Big 12 lunch links: Self predicting 10 football wins at KU in 2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Eight days and counting until the season starts.

Can't you feel it?

Until then, gnaw on these links to get ready.

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self tells the Topeka Capital-Journal's Kevin Haskin the Jayhawks will win 10 football games this season.
Dave Sittler of the Tulsa World reports on Day 7 of the Mike Gundy news blackout at Oklahoma State.
The San Antonio Express-News' Brent Zwerneman writes about the selflessness of Texas A&M defensive tackle Lucas Patterson, who switched back to defense this week from a starting position at offensive tackle.
The Waco Tribune Herald's John Werner writes about Baylor's backfield variety with Jay Finley, Terrance Ganaway and Jarred Salubi all contributing.
Lawrence Journal-World sports editor/columnist Tom Keegan writes why Kansas must start 6-0 to gather maximum national exposure for the program.
Colorado quarterback Cody Hawkins tells the Boulder Camera's Kyle Ringo about his growth and development in the Buffaloes' offense.
Nebraska offensive coordinator Shawn Watson tells the Lincoln Journal-Star's Brian Christopherson that freshman Cody Green has pushed past Latravis Washington for the backup position behind starter Zac Lee.
Iowa State coaches are hoping that undersized defensive tackle Austin Alburtis can overcome injuries to emerge as a key contributor, the Ames Tribune's Bobby La Gesse reports.
Injured starting Missouri tackle Dan Hoch could return to practice by the weekend, the Kansas City Star's Mike DeArmond reports.
Several Oklahoma teammates tell the Oklahoman's Jake Trotter that Sam Bradford is noticeably improved from last season. The Oklahoman also speculate about several NCAA passing records that Bradford could break before leaving college.
Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp says that sophomore safety Earl Thomas is inspiring increased confidence in the Longhorns' secondary by his steady play, Austin American-Statesman beat writer Suzanne Halliburton reports.
Texas Tech's switch of Mickey Okafor from tackle to guard will boost the athleticism of the Red Raiders' offensive line, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal's Don Williams reports.