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Big 12 notebook: Cowboys in 'good shape'

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 03 Oklahoma State at Kansas

LAWRENCE, KS - OCTOBER 03: Oklahoma State Cowboys cornerback Demarco Jones (22) upends Kansas Jayhawks running back Pooka Williams Jr. (1) in the first quarter of a Big 12 football game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Kansas Jayhawks on October 3, 2020 at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, KS. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire)

After a quadruple overtime Red River Rivalry game and a Big 12 postponement, the conference’s coaches spoke on a teleconference on Monday over a variety of topics.

Pokes in “good shape”

To this point, Oklahoma State football has been involved with two postponements, both of which were due to the opponent’s action.

OSU was scheduled to travel to Waco for a battle with the Bears, but COVID cases within the Baylor program have derailed those plans. Saturday’s game is now scheduled for Dec. 12.

“We seem to be in really good shape,” coach Mike Gundy said. “We haven’t gotten any of Sunday’s test yet but we seem to be in good shape.”

Baylor reacts to postponement 

Less than a week ago, Baylor temporarily stopped all football activities due to several positive COVID-19 cases.

Yesterday, the announcement of Saturday’s Baylor-OSU contest became official.

Baylor is the only team in the Big 12 that has not played at least three games.

“The guys are disappointed,” Baylor head coach Dave Aranda said. “I think they understand that this break was needed, but I also think they understand the importance of staying task-oriented.”

Saturday’s game also marks the third postponement of Baylor’s season.

KSU’s starting QB to miss remainder of season

After suffering an upper body injury two weeks ago against Texas Tech, Kansas State head coach Chris Klieman confirmed that quarterback Skylar Thompson will miss the rest of the season.

“We are going to rally around Will Howard and Nick Ast,” Klieman said. “I thought Will played really well, especially for his first game against a Gary Patterson-coached defense. That is not easy to handle and I thought he handled it well.”

Les Miles in recovery

The hits kept coming to the Kansas football program this season after head coach Les Miles tested positive for COVID-19.

In a substitute position, defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot handled Monday’s teleconference duties.

Despite the diagnosis, Miles has continued to work remotely and is planning to travel with his team to Morgantown, West Virginia this Saturday.

“He’s been in contact with us on a daily basis and he has ran the staff meetings via Zoom,” Eliot said.

ISU’s Matt Campbell on Big 12 race

To this point, nine of the 10 Big 12 teams have played at least three ballgames. In a surprising series of events, perennial powerhouse Oklahoma has dropped two of their three conference games.

If the season were to end today, Kansas State would battle Iowa State for the Big 12 championship.

“This is such a unique season and it is hard to evaluate anything early on because I think the teams that have success are the ones that will continue to grow as the season continues,” ISU head coach Matt Campbell said. “Some teams will have the ability to get better and some will not.”