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And that’s that …

University at Buffalo President John Simpson and UB Athletic Director Warde Manuel named Turner Gill the 23rd head football coach at University at Buffalo on Dec. 16, 2005. Gill signed a contract extention to continue being the head coach at Buffalo on Dec. 16, 2008. (File photo by Paul Hokanson)

University at Buffalo President John Simpson and UB Athletic Director Warde Manuel named Turner Gill the 23rd head football coach at University at Buffalo on Dec. 16, 2005. Gill signed a contract extension to continue being the head coach at Buffalo on Dec. 16, 2008. (File photo by Paul Hokanson)

Three years, to the day, that Turner Gill was announced as head coach at University at Buffalo, he signed a contract extension to continue coaching the Bulls.

Today the school and Gill announced that Gill would stay on as head coach for the Bulls with a contract extension that will go through the 2013 season.

Gill will receive a pay raise — as will his assistants — which will make him one of the highest paid coaches in the Mid-American Conference.

“On the day I came here to be the head coach I told my team that one day we would be successful here at the University at Buffalo,” Gill said in a statement.

“Now, more than ever, I have never been more proud to be the head coach of this program at this great academic institution. This program has proven it can win now and it is built to continue to win in the future. I am grateful to president John Simpson and athletic director Warde Manuel for their continued support and faith in me as a football coach and leader of young men.”

Gill has been mentioned for job openings at Syracuse, Auburn and Iowa State. He has a record of 15-22 in three years coaching the Bulls — a team that had won a total of 10 games in the seven years prior to Gill taking over. Continue reading

Oklahoma dominates Nebraska

Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray (7) and Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles (85) celebrate following a touchdown by Murray against Nebraska, in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008. (AP)

Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray (7) and Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles (85) celebrate following a touchdown by Murray against Nebraska, in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008. (AP)

Oklahoma’s offense is lightning quick, and amazingly efficient. This was shown in great detail last saturday as the Sooners manhandled the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Norman, OK., to the tune of 62-28.

The game started off with a great kickoff return by DeMarco Murry that set up a very short field for OU. They were then able to capitalize with a two yard touchdown less than three minutes into the game.

When the Huskers got the ball, their first play from scrimmage resulted in a touchdown … for Oklahoma. Oklahoma cornerback Dominique Franks jumped the wide receiver screen and took the ball 17 yards for a quick 14-0 lead.

On the Huskers’ next possession, Nebraska tight end Dreu Young caught a pass for a first down, but subsequently was hit and fumbled the ball at the Oklahoma 48-yard-line.

50 seconds later, Sam Bradford — went 19 for 27 for 311 yards, five touchdowns and an interception — hit Quentin Chaney for a 48-yard touchdown to put the Sooners up 21-0 with 10:31 left in the first quarter.

The game didn’t end there Continue reading

Breaking down the Huskers v. Sooners

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, left, looks for a receiver as Kansas linebacker James Holt (12) moves in during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008. Bradford passed for an Oklahoma record 468 yards and had three touchdowns passes to help the No. 4 Sooners bounce back from their first loss by beating No. 16 Kansas 45-31. (AP)

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, left, looks for a receiver as Kansas linebacker James Holt (12) moves in during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008. Bradford passed for an Oklahoma record 468 yards and had three touchdowns passes to help the No. 4 Sooners bounce back from their first loss by beating No. 16 Kansas 45-31. (AP)

This Saturday marks the revival of a storied rivalry that has produced two games known as “Game of the Century” and has been the key to multiple national championships. Yes, Saturday finally marks the return of the Nebraska-Oklahoma rivalry. Oklahoma currently holds a 43-37-3 advantage over Nebraska in the team’s storied rivalry.

This year has another sub-plot with two Youngstown, OH., natives coaching the two teams — heck they both went to the same high school.

Bob Stoops has had amazing success at Oklahoma since taking over in 1999 and has led them to national prominence since.

On the other sideline will be Bo Pelini, Nebraska’s first year head coach who served as Stoops’ defensive coordinator in 2004 after Frank Solich was fired at Nebraska.

These two have a history, and are great friends. However, don’t expect Saturday’s game to be friendly — Nebraska-Oklahoma games rarely are. Sure the fans will be respectful before and after the game — both fans are some of the classiest in the nation — but it’s always hotly contested during the game itself.

Oklahoma yet again is one of the nation’s best — coming into the game ranked fourth nationally — and will face a steadily improving Nebraska team. But alas it’s time to break down this game position by position. Continue reading

Texas is class of the Big 12

Texas quarterback Colt McCoyl, left, evades Oklahoma State safety Andre Sexton during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, in Austin, Texas. Texas won 28-24.(AP)

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, left, evades Oklahoma State safety Andre Sexton during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, in Austin, Texas. Texas won 28-24.(AP)

At this point in time it’s pretty easy to choose the No. 1 spot on my Big 12 rankings. There’s just no way that Texas doesn’t get the nod, they’ve earned it.

This past weekend Colt McCoy led the No. 1 Longhorns to an outstanding 28-24 win over No. 6 Oklahoma State. I came away from watching this game thinking two things:

  1. Colt McCoy is a completely different player from last year, and he doesn’t let mistakes faze him. Texas is scary, especially since they’ll get McCoy and leading receiver Jordan Shipley back next season.
  2. Oklahoma State is the real deal. They came to play and nearly beat the Longhorns. It was a very impressive game from Mike Gundy’s kids.

McCoy went 38-45 for 391 yards, two touchdowns and one interception Continue reading

The Weekend’s Action

OK, Tuesdays this year will be when I’ll sit down and react to games from around the nation – and especially the Big XII – this season. It will give me enough time to digest how important each game is, and not be too emotional in my interpretations or musings over them. Unfortunately yesterday I was held from posting with other important duties to take care of so this week is on Wednesday. Each week I’ll start with the Big XII games – minus the Huskers who I talk about at length anyway – and work my way further and further away … so off we go!

*All rankings reflect what a team was ranked heading into the game*

Big XII

(23) Wake Forrest 41-13 Baylor

So much for an “improved” Baylor team. This team has some great young talent, yet I think it is still a few years off from contending for fourth place Continue reading