I get the feeling No. 13 seed "Paper Planes" is about to make a Cinderella run in Grantland's best bracket yet. On to the links:
Bob Stoops made it official Thursday: He's going with Trevor Knight. Knight's parents are pretty thrilled about that news. Now the real pressure begins. The Oklahoman's Jenni Carlson assesses the "gutsy" gamble by Stoops, while Berry Tramel welcomes the new Mobile QB Era at OU. The two best high school QBs in Oklahoma squared off Thursday.
Meanwhile, at Oklahoma State, Mike Gundy decides he has two starting QBs. Calvin Barnett is ready to show off a more aggressive OSU defense. Gundy doesn't like how college teams are now playing "NFL-type schedules." John Klein of the Tulsa World argues this schedule could be advantageous for the Pokes.
The $75 million renovations to Kansas State's Bill Snyder Family Stadium are complete, and Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby is lauding the results. RB John Hubert named to the Tyler Rose Award watch list.
Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman writes on Chris Simms entering the broadcast booth. Jackson Jeffcoat was one of only two Big 12 players to make the preseason All-Herbie Team. The USA Today's Paul Myerberg continues his excellent season preview series with a look at Texas.
Managing practice reps has been critical for Iowa State with so much inexperience on its roster. Holding on to top receiver commit Allen Lazard will be difficult for ISU. The Cyclones could've had two Sam Richardsons at QB. Richardson talks about the addition of receiver D'Vario Montgomery.