelk and Ryan Thorburn.
- John Helsley of The Oklahoman examines the idea of Mike Gundy as a resident of the hot seat.
- Safeties Tysyn Hartman and Emmanuel Lamur anchored the Kansas State defense last season, but they still have to get better, reports Austin Meek of the Topeka Capital-Journal.
- College football pundit Phil Steele extensively lays out his case for Oklahoma as his preseason No. 1 to Jake Trotter of The Oklahoman.
- Kansas State RB Daniel Thomas needed a priority change before he had a chance to pursue the success he achieved in his first year, writes John Henderson of the Denver Post.
BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State