Big 12 morning links: Game day has me hopping
September, 20, 2008
By Tim Griffin | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
There's a short turnaround time this morning as I'm rushing to hop into my car for my drive to College Station for this afternoon's Miami-Texas A&M game. Rather than miss the kickoff, let's get straight to the links.
- Former Kansas State RB Leon Patton is out of jail after posting $30,000 bond late Friday. Riley County Police Department spokesman Kurt Moldrup told the Wichita Eagle the case involves alleged injury after reportedly shaking a 2-month-old baby in July.
- Texas special teams coach Duane Akina has a special rewards system for Longhorns who block punts. It's worked as the Longhorns have blocked three punts in their first two games.
- Baylor players felt they gave one away in a tight 31-28 loss at Connecticut Friday night.
- What can Missouri QB Chase Daniel do to top his recent string of 13 straight scoring drives? How about trying to overcome Buffalo coach Turner Gill, who beat the Tigers three times as a starting quarterback while a member of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
- Six Kansas freshmen should play Saturday against Sam Houston State. They hope to juice production after the Jayhawks have been stymied with five field goal attempts inside the red zone in the last two weeks.
- Texas A&M players will be battling Miami's still-sizable mystique when the Hurricanes visit Kyle Field on Saturday.
- The San Antonio Express-News' Mike Finger wonders if the Big 12 and SEC might be too strong for their own good.
- Texas Tech coach Mike Leach has been blistering Red Raider receivers all week after eight dropped passes last week against SMU.
- Iowa State is preparing for a big challenge of stopping UNLV quarterback Omar Clayton, a former fifth-string walk-on who has earned the Rebels starting job.
- Nice story this morning from the Lincoln Journal Star's Brian Christopherson and Anthony Roberts about how Nebraska offensive lineman Matt Slauson has overcome stuttering thanks to inspiration from his older brother.
- Nebraska takes a break Saturday, kind of the calm before the storm. The Cornhuskers next three opponents are a combined 8-1 in a gauntlet that will include Virginia Tech and nationally ranked foes Missouri and Texas Tech.
- The Oklahoman breaks down the five best in-state players from the state not named Sam Bradford.
- Oklahoman columnist John Rohde provides instructions for how fans can cope with a Saturday without games involving Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
- Colorado WR Josh Smith and RB Darrell Scott are bracing for an emotional return to Florida next week. Scott grew up rooting for next week's opponent, the Florida State Seminoles.
BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
Final Illinois 18 Louisiana Tech 35 Final Rutgers 40 North Carolina 21 Final North Carolina State 34 UCF 27
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
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
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