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The story of the league in 2010: Great defense, a little quarterbacking and a lot of coaching
by Berry Tramel Modified: July 31, 2010 at 5:45 pm •  Published: July 31, 2010
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/articleid/3481413/1/pictures/1064831">Photo - Bob Stoops, left, and Mack Brown are two of the biggest stars in the Big 12 for 2010. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE
Bob Stoops, left, and Mack Brown are two of the biggest stars in the Big 12 for 2010. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE

Five Big 12 coaches haven't even picked a quarterback yet, and it's August. Of the seven that do know who holds the reins, two (OSU's Brandon Weeden, Texas' Garrett Gilbert) never have started a game, and another (Baylor's Robert Griffin) is playing on a reconstructed knee.

Sounds like a year when the stars might be aligned on defense.

Oklahoma's Jeremy Beal and Travis Lewis. Texas' Sam Acho and Aaron Williams. Nebraska's Jared Crick and Prince Amukamara.

That wouldn't be such a bad thing. Offense wins Heismans; defense wins championships.

The SEC is known for its defenses, and maybe it's no coincidence the SEC has won four national titles running, two at the expense of Big 12 juggernauts.

OU, Texas and Nebraska seem capable of deploying Doberman defenses. The Huskers and Sooners had such last year. But Nebraska's offense was so bad that NU lost four times and OU had so many injuries that it lost five.

So you can't win with defenses alone. But with a little quarterbacking and a lot of coaching, a great defense can take you far.

That seems to be the story of Big 12 football 2010. Great defense, a little quarterbacking and a lot of coaching.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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