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Big 12 breakfast bites: Morning kickoffs are fun

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

I've got to tell my friend Adam Rittenberg who blogs about the Big Ten that he shouldn't hog all these noon (EST) kickoffs. I kind of like them.

We'll be starting early over in Lawrence in a few hours. But I figured a few toasty breakfast links would take the chill off the morning and get Big 12 fans ready for some early starts around the conference.

Savor them and enjoy the games later in the day, too.

  • Mike Finger of the San Antonio Express-News awards his "How Do You Like Me Now?" honors to five Big 12 nominees, topped by Texas Tech walk-on kicker Matt Williams. But my favorite part were his vivid descriptions of several Big 12 landmarks that any intrepid Big 12 media member would surely recognize.

  • Oklahoma State's game with Texas Saturday in Austin qualifies as the Cowboys' biggest game since the 1984 contest against Oklahoma, according to the Tulsa World's Bill Haisten. In that game, the Sooners were No. 2 and the Cowboys were No. 3.

  • Cedric Golden of the Austin American Statesman compares Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson to Colt McCoy, without all of the hype.

  • Nebraska players say coach Bo Pelini's practices are tougher and more physical efforts than those of his predecessor, Bill Callahan. Omaha World-Herald beat writer Jon Nyatawa credits that change for Nebraska's recent success.

  • Heralded Kansas running back Jocques Crawford predicted before the start of the season he would rush for 2,000 yards this season. But after tallying only 124 yards on the ground in his first seven games, Crawford tells the Kansas City Star's J. Brady McCollough he's trying to help his team by boosting production on the Jayhawks' moribund kickoff return squad.

  • After a two-game losing streak that killed its national title hopes, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Tom Timmerman writes that Missouri is bringing new resolve and hopes for a little fun against Colorado today in Columbia.