Big 12 links: Not much difference in OU, OSU defensive efforts


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Two days and counting from what is suddenly turning out to be an interesting and meaningful game at the Glass Bowl Friday night in Toledo, Ohio.

Not many people would have thought that before the season started. But now, Colorado's game with Toledo is shaping as Dan Hawkins' biggest game in a long time.

Here are some Big 12 links to get you ready.

  • The Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel relates the slim actual difference in the defensive efforts of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State last week.

  • Colorado running back Darrell Scott tells the Denver Post’s Tom Kensler he’s disappointed and surprised in his limited use in the Buffaloes’ season-opening loss to Colorado State.

  • Iowa State’s new spread offense should liven up the Cyclones’ traditional matchup with Iowa, the Ames Tribune’s Bobby La Gesse reports.

  • The Lawrence Journal-World’s Dugan Arnett reports about the sibling rivalry between Kansas linebacker Justin Springer and his twin brother, Jeremy, a linebacker on UTEP. The two teams meet Saturday night at the Sun Bowl.

  • The Boulder Daily Camera’s Neill Woelk isn’t buying the doomsday scenario for Colorado -- yet.

  • Kansas State coach Bill Snyder tells the Topeka Capital-Journal’s Austin Meek that the Wildcats’ special-teams issues are “easily correctable.”

  • Missouri’s running game will have to do without backup RB De’Vion Moore in the Tigers’ game Saturday against Bowling Green, the Columbia Daily Tribune’s Dave Matter reports.

  • The Norman Transcript’s Clay Hornung wonders how much worse it can get for Oklahoma.

  • Tommie Frazier tells Mitch Sherman of the Omaha World-Herald he likes what he’s seen in freshman quarterback Cody Green.

  • The Austin American-Statesman’s Randy Riggs writes that Texas A&M returned to its defensive roots with a strong first-game performance against New Mexico.