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Links O' War: Wednesday September 11th, 2013

Today is the 12-year anniversary of 9/11, and our thoughts are with the families of those affected on that day and after in our armed conflicts around the world. Please take a minute today to think about those who gave, and consider giving back yourself.

If you feel so moved, FOW recommends donating to the Wounded Warrior Project, a great group that helps veterans of war find help and peace.

More from Frogs O' War:

Here are your morning links!


Patterson: Boykin ready to take control | TCU 360
TCU head coach Gary Patterson said Tuesday that Trevone Boykin has improved since last season and is prepared to lead the team following Casey Pachall’s injury.

Young volleyball team to make first home appearance | TCU 360
Welcoming freshmen athletes can be a challenge for any collegiate team. Welcoming eight freshmen at once can be even trickier.

The challenge for Matt Wallerstedt this week comes from more than the TCU offense | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
In putting together his game plan this week, Texas Tech defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt has to consider more than TCU’s offensive personnel. Wallerstedt doesn’t want to be predictable, because Horned Frogs coaches know him well.

TCU had strange trip last time at Texas Tech | Dallas-Fort Worth Sports News - Sports News on...
TCU has been to Texas Tech only once since the old Southwest Conference disbanded. And what a strange game it was nine years ago. The Horned Frogs went from a three-touchdown lead to the most lopsided loss in coach Gary Patterson's 13 seasons.

Road to Big 12 title for TCU starts at Texas Tech | Dallas-Fort Worth Sports News - Sports Ne...
The coach-speak mantra that all games count the same isn’t true. TCU didn’t have to beat LSU to accomplish its 2013 goal.

TCU football notes: Pachall likely would qualify for medical redshirt | Sports | Star-Te...
Injured TCU quarterback Casey Pachall probably could qualify for a medial redshirt, coach Gary Patterson said, if the senior were unable to return this season.

Patterson Meets With The Media - TCU Horned Frogs Official Athletic Site
TCU football coach Gary Patterson held his weekly news conference Tuesday in the Four Sevens Team Room.


Projected 2013 BCS standings, Week 3: Oregon tops Alabama, but watch out for Michigan -
Though the BCS won't officially release standings until later in the college football season, we know what they'd look like if they came out right now. Don't worry about the Tide. But do keep an eye on the Wolverines.

Week 3 college football opening odds: Alabama by 9 over Texas A&M -
The Tide are favored big over the Aggies in College Station. It's one of many intriguing spreads as college football opening lines were posted Monday at Odds Shark.

The Alphabetical, Week 2: Let's talk about home -
In the Alphabetical, Mack Brown has begun work on a safer bathroom, Steve Spurrier only has one response to evil, and UTAH STATE IS PROBABLY BETTER THAN USC.

Jadeveon Clowney has been much better this year than you think -
The hype machine has gotten ahold of Clowney, leading some fans to label him as overrated or a bust. That hasn't been the case through two games.

Which college football coaches will the NFL look into, if Chip Kelly keeps this up? -
Settle down, college football fan. Nobody's stealing your coach because of Chip Kelly. Yet.

Sports Illustrated releasing 5-part Oklahoma State football investigative report -
Oklahoma State and LSU authorities have denied the contents of a Sports Illustrated report, to be released Tuesday, which alleges bonus payments, grade-fixing, and other improprieties.

The Numerical, Week 2: Baylor's taking this thing to a new level -
Baylor's offense breaks football, Michigan State and USF's offenses break it back, Stanford passes its first test, Miami wins with one offensive play, and suddenly more Johnny Manziel/Alabama hype seems like a fun alternative.

Alabama's Johnny Manziel problem: How can Nick Saban's defense stop the team that spoiled the Crimson Tide's hopes for a perfect season last year? -
How can Nick Saban's defense stop the team that spoiled the Crimson Tide's hopes for a perfect season last year?

2013 bowl projections, Week 3: Does Alabama vs. Oregon still look like a title game? -
Full projections for all 35 2013-2014 college football bowl games, updated to account for the first two weeks of the college football season. Alabama vs. Oregon is still our title game, but it's not quite so solid now.

Tuesday with Moorie -- Thoughts in a Bye Week - Our Daily Bears
There's no Baylor Football this week, and that's making me a bit loopy. My thoughts are everywhere. So I will share them with you to pass the time.

Football Outsiders' Baylor Stats Through 2 Weeks - Our Daily Bears
Tonight, the statmonsters at FootballOutsiders, including SB Nation's Bill Connelly, updated their major measures for the 2013 season. Baylor, as you can imagine, made a huge jump.

