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Friday, August 29, 2008
Big 12 links: Sundays with Barry and Fred

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

TEMPLE, Texas -- I'm venturing back to my journalistic roots this morning, so to speak.

I started my career here a long time ago. It was so long ago, in fact, that SMU was a still a dominant football program back then. Jerry Moore was just starting his program at Texas Tech. Big 12 director of football championships Donnie Duncan was roaming the sidelines at Iowa State, with a young assistant named Mack Brown at his side.

But it's always fun to return to my simpler days when I lived off of Rahmen noodles and four or five television games during the course of a Saturday. 

Which made those Sunday night highlight shows for Texas and Oklahoma on the Dallas independent station must-see television every week. Not only because there weren't there wasn't a regular schedule of NFL games played, but because the dichotomy between Fred Akers and Barry Switzer always was so pronounced.

Watching football sure is a lot better these days.

Here's a stack of steaming links to get you ready for Saturday's games.