When the Big 12 schedule was not released publicly on Friday as it was rumored to be, it had to have been at least a little frustrating to fans in Big 12 country.
Except Texas Tech, which released its schedule via mobile apps. Red Raider fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief. For the rest, it’s still hurry up and wait.
According to Travis Haney of The Oklahoman, the Big 12 is still looking at eight different schedule models, with final details being put together. It’s believed the final delay of sorts was caused, unsurprisingly, by the Big East-West Virginia litigation battle. That fight appears to be all but over and WVU looks like they’ll be a member of the Big 12 starting this year, although no official documents have been signed as of yet.
Haney goes on to write that perhaps the Big 12 schedule could be released this week, although with eight different models still being tossed around, it may be longer than that. Some schools, such as Oklahoma, are reportedly still looking to fill scheduling spots with the “best worst options.”
Additionally, the possibility of the Red River Rivalry with OU and Texas changing dates to another weekend in October remains. It should be noted, though, that the usual date of Oct. 6 is still in play.
More than anything, I think most fans in Big 12 country are anxious and want to see — officially — what lies ahead for their team.
Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.
Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.
“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”
Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.
You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season? Watch lists are being whittled.
The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior. The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.
The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).
The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten. The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).
Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.
Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah