Big 12: Joe Washington
- Super Bowl champion and Husker alum Carl Nicks stopped by Nebraska's practice on Wednesday to make amends with Bo Pelini after Pelini banned him from Nebraska's pro day in 2007.
- Barry Switzer, Brian Bosworth, Joe Washington and Mark Clayton will be among the Sooners legends taking part in a flag football game before the spring game on Saturday.
- Kansas coach Turner Gill is impressing local high school coaches who have been given access to the Jayhawks' practices, writes Matt Tait of the Lawrence Journal-World.
- Nebraska's young defenders used excellent special-teams play last season as a lead-in to success on defense this spring, writes Brian Christopherson of the Lincoln Journal Star.
- Oklahoma 2011 commit Chris Barnett is having a few issues and withdrew from his current school, writes Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News.
- Bobby La Gesse of the Ames Tribune looks at Cyclones center Reggie Stephens' road to the NFL.
- Texas Tech receiver Detron Lewis isn't happy with how his injured hamstring was handled last season.
- Oklahoma State is content with the progression of its defense, writes Brandon Chatmon of The Oklahoman.
- Colorado's assistants are back on the road recruiting, writes Kyle Ringo of the Boulder Daily Camera.
- Russ Lande at The Sporting News breaks down former Texas star Sergio Kindle.
- Texas A&M defensive lineman Adren Dorsey was arrested on assault charges Tuesday morning after an incident with an ex-girlfriend.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
It will almost seem like old times April 11 at Owen Field.
A group of former Oklahoma standouts will participate in a flag football game that will precede the Sooners' Red/White game.
There will be some pretty big names, too, starting with Hall of Famers Barry Switzer and Joe Washington patrolling the sidelines as coaches. Hall of Fame tackle Tony Casillas will play in the flag game, along with Hall of Fame nominee Brian Bosworth.
Other players who have committed to participating include Charles Thompson, Stephen Alexander, Greg Moyer, Patrick Fletcher, Trent Smith, Renaldo Works, Ryan Daniel, Antonio Perkins, Wes Sims, Paul Thompson, D.J. Wolfe, Jacob Gutierrez, Tim Lasher, Dan Cody, Bubba Moses, Jowahn Poteat and Greg Dequasie.
Tickets are $5 if purchased before Tuesday, with the price rising to $10 after that date.
I can remember back in the day when there used to be Varsity-Alumni games in the spring that would feature former players squaring off against the current squad. But that has practice has ended over the last 30 years or so.
It still will be great seeing a bunch of former Sooner greats back in their element again. I wonder who will be the sorest from playing again on Sunday morning after the game.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Oklahoma made history earlier this week when they were installed as the No. 1 team in the Associated Press poll. It marked a record 96th week that the Sooners have sat atop the poll, breaking a previous tie with Notre Dame.
But bringing a No. 1 ranking does come with some drawbacks. We only have to look back to a couple of early games played on Oct. 4 to see where the Sooners struggled defending their top ranking.
1958 -- Oklahoma 6, Oregon 0 (Norman, Okla.): Less than a week after assuming the No. 1 position, the Sooners struggled before finally subduing the less-than-stellar Ducks. Bobby Boyd's 9-yard TD pass to Dick Carpenter accounted for all of the scoring. Prentice Gautt was the hero of the game with a touchdown-saving tackle late in the game, preserving the victory when he stopped Willie West short of the end zone. The Sooners fell out of the top spot after the Oregon game and were beaten by Texas the next week.
1975 -- Oklahoma 21, Colorado 20 (Norman, Okla.): Colorado kicker Tom MacKenzie shanked a potential game-tying extra point with 1:23 left, enabling the No. 1 Sooners to escape with a narrow victory. Joe Washington rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown and also provided a dazzling 74-yard punt return for another TD to highlight Oklahoma's sputtering offense. Oklahoma defensive end Jimbo Elrod provided 19 tackles to key the defense. The Sooners fell out of No. 1 two days later and didn't return there until winning the national championship with an Orange Bowl victory over Michigan later that season.
Bob Stoops will be hoping for a better performance as a new No. 1 team Saturday in Waco against Baylor. And it's not always easy to do that -- as past history has shown.