Conference chatter

Is the Big 12 now OU's to lose?

Eric Sorrentino

This is the first year I've changed up my Sunday morning routine. In years past, it was a guaranteed lineup: Wake up around 10:30 a.m. Check out sports articles in the newspaper and online. Eat breakfast. E-mail my dad back home in Plano, Texas, my NFL picks for the day ...

Is it time for a playoff in college football? The president-elect thinks so.

Eric Sorrentino

I think it's interesting how President-elect Barack Obama keeps pushing for a playoff system in college football to determine a national champion. The future president stated his position on the matter on Monday Night Football the night before he was elected, then brought it up again on CBS' "60 Minutes" ...

Football to basketball: Are you ready yet?

Eric Sorrentino

It tugs at the emotions of Big 12 fans and puts them in a tough spot for the next few weeks. It's the overlap.Yes, that time of the college athletic year when the football and basketball seasons intertwine. For college students, this requires a serious commitment to the art of ...

Heisman Trophy and BCS title talk

Eric Sorrentino

Saturday night brought the Heisman Trophy picture into sharp focus.Let me first say that Oklahoma State's defense is no joke. The Cowboys held Texas and Missouri, who are both in the top 5 nationally in scoring offense, to their lowest outputs of the year. All the more reason Graham Harrell's ...

Does Tech believe in miracles? Yes!

Eric Sorrentino

OK, now that was exciting. Texas Tech's miraculous 39-33 victory over Texas was easily the best game of the college football season. Many are calling Graham Harrell's 28-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree the greatest play in the history of the Big 12 Conference. I'm not sure of that. What ...

Get your draft boards ready

Eric Sorrentino

With the pool of talent this year in the Big 12, it's no secret a bunch of these guys will eventually play on Sundays in the NFL. If you're an NFL scout with a high draft pick, you have a plethora of choices from the conference. So who's the best ...

See who's on the hot seat

Eric Sorrentino

Welcome to Week 9 of Conference Chatter, where you'll be asked kindly to answer a question before proceeding.**The question**: OK, so if you had to take a guess on which head coach had the most secure job in college football, who would you say? Don't think about this for more ...

Early bowl projections

Eric Sorrentino

I felt like a kid who just found his much-anticipated Christmas gift on Dec. 23. You know you shouldn't look. It's two days early. But no one's home...maybe a quick glance, then a little scotch tape to the wrapping paper so it looks exactly as it did as before the ...

Week 8 analysis/Heisman Trophy talk

Eric Sorrentino

Last week, I tried to [make sense of a mess of unexpected results][1] in the Big 12 Conference. After this weekend, it's a bit clearer. This much, I know:**1. Texas is the undisputed best team in the country right now.** Earlier in the week, UT coach Mack Brown [said he ...

Sorting out the Big 12 shakeups

Eric Sorrentino

Super shakeup weekend in the Big 12 wasn't supposed to take place the second week of conference play.Then again, the Big 12 hasn't exactly been the most predictable conference in 2008.A few unforeseen upsets created a mess in trying to determine the front-runners for the slots in the Big 12 ...

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