So God Made a Hawkeye - Wide Right & Natty Lite
God has given us his Divine Word and shown us exactly why he created a Hawkeye.

Iowa-ffice Space - Wide Right & Natty Lite
Work sucks. Iowa sucks more.

SI's MESS: The gift that won't stop giving - Cowboys Ride For Free
Had to get them off my chest so I could do some actual work, so here are some thoughts on the lazy and sloppy nature of today's media amid Sports Illustrated series on Oklahoma State football.

General thoughts on what turns out to be a Monday feast of football news and opinion.

Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (9/10/13) Edition - The Smoking Musket
Defensive success, offensive shakeup, DeForest/OSU troubles, WVUPros, Big 12 roundup & more

West Virginia Football Coaching Approval Meter: Post-Oklahoma Edition - The Smoking Musket
We've had a couple of days to ponder this without too much emotion being involved now. It's time once again to weigh in your opinion of the WVU football coaching staff. Participation poll included.

Kansas Football Report Card: South Dakota - Rock Chalk Talk
Kansas Football Report Card: South Dakota

Iconography | TCU Horned Frogs vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders - Viva The Matadors
VTM's preview of the Thursday night game between the visiting TCU Horned Frogs and the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Pullquotes | Texas Tech HC Kliff Kingsbury; LB Micah Awe & DT Kerry Hyder Talk TCU - Viva The Matadors
We re-cap the Monday press conference featuring head coach Kliff Kingsbury, LB Micah Awe and DT Kerry Hyder as they discuss playing TCU.

CCM Top 25: Does Oklahoma Deserve To Rise Or Fall? - Crimson And Cream Machine
There's not a whole lot of exciting movement in our poll this week. We both agreed with the national polls and removed USC and Texas from the rankings. Alabama is the clear number one (as they...

Blankenship: "Pardon Me If I Don't Buy Into The Oklahoma Quarterback Situation" - Crimson And Cream Machine
"Pardon me if I don't really buy into that a whole lot. We'll just see who shows up out there, and we've got to play them." -Tulsa Head Coach Bill Blankenship Bill Blankenship met with the...

Oklahoma Football | Senior Spotlight: RB Brennan Clay - Crimson And Cream Machine
Heading out of 2012, expectations soared for Brennan Clay with the potential to crack the 1000 yard mark!

KSU Football Week 3: Massachusetts - Bring On The Cats
With due respect to the Minutemen, the Wildcats should finally get a bit of a chance to stretch their legs and relax a bit this week. Follow BOTC's coverage right here.

Inside the Numbers - Texas vs. BYU - Burnt Orange Nation
Not for the faint of heart.

Texas RB coach Larry Porter allegedly paid players at Oklahoma State - Burnt Orange Nation
Current Texas Longhorns running back Larry Porter allegedly made cash payments to two players while at Oklahoma State under Les Miles.

Lessons from Michigan: Assessing Greg Robinson's failures as Wolverine DC - Burnt Orange Nation
Will Greg Robinson be able to turn around the Texas Longhorns defense after replacing Manny Diaz on Saturday? Michigan insider Zach Travis of SB Nation's Maize N Brew believes there is little cause for optimism.

Taysom Hill runs all over the Texas defense - Burnt Orange Nation
The Texas Longhorns defense gave up 259 rushing yards to BYU Cougars quarterback Taysom Hill. How exactly did it happen? Breaking down his three touchdown runs.

Boykin, Fields prove difficult task for Tech - The Daily Toreador: Sports
After losing senior quarterback Casey Pachall for virtually the remainder of the season, sophomore quarterback Trevone Boykin steps into a situation with which he’s all too familiar.


HS football player hits another player in the head with his own helmet -
Sportsmanship! Sportsmanship MOST FOUL.

The 'giant swing' is possibly the best pro wrestling move -
Feats of strength already? But it's not even Festivus!

NASCAR should have come down harder on Michael Waltrip Racing -
In a situation that called for heavy-handedness, NASCAR didn’t drop the hammer as it should have on Michael Waltrip Racing.

Circling dates on the calendar for the must-watch Eagles -
Looking ahead to see which games on the Eagles' schedule offer the most entertainment.

Nazem Kadri, Maple Leafs agree to deal, per report -
Nazem Kadri will be ready for training camp after agreeing to a two-year deal with Toronto.

This Cleveland Browns 'Les Miserables' parody is perfect -
What's the only thing more tragic than a tale of imprisonment, selling teeth and hair, orphaned children, doomed revolution and suicide? The Cleveland Browns.

