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Texas Tech intends to redshirt QBs Alan Bowman and Maverick McIvor

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A season that was derailed early on by injury concerns will now end with Alan Bowman redshirting the 2019 season. Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells confirmed on Monday Bowman will redshirt the remainder of the 2019 season to preserve a year of eligibility. The decision is not much of a surprise given the current status of the Red Raiders offense and Bowman’s injury history. Maverick McIvor, who has not appeared in a game this season due to an offseason foot injury, will also redshirt the remainder of the season.

In mid-September, Bowman was said to miss “several weeks” due to a shoulder injury. Although Bowman has now been medically cleared to play for the Red Raiders, the situation in Lubbock appears to be a good opportunity to protect the shoulder a little more unless absolutely needed. The decision to redshirt was Bowman’s, according to multiple reports, and Wells agreed that was in the best interest of all involved.

Bowman appeared in three games this season for the Red Raiders, leaving him one more game to play without jeopardizing a year of eligibility. Texas Tech could still play Bowman in one more game and not have this season count against his redshirt year under the NCAA’s revised redshirt rules from a year ago.

In his three games played, Bowman has completed 101 of 154 attempts for 1,020 yards and six touchdowns with three interceptions. Jett Duffey has led the offense in Bowman’s absence, and he has performed admirably with 1,774 yards and 10 touchdowns to just two interceptions over seven games.

McIvor is a freshman, so he will still have four years of eligibility beginning with the 2020 season.

Butkus Award whittles hunt for nation’s top linebacker down to 12

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Only 12 linebackers are now in the chase to be named the nation’s top linebacker. The Butkus Award on Monday released its list of 12 semifinalists.

It is the first update since the award released its watch list on July 22.

The semifinalists are:

Joe Bachie, Michigan State
Zack Bruan, Wisconsin
Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech
Tae Crowder, Georgia
Jordan Glasgow, Michigan
Jake Hansen, Illinois
Anfernee Jennings, Alabama
Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
Micah Parsons, Penn State
Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
Evan Weaver, California
Logan Wilson, Wyoming

The selection committee — a panel of 51 coaches, recruiters, scouts and media members — noted Missouri’s Cale Garrett, Alabama’s Dylan Moses and Purdue’s Markus Bailey likely would have been semifinalists if not for injury.

The Butkus Award will announce its finalists on Nov. 25 and its 35th winner “on or before” Dec. 10.

LSU’s Devin White — now a Tampa Bay Buccaneer — won the award in 2018. In fact, SEC ‘backers have won the past three Butkus Awards.

Big 12 fines K-State, TCU, reprimands Kansas over Week 9 field-storming incidents

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A weekend of upsets in the Big 12 that hurt the conference’s playoff chances also put a dent in a couple of members’ bank accounts, although we’re quite certain each was glad to cough up the cash for the greater good.

Over the course of the afternoon and on into last Saturday night, unranked Kansas State stunned No. 5 Oklahoma in Manhattan; unranked TCU dropped No. 15 Texas in Fort Worth; and Kansas scored its first win over Texas Tech since 2001 and its first-ever win over the Red Raiders in Lawrence.

All three of the wins resulted in fans storming the respective fields. All three of the field-storming incidents also caught the attention of the Big 12 office, which announced on Wednesday that each of the home universities involved has been issued a public reprimand.

Additionally, as this wasn’t their first such incident, both K-State and TCU were slapped with fines of $25,000 each.

“Our institutions have a duty to provide a safe game environment,” said Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. “Although the Big 12 does not currently have a policy prohibiting spectators from entering playing areas for post-game celebrations, it is of utmost importance that home game management provides adequate security measures for our student-athletes, coaches, game officials and spectators. That expectation includes providing safe passage from the playing field to the locker room, and protection of the visiting team bench area.”

Kansas stuns Texas Tech in most Les Miles win ever

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Douglas Coleman III: Ya see, what had happened was…

And just who is this Douglas Coleman III? Nothing more than the out-of-the-blue protagonist in one of the wildest directing jobs of head coach-turned-actor-turned head coach Les Miles‘ career.

SCENE: Tied at 34-all with Texas Tech, at home in Lawrence and with just 13 seconds left to play, Kansas lined up for what would be a game-winning 40-yard field-goal attempt that was BLOCKED by TT’s Nick McCann.

For the visitors, this was a positive development.  Just leave the football, which had advanced beyond the line of scrimmage after the block, alone.  Don’t touch it.  Move on to overtime.

SCENE: Instead of not touching it and moving on to overtime, our protagonist, Coleman III, decided to go off-script and pick up the football and advance it.

For the visitors, this was not a positive development.

SCENE: Going even further off-script, Coleman III attempted a backward lateral to a teammate who was not only not a part of the cast but wasn’t actually on the set.

For the visitors, this was not a positive development.

SCENE: Coleman III’s ill-advised ad-libbing was recovered by one of the protagonist’s antagonists, Kevin Feder, with just two seconds left in the Big 12 feature.  Now in possession at the Tech 14-yard line, Kansas’ Liam Jones was true from 32 yards out as time expired for a 37-34 win.

FLASHBACK:

NARRATOR: For the home team in general and the Mad Hatter specifically, it was one of the most gloriously absurd plot twists in Miles’ directorial career.

And… scene.

Big 12’s 2020 schedule sees Bedlam move to October for first time since 2004

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The Big 12 is in the midst of its 2019 season, but on Tuesday the league took a break to release its 2020 schedule.

The conference season will begin early, Sept. 12, with Kansas at Baylor. It will conclude at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, with the Big 12 Championship.

It would be the ultimate fool’s errand to wade through which games will determine the conference’s 2020 champion and which ones won’t a full year in advance, but we can go ahead and safely assume Oklahoma’s October will go a long way toward determining that. The Sooners’ October slate runs straight through what appear to be their top four challengers for the throne:

Oct. 3: vs. Baylor
Oct. 10: vs. Texas (at Dallas)
Oct. 17: at Iowa State
Oct. 24: vs. Oklahoma State

That last bit is interesting, as the conference has moved Bedlam to October for the first time since 2004. In fact, the Oct. 24 kick is the earliest since the two rivals met on Oct. 24, 1998; to find the last time Bedlam was played on a date earlier than Oct. 24, you’d have to go all the way back to Oct. 6, 1990.

It is worth noting, though, Bedlam has not been played in its traditional Thanksgiving weekend and/or final regular season weekend slot since the Big 12 revived its championship game two years ago. The 2017 game, a 62-52 OU win, was played Nov. 4, and last year’s 48-47 thriller occurred on Nov. 10.

The Big 12’s thinking appears to be the desire to avoid an immediate rematch between two likely contenders for the Big 12 Championship and, if that’s the case, the Thanksgiving weekend schedule is all the more puzzling as Oklahoma State will host Texas on Nov. 28. The Nov. 28 kickoff (or Nov. 27, if the game gets moved to Black Friday) will be the earliest in 35 all-time games between the ‘Horns and Pokes.

The full schedule can be found below: