Q&A with Mike Hamilton
No, Thomas didn't play two of the nation's top courses in one day. Thomas was house hunting with PGA pro Scott Verplank.
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Sizing up the schedule
Sept. 2, Missouri State, 6 p.m.: The Bears had 10 Oklahomans on their roster last season. Sept. 9, Arkansas State (Little Rock, Ark.), 6:05 p.m.: The Indians return nine defensive starters. Sept. 16, Florida Atlantic, 6 p.m.: Among three QB candidates, Sean Clayton, who transferred from Michigan State in 2003, is the favorite to win the job. Sept. 23, at Houston, 8 p.m.: The Cougars went to the Forth Worth Bowl but lost to SMU, Central Florida and Kansas. Oct. 7, at Kansas State, TBA: Three quarterbacks have started games, but true freshman Josh Freeman has the most talent. Oct. 14, at Kansas, TBA: OSU is 4-0 against the Jayhawks in the Big 12 era, but Kansas won the final six meetings in the old Big Eight. Oct. 21, Texas A&M, 6 p.m.: The Aggies return 14 starters but lost their top passer (Reggie McNeal), top receiver (Jason Carter) and three of their top five tacklers. Oct. 28, Nebraska, 6 p.m.: A road trip to USC (Sept. 16) is daunting, but the Cornhuskers could be favored in nine or 10 games this season. Nov. 4, at Texas, TBA: The Longhorns return seven starters on defense, led by safety Michael Griffin, Texas' leading tackler (124) last season. Nov. 11, Baylor: The Bears' biggest concern is the loss of their top four tacklers from last season. Nov. 18, at Texas Tech, TBA: A plus-9 rating was the best turnover margin in coach Mike Leach's seven seasons. Nov. 25, Oklahoma, 1:30 p.m.: Against Big 12 opponents, the Sooners led the league in total defense, allowing 291.0 yards a game.