Big 12 lunch links: Stoops aims for title with only his players

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Bowl action returns tonight when Texas and Ohio State meet in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. I'm expecting an entertaining game between two traditional powers who are meeting for only the third time in history, but also for the third time in the last four years.

Here are some links about what's happening around the conference.

  • Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is ready to claim a national championship with players solely recruited by him. Thayer Evans of the New York Times reports that on Stoops' 2000 national championship team, half of the starters were recruited to the program by former Oklahoma head coach John Blake.

  • Texas coach Mack Brown discusses the bowl games so far this season, including some unexpected Big 12 South struggles, on Dallas Morning News Big 12 reporter Chuck Carlton's blog.

  • Bill Haisten of the Tulsa World reports that Oklahoma State assistant coach Trooper Taylor appears headed to Auburn to join Gene Chizik's staff. And the Dothan Eagle's Andrew Gribble reports that Chizik has hired former Iowa State assistant Jay Boulware as his new special teams coordinator.

  • John Finneran of Gatorcountry.com writes that contrary to some prevailing opinions, teams do play defense in the Big 12.

  • Only the Cotton Bowl among five Texas-based bowls showed an increase in attendance this season, illustrating a national trend of declining attendance for bowl games, writes Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle.

  • Bob Hamar of the Grand Island Independent admits to having a sportswriter's man-crush on Nebraska quarterback Joe Ganz.