Big 12 links: Should Gill go after Iowa State job?

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

With no bowl games on the Big 12's bowl horizon until the Dec. 29 Valero Alamo Bowl, the biggest story bouncing around the conference will continue to be who Jamie Pollard hires at Iowa State to replace Gene Chizik.

I expect that hiring to be made sooner, rather than later. Which means that should command most of the conference's attention until after Christmas.

Here's are some of the stories that people are talking about around the conference today.

  • Omaha World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel writes that current Buffalo and former Nebraska assistant coach and player Turner Gill can afford to be choosy about future jobs. And with that being the case, Shatel writes that Auburn and Iowa State probably aren't the right fit for Gill.

  • Martin Manley of the Kansas City Star's blog "Upon Further Review" notes that the only two sophomores in Heisman history to win the trophy have come in the last two seasons with Oklahoma's Sam Bradford and Florida's Tim Tebow.

  • Sean Keeler of the Des Moines Register writes that Iowa State should say no to the hot young coordinator in favor of a proven college head coach. And Keeler also blogged that former coach Gene Chizik never really understood the culture of Iowa when he was coaching there.

  • Colorado coach Dan Hawkins predicted at the Buffaloes' season-ending football banquet that his team would win 10 games next season, according to the Rocky Mountain News' B.G. Brooks.

  • John Maher of the Austin American-Statesman detects little buzz in Columbus for the Jan. 5 Fiesta Bowl against Texas. How down is demand for the game? Maher writes that tickets will go on sale to the general public for the bowl game on Wednesday -- a rarity for Buckeye fans.

  • Brent Zwerneman of the San Antonio Express-News/Houston Chronicle opines that Michigan transfer running back Sam McGuffie would be an ideal fit for Texas A&M's struggling ground game.