Big 12: Josh Henson
- Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Henson will face his alma mater, Oklahoma State, in the Cotton Bowl, writes Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman.
- Oklahoma defender P.L. Lindley could see increased playing time against Alabama, writes Jason Kersey of The Oklahoman.
- OU's Sugar Bowl hopes to hinge on Alabama's mental recovery from its loss to Auburn, writes Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman.
- The Big 12 has the chance to prove itself with strong showings from OU and OSU during the final stretch of the bowl season, writes John Hoover of the Tulsa World.
- Baylor's season won't be complete without a BCS bowl win, writes John Werner of the Waco Tribune. Werner takes a closer look at how the Bears have been built into a Big 12 champion.
- BU's rise is "one of the greatest turnarounds in college football history" Bears athletic director Ian McCaw said. Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News has the report.
- One West Virginia recruit hopes to make an early impact, writes Chris Anderson of the Charleston Gazette.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Gary Pinkel hasn't had to fill a hole on his coaching staff very often in his coaching tenure at Missouri. But he filled his first vacancy with a big addition on Tuesday.
The hiring of LSU tight ends coach Josh Henson can be judged as a signal that the Tigers want to start recruiting with the big boys nationally. Henson might be just the person to take them there.
Henson earned the reputation as one of the most tenacious recruiters in the Southeastern Conference at LSU, where a lot of those of that ilk can be found. He was a major reason that the Tigers claimed the No. 1 national recruiting ranking from Scouts Inc. for their Class of 2009.
His first showdown comes with the nation's top remaining recruit. Missouri is among the finalists for Bryce Brown, who announced through the Web site potentialplayers.com that he expects to make his decision on March 12.
It still would be considered an upset for Brown to end up at Missouri. But I bet Henson will give him a lot of extra attention over the next few weeks.
Some have cracked the Tigers for not having the players to compete against Texas and Oklahoma with its current recruiting formula of homegrown Missouri players and undervalued Texas recruits.
Henson can help them crack that mold by boosting their national recruiting profile. It will be interesting to see if he can do it.