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Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Big 12 links: After early bowl woes, was the Big 12 overrated?

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Texas' gritty comeback victory over Ohio State in last night's Tostitos Fiesta Bowl pushed the Big 12's bowl record to 4-2. But already, some critics are saying that disappointing losses by bowl favorites Oklahoma State and Texas Tech have tarnished the conference's national reputation.

Oklahoma's matchup with Florida in Thursday's FedEx BCS National Championship Game will be huge in order to reclaim some of that national respect. And it won't be easy considering the Sooners are the biggest underdog in a bowl game under Bob Stoops since their 2001 Orange Bowl triumph over Florida State that propelled them to Stoops' first national championship.

Until then, here are some lunchtime links to get you ready for that game.