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.