There are three new head coaches in the Big 12 and there will be a few new starting quarterbacks when the season kicks off in September. Only Oklahoma has both.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has added two more transfers to its roster with the addition of SMU running back Ulysses Bentley IV and TCU linebacker Khari Coleman.
The school announced the latest transfers on Tuesday, the first day of spring practice.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kent Waldrep, a TCU running back who became an advocate for disabled people after a spinal injury during a game left him paralyzed, has died. He was 67.
His mother, Denise Waldrep, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that her son had died Sunday in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska has hired former TCU assistant Bryan Applewhite to coach running backs, coach Scott Frost announced Thursday.
Applewhite spent the past two years coaching running backs at TCU, where the Horned Frogs ranked in the top 30 nationally in rushing both seasons.
Those conference championship upsets with the potential to create College Football Playoff chaos scenarios never actually happen.
As AP Top 25 college football poll voter Brett McMurphy of Action Network pointed out, only six teams that went into championship weekend holding a top-four spot in the selection committee's rankings did not end up making the field.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Sonny Dykes got an up-close look at TCU during one season working as an offensive analyst for the head coach he would replace four years later. The Texas native and son of a former Southwest Conference coach knew a lot about the school long before then.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Sonny Dykes landed as TCU's coach Monday night, arriving at the purple-lit stadium in a helicopter that settled down near midfield.
After weeks of speculation, TCU announced his hiring when welcoming Dykes back to the Fort Worth campus to meet with his new team.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California hired Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley to be its next coach Sunday in a stunning and rare move of one traditional college football powerhouse swiping another’s highly accomplished head coach.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Breece Hall rushed for 242 yards and scored four touchdowns Friday night in what maybe his final game at Jack Trice Stadium, propelling Iowa State to 48-14 win over Texas Christian and setting an NCAA FBS record for consecutive games with a rushing touchdown.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — When Richard Pitino took over the downtrodden University of New Mexico men's basketball program last March at the start of the pandemic, he couldn't hit the recruiting trail to improve a team rich in tradition and light on recent success.
If Friday's game against TCU is Breece Hall's last at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames Iowa, well, it's been quite a run.
The Iowa State junior ranks among the top running back prospects for the 2022 NFL draft and really has nothing left to prove at the college level.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kansas is coming back to Texas after ending a 56-game Big 12 road losing streak a week ago in the Lone Star State.
Since that victory was a potentially program-altering thriller in overtime at the Texas Longhorns, the Jayhawks face quite a task avoiding a letdown in a visit to TCU on Saturday.
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy and Baylor coach Dave Aranda have changed the narrative about the Big 12 this season.
Most of the chatter at the beginning was about how Oklahoma and Texas eventually will leave for the Southeastern Conference.
STILLWATER, Okla, (AP) — With Heisman Trophy-winning running back Barry Sanders on hand, Oklahoma State showed it still can run the football at an elite level.
Jaylen Warren produced three of his team's eight rushing touchdowns to help the 10th-ranked Cowboys roll past TCU 63-17 on Saturday night.
WACO, Texas (AP) — Gerry Bohanon had a hard time finding the words to describe just how he felt after 18th-ranked Baylor ran over Oklahoma, ending the fourth-ranked Sooners' nation’s-best 17-game winning streak.
TCU (4-5, 2-4 Big 12) at No. 10 Oklahoma State (8-1, 5-1, No. 10 CFP), Saturday at 8 p.m. EST (FOX).
Line: Oklahoma State by 12 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Oklahoma State is playing some of the best defense in program history.
The 10th-ranked Cowboys are coming off dominant wins of 55-3 over Kansas and 24-3 over West Virginia the past two weeks.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The bizarre nature of the college football season in the Big 12 can be summed up by the fact that TCU and Texas Tech, both having already fired their coaches, could be headed to bowl games in a few short weeks.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Bryce Young passed for 302 yards and No. 3 Alabama’s defense came up with enough big plays for a 20-14 victory over heavy underdog LSU on Saturday night.
The Crimson Tide (8-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference, No.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Gary Patterson wasn't on the sideline at a TCU game for the first time since 1997. The former Horned Frogs coach was watching from somewhere, and feeling proud.
Chandler Morris threw for 461 yards and two touchdowns in his first start for TCU and the Frogs beat No.
After a 14-year run of ranked-vs.-ranked matchups, the Alabama-LSU rivalry has now been relegated to an afterthought for two straight seasons.
The No. 3 Crimson Tide (7-1, No. 2 CFP) are again a huge favorite against the struggling Tigers (4-4).
Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley made a quarterback switch that put a Heisman Trophy hopeful on the bench and a freshman at the helm of a top-10 team.
On the latest AP Top 25 Podcast, Riley joins the AP's Ralph Russo to discuss making the move from Spencer Rattler to Caleb Williams.
No. 14 Baylor (7-1, 4-1 Big 12, No. 12 CFP) at TCU (3-5, 1-4), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EDT (Fox).
Line: Baylor by 6 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The last two coaches to face Kansas State have been let go almost immediately after they lost.
That's probably not what Kansas coach Lance Leipold wants to hear.
In reality, Leipold is in his first year of arguably the biggest rebuild in college football, so his job with the Jayhawks is pretty safe regardless of what happens when they face the Wildcats in the Sunflower Showdown on Saturday.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Dave Aranda remembers being a broke young coach watching bootleg tapes of Gary Patterson to learn how he taught and ran his defenses.
When Aranda and 14th-ranked Baylor play Saturday at TCU, it will be the first time since 1997 that Patterson won't be on the sideline during a Horned Frogs game.
