With perhaps the best offensive line in football, the Cowboys can rely more on their improving run game.
Kansas is the opposite of a road warrior
The Jayhawks have lost 36 consecutive road games since 2009, the second-longest road losing streak by an FBS team since major classification began in 1937 behind Wichita State (lost 37 straight from 1964 to '71). KU is a four-touchdown underdog at Texas Tech on Thursday night. Watercooler chatter (Insider)
Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer
Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith is missing his second straight day of practice with back tightness. He is doing resistance training off to the side. He did not play last week vs. Chicago but the team has hope he can play Sunday at San Francisco.
Kansas has five top-50 prospects on campus this weekend, including three five-stars. Indiana and Kentucky also welcome top targets.
Ian Desmond up, Carlos Gomez down
Having seen his value crash as a free agent last season, Ian Desmond is poised to strike it big on the market this winter after returning to his career norms on offense. Meanwhile, Carlos Gomez's rough season caused his stock to plummet. Bowden: FA value watch (Insider)
Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer
TCU is rolling out a new black helmet on Saturday for its game against Oklahoma and is asking fans to "Blackout The Carter." That oversized purple Frog outline is a pretty sharp look.
The Texas Rangers will likely carry four starting pitchers for the American League Division Series.
Oklahoma, TCU still have a lot to play for
The playoff chase heats up with three top-10 matchups in Week 5. However, Oklahoma at No. 21 TCU is pretty big, too. The two-loss Sooners can still win the Big 12, while the Horned Frogs aren't totally out of the playoff race. GameDay Kickoff
Bryant isn't Prescott's favorite target
Through three weeks, Dak Prescott has thrown to Cole Beasley more than Dez Bryant, while targeting Jason Witten nearly as much. Bryant has caught less than half the targets his way, compared to Beasley's 80 percent.
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant did not get treatment on his leg until Wednesday because he feared bad news. Said coach Jason Garrett: "He didn't handle it the right way."
Dez Bryant's behavior is disappointing since he's a team leader. Jason Garrett's behavior is worse, considering his focus on accountability.
Despite their issues at quarterback, the Niners showed no interest in drafting Dak Prescott, according to the Cowboys' starter.
Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott, who is coming off his first 30-carry game in the NFL, says his body is ready for more punishment.
Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett confirmed Dez Bryant missed treatments and team meetings on Monday-Wednesday because the receiver feared the knee injury was worse than suspected and did not want to face the decision. "It was the wrong thing to do,"Garrett said. Bryant has a tibial plateau fracture in his right leg. Garrett said Bryant would not practice today but Bryant is moving around better and not ruled out of playing Sunday.
Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford, who missed time in training camp with injuries, is excited again after his big game vs. Chicago.
Longhorns face must-win game
The playoff chase heats up with three top-10 matchups in Week 5. However, No. 22 Texas at Oklahoma State is pretty big, too. Texas has no margin of error if it wants to get back in the playoff debate. GameDay Kickoff
Dez Bryant was just starting to heat up
Bryant's knee injury comes at a bad time, as he was much more involved in Weeks 2 and 3 than Week 1, when he only caught one pass on five targets.
Carlos Gomez fitting in well with Rangers
Against the Brewers on Wednesday, Gomez launched his eighth home run in 31 games with the Rangers. He had just five in 85 games with the Astros earlier this season, ESPN Stats & Info notes.
Conference play gets rolling in full this week with huge games at Oklahoma State and TCU. Our Big 12 writers make their picks for each Week 5 game.