Big 12: Phil Knight
- Kellis Robinett of the Wichita Eagle has his comprehensive review of Saturday's huge win for K-State.
- The Wildcats are taking on all challengers, but it's not over until it's over, writes Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com.
- Oklahoma State QB J.W. Walsh played through pain and nobody even knew, writes John Helsley of The Oklahoman. The problem: It was a serious injury.
- Paul Rhoads is trying to make sure his team stays together, despite the gap between one side of the ball and the other, writes Andrew Logue of the Des Moines Register.
- Jeff Martin of USA Today takes a closer look at Bill Snyder's comeback tour at K-State, and looks back at the first time he left.
- Why do Oklahoma fans hate Notre Dame? Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman digs in the history books and finds some answers.
- West Virginia is trying to find answers on the defensive side of the ball. But then again, it's trying to find answers on offense, too. Yeesh. Painful couple of weeks in Morgantown.
- The Mountaineers are just trying to regroup during the bye week, writes Bob Hertzel of the Times West Virginian.
- Stephanie Kuzydym of The Oklahoman has a look at the surprises and underachievers in Saturday's Sooner win over KU. The game against Notre Dame will be decided by the defense, writes Jason Kersey of The Oklahoman.
- Team goals and an individual honor have found a perfect mesh at Kansas State, writes Tim Rohan of the New York Times.
- Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has more on what Saturday's emotional loss means for TCU.
- KU will know its starting QB next week by Tuesday.
- Baylor's season is at a crossroads, but this position is nothing new for the Bears, writes John Werner of the Waco Tribune-Herald.
- Nike honcho Phil Knight was in town to talk to the Longhorns this past weekend.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Sure, the Big 12 couldn't fill all of its bowl agreements. Fans in Houston and Shreveport will have to do without a Big 12 representative in their bowls this season.
But the conference appears to have been situated in some winnable games. Early odds have not been released, but it would be surprising if more than a couple of Big 12 teams were underdogs in their games.
With that being the case, the Big 12's national stature may be riding on a big bowl season. Because if teams from the conference collectively fail this season, it will be presumed as little more than a pass-heavy league where defense isn't played.
Here's my own unofficial listing of the attractivness of the conference's seven bowl games this year.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Here's a look at my Big 12 power rankings, heading into the bowl games.
1. Oklahoma -- The most dominant offense in Big 12 history -- even if Bob Stoops kept his starters in too long to prove it against Missouri. The Sooners' defense is starting to grow some fangs, too. But they still have a lot of work before heading to huge BCS title game in reshaping their national image.
2. Texas -- Just missed playing in the BCS title game. Oh well, the airplane banners were fun the last few weeks or so. And it should give them a lot of inspiration heading into the Fiesta Bowl.
3. Texas Tech -- Their two best offensive weapons are banged up and their coach seems to be in limbo. Other than that, everything's coming up Cotton for the Red Raiders.
4. Oklahoma State -- Prepare for points and bucks. A lot of them on both sides. The Holiday Bowl not only will feature a battle between megabuck donors Phil Knight and T. Boone Pickens, but also should keep the scoreboard operators hopping in San Diego.
5. Missouri -- Tigers can still win 10 games this season. That was Chase Daniel's battle cry after the Oklahoma loss, but they need something to get back on track after their championship game blowout. Or else, it could be another bad trip to San Antonio.
6. Kansas -- The gritty Jayhawks shouldn't encounter many problems in the Insight Bowl against a Minnesota team that struggles running the ball collapsed with four straight losses down the stretch.
7. Nebraska -- Hey, I almost had a change of heart about the Cornhuskers. Bo Pelini's team can win me and even more converts by playing well on New Year's Day again. And it's even more promising for them considering they'll be facing a Clemson team whose defensive coordinator quit last week.
8. Colorado -- If any team could have used the extra bowl practice the next few weeks, it could have been the Buffaloes. But the time off will give them a chance to get healthy and ready for the spring.
9. Baylor -- It will be interesting this spring if Robert Griffin reconsiders his plans to run track in order to concentrate on football. Because he could turn into a monster if he dedicated himself simply to one sport -- or the other.
10. Kansas State -- Bill Snyder's staff is taking shape. Now the real work begins as he attempts to convince Josh Freeman to stay for one more year.
11. Texas A&M -- It will be a tough rebuilding job for Mike Sherman as the rest of the South Division might be competing at the highest level in history.
12. Iowa State -- Chizik's retooled staff will have much to work on over the winter. But the North Division should be competitive next season and experience should give them a chance.
BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
12:00 PM ET 4 Oklahoma Tulsa 12:00 PM ET 20 Kansas State Iowa State 3:30 PM ET Missouri State Oklahoma State 7:00 PM ET Southeast Missouri State Kansas 7:30 PM ET BYU Texas 7:30 PM ET Towson West Virginia 7:30 PM ET Northwestern State 10 Baylor 11:00 PM ET Texas Tech UTEP