Here are some Tuesday morning links from around the world of college football …
Aaron Fentress from The Oregonian (the daily paper in Portland) writes that Oregon QB Darron Thomas calls the LSU game bigger than the BCS title game. He also writes that UO players are taking about the possible distraction of playing in glittering Cowboys Stadium, sounding a lot like LSU players and coaches from the Cotton Bowl.
ESPN.com Pac-12 blogger Ted Miller chronicles how the Ducks have sunk in recent high-profile non-conference games vs. Boise State, Ohio State and Auburn, games in which the opponents (like LSU) have had extra time to prepare for their offense. You may have to scroll down a bit to find this item.
The second-biggest game of the weekend may be the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic in Atlanta between Georgia and Boise State. Rivals.com’s Tom Dienhart talks to Georgia coach Mark Richt about that game and his hot seat in this Q and A.
Back on what may become the new western front of the SEC, the subject of Texas A&M’s withdrawal from the Big 12 is back in the news. The New York Times’ Pete Thamel reports that Texas A&M Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin has sent a letter to the Big 12 stating the school’s intent to withdraw, possibly as early as Tuesday.
Here’s a take on the same story from the Rivals site Orangebloods.com (Texas), where writer Chip Brown speculates that Arkansas may be the Big 12′s target in what would essentially be a swap between the two conferences.
Oh, and if you haven’t seen the uniform combination Oregon will wear for the LSU game, click here.