DALLAS — We're still 40 days and 40 nights from the Sept. 1 season openers, and neither Sooners nor Cowboys report until next week.
But football season has arrived. Big 12 Media Days start Monday at the Westin Galleria. In honor of the true number of Big 12 teams, here are 10 questions we'll try to answer from the two-day football festival:
1. Is David Ash the Texas quarterback? The ‘Horns had shaky quarterbacking in 2010. But at least the ‘Horns that season knew Garrett Gilbert was their man. Last season, the job bounced between Ash and Case McCoy.
2. Does Tommy Tuberville feel pressure at Texas Tech? The Red Raiders are 13-12 the last two years, 5-12 in the league. Tech doesn't have ridiculous standards, but the Raiders have fallen far fast since the Mike Leach days.
3. How do Wes Lunt's OSU teammates feel about their true freshman quarterback? Mike Gundy emphasized naming a leader after spring practice. Then he appointed an 18-year-old as that leader. How has that gone?
4. Will Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads keep his beard? He grows a mean beard every offseason that would make James Harden proud but always shaves it off for football season. Maybe Harden has inspired him.
5. What is Charlie Weis like? Kansas football is interesting only because of the coach it hired. Weis certainly makes for interesting reading. Maybe he makes for interesting talking.
6. What is Geno Smith like? Think about it. The West Virginia quarterback has quite the reputation — picked ahead of Landry Jones and Collin Klein on the preseason all-Big 12 team — and already quite the career, but we know very little about the Big 12's newest star.
7. How is married life going for Landry Jones? Bob Stoops never has had a married quarterback. I can't remember the last married OU quarterback. OU stat king Mike Brooks said the last married Sooner QB he can find is Monte Deere in 1962. But Landry married Whitney Hand a few weeks ago in the closest thing we'll have to a royal wedding.
8. Which private school will be more excited about its new stadium, TCU or Baylor? The Frogs' glittering Amon G. Carter Stadium remake opens Sept. 8. Baylor just voted to build a $250 million stadium to open in 2014.
9. Is Bill Snyder showing any signs of aging? At some point, Kansas State's miracle man will have to stop performing amazing football feats, like the Wildcats winning 10 games in 2011, five of them by four points or less.
10. Will Bob Bowlsby bite on the expansion question? Everything from the coming playoff format to the new television contracts points to the Big 12 staying at 10 schools. Does the new commissioner agree?
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