Tag:Big 12
Posted on: December 29, 2011 1:17 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2011 1:17 pm
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Landry Jones to wait on draft decision

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Oklahoma is set to face Iowa in the Insight Bowl on Friday, and there are plenty of Oklahoma fans wondering if it will be the last game Landry Jones plays in an Oklahoma uniform.

Jones has been wondering that himself, but he hasn't made a decision yet, nor does he plan on making one in the coming days. No, Jones plans on waiting as long as possible before deciding on whether to enter the NFL Draft or return to Norman for another season, and he won't be making his decision known until January 15th, which is the last possible day he can declare himself eligible for the draft.

“I've gone back and forth so many times,” Jones told The Oklahoman. “Right now, it's kind of like a null point where I'm not even thinking about it at all. I just really need to sit down after the year's done and clear my head, without any thoughts of Iowa or my next game coming up."

Jones has already set a number of passing records at Oklahoma, becoming the school's all-time leader in passing yards with 12,218 yards while throwing for 92 touchdowns.

The question for Jones may be where he feels he'll go in the draft, and now that Matt Barkley has announced he is returning to USC for another season, Jones' draft stock has improved. CBSSports.com's Rob Rang has Jones currently listed as the third best quarterback in the draft behind Stanford's Andrew Luck and Baylor's Robert Griffin if he decides to leave.
Posted on: December 29, 2011 12:25 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2011 12:25 pm
 

Chad Glasgow leaves Texas Tech

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It must be the offseason in Lubbock because Texas Tech is looking for a new defensive coordinator. The school announced on Thursday that defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow has left the school.

This is nothing new for the Red Raiders, as the news comes nearly a year to the day that it was announced former defensive coordinator James Willis was leaving the program. All of which means that Tech will be looking for its fourth defensive coordinator in four years, and the third defensive coordinator since Tommy Tuberville took over the program.

As for who the new coordinator will be, we can't be sure. Tuberville has said he'd like to go to a 4-3 scheme next season, which means the Red Raiders will also be employing their third different defensive scheme in three seasons as well. The team ran a 3-4 under Willis before switching to the 4-2-5 under Glasgow in 2011.

Glasgow's scheme didn't work out very well in Lubbock, as the Red Raiders finished 115th nationally in total defense, while finishing 113th in pass defense and 120th -- out of 120 schools in the FBS -- in run defense. The Red Raiders also gave up 39.3 points per game, and you aren't going to win very often when you're allowing nearly 40 points per game.

Of course, you do have to wonder if the results were a result of the scheme and the coaching or the fact that Texas Tech's defense has had to learn an entire new defense every season. I guess we'll find out in 2012.
Posted on: December 29, 2011 11:59 am
Edited on: December 29, 2011 12:15 pm
 

TCU could replace A&M on Thanksgiving

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The Big 12 is yet to release its schedule for the 2012 season in part thanks to the uncertainty of whether or not West Virginia will be a member of the conference or forced to stay in the Big East. Though that doesn't mean that some games aren't becoming a bit clearer, and one thing many Big 12 fans have been wondering, Texas in particular, is who will replace Texas A&M as Texas' Thanksgiving opponent.

Well, according to Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds, it looks like it will be conference newcomer TCU.

"That is the one that I've heard," Dodds told the Dallas Morning News' Chuck Carlton. "It looks like we're going to have a Thanksgiving day or night game in Austin." 

Though Dodds did also caution that the schedule is still tentative, so nothing is set in stone just yet. Which is a sentiment TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte echoed to CBSSports.com's Bryan Fischer.

"It's just in a review stage, we have to make sure West Virginia is in the hopper first," said Del Conte. "Texas put on a proposal that I thought was interesting - to rotate their games there. But that would mean they'd always end on the road.

"I think, for our conference, what is the best game to showcase the Big 12 That's what everyone wants. In my selfish case, what's the best game to showcase TCU? If it's a rotation of games there, does that really help the conference or is it better to go home-and-home? That game has been a historical one between Texas and A&M and from a television standpoint, we have to put in the right components to make it a great game. I do feel that TCU ought to be the right ones to fill that one in."

As for when we'll know for sure and when the Big 12 schedule will be released, nobody is all that sure right now. Though Big 12 spokesman Bob Burda also told Carlton that "it's getting closer and closer." Of course, nobody knows how close "closer" is, and with West Virginia still fighting with the Big East, it could still be a while.
Posted on: December 29, 2011 3:06 am
 

Insight Bowl Key Matchup

Posted by Adam Jacobi



A look at the key matchup that could decide the Insight Bowl

Jamell Fleming, CB, Oklahoma vs. Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa

Marvin McNutt
is pretty indisputably the best pure wide receiver to ever wear the Iowa uniform. He holds the Iowa season and career records in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, he's five catches away from the team season record, and he's eight receptions away from the Iowa career record -- all in just three seasons of work as a regular contributor at WR. Not bad for a converted three-star QB out of St. Louis. The 6'4", 215 lb. wideout excels in making catches on the run -- often difficult or even one-handed grabs -- and he and QB James Vandenberg have been lethal on fade routes this season (see above). Iowa is 7-2 when McNutt gets the ball six or more times, and 0-3 when he doesn't meet that mark, so shutting McNutt down is a high priority for OU.

