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Big 12 lunchtime links: Aztecs invite Franchione back

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Feeling blue that there's no Big 12 football this weekend? How about catching some playoff football -- now that's a concept, isn't it? -- in the FCS action that will be available.

Until then, here are a few links to provide lunchtime sustenance until the bowl games roll around.

  • Former Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione is among a trio of finalists who have been invited back for a second interview for the vacant San Diego State head-coaching job, the San Diego Union-Tribune's Brent Schrotenboer writes. Others up for the job include San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Martz and UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker.

  • Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal writes that one-loss Texas Tech can learn much from California in 2004 as it approaches the Cotton Bowl. The one-loss Bears were whipped that season by the Red Raiders in the Holiday Bowl.

  • The recent college football season taught many life lessons, according to Jimmie Tramel of the Tulsa World.

  • Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer ranks Texas as the team most jilted by the BCS this season. And Associated Press poll voter Jim Mashek of the Biloxi Sun-Herald writes that he's still considering Texas as a viable national title contender, depending on how the Fiesta Bowl unfolds.

  • Heralded Wichita East running back prospect Bryce Brown will reconsider Kansas State after meeting with new coach Bill Snyder last week, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal's Austin Meek.

  • The Houston Chronicle's Jerome Solomon isn't buying that Bob Stoops is a serial offender of running up scores. Solomon notes that before outscoring Missouri 21-7 in the final quarter of the Big 12 championship game, the Sooners actually had been outscored by opponents in the fourth quarter of games this season.