Big 12: Texas Tech Raiders
- Texas’ return to notoriety runs through Provo, writes Jay Drew of the The Salt Lake Tribune.
- The Manhattan Mercury's Joshua Kinder wonders if a QB controversy is brewing at Kansas State.
- Kansas wideout Justin McCay is eager to hit the field, reports the Lawrence Journal-World's Matt Tait.
- The Red Raiders are trying to remedy an ailing running game, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal's Don Williams.
- Gary Patterson tells the Fort Worth Star-Telgegram's Stefan Stevenson the vaunted TCU secondary was subpar in its opener.
- Iowa State QB Sam Richardson is wearing a walking boot as a precaution.
- The Baylor defense looked impenetrable in its opener, in the opinion of the Waco Herald-Tribune's Brice Cherry.
- Specialist Kip Smith was solid in his Oklahoma State debut, reports the Tulsa World's Kelly Hines.
- The Mountaineers have to make more plays downfield, according to the Charleston Daily Mail's Mike Casazza.
- Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight is showing some fire, writes The Oklahoman's Ryan Aber.
OU wins, but loses Broyles: With star receiver Ryan Broyles out for the season, the Sooners must find other playmakers.
Finch shoulders load for Sooners: Diminutive running back Roy Finch runs for 99 yards on 26 carries in win over Texas A&M.
Analysis: Oklahoma 41, Texas A&M 25
Three Stars: Oklahoma 41, Texas A&M 25
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Here are the Big 12's best stories today for your lunchtime edification.
- The Des Moines Register's Randy Peterson has a touching story about how Iowa State defensive back James Smith found his mother in Haiti this summer after not seeing her for the past 19 years.
- Joe Williams of the Orlando Sentinel catches up with Lache Seastrunk of Temple, Texas, one of the nation's top recruits who is in Paisley, Fla., for the Football University's Top Gun Camp. Among the schools Seastrunk is considering includes Baylor, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas and Texas A&M.
- Texas Tech could make millions by taking advantage of Lubbock's new "wet" laws by designating vendors for sales at football games at Jones AT&T Stadium, the Daily Torreador's Ben Jones reports.
- ESPN.com's JC Shurbutt reports that Oklahoma State snatched a recruiting commitment from heralded offensive line prospect Dan Koenig of Cape Coral, Fla. Koenig, whose two older brothers played for the Cowboys, picked OSU over Nebraska, Mississippi and Clemson.
- Dave Matter of the Columbia Tribune provides another interesting "Case of the Mondays" with particular interest in Missouri's upcoming practice schedule, five questions heading into Missouri's fall practice and his need for assistance in a Big 12 fantasy football team.
- The Big 12 is in danger of being lapped by the SEC in terms of its mega television deal, the Lincoln Journal-Star's Steve Sipple reports.
- Jake Vehyl of Athlonsports.com predicts that Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant will be among the Heisman finalists this season.
- The Baton Rouge Advocate's Randy Rosetta writes that LSU might be willing to play Big 12 schools Texas and Texas A&M in the future at facilities like Reliant Stadium in Houston and the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
- Paul Myerburg of the New York Times' "The Quad" blog ranks Texas Tech as the nation's No. 29 team.
- John Werner of Lindys.com writes about Robert Griffin's attempt to lead Baylor to its first bowl game since 1994.
- Big 12 foes have trouble deciding whether Colt McCoy or Sam Bradford is the better quarterback, the Tulsa World's John Hoover reports.
- Bob Devaney's omission in a recent Sporting News poll of history's top-50 coaches makes development of a Nebraska Football Hall of Fame at Memorial Stadium a priority, Omaha World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel writes.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Here are a few links for your Friday afternoon edification. Don't slip away from work too early for those Saturday afternoon spring games across the conference.
All right, consider yourself warned.
- Andrea Cohen of the Oklahoman details the interesting story of Oklahoma State safety Antoine "the Punisher" Lucien, who is attempting to recover from a knee injury and return to the Cowboys' starting lineup.
- Alan Schmadtke of the Orlando Sentinel notes that Kansas State is among six teams nationally that will play two games against FCS teams next season.
- Nebraska is expecting 98 recruits to attend its spring game on Saturday, Mitch Sherman of the Omaha World-Herald reports.
- Missouri tailback Derrick Washington is excited about his chance to emerge as the Tigers' primary offensive weapon, Matt Schiffman of the Columbia Missourian reports.
- Iowa State quarterback Austen Arnaud will be learning his third offense in the last three years with Tom Herman's scheme, the Ames Tribune's Bobby La Gesse reports.
- Quarterback Danny Spond of Columbine High School has committed to Colorado, the Denver Post reports. Spond, a 6-foot-3, 232-pounder, is ranked second among recruits in the state of Colorado in the class of 2010.
- Renny Vandeweghe of the Big Red Network provides five items to watch at Nebraska's spring game on Saturday.
- UCLA is out, but Texas Tech and Nebraska still are in the Robert Marve sweepstakes, the Tampa Tribune Brett McMurphy reports.
- The Texas A&M offense won the practice Thursday for only the third time this spring, Bryan Eagle columnist Robert Cessna reports.