NFL power rankings, Week 2: 49ers still on top, Patriots climbing -
The first week of the season is over. What do the power rankings tell us about the next 16 weeks of football?

Oklahoma State responds to Sports Illustrated story -
The school has various official and unofficial remarks from multiple individuals.

Michael Waltrip defends team: 'We’re not immoral, we’re not irresponsible' -
Michael Waltrip defends the team he co-owns and states there was no "master plan" to ensure Martin Truex Jr. made the Chase.

USA vs. Mexico, 2014 World Cup qualifying: Dos a cero -
The United States have defeated Mexico 2-0. If that score sounds familiar, it's happened four other times since the turn of the millennium.


Fingerprint analysis: will the iPhone’s newest sensor change the world again? | The Verge
The era of one-tap authentication is about to begin. Apple's announcement today of a fingerprint scanner in the iPhone 5s brings biometrics into the mainstream, enabling fast and secure access to...

iOS 7's iBeacons could solve indoor mapping, make shopping better, and kill NFC | The Verge
With all of the focus on iOS 7’s UI changes, the more substantial developer-facing advances (details of which are still under NDA) haven’t been getting quite as much attention. Some of the most...

The iPhone 5c isn't a cheap iPhone, it's just a colorful one | The Verge
After months of rumor and speculation, Apple is launching a colorful plastic iPhone 5c. It’s the first time the company has offered color variants beyond black and white for any of its iPhones,...

Nokia's interim CEO addresses the 'next 150 years' | The Verge
Microsoft might be buying Nokia's phone business for $7.2 billion, but the company will live on focused on mapping and network technologies. Interim CEO Risto Siilasmaa is upbeat about the...

Apple closes in on China Mobile's 700 million subscribers with iPhone approval | The Verge
Yesterday, many expected Apple CEO Tim Cook to announce that the company had finally partnered with China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile provider, to sell its devices into its previously...

Apple iPhone 5s and 5c: everything you need to know | The Verge
Apple’s iPhone event on Tuesday brought us the two new devices we expected — and not much else. At a comparatively subdued and small event, the company replaced last year’s iPhone 5 with two...

Gigabyte's tiny new gaming PC is smaller than an Xbox controller | The Verge
It used to be difficult to find a computer that could play games and still fit underneath your TV. Now, devices like the Alienware X51, Falcon Northwest Tiki, and Digital Storm Bolt can handily...

Massive underground water reserve discovered in drought stricken Kenya | The Verge
Scientists in Kenya have discovered a massive underground reserve that could allow the drought-ravaged country to meet its water needs for the next 70 years. Discovered in the desert of Kenya's...

BMW unveils the production i8, a hybrid supercar to challenge Porsche and Ferrari | The Verge
BMW has pulled the wraps off of the highly anticipated production version of its i8 hybrid supercar, and we're thrilled to report that many of the qualities that made last year's concept so...

iOS 7: what's changed since June? | The Verge
Apple's June preview of a huge redesign for iOS — its first since launching in 2007 — drew a fair amount of criticism. Designers took to sites like Dribbble and Behance to show off their...

Apple iPhone 5s hands-on video and impressions | The Verge
As it turns out, everything that we'd seen from the rumors were true: the iPhone 5s is faster, of course, with a dual-LED flash and the much-vaunted fingerprint scanner on the home button. And...

Intel introduces Quark, a tiny chip for the internet of things and wearable computing | The Verge
Intel just announced its smallest silicon yet. It's called Quark, and it's one-fifth the size of the company's existing Atom cores, and uses one-tenth the power. Intel CEO Bryan Krzanich just...


President asks Congress to delay Syria strike vote -
Syria chemical weapons: While light on details, a Russian proposal for Syria to turn over chemical weapons shifts the war debate.

Syria's chemical arsenal at a glance -
Facing the threat of U.S. strikes, Syria says it welcomes a Russian plan to hand over its chemical weapons stocks. Here's a glance at Syria's suspected arsenal.

Opinion: Who are the Syrian rebels? -
Barak Barfi says Syria's civil war has spawned a raft of rebel groups across wide ideologic spectrum, with jihadists and strict Salafists now outstripping importance of Free Syrian Army backed by West

Obama says U.S. ideals and security at stake in Syria -
President Obama will address the nation on what the U.S. and its allies should do about Syria.

Syria says it will sign chemical weapons ban, open arsenal for inspection | The Verge
Syria says it is prepared to place its arsenal of chemical weapons under international control and sign a global treaty that would prohibit their use, as it looks to avoid a military conflict with...