Where McNutt is not particularly effective, however, is route precision. McNutt's stride is long enough that while it's not necessarily a negative on long-developing plays or other routes where he gets a free release, it does affect his agility and ability to shake a cornerback who just needs to play press coverage for three or four seconds, like on hooks, short outs, and other single-move timing routes. And lo and behold, that's two-time first team All-Big 12 cornerback Jamell Fleming's specialty.

Fleming gives up plenty to McNutt in terms of physicality at 5'11" and 191, as most corners do, but his agility and ball skills are advanced enough that he's going to be able to play within five yards of the line of scrimmage with confidence -- especially if OU's pass rush is as effective as expected. Fleming excels in shuttle agility and should be able to make a play on most quick throws that go McNutt's way. Now, if McNutt makes a catch, he's strong enough that Fleming isn't guaranteed to make the tackle, which could spring a big gain or two on slants or any route that ends with Fleming tailing McNutt, but OU's going to be primarily concerned with disrupting Iowa's timing to the extent that those plays are minimized from the start. 

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Posted on: December 29, 2011 2:22 am
 

Keys to the Game: Insight Bowl, Iowa vs. Oklahoma

Posted by Adam Jacobi

IOWA WILL WIN IF: Oklahoma feels like loaning the Hawkeyes a few starters, especially one at RB. Iowa faced long, long odds in this game even with its backfield at full strength. Now, starting RB Marcus Coker -- second only to Montee Ball among Big Ten RBs in rushing yards and touchdowns -- has been suspended and will not join the team at the Insight Bowl, and top backup Mika'il McCall was also suspended before the Nebraska game and will also not join the team. Iowa had a chance to pull an upset here with a running game to fall back on; now, QB James Vandenberg's going to have to basically carry the offense, and that's not a recipe for success.

OKLAHOMA WILL WIN IF: The pass rush on the edge continues its dominance. Oklahoma is seventh nationally in sacks per game at just over three per, and defensive ends Frank Alexander and Ronnell Lewis are a big part of that; the two players lead the Sooners in sacks and have combined for 14 on the year, but the beauty of Oklahoma's pass rush is its ability to get production out of its blitzers. 15 out of the 37 sacks racked up by the Sooners this year have come from the back seven, often from the edge, and that's precisely where Iowa has faced its most difficulty picking up blitzes when they've come from outside rather than up the middle. So being that Iowa's not going to keep OU on its heels with an effective running game, the Sooners should be prepared to pin their heels back on the outside and tee off with the pass rush.

THE X-FACTOR: Motivation. Oklahoma spent most of the season as a legitimate national championship contender, so to slide this far and end up in a December bowl against a 7-5 opponent like Iowa is probably going to have a deleterious effect on Oklahoma's ability to get motivated for this game. Additionally, Iowa just slodged through its most mediocre season since 2007 and already played in the Insight Bowl last year. So between those two factors, it's easy to envision that players on both sides might have a tougher time than usual getting up for this game. As such, whichever team blocks out the distractions and puts together good, honest hard work in preparation for this game is probably going to have an early edge. Bowl teams from BCS conferences are generally good enough to beat any opponent that isn't adequately prepared or motivated for the game, but there's really no telling who holds the edge here.

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Posted on: December 28, 2011 11:52 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Texas 21, California 10



Posted by Bryan Fischer


TEXAS WON. It wasn't pretty, and they still didn't see much out of the offense, but it was a win for the Longhorns. If you're a Texas fan, you had to be impressed with what coordinator Manny Diaz has done all season long with the defense and the Holiday Bowl served as a great way to finish out the year. After neither team went to a bowl game last year, it was interesting to see how they respond to the layoff and it appeared to be not well. Cal turned the ball over five times and quarterback Zach Maynard was sacked six times - largely the difference in a game that was pretty close for three quarters.

WHY TEXAS WON. Don't look at the offense, which struggled most of the night. Quarterback David Ash was given the start and despite having issues moving the ball through the air early, got the ball in the hands of his playmakers. The reason the Longhorns will be able to enjoy their trip back to Austin however, is because of Diaz' defense. The front seven was particularly active and put plenty of pressure on Maynard. They also bottled up running back Isi Sofele, who showed some flashes but was limited after scoring a touchdown in the 3rd quarter. Underclassmen Jackson Jeffcoat and Jordan Hicks were particularly active with two sacks each.

WHEN TEXAS WON. Cal had threatened several times throughout the game but always seemed to shoot themselves in the foot. In great field position following a punt return, the offense just started to go backward and then Adrian Phillips sacked Maynard, who committed the fourth turnover of the night by fumbling. Reggie Wilson recovered and on the next play, Marquise Goodwin ran it 36 yards to set the Longhorns up inside the 10. On the first play of the 4th quarter, Cody Johnson punched it in from the four-yard line to push the lead to 21-10.

