Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Mack Brown has been repeating the same mantra to his team and the media ever since his team was installed as No. 1 after Saturday's victory over Oklahoma.
"The fact that we're sitting around here as No. 1 means absolutely nothing except we've played well enough in the first six weeks of the season that people have acknowledged us by letting us be in that top group," Brown said." I'm not even sure there is a No. 1 team. Nobody this time last year remembers who No. 1 was. Nobody remembers and nobody really cares."
That might be the case, but it still doesn't stop an enterprising reporter from analyzing that trend.
Gaylon Krizak of the San Antonio Express-News got out the record book and worked the Internet to develop a comprehensive list of the previous 72 seasons of the Associated Press poll to find out who was No. 1 the week immediately after the Texas-Oklahoma game. He also plotted where the eventual champion was at this point of the season.
Interestingly, the leader at this point of the season has claimed the national title 18 times in 70 possible seasons. In the 1936 and 1937 seasons, the first poll didn't come out until nine days after the Texas-Oklahoma game.
Take a long look. It might make things easier to swallow when the Big 12 has an abundance of 10-2 and 9-3 teams in late November after the regular season finishes.
Here are some other links from around the league.
Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle writes about the angel on Mike Leach's shoulder that advises him on fourth-down decisions.
Austin Box is excited about the challenge of replacing Ryan Reynolds as Oklahoma's starting middle linebacker. Tulsa World columnist Dave Sittler discusses the various options coach Bob Stoops is sifting through at the position.
Despite a 3-3 record that is its worst six-game record to start the season since 1961, Nebraska coach Bo Pelini brought some unexpected levity to his weekly news conference.
Kansas State coach Ron Prince has fostered the term "wefense" for offensive and defensive players joining on the special teams. It's worked as the Wildcats lead the nation with four blocked punts -- all of which have been returned for touchdowns.
Kansas coach Mark Mangino still is embraced in Oklahoma because of his earlier association with the program.
Bo Pelini and Gene Chizik bring similar attitudes to their profession as they try to rebuild struggling defensive units. Pelini will briefly retrace his Iowa roots Saturday after spending a season as a graduate assistant under legendary former Iowa coach Hayden Fry.