Big 12 lunch links: Bowl season starts tonight for conference

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

It's the most wonderful time of the year for a reason.

Bowl season finally starts for the Big 12 tonight when Missouri squares off with Northwestern in the Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. It starts a run of five games in the next five days -- with no overlap for the conference.

Dig in tonight and enjoy.

Until then, here are some links to prime you.

  • Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson needs 347 yards of total offense to supplant his coach, Mike Gundy, as the Cowboys' career leader in the statistic. Tulsa World beat writer Bill Haisten reports that Robinson first learned he needed that figure from his mother.

  • The Lincoln Journal-Star's Steve Sipple wonders if Bo Pelini is underpaid at $1.1 million a season -- considering his yearly salary is 11th among the Big 12's coaches.

  • Kansas is approaching its trip to the Insight Bowl as a business trip rather than merely a bowl game, the Lawrence Journal-World's Tom Keegan writes.

  • Tonight's Valero Alamo Bowl would have been the last Missouri game for the late Aaron O'Neal, who passed away while conditioning in the summer of 2005. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel will remove a bracelet he has worn since the funeral that reminded him of his former player, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Vahe Gregorian.

  • Fort Worth Star-Telegram beat writer Mike Jones said that Oklahoma will be able to overcome the loss of DeMarco Murray for the BCS National Championship Game against Florida because of the Sooners' depth at the position.

  • It's a long way from blasting concrete with a jackhammer to rushing quarterbacks. Dallas Morning-News beat writer Brandon George writes of Texas Tech defensive end McKinner Dixon's return to college football after dropping out earlier in his career for a construction job because of bad grades.