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Links O' War: August 21, 2012

Come and get 'yer mornin links!
Come and get 'yer mornin links!

Top of the morning all... Solid Rangers game yesterday, and I ran a 5k trial in 28:11 last night, a new PR for me!

Hope you all had a great day yesterday too, here are your morning links!

Volleyball team set to open season Friday | TCU 360 - with news and sports from the TCU Daily Skiff, TCU News Now and Image magazine
Last season, the TCU volleyball team started 13-0, won three tournaments and, by late September, had grown such a following that more than 2,500 fans crammed into the team’s University Recreation Center gym, lining the edge of the court to watch the team host then-No. 8 Texas.

Several writers leave TCU off their AP ballot, one puts Horned Frogs in Top 10 | College Sports Blog
The ballots submitted for the USA Today coaches’ poll aren’t made public until the end of the season but the AP poll ballots are made public year round. According to Pollspeak.com’s database of AP ballots, eight voters did not include TCU in their top 25 while another — Columbia (Miss.) Daily-Tribune Joe Walljasper — put the Horned Frogs in his top 10. Walljasper was one of 17 (out of 60) pollsters to have Alabama No. 1, while top-ranked USC was No. 2 on his ballot. Georgia and Florida State were ranked 6th and 7th in this year’s AP preseason poll but Walljasper had them 11th and 13th, respectively, to help make room for TCU at No. 10.

Cotton Bowl could be co-favorite to host new Champions Bowl, but all’s not lost if it loses | College Sports Blog
By the close of business Wednesday, the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic will have submitted its proposal to host the new Champions Bowl. Then the Southeastern Conference and the Big 12 will sort through the bids. The decision most likely will come down to a handful of the 10 cities that sent requests for proposals (RSPs, as they’re known). Expect Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston and most likely San Antonio to join Arlington in the process, according to multiple industry sources.

Top 25 FBS College Football Games in 2012 - Yahoo! Sports
From Yahoo! Sports: Conferences have realigned. Leagues have gotten new members and expanded. Saturdays become filled with the smell of beer and barbecue smoke. More than just a game, college football is a passion for its many fans. The 2012 season is more intriguing than usual because of the changes made over the past two years.

Spanning the Big 12: Five questions with Fort Worth Star-Telegram beat writer Stefan Stevenson | OSU Cowboys
Continuing our series checking in with the beat writers who cover Oklahoma State's conference opponents as we march closer to the start of football season.

Gipson Continues Professional Success - TCU Horned Frogs Official Athletic Site
Whitney Gipson has not rested much since the end of her career representing the TCU track and field program.