Big 12 links: Crabtree talks classes, barbecues

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

We're learning some new nuggets about Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree every week in his missives for the New York Times' "The Quad," a blog about college football.

Crabtree writes this week about his in-season class load this semester including classes in RHIM (Restaurant and Hotel Management), atmospheric science, personal and family finance and sociology.

The Biletnikoff Award winner also describes his family barbecue after his game last week, while avoiding an explanation of how Eastern Washington limited him to 74 receiving yards. When you get to answer your own questions, you don't have to necessarily worry about answering tough ones, I guess.

And we also learned that this weekend will be Crabtree's first visit to Reno, home of the University of Nevada, although he's visited Las Vegas six times. Maybe he'll get to experience some of the charms of "The Biggest City in the World" this weekend, but I kind of doubt it.

I'll run into Crabtree and the Red Raiders out in Reno, too. I can't wait, and I imagine my schedule will allow for a tad more time in the casinos than his will.

But until then, here's a trimmed-down version of the morning links, more adaptable to those with breakfast-on-the-go plans.

Happy munching.

  • Baylor QB Robert Griffin's plans for football and beyond are detailed in a strong feature by the Waco Tribune Herald's John Werner.

  • The Topeka Capital-Journal's Rick Dean writes about the long and short of Big 12 quarterbacks.

  • Austin American-Statesman columnist Cedric Golden is learning to be careful along the sidelines at Texas games.

  • Look for massive Texas A&M FB Jorvorskie Lane to play more against New Mexico this week.

  • Oklahoma will try to neutralize Cincinnati's no-huddle attack by utilizing three safeties against the Bearcats' quick-paced offense.

  • Missouri DE Stryker Sulak explains the derivation of his unusually alliterative name for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Kathleen Nelson.

  • The Austin American-Statesman's Alan Trubow describes Texas' visit to El Paso as the biggest home game in UTEP school history.

  • Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star ranks this week's Big 12 games and details why four Big 12 teams will face Football Championship Series opponents on Saturday.

  • Texas QB Colt McCoy has marked nine years since drinking his last Dr Pepper - ending what once was a sugary six-soda-a-day habit.

  • Nebraska coach Bo Pelini is turning into quite the prankster at his post-practice news conferences. Maybe whoopee cushions will be next.