Not even TCU athletic director Jeremiah Donati envisioned such an abrupt ending to Gary Patterson's more than two decades as head coach of the Horned Frogs.
“Frankly, it’s a place that it was almost kind of unimaginable not too long ago,” Donati said Tuesday, two days after the school and Patterson agreed to immediately part ways.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — The only thing that could stop Kansas State's Felix Anudike-Uzomah from piling up sacks last week was the NCAA.
Definitely not the TCU offensive line, which appeared to give up six of them — including two strip-sacks — to the soft-spoken sophomore defensive end in a 35-12 victory Saturday that pushed the Wildcats within a win of bowl eligibility.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU and football coach Gary Patterson mutually agreed to immediately part ways Sunday before the completion of his 21st season.
The announcement came a day after the Horned Frogs (3-5, 1-4 Big 12) lost 31-12 at Kansas State, Patterson's alma mater.
—Kenneth Walker, Michigan State, ran for 197 yards and five TDs, lifting the No. 8 Spartans to a 37-33 comeback win over No. 6 Michigan.
—Felix Anudike-Uzomah, Kansas State, had four sacks and forced two fumbles to help lead the Wildcats to a 31-12 victory over TCU.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — After watching Kansas State's Felix Anudike-Uzomah seemingly match a Division I record with six sacks in a 31-12 victory over TCU on Saturday, coach Chris Klieman made an observation that should send chills through Big 12 quarterbacks.
There was a time not long ago when Kansas State fans desperately wanted Gary Patterson to leave Big 12 rival TCU and return to his alma mater to succeed longtime Wildcats coach Bill Snyder.
These days, many Horned Frogs fans would be fine seeing him go.
Buffalo is back on top of the Mid-American Conference sacks chart after its school-record performance against Akron.
The Bulls have been the MAC's leading sack team the past two years, but had slipped a bit this season under a new coaching staff and were fifth entering their game at Akron on Saturday.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Leddie Brown ran for three touchdowns, and West Virginia overcame Derius Davis' 100-yard return for a score on the opening kickoff in a 29-17 victory over TCU on Saturday night.
LAWRENCE, Kan (AP) — Caleb Williams is the starting quarterback at No. 3 Oklahoma. The freshman hopes to go out and be himself.
Coach Lincoln Riley put Williams in two weeks ago against Texas and he led a comeback for a 55-48 victory.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU's often-stingy defense is in an unfamiliar place among the triple-digit crowd in the NCAA rankings, with two losses when scoring in the 30s after years of coach Gary Patterson preaching the Horned Frogs only needed one more point than the other team.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Caleb Williams had a big starting debut for No. 4 Oklahoma, throwing for 295 yards and four touchdowns and running for another score in the Sooners’ 52-31 victory over TCU on Saturday night.
TCU (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) at Oklahoma (6-0, 3-0), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EDT (ABC).
Line: Oklahoma by 13 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Lincoln Riley fielded a steady stream of questions about Oklahoma’s quarterback situation before pointing out the detail he considers most important.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Spencer Rattler was the man heading into the season. Now he might not even be the starter.
The Oklahoma quarterback had everything going for himself two months ago. He was a preseason Associated Press first-team All-American who was at the forefront of Heisman Trophy conversations.
Gary Patterson compare efforts by defenses to keep pace with changing offenses to the on-and-off fashion cycle of the paisley tie.
In the nearly four decades that Patterson has been in college football, including two decades as TCU’s head coach, he’s seen great defenses come and go, especially in a score-happy league like the Big 12.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Kendre Miller rushed for 185 yards and three touchdowns, Zach Evans had 143 yards and two scores without a carry after halftime and TCU ran past Texas Tech 52-31 on Saturday night.
Some things to watch in Week 6 of the Big 12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 21 Texas. While the Red River rivalry won't be a Big 12 game too much longer, the six-time defending Big 12 champion Sooners (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) and resurgent Longhorns (4-1, 2-0) meet this second Saturday of October at the State Fair of Texas tied with idle No.
No. 6 Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) vs. 21 Texas (4-1, 2-0), at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Saturday at noon EDT (ABC).
Line: Oklahoma by 3 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech and TCU were both coming off unsettling losses when they played last weekend. They responded with different results, and now face each other.
The Red Raiders (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) bounced back by winning at West Virginia.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clay Helton always insisted Southern California would be able to find balance between the run and pass in its version of the Air Raid offense.
Three games after Helton’s dismissal, the Trojans finally found it with 218 yards rushing on 35 attempts in their 37-14 win at Colorado.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Bijan Robinson spent far too much of last season watching others play football. No more.
The Texas Longhorns running back is getting the ball a lot in 2021, early in games and late.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Texas and TCU fans shared tailgates just as they have in the past. Divided households from as far away as Indiana showed up.
While the first Big 12 road game for the Longhorns since they accepted an invitation to join the Southeastern Conference wasn't much different from the previous 39 meetings in Fort Worth, the SEC backdrop wasn't ignored.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Bijan Robinson ran six consecutive times to open the final game-cinching drive for Texas, including a first down on a hard third-down run after TCU had called its last timeout.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Texas got run over by a future Southeastern Conference foe in its only other road game this season, and in recent years the Longhorns have been a winning remedy for TCU when the Horned Frogs are coming off a loss.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU coach Gary Patterson said assistant Jerry Kill sustained a concussion when he got knocked down during a postgame scuffle after a home loss to SMU over the weekend and accused his opponent of plotting a provacative flag planting at midfield.