Big 12: Southern Methodist Mustangs

Big 12 Week 5 primer

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Oklahoma will look to bring back the Big 12 big nonconference win, Oklahoma State will attempt to put it on its former offensive coordinator and TCU will try to get back on track offensively.

Those are the Big 12’s major storylines for Week 5:

SMU at TCU, noon ET (FS1): The Horned Frogs spent the off week trying to correct an offense that was a mess in a loss to Texas Tech in Lubbock. Look for TCU to try to come out running the offense through B.J. Catalon and Waymon James, who form one of the better one-two punches at running back in the Big 12. This is TCU's only real opportunity to get the offense back on track before the schedule gets tough again, beginning next weekend with a trip to Norman, Okla.

Oklahoma State at West Virginia, noon (ESPN): The Cowboys go into Morgantown, W.Va., with confidence, but they have to be at least a little concern with QB Clint Trickett getting his first chance to spark the offense. The Mountaineers have been solid defensively so far this year, and if Trickett can hit some plays downfield in the passing game, this game could get interesting. Then again, if the West Virginia offense keeps doing what it has been doing, this game could get ugly quickly.

Oklahoma at Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. (NBC): The Sooners have the chance to vanquish their Notre Dame demons from the past while showing the country they might have been overlooked during the preseason national championship conversation. The key will be whether the Oklahoma offensive line can hold its own this time against Notre Dame defensive linemen Stephon Tuitt and Louis Nix III. If the Sooners can run the ball effectively and Blake Bell keeps putting passes on the money, Oklahoma could walk out of South Bend, Ind., with its first victory over the Irish in 57 years.

Preview video: SMU at Baylor

September, 2, 2012
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David Ubben offers up some thoughts on what to expect and what to look for in Baylor's season opener against SMU (6:30 p.m. ET).

Video: Big 12 Game of the Week

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David Ubben offers more thoughts on Baylor's Sunday matchup with SMU, which he picked the Bears to win, 41-31.

Big 12 morning links: Kickoff is just around the corner

July, 28, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

A ticking clock on the Waco Tribune-Herald's home page reminded me that football season is just around the corner. As of Monday morning, it's only 31 days and counting until the Big 12's openers on Aug. 28 when Wake Forest travels to Baylor and South Dakota State faces Iowa State.

I bet most of my readers are as excited as I am. As such, here's a few Big 12 links to feed their college football appetite on this fine Monday morning.

My take -- I basically agree with most of Tramel's rankings, although he might lean just a tad too much to tradition. Texas-Arkansas isn't going to be as good as he thinks -- unless Bobby Petrino is the second coming of Frank Broyles to the Ozarks.

My take -- An even bigger story is that Shatel's bosses at the Omaha World-Herald finally have jumped into the current century. Finally, they will allow his must-read columns about the Cornhuskers to be read for free by Internet viewers. Stop the presses!

My take -- Stoops remains the major reason why Oklahoma is the overwhelming favorite in the Big 12 in the eyes of most observers.

My take -- These fans better be careful what they ask for -- particularly if Nebraska's defense is torched for pinball-type numbers again this season.

My take -- Hey Nebraska fans. I can't wait for the season to begin, either.

My take -- Maybe the new surroundings will help Szymanski, who never seemed to recover from his ill-advised decision to enroll in college a year early. SMU sounds like a fresh start, but what does a kicker/punter really have to do around June Jones?  

My take -- Gundy is right on this one. And maybe a slew of talented junior-college players might reduce how many freshmen have to play this season -- particularly on defense.

My take -- Backup Roy Helu Jr. must be a stud. Because I still think that Marlon Lucky is one of the most valuable players in the Big 12, even though he tends to mope more than my 3-year-old when things don't go his way.

My take -- Quite frankly, I'm surprised Callahan is even mentioned that much.

  • Texas QB Colt McCoy had a few tips for Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford to avoid sophomore speed bumps. "Your freshman year, it's like you start driving a car ... you stop at every stoplight, put your blinker on, you never go above the speed limit," McCoy told Jake Trotter of the Daily Oklahoman. "In the second year, you have your driver's license, it's a little tempting, you pass on the double yellow line, you do some crazy things."

My take -- Bob Stoops better hope that Bradford didn't watch "Speed Racer."

My take - Was Calhoun reading my blog post about dream non-conference rivalries the other day? I only hope that DeLoss Dodds of Texas and Mike Garrett of USC were doing the same.

My take -- Iowa State coach Gene Chizik will make sure the 5-foot-8, 207-pound Blankenship's defensive forays are limited once he gets to college.

  • Defrocked Kansas big hitter Tom Kivisto surfaced in Tulsa, Okla., over the weekend to read a statement about his removal as CEO and president of SemGroup. Interestingly, there was no mention of his donation to his old school for construction of a new football facility.

My take -- Considering Kivisto has only paid a quarter of his $12 million gift for the football center, Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins has got to be sweating just a little.

My take -- If Sherman is successful in Aggieland, they'll do more than just post his commercials on the Internet. More like naming buildings after him.  

Art Briles' daunting challenge

July, 14, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

New Baylor coach Art Briles is a proven winner who has had success in all of his previous head coaching opportunities, most recently taking Houston to four bowl games in the last five seasons. Before that, he directed Stephenville High School to four Texas state high school championships.

But Briles will be facing the challenge of his coaching career in his new job with the Bears. Want to know how difficult it will be? Consider that the Bears are tied for seventh among the NCAA Division I programs in terms of the longest current bowl droughts. 

Here's a list of the longest active bowl gaps in college football:

School 

Year

Bowl 

 New Mexico State  1960 Sun
 Kent State 1972 Tangerine
 Temple 1979 Golden State
 Vanderbilt  1982 Hall of Fame
 Southern Methodist 1984 Aloha
 Eastern Michigan 1987 California
 Baylor 1994 Alamo
 Duke 1994 Hall of Fame
 Army 1996 Independence
 Utah State 1997 Humanitarian
 Arizona 1998 Holiday
 Idaho 1998 Humanitarian
 San Diego State 1998 Las Vegas

Note: Buffalo, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana-Lafayette, Florida International and Western  Kentucky have never made bowl trips as Division I-A members.

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