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Missouri moves up in the polls

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- The Big 12 isn't just about quarterbacks. The teams they're leading are pretty good, too.

This week's Top 25 lists four Big 12 teams among the first seven -- including new No. 1 Oklahoma -- and six in all.

The league was 5-2 in the final weekend of regular-season nonconference play and is 38-10 against outside competition, a .791 winning percentage that is the third-best mark since the conference started play in 1996.

The focus shifts to league play this week.

Defending South Division champion Oklahoma visits Baylor before heading to Dallas for the annual showdown with Texas. Defending North champ Missouri takes its No. 4 rating to Nebraska, a place the Tigers haven't won since 1978.

Other games have No. 5 Texas at Colorado, No. 7 Texas Tech at Kansas State, No. 16 Kansas at Iowa State, and Texas A&M at No. 21 Oklahoma State.

Three of the league's top quarterbacks -- Missouri's Chase Daniel, Texas Tech's Graham Harrell and Kansas' Todd Reesing -- had Saturday off. But there was, as usual, some top-notch quarterback play.

Oklahoma's Sam Bradford passed for a career-high 411 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-10 win over TCU, and Texas' Colt McCoy threw for 185 yards and three TDs and ran for 84 yards and two scores in Texas' 52-10 romp over Arkansas.

Kansas State's Josh Freeman threw for 272 yards and three TDs and he ran for two more scores in a 45-37 win over Louisiana-Lafayette and Zac Robinson passed for 254 yards and three touchdowns as Oklahoma State topped 50 points for a third straight game in a 55-24 victory over Troy.

Texas A&M held off Army 21-17 but lost quarterback Stephen McGee, whose right (throwing) shoulder was reinjured in the second quarter when he was slammed into the turf.

Nebraska tried to rally from an 18-point deficit in the final minute of the third quarter but fell short in a 35-30 loss to Virginia Tech, and Colorado lost 39-21 to Florida State in Jacksonville, Fla.

Having seen three of last week's top four teams lose, including No. 1 Southern California, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said every win is a good win.

"Anytime you're playing ranked teams, you have to play at your best," he said. "Heck, the way things are going, you have to be at your best every week."


SNYDER HONORED: Retiring Kansas State president Jon Wefald and former coach Bill Snyder were honored at halftime for the key roles they played in turning around the losingest program in college football history.

Snyder won more games than any other coach in school history and perhaps saved major college football at K-State. He was hired, and supported in the struggling early years, by Wefald.

"We're like brothers. Where does one begin and where does the other end?" Wefald told the crowd.

Athletic director Bob Krause, speaking of Wefald and Snyder, said, "One person, one individual can make a difference. Two individuals can make a miracle happen."


COWBOYS A QUIET 4-0: After losing two of its first three games a year ago, Oklahoma State is off to a 4-0 start and in the Top 25.

The question is: How good are the Cowboys?

They've scored lots of points, but they've come against Houston, Troy, Washington State and FCS opponent Missouri State.

OSU has posted two of the eight best total-offense outings in school history in the last three weeks -- 699 yards against Houston and 612 against Troy. Whether this offense ranks alongside the 1988 group led by quarterback-turned-coach Mike Gundy, Hart Lee Dykes and Barry Sanders remains to be seen.

The defense also will have to hold up its end of the bargain.


PELINI GETS HOT: Nebraska coach Bo Pelini was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct in the fourth quarter, after defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was called for a late hit on Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

Pelini was heard calling an official a choice name while arguing that Suh was not in the wrong.

"I have to be smarter than that," Pelini said.


AP Sports Writers Doug Tucker in Manhattan, Kan., and Jeff Latzke in Norman, Okla., and Associated Press writer Murray Evans in Stillwater, Okla., contributed to this report.

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