Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Another getaway day before I go back home this weekend. Big plans with my 12th wedding anniversary -- I think that's right -- set for Sunday.
But before I leave Oklahoma, here are a few lunchtime links to gnaw on as we head to the weekend.
CBS Sports.com's Dennis Dodd has the definitive story on Baylor offensive tackle Danny Watkins, the former Canadian firefighter who will be protecting Robert Griffin's blind side.
The Austin American-Statesman's Kirk Bohls profiles Texas defensive tackle Lamarr Houston, who hopes to follow his friend Sergio Kindle into a productive role with the Longhorns this season.
The Lincoln Journal Star's Steve Sipple detects that Bo Pelini has brought a more purposeful attitude to practice this season.
Oklahoma State's Derek Burton is making the most of his switch to defensive tackle, the Oklahoman's Brandon Chatmon reports.
Iowa State coaches have been impressed with the determined inside running of bullish 5-foot-11, 232-pound redshirt freshman Jeremiah Schwartz, the Ames Tribune's Bobby La Gesse writes.
Texas Tech coach Mike Leach tells the Associated Press' Betsy Blaney that Taylor Potts is better prepared in his first season than any of his previous quarterbacks who led the nation in passing.
The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel analyzes the autograph phenomenum, talking to former Sooner Heisman Trophy winners Steve Owens and Billy Sims for their take on signing their names so many times over the years.
Texas A&M wide receiver Jeff Fuller tells the Bryan Eagle's Robert Cessna that he's never had as close a connection with a quarterback as the one he has with Jerrod Johnson.
The battered Missouri secondary is seeking growth after struggling as the conference's worst statistical unit last season, the Kansas City Star's Mike DeArmond reports.
The Lawrence Journal-World's Dugan Arnett describes how Kansas tackle Tanner Hawkinson has bulked up by nearly 50 pounds since last season as he prepares for the Jayhawks' starting job.
The Topeka Capital-Journal's Rick Dean writes about the growing confidence in Kansas State's young secondary. And the Manhattan Mercury's Joel Jellison writes about the secondary's new 4-2-5 alignment that will feature three safeties playing at the same time.
CUBuffs.com's B.G. Brooks writes that Colorado running back Brian Lockridge has placed his modeling career on hold to continue his football career.