WHAT TEXAS WON. It was a disappointing season by the Longhorns' high standards but plenty of programs would be happy with a bowl win and eight wins. With such a young team, Mack Brown hopes this win can be a building block for next season. Sticking with Ash despite his early struggles seemed to indicate that he would be the guy going into 2012. The halftime adjustments were really good and both sides of the ball came alive in the second half. It's not the bowl win Texas wanted but a win is a win.

WHAT CALIFORNIA LOST. The ball for one. The Bears fumbled four times against Texas after only coming into the game with eight. The offense had issues up front all night and Sofele finished with just 58 yards rushing. The lone bright spot might be the kickers and that's not something to be proud of. The defense had its moments but couldn't stop a couple of big plays after bailing out the offense several times. This game was billed as a revenge match because of what happened a few years ago with the BCS but Cal didn't exactly fight like they wanted to win the game.

FINAL GRADE: This game was the definition of ugly for the entire first half. It wasn't as though the defenses were great - they were solid - but the offenses never could get anything going. Were it not for a few big plays out of Goodwin, there wouldn't be much to write home about on this one. The storyline coming into the game was about Cal's BCS snub in favor of Texas a few years ago but after watching this one, it would have been ok if the Holiday Bowl selection committee had snubbed both of these teams based on the way they played. At least Bevo enjoyed the San Diego weather and went home happy. GRADE: C

Posted on: December 28, 2011 11:06 pm
 

Pinstripe Bowl Key Matchup



Posted by Chip Patterson


A look at the key matchup that could decide the Pinstripe Bowl

Jawan Jamison, RB, Rutgers vs. Jake Knott and A.J. Klein, LB, Iowa State

Rutgers had one of the worst rushing offenses in the nation this season, finishing with an average of 91.5 yards per game. That mark put them at No. 115 among FBS schools, and has become is an immediate concern with head coach Greg Schiano indecisive about his starting quarterback for the bowl game. However, the dreadful statistics from the season do mask one glimmer of hope for the Scarlet Knights' rushing attack: sophomore Jawan Jamison.

Jamison ran for 90+ yards four different times this season, including a 200 yard, two touchdown performance in a 20-3 win against Cincinnati. It wasn't always consistent, but when Jamison got going good things happened for the Scarlet Knights. Schiano would prefer the run to set up the pass with his shaky quarterback situation, and the best chance he has is with Jamison.

The responsibility to keep Jamison in check will fall on Iowa State linebackers Jake Knott and A.J. Klein. The pair combined for 208 tackles this season, tied for the most of any other defensive duo in the Big 12. They will need to stuff the run early to force either Gary Nova or Chas Dodd into third and long situations. Then you can hope the turnover prone Scarlet Knights will slip up, giving Iowa State a chance to capitalize on the opportunity. But if Jamison can establish the run, he will give better coverage opportunities to All-Big East wide receiver Mohamed Sanu.

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Posted on: December 28, 2011 10:59 pm
 

Keys to the Game: Pinstripe Bowl

Posted by Chip Patterson

RUTGERS WILL WIN IF: They can limit turnovers and establish the run early. The Scarlet Knights have been their own worst enemy at times this season, turning the ball over more times (28) than any team in the Big East. The impact on the game's result has been clear, with Rutgers averaging 3.25 turnovers per game in their four losses while the average in their eight wins was 1.875. Head coach Greg Schiano has stressed a desire to let the run setup the pass in this matchup, and that will require a strong showing from sophomore running back Jawan Jamison. Jamison has been up and down during the regular season, and the Pinstripe Bowl will be his first healthy opportunity to follow up on his 200 yard, two touchdown effort in a win over Cincinnati on Nov. 19. Jamison suffered an ankle injury early in the regular season finale against Connecticut, and the offense sputtered down the stretch in a 40-22 loss.

IOWA STATE WILL WIN IF: They can get a big performance from Jared Barnett. The freshman quarterback took over the starting job midway through the season, finishing with a 3-2 record as a starter. Barnett was a huge part of Iowa State's upset of Oklahoma State, throwing for 376 yards and adding 84 rushing yards in the overtime win. The rookie sensation was not given an easy task for an encore, having to finish the season on the road against Oklahoma and Kansas State. But with extra time to prepare, expect the Cyclones to utilize Barnett along with running backs James White (701 yards, eight touchdowns) and Jeff Woody (360 yards, five touchdowns) in a spread zone read attack. If Iowa State can spread that disciplined Rutgers defense and create some gaps, Barnett, White, and Woody should have opportunities to create big plays for the Cyclones.

X-FACTOR: Iowa State's offensive preparation. Head coach Paul Rhodes holds no ill-will towards offensive coordinator Tom Herman, who has accepted the same position on Urban Meyer's staff at Ohio State. But before making the final move to Columbus, Herman has pledged his dedication to preparation and execution of a game plan for the Pinstripe Bowl. Herman's creativity and talent as a play-caller has been obvious in Iowa State's surprising success during the 2011 season, and freshman quarterback Jared Barnett will need as much guidance as he can get heading into his first career bowl start. It's only natural to wonder if Tom Herman's focus over the holiday season has been split between the two positions, and question if that will have an effect in Iowa State's preparation for Rutgers.

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