Big 12 links: A plan to save September for fans

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Games like last night's South Carolina-Mississippi contest are the reason why I love college football so much.

A seemingly uninteresting game turns out to be great.

I think it will be the same way tomorrow. It looks like a bunch of ho-hum Big 12 games, but I bet we get a couple that turn out to be interesting.

Finished off by the Houston-Texas Tech game that will finish the day off. Save some room for that dessert, because I think it could be the Cherries Jubilee of the day.

Until then, here are some lunchtime links to get you ready.

  • The Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel has an innovative scheduling idea that most fans will enthusiastically endorse.

  • The Tulsa World’s Bill Haisten wonders if Mike Gundy has the coaching acumen to turn around Oklahoma State.

  • Defending national champion Florida has no interest in scheduling series with Big 12 schools that would deign to want a home-and-home arrangement, Michael DiRocco of the Florida Times-Union reports.

  • The Kansas City Star’s Jason Whitlock writes that it’s difficult for kids to reject the hip-hop culture that may have played a role in the ugly feud between the Kansas basketball and football teams.

  • Missouri is still bracing for a challenge tonight when it faces 0-2 Nevada, despite the Wolf Pack's earlier struggles this season, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Vahe Gregorian reports.

  • The Des Moines Register’s Randy Peterson analyzes some of the unresolved questions in Iowa State’s decision to reinstate three players who were charged earlier this week with drug possession.

  • Texas is bracing for its first big test of its rushing defense this season against UTEP, the Austin American-Statesman’s Alan Trubow reports.

  • The Bryan Eagle’s Robert Cessna reports that sizzling Texas A&M, off to its best offensive start in school history, will be facing an underachieving UAB team Saturday night at Kyle Field.

  • The Lincoln Journal-Star’s Steve Sipple isn’t expecting a letdown from Nebraska against Louisiana-Lafayette, despite the Cornhuskers’ disappointing loss at Virginia Tech last week.

  • The Kansas City Star's Brady McCullough writes that Southern Mississippi will provide a challenge for Kansas similar to those found in the Big 12.