Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
I'm back from Connecticut and all is right with the world in South Texas.
It's only about 40 degrees hotter down here than it was for the crisp nights I experienced in Bristol the last couple of days.
Heck, it reminded me of football weather.
Here are a few other links that remind that football season will be approaching -- when the weather is cool somewhere, but not likely here.
Big 12 athletic directors aren't excited about the Mountain West Conference's plans for an eight-team playoff, Kyle Ringo of the Boulder Camera reports.
The Des Moines Register's Randy Peterson warns not to jump to conclusions about Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads' unsigned contract.
Kansas will become the sixth team in the Big 12 to add a FieldTurf playing surface when it is installed this summer at Memorial Stadium, the Topeka Capital-Journal's Tully Corcoran reports.
Manhattan Mercury sports editor Joshua Kinder gives new Kansas State athletic director John Currie an A-minus after gauging 10 tools that help make a strong first impression.
ESPN.com's Bruce Feldman has his own workout warriors list among FBS head coaches that is dotted with Big 12 coaches. Bo Pelini comes in at sixth, Bob Stoops at seventh.
Soothsayers Steve Sipple and Brian Christopherson both pick Nebraska to win the Big 12 North in a Lincoln Journal-Star video report.
Oklahoma defensive back Lamont Robinson might have dropped that key interception in the end zone against Texas last season, but The Oklahoman's Jake Trotter relates why Robinson still leaves school as a success.
Dave Sittler of the Tulsa World reports that the Texas-Oklahoma game appears likely to be headed for an 11 a.m. CT kickoff on Oct. 17 for a second straight season.
Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle/San Antonio Express-News proposes a way to break the tie in the deadlock between Texas A&M and Texas in the Lone Star Showdown by staging some friendly tiebreaking competitions in Dime Box, Texas. And Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman catches up with Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne to talk about his school's all-sports "tie" with the Longhorns.
Double T Nation has a lengthy and interesting analysis of the long odds that Graham Harrell faces in making an NFL roster and why Mike Leach might be wrong about any perceived bias the NFL holds against Texas Tech.