July 23, 2007

Five storylines to watch at Big 12 Media Days

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The Big 12 Football Media Days officially kick-off today in San Antonio at the St. Anthony's Wyndham Hotel on the River Walk.

Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Baylor will start things off this afternoon in San Antonio. Here are the five biggest storylines to watch at this year's Big 12 Media Days in San Antonio. Will definitely

Oklahoma's situation at quarterback

On paper, Oklahoma has everything in place on their 2007 roster to be a national championship contender except a quarterback. OU head coach Bob Stoops and his staff are still trying to get out of the hole Rhett Bomar left them in at quarterback last season.

In 2006, Paul Thompson stepped in and filled in nicely for the departed Bomar. This year, Stoops will look towards either redshirt freshman Sam Bradford, true freshman Keith Nichol or junior college transfer Joey Halzle.

Bradford, who was the scout team player of the year on offense in 2006, appears to be the odds on favorite to be the Sooners starting quarterback in 2007.

Can Missouri handle the pre-season hype?

With nine starters returning on offense, Missouri was picked to win the Big 12 North over Nebraska by a near two to one margin.

The Tigers return starting quarterback Chase Daniel, along with their top five rushers and nine of their top 10 receivers from 2006. Missouri has been in this position before under head coach Gary Pinkel, but the Tigers failed to capture the Big 12 North title and have still yet to finish better than 4-4 in Big 12 play since Pinkel's arrival.

The reason many people have picked the Tigers to win the North in 2007 is because their game against Nebraska on Oct. 6 is in Columbia. Mizzou has an open date before this game to get ready for the Huskers, and NU hasn't won in Columbia since 2001. However, Nebraska does currently have a seven game winning streak against the Big 12 North, dating back to Nov. of 2005.

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