Big 12 lunchtime links: Good things finally happen for Ganz

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Another day, another Big 12 bowl game. The Texas Tech-Mississippi game today at the AT&T Cotton Bowl is a big one for historical buffs like myself, but also for lovers of modern football, too. It will provide an intriguing matchup of how Houston Nutt's defense can confound Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree.

It should be a good game, too.

Until kickoff, savor these links. They are almost as good as the smoky ones you can find at the Cotton Bowl concession stand today for those attending the game.

  • Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald writes about the patience of Nebraska quarterback Joe Ganz, who waited his turn at the Cornhuskers' starting job and directed the Cornhuskers' dramatic Gator Bowl comeback over Clemson.

  • Texas coach Mack Brown sees a lot of Vince Young in Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, according to Jimmy Burch of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

  • Austin Meek of the Topeka Capital-Journal blogs about Josh Freeman's departure from Kansas State.

  • No more "Mad Scientist" labels for Mike Leach, according to Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News. In the last month Leach has visited President George W. Bush in the White House and will be profiled Sunday night on CBS-TV's 60 Minutes.

  • Will Muschamp's salary as Texas' next head football coach will start at $2 million per year, Dallas Morning News Big 12 columnist Chuck Carlton reports.

  • Florida players and coaches aren't impressed with Oklahoma's string of five consecutive 60-point games to finish the season, the Oklahoman's John Helsley reports.