<
>

Lunchtime links: How did Missouri fall so quickly?

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Today is the deadline for Heisman Trophy voting. I just cast my ballot a few hours ago.

Until Saturday's presentation in New York City, here are some lunchtime links for your enjoyment.

  • Missouri's decline from a 12-2 team last season to this season's 9-4 disappointment is analyzed by The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Vahe Gregorian.

  • Steve Weiberg of USA Today gauges the importance of Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford among his Cherokee descendants in Western Oklahoma.

  • So much for the "Big Game Bob" moniker for Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops. The Tulsa World's Dave Sittler writes that a more apt name might soon be "Bob the Heisman Builder."

  • Interesting column by Jon Garten of the Kansas State Collegian, who blames Ron Prince's coaching staff as one of the reasons for his ultimate failing with the Wildcats.

  • Cotton Bowl organizers are expecting a record crowd at the bowl's newly expanded facility. Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News reports that organizers already are reporting more than 80,000 tickets sold for the Jan. 2 game between Texas Tech and Mississippi.

  • Former Oklahoma State coach Bob Simmons has surfaced as a potential candidate for the vacant head coaching job at New Mexico State, according to Felix Chavez of the Las Cruces Sun-News.