KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - In an age of instant gratification, it's
easy to spot what fate has in store for the Big 12 this year.
Baylor and Iowa State will stink. Oklahoma State will
disappoint. Texas will bewail Mack Brown's big raise. Kansas State
will fail, but nobly.
Nebraska and Texas A&M will be pretty darn good. Missouri will
tease its fans but eventually come up short and Oklahoma and Kansas
will meet in the conference championship game on December 1st with
the NCAA single-season scoring record on the line.
That's the way it all stacks up for now, at least. The first
full weekend of college football Big 12-style included expected
routs, unexpected blowouts and a couple of dreary repeats of past
Number 4 Texas kept hope alive for a national championship with
a shaky 21-13 victory over 39-point underdog Arkansas State.
How lucky were the Longhorns?
The Indians recovered the onside kick. But they had to re-kick
because of a penalty.
In Austin this week, a lot of people will be looking themselves
in the mirror.
Coach Brown is certain to have his team's attention in practice,
especially since fans of this week's visitor to Royal-Memorial
Stadium were chanting, "We want Texas!"
That's what they were saying at TCU as the final seconds ticked
away in a 27-0 victory over Baylor.
Things look encouraging on several other Big 12 fronts. Texas
A&M's Stephen McGee rushed for 112 yards and passed for 121 in a
38-7 rout of Montana State.
At Oklahoma, freshman DeMarco Murray became the first Sooner to
score five touchdowns in his debut. And redshirt freshman Sam
Bradford threw for 363 yards and three touchdowns in his first
start as the Sooners beat North Texas 79-10.