Today felt a bit like Christmas. What's this weekend supposed to be like?
Two-part links today.
Why isn't Oklahoma complaining publicly about the Longhorn Network like Texas A&M has? Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman tells you why.
Texas A&M's move to the SEC flies in the face of reason, writes Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle.
This time around, though? The Aggies' joke is on the Longhorns, writes Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle.
Texas' bullying has pushed the Big 12 to the brink of extinction. For the good of everyone, that has to change, writes Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star. He also asks: What about the nasty side effect of A&M leaving that nobody seems to be talking about?
Colleague Ivan Maisel agrees: The Big 12 and BYU looks like a good fit.
Texas Tech president Guy Bailey thinks the Big 12 may be ready for a major upgrade once Texas A&M leaves.
What happens in the Big 12 after A&M leaves matters quite a bit, writes Robert Cessna of the Bryan-College Station Eagle.
But, if A&M leaves, will Texas, Oklahoma & Co. revisit a possible Pac-12 move? Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman thinks so. His crazy prediction for the week: Baylor beats TCU. And it might not be close.
The Des Moines Register unearthed a humorous email from Iowa State women's coach Bill Fennelly regarding A&M's departure.
GAME WEEK, PEOPLE.
Kansas State is still college football's place for second chances, writes Kellis Robinett of the Wichita Eagle. It's backed by a list of the most successful transfers in K-State history.
How much impact do fans have on the game? The answer might surprise you. J. Brady McCollough of the Kansas City Star has a great, in-depth look at the issue.
The center of the college football universe this year? Oklahoma, says John Walters of The Daily.
Texas has been cloaked in mystery all offseason, but good, bad or so-so, the Longhorns are about to have the veil lifted, writes Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman.
Kevin Robbins of the Austin American-Statesman tells tight end Blaine Irby's inspirational story about his return to the field after a horrific injury.
Interesting note, Baylor fans: TCU has been practicing for its opener in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
Kansas' fall was much quicker than its rise under Mark Mangino, but it'll try to get back up this season, writes J. Brady McCollough of the Kansas City Star.
Iowa State's running backs are embracing the committee approach this year, writes Bobby La Gesse of the Ames Tribune.
Jordan Eagle Road is one of just a few full-blooded American Indians playing Division I sports. Eagle Road is doing it for Oklahoma's football team, and carries with him the eyes of his Choctaw Nation, writes Michael Kinney of the Norman Transcript.
William Wilkerson of HornsNation.com helps you get to know the man behind the men in Texas' program.
Here's your first look at the spankin' new scoreboard at Iowa State's stadium. A good look if you ask me.
Vahe Gregorian of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch gives a look at how Missouri quarterback James Franklin's faith shaped his upbringing.
For all the talk of the quarterbacks, Texas' offense starts with the running game, writes Randy Riggs of the Austin American-Statesman.