Big 12 lunchtime links: Aggies progressing, but so is rest of South

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

After watching an ESPN story Sunday morning about the Tennessee Titans' defensive line getting inspiration from carrying a linked chain on the field with them, it made me think.

No disrespect to Albert Haynesworth or Big 12 alum Kyle Vanden Bosch. But the stimulation derived by that steel-based connection for the NFL's only undefeated team pales in comparison with those provided from these power-packed lunchtime links about the Big 12.

Here's today's offerings. Feel the power and live strong after reading them.

  • Andrew Logue of the Des Moines Register says Iowa State fans still have faith in Gene Chizik, despite a 5-16 start to his coaching tenure.

  • BCS analyst Jerry Palm told the Dallas Morning News' Chuck Carlton that Texas Tech controls its own destiny. Palm's interpretation is that Tech will be placed ahead of Penn State if the Red Raiders can win out.

  • Texas A&M has won back-to-back games for the first time this season, but that progress pales in comparison with that made by other South Division rivals, according to Robert Cessna of the Bryan Eagle.

  • Texas Tech fans around the world celebrated the Red Raiders' improbable comeback victory over Texas on Saturday. But it was nothing like the loud roar that was heard inside the Switzer Center, Oklahoma's training facility in Norman, after the Red Raiders stunned the world, the Norman Transcript's John Shinn said.

  • Tully Corcoran of the Topeka Capital-Journal breaks down Kansas' bowl ramifications as the Jayhawks prepare for a game Saturday at Nebraska -- a place where they haven't won since Lyndon Johnson was president.

  • The Manhattan Mercury's Mark Janssen recounts a litany of recent struggles for Kansas State after the Wildcats' 52-21 loss to Kansas on Saturday. The most telling is that the Wildcats have been blistered for 50 points in a game three times this season -- first time that has happened since 1988.