Big 12 links: Longhorns face brutal scheduling gauntlet
September, 12, 2008
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Here are some of the stories that are making news after Hurricane Ike drastically affected this weekend's Big 12 schedule.
- Austin American-Stateman columnist Kirk Bohls said the postponement could help the Longhorns or it could hurt them. The Longhorns will have extra time to build confidence in a developing defense. But it also would set up a punishing four-game schedule with consecutive games against Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Missouri.
- Kansas coach Mark Mangino and South Florida coach Jim Leavitt have come a long way since they were toiling on Bill Snyder's staff at Kansas State. So has former Kansas standout CB Aqib Talib, who plans to watch the game tonight against USF along Kansas' sidelines. The Jayhawks hopes will rely on unconventional QB Todd Reesing, who crams his backpack with copies of the Economist and dreams of studying abroad after his college career ends.
- Iowa State's rivalry with Iowa is critical as coach Gene Chizik searches to create an identity for his program.
- Miami and Nebraska, opponents in five bowl games over the last 25 seasons, have announced a two-game contract for regular-season games in 2014 and 2015.
- Oklahoma coaches are bracing for the challenge of containing versatile Washington QB Jake Locker.
- Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman has called out Jorvorskie Lane, saying the massive fullback needs to be a better blocker. The team's vaunted rushing game has struggled during its first two games.
- Texas Tech coach Mike Leach isn't drinking any Black and Red Kool-Aid about how good his team is supposed to be.
- With an easy game approaching against Missouri State, Oklahoma State can't afford to look ahead to its Big 12 schedule.
- Missouri's young defenders are excited about their chances of playing against Nevada after a solid effort against Southeast Missouri last week.
- Kansas State punter George Pierson has punted only three times this season -- never after drives engineered by QB Josh Freeman.