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Big 12 media days live: Day 2

July, 22, 2014
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The Big 12 media days continue on Tuesday in Dallas, as Oklahoma's Bob Stoops and new Texas coach Charlie Strong each take the stage. Keep this page open throughout the day's proceedings as we bring you the latest from our reporters, who will cover all 10 teams at the event.

What we learned in the Big 12: Week 2

September, 8, 2013
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Here's what we learned in a weird Week 2 in the Big 12:

1. Texas is the same Texas: During the offseason and the preseason, coach Mack Brown kept saying how this Texas team was different than the ones from the past three seasons. However, in a loss to BYU on Saturday, this looked like the same Texas. The Longhorns' defense surrendered a school-record 550 yards on the ground while the Texas offense could only watch on in horror. This will be an interesting week in Austin. And if the Longhorns fall to a surging Ole Miss team this weekend, the wheels could begin to careen off -- assuming they haven’t already.

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AP Photo/Eric GayJ.W. Walsh threw for 326 yards and four TDs in Oklahoma State's victory over UTSA.
2. J.W. Walsh can throw: In just his fourth career start, the Oklahoma State sophomore showed that he’s not just an option quarterback. Against UTSA, Walsh completed 24 of 27 passes for 326 yards and four touchdowns as the Cowboys coasted to an easy win. Walsh, in fact, broke Brandon Weeden’s school record for completion percentage in a game (88.9 percent), and notched the third-highest QBR of any player in college football for the week. Sure, the performance came against UTSA. But if Walsh continues to throw like that, the Cowboys will be difficult to contain on offense this season.

3. Oklahoma’s QB controversy is just getting started: Freshman Trevor Knight might have won the quarterback job during the preseason. But Saturday night against West Virginia, he gave the Sooners plenty of reasons to reopen the competition. After a lackluster first half, Knight fell apart in the second. He completed just one of five passes and threw two interceptions before the Sooners benched him in favor of Blake Bell early in the fourth quarter. After Sam Bradford and Landry Jones both shattered multiple passing records during their careers, Oklahoma is now struggling just to complete passes. Coach Bob Stoops hinted after the game that he might make a switch at quarterback. Considering the way Knight played Saturday, Stoops might have to with Notre Dame, TCU and Texas coming up on the schedule.

4. Trevone Boykin is the man for the Frogs: TCU’s quarterback controversy resolved itself Saturday when starter Casey Pachall suffered an injury to his non-throwing arm that required surgery. With Pachall expected to miss an extended period of time, Boykin can officially move forward as the quarterback in the TCU offense. Pachall won the starting job during the preseason; but so far, the offense has been more effective with Boykin, who, after replacing Pachall, led the Horned Frogs to three straight scoring drives on Saturday to put away Southeastern Louisiana. After Pachall left school last season, Boykin went just 3-6 as a starter. But he looks like an improved quarterback across the board and brings an element of mobility to the position that was missing with Pachall in the game.

5. The Baylor offense is scary: For the second week in a row (this time against Buffalo), Baylor scored four touchdowns in the first quarter, prompting Bulls coach Jeff Quinn to suggest the Bears might deserve to be ranked with the team he faced last week (Ohio State). Baylor might not be on that level just yet. But there’s no reason why with this balanced and prolific offense, the Bears can’t contend in a wide-open Big 12.

What we learned in the SEC: Week 2

September, 8, 2013
9/08/13
2:43
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Here are five things we learned on another crazy Saturday in the SEC:

East should be wild: Just as we all expected, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina each have a loss after all of two weeks. Georgia jumped into the division lead with its 41-30 win against South Carolina on Saturday, but the division's power trio all figure to hang around throughout the fall. They all have demonstrated glaring weaknesses that make a second loss possible for each of them -- and even if Georgia has the lead now, it also faces perhaps the most difficult league schedule of the three expected front-runners. It should be yet another memorable race in the East.

Pay attention, Tide: Johnny Manziel certainly looked like a Heisman Trophy contender in passing for 403 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for another in Texas A&M's 65-28 thrashing of FCS squad Sam Houston State. But the Aggies' porous defense has to be a major concern for Kevin Sumlin, with Alabama's stable of running backs on tap next week. Sam Houston's Timothy Flanders rushed for 170 yards and scored three touchdowns against A&M's depleted defense. Several Aggies defenders should be back from suspensions next week against Alabama, which should help. But after allowing 450 yards per game in the first two games, the Aggies will have to get a lot better in a week's time.

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Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesJeff Driskel and the Gators offense struggled in a 21-16 loss to Miami on Saturday.
More of the same at Florida: Jeff Driskel and Florida's offense still appear to be the middling bunch they were in 2012. In Saturday's 21-16 loss at Miami, Driskel passed for a career-high 291 yards, but the Gators turned it over four times inside the Miami 20 in another bumbling performance. Florida's defense surrendered just 212 yards and 10 first downs, but the offense still hasn't found consistent playmakers, and that was clearly evident Saturday.

Mettenberger for Heisman: It looks like the offseason talk about LSU making better use of Zach Mettenberger's powerful right arm under new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was no joke. Mettenberger set a new school record with five touchdown passes in Saturday's 56-17 win against UAB. After passing for 282 yards against UAB -- with Odell Beckham Jr. grabbing five balls for 136 yards and three scores -- and 251 last week against TCU, Mettenberger has eclipsed the 250-yard mark in both of the first two games. He did so only three times last season.

Welcome back: Through two weeks, seven SEC programs are off to a 2-0 start. Included in that bunch are four of the five teams that failed to reach a bowl game last season: Auburn, Missouri, Tennessee and Arkansas. Enjoy it while it lasts, though, guys. Tennessee faces Oregon and Florida in the next two games. Auburn gets Mississippi State and LSU in the next two weeks. Arkansas draws Texas A&M, Florida, South Carolina and Alabama in a four-week stretch before long. And Missouri faces Vanderbilt, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina in October alone. In other words, the road's going to get bumpy soon once they jump into conference play, and they can't feast on the Samfords, Arkansas States and Toledos of the college football world.

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