Big 12 lunchtime links
November, 11, 2013
By Max Olson | ESPN.com
The Tavon Austin who destroyed the Big 12 finally reappeared on Sunday. Two weeks after my fantasy team gave up on him.
- Baylor will be doing plenty of scoreboard watching this month if the Bears keep winning. Amid a move up to No. 5 in the BCS standings, Art Briles is worried only about what he can control.
- Against Baylor, penalties became a major setback for Oklahoma. A good look here from Jason Kersey of The Oklahoman at how OU and Baylor are going in opposite directions these days. Barry Switzer believes a drop in talent up front has helped cause OU's decline. The Sooners' QB commit is done for the season.
- TCU's depth at running back helped save the day against Iowa State. Top receiver Brandon Carter came back, but the status of two injured defensive backs is still questionable.
- Texas Tech is facing a difficult road ahead after three straight losses. Five issues the Red Raiders must address after losing to Kansas State.
- The Oklahoma State-Texas matchup will have Big 12 title implications after all. Mike Gundy offered a rare injury update on Sunday.
- Losing Johnathan Gray and Chris Whaley is just the next blow in an injury-filled season for Texas. Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Stateman says Texas' AD search started with 20 names and ended with two interviews.
- In case you missed it, Vahe Gregorian of the Kansas City Star went to Youngstown, Ohio, for this great piece on Mark Mangino. Freshman Montell Cozart brings a new element to the Kansas offense. Charlie Weis still believes in instilling a "Stanford mentality" to his offense.
- Good luck figuring out this West Virginia team after all its puzzling inconsistency. WVU coaches were frustrated by their final offensive possession in regulation. The Mountaineers need to win their final two games to keep their bowl streak alive.
- Bill Snyder sees major improvement from his team, as Kansas State is one win away from bowl eligibility. KSU's report card from Tech game was about as good as it gets.
- Iowa State's quarterback situation continues to be a confusing mess. It's been a bizarre season for the Cyclones, and Bobby La Gesse of the Ames Tribute says it got even stranger on Saturday.