Interesting day set for the Big 12's media days
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
IRVING, Texas -- We should have a lot of juicy story topics today in the second day of the three-day Big 12 confab at the Westin Hotel.
Here's a look at the lineup for this morning. The proceedings will be available both on ESPNEWS and Big12sports.com:
Missouri (10 a.m. ET) I'll be interested to see if Gary Pinkel and his team play the "no respect" card after they were picked fourth in the preseason media poll. Sean Weatherspoon is one of the league's better quotes and I'm sure he'll be grilled on his recent comments about wanting to "squeeze the pulp" out of Illinois quarterback Juice Williams in the Tigers' season opener. And defensive tackle Jaron Baston and guard Kurtis Gregory will likely be asked about the Tigers' line -- which should be one of the team's strengths.
Baylor (10:45 a.m. ET) Some observers expect the Bears to break through and make a bowl this season, despite Baylor's 15-season drought that dates back to 1994 and is the longest in the conference. Robert Griffin decided to give up track to concentrate to concentrate on football. A lot will depend on Baylor's defense and veteran players Joe Pawelek and Jordan Lake will be queried about that unit's growth.
Kansas (11:30 a.m. ET) I wonder how long it will take before coach Mark Mangino shares something about the status of wayward wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe. I just can't see the Jayhawks contending for the North without him as an integral part. Todd Reesing also will be appearing and likely answering a lot of questions about being one of the underrated players in the conference.
Oklahoma (12:15 p.m. ET) The conference's three-time defending champions will be answering a lot of questions about the three-way tie that involved Texas and Texas Tech. I'm sure we'll hear a few questions about Bob Stoops' recent BCS woes. I'm expecting Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford to attract the biggest crowd of any player. And Gerald McCoy is one of my favorite players in the conference -- both for his production on the field and his verbiage away from it.
BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
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