Lunch links: OU's Russell arrives, finally

The hotel that hosted Big 12 media days evidently hosted this amazing event, too:

  • Mercurial junior-college transfer Quincy Russell has finally arrived on campus, potentially boosting Oklahoma's depleted defensive tackle rotation. D.J. Ward's splenectomy was a success, he tweeted. Ward is expected to be out for six weeks. And the Sooners aren't taking sides in the QB battle, writes the Tulsa World's Guerin Emig. Cornerback Cortez Johnson is ready to make a big splash.

  • After years of waiting, Bryce Petty is ready to prove himself, the Dallas Morning News' Kate Hairopoulos details in a profile of the Baylor QB. The paper also previews the Bears' season today.

  • ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit is picking Oklahoma State to win the Big 12. The Cowboys are mixing their receivers inside and outside to gain more versatility, reports The Oklahoman's Gina Mizell. Week 1 opponent Mississippi State is excited to play the Cowboys, according to the Tulsa World's Jimmie Tramel.

  • Phil Steele thinks Mack Brown has the hottest seat in college football. The Longhorns landed a commitmentInsider for the class of 2016. Jeremy Crabtree says the commitment shows the Horns have fast-forwarded their recruiting.Insider

  • Kansas' receivers are looking to take flight, writes Jeff Deters of the Topeka Capital-Journal. Junior-college transfer Andrew Bolton is shaking off rust for the Jayhawks, writes the Lawrence Journal World's Matt Tait.

  • The Manhattan Mercury's Brady Bauman thinks offensive line will be the strength of the Kansas State offense. The Topeka Capital-Journal's Corbin McGuire writes the offensive line is taking nothing for granted.

  • Dave Hickman of the Charleston Gazette weighs in on the Geno Smith/leadership drama. Hickman also writes the Mountaineers are looking for a few good men up front. Offensive lineman Pat Eger is rolling with the changes,writes Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

  • Iowa State defensive end Cory Morrissey is eating healthy. The Des Moines Register's Tommy Birch analyzes the Cyclones' offensive line.

  • TCU's defense struck back during a scrimmage, but top receiver Brandon Carter injured his hand.

  • Kliff Kingsbury wants Texas Tech to go even faster, writes the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal's Don Williams.