Big 12 lunchtime links: Which coaches pushed OU to the top?

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Put aside those post-Thanksgiving leftovers. Here are some fresh links to provide some hearty subsistence as we get ready for the Big 12 championship game later this week.

  • Jake Trotter of the Daily Oklahoman wonders who were the two coaches that proved to be the difference in Oklahoma's narrow one-point victory over Texas in the USA Today coaches' poll.

  • Veteran Austin American-Statesman columnist Kirk Bohls provides his 10 observations on last weekend's games. He wonders how Oklahoma could be ranked ahead despite Texas' 10-point victory over the Sooners, breaks down Sam Bradford's budding Heisman candidacy and discusses the feistiness of Texas A&M quarterback Stephen McGee.

  • Chuck Carlton has the spin from both sides of the Texas-Oklahoma BCS controversy. Carlton suggests that Oklahoma's late surge in the computer polls is the major reason why the Sooners won out over the Longhorns on Sunday afternoon.

  • Dave Matter of the Columbia Tribune reports that Missouri offensive coordinator Dave Christensen, the new coach at Wyoming, will remain with the Tigers until after their bowl game at the end of the 2008 season.

  • Spencer Hall of the Sporting News' blog, The Sporting Life, wonders if defense is merely optional in the Big 12 South this season.

  • Bernie Lincicome of the Rocky Mountain News details the regression of the Colorado program since Dan Hawkins took over in 2006.