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League Wide: Texas Has Not Named a Quarterback



Let’s take a look at some news from around the league over the last week or two.

All Boats Rise

There’s loads of narrative out there on what the Big 12 must do to save themselves — it’ll take all hands on deck.

We’ve debated for years the Big 12’s value. That debate needs to end. Ask not what your conference can do for you, ask what you can do for your conference. And the answer is, OU can beat Ohio State. West Virginia can beat Virginia Tech. OSU can beat Pittsburgh. TCU can beat Arkansas. Texas can beat Southern Cal (well, you know what I mean). And if a team makes the playoff, win once it gets there.

“I think we’re all responsible for that,” Mike Gundy said. “I think we’re responsible for playing the very best we can in nonconference games to help the image of the Big 12.” [NewsOK]

Would sweeping the nonconference slate do the trick? Probably not. But doing that makes the next step a whole heck of a lot easier: if OU had beaten Houston or Ohio State, would the Big 12 be have been shut out last year?

Last year the Big 12 failed almost unanimously in early out-of-conference tests, all but sealing its fate as a non-playoff conference. [Yahoo Sports]

Texas Two-Step

Two quarterbacks are in competition for the Texas job.

Shane Buechele will probably be the starting quarterback when Texas opens its season against Maryland on Sept. 2. But it isn’t certain.

Buechele will be pushed by true freshman Sam Ehlinger, and new ‘Horns head coach Tom Herman will give Ehlinger plenty of time to do some pushing.

Texas opened fall camp Monday and Herman said he is in no immediate hurry to name a starter, and will wait two weeks before picking Buechele or Ehlinger. Once the page turns to start preparing for Maryland, then Herman will name a stater. [NBC Sports]

It’s early August and Herman is new, but it’s a race worth keeping an eye on: Texas hasn’t had a quarterback that scares defenses since a guy named Colt something-or-another.

Snacking Snyder

K-State coach Bill Snyder has had to make some big changes as he fights off cancer… like eating.

“It’s all good, I’m sure, but it just doesn’t taste the way it should,’’ he said. “And for me, it’s hard to eat anyway. I’m not accustomed to having a snack between breakfast or lunch. Or, having lunch. I haven’t ever done it.’’

He’s always passed by a plate to devise ways to pass a football. [Topeka Capital-Journal]

I read one time that Snyder as a high school coach in California tried to be hypnotized into not having to sleep to work more.

Surging Cyclones?

Iowa State has peanut-butter-and-jellied with Kansas at the bottom of the league over the last few years – but are they turning a corner?

The Cyclones held Texas Tech to 10 points and 4.4 yards per play, led Baylor by 14 points in the fourth quarter, led Oklahoma State by 10 in the fourth quarter in Stillwater, played Oklahoma even over the final 46 minutes of a 10-point loss, and nearly charged back to beat Kansas State via dramatic comeback.

And once Jacob Park took over the quarterback job over the last five games, ISU averaged 33 points per game and 6.9 yards per play. [SB Nation]

Having your quarterback figured out and the confidence that you can play with the rest of the league could be big.

Quick Hitters

You win, you lose some.

K-State has a beard to compete with the Mullet.

Texas with some new digs.

…and apparently their fussy new media policies.

The king of Kansas football is now immortalized.

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