Monday, September 8, 2008
Big 12 morning links: Undefeated with an asterisk
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
The Big 12's 12-0 record last week made history as the conference's first perfect week. It just didn't get a lot of respect from columnists around the area.
San Antonio Express-News' Mike Finger says the conference remains an enigma after two weeks of the season. The Dallas Morning News' Kate Hariopoulos noted that even the Big Ten was perfect on Saturday. And the Kansas City Star's Blair Kerkhoff tempered the excitement by adding that only one victory in the Big 12's weekend sweep came against a foe from a BCS-affiliated conference.
No matter. It still goes down with no losses. And that's the most impressive statistic of all.
The only thing better than a perfect week are a stack of Monday morning links.
- Kansas coach Mark Mangino plans to make utilizing TB Angus Quigley a priority to boost its struggling running game against South Florida. Lawrence Journal-World columnist Tom Keegan reminds us that the Jayhawks played well in their first two games, despite their ground woes.
- Intrepid Columbia Tribune reporter Dave Matter tracked down the identity of the one Associated Press balloter who's voting Missouri as his No. 1 team in the Associated Press media poll. Even as heralded backup QB Blaine Gabbert gave Tiger fans a look at the future without Chase Daniel.
- Nebraska coach Bo Pelini braces for a defensive test after losing top pass-rushing threat Barry Turner with a likely season-ending knee injury.
- In an offense that produced monster numbers against Houston, Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant is emerging as the Cowboys' biggest weapon. But the defense is another story, especially after losing backup FS Lucien "The Punisher" Antoine with a season-ending knee injury.
- Texas A&M is pegged between the seventh- and 12th-best team in the conference by Bryan Eagle columnist Robert Cessna. And the season could get worse as QB Stephen McGee will have his injured shoulder examined today, sources told the San Antonio Express-News.
- Dallas Morning News columnist Chuck Carlton said the numbers aren't adding up at Texas Tech, despite a 2-0 start. Tech's defense is particularly a mystery after being gashed for 488 yards, but allowing only a touchdown and four field goals on 10 possessions inside its own 30-yard line against Nevada.