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Good Big 12 Profiles

The Grantland profile on Nate Boyer is one of the best I’ve ever read. Jordan Conn does a great job of delving into Boyer’s life story and his journey to becoming Texas’ long snapper. I think part of what makes this piece so special is Boyer’s story. He has faced adversity at many points throughout his life and also fought for his country. In the end, this profile is great because it makes me want to continue to follow his story.

This profile on Oklahoma QB Blake Bell is definitely different than Boyer’s. It’s written by Pete Volk of SB Nation and focuses more on Bell’s athletic success and struggles. Also, Volk incorporates an element of Bell having to overcome adversity, which is common in profiles. Volk incorporates video to portray Bell’s on-the-field success as well and the story is more succinct. Nevertheless, both profiles are good examples and good to learn from when spotlighting athletes and any individual.

Nicole Castrellon Profile

For Nicole Castrellon, sports were a part of her life since day one and are a mainstay in her life because of the relationships they create.

“It creates an incredible bond,” Castrellon said. “It’s something that’s unparalleled. Each bond is different but it’s indescribable.”

Castrellon appreciates the relationship between teammates as well as coaches and their players. However, she likes the most how sports have strengthened her relationship with her dad.

Ever since she can remember, Castrellon was always the first person her dad would approach to take to games. She considers her first Miami Dolphins game with her dad to be one of the greatest bonding experiences of her life.

Growing up in Miami, Castrellon was exposed to the culture of the Heat and Marlins, in addition to the Dolphins. The fact that she lived in a city with so much pride in its sports teams, even though those teams struggled at times during her childhood, played a significant role in developing her love for sports.

Castrellon’s emotions towards sports have developed more as she has gotten older. Now, she has a better understanding of the way games are played and the actual rules of each sport. Also, she appreciates the storylines sports create and how they affect other people’s lives.

“I like that you can get a whole bunch of stories out of it,” Castrellon said. “It’s not just about who threw the ball. There are a lot of human-interest sides to it as well.”

As she continues to develop her passion for sports, Castrellon hopes to use her sports knowledge and convert it into a career in sports journalism. However, no matter what path she takes in the professional field, Castrellon will always cherish the influence sports have had on her life and that they have molded her into the person she is today.

Baylor on the rise once again

The Baylor Bears football team has continuously gained momentum each week this year. Following last week’s 71-7 rout against Iowa State, Baylor extended it’s winning streak to 10 games dating back to last season. Baylor currently leads the nation in points scored per game at 64.7 and is seventh in points allowed per game at 16.2. In fact, Baylor averages more than a point-per-minute in each game, as supported by CBS. Baylor averages 414 yards passing and 300.3 yards rushing per game as well. They rank third and seventh in the nation in those categories, respectively. Also, Baylor had its 33rd straight game of 400 yards or more in its game against Iowa State on Saturday, according to ESPN.

Baylor has risen in the AP poll every week this year. They started the season unranked and are now the No. 6 team in the country. The Bears jumped up six spots from the previous week, their largest change in ranking this year. The first BCS rankings were released this week as well and Baylor is No. 8, the highest ranking of any Big 12 team.

Baylor plays at unranked Kansas this weekend before it begins a slate of three top-25 Big 12 teams to begin November. Baylor has proven that its offense can stick to the game plan and its defense can give the team a chance to win in every game this season. The Bears should be able to handle the Jayhawks on both sides of the ball, but will have to be efficient and smart with their play. As seen with many schools around the country, especially in the SEC, injuries have ruined team’s BCS and even conference title hopes. As long as Baylor can avoid any mishaps and continue its strong play, then it should find itself confident and ready to show the country why it deserves to represent the Big 12 in a BCS bowl game.

Baylor Second-day Game Story

This article is a great second-day game story covering the Baylor and Iowa State football game. I think it’s especially good because of the amount of statistics used to support the analysis. The stats aren’t overloaded but help the reader truly understand how well Baylor is playing this year. I like how the writer emphasized the number of school records Baylor set in the game as well. There is a good amount of game summary, but not too much. It definitely wasn’t easy to limit the narrating of scoring drives since Baylor scored at least 70 points for the fourth time this season. Also, I like how the writer didn’t focus solely on Baylor, even though many of the story lines surrounded their success. The story has a good ending that focuses on the Iowa State QB situation with a reaction from the backup.

The Red River Rivalry Continues

This Saturday, the No. 12 Oklahoma Sooners (5-0, 2-0) and unranked Texas Longhorns (3-2, 2-0) will face off for the 108th time in what has become known as the Red River Rivalry. The game will be played at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, TX. Both teams began the season with uncertainty surrounding their programs and both teams have taken different paths to reach this game.

Despite an early season battle at quarterback between Blake Bell and Trevor Knight, Bell has emerged as the top player and has provided consistency for the Sooners. Bell has thrown for 835 yards and six touchdowns with a 69.2% completion rate. Most importantly, Bell is yet to throw an interception. In addition to strong play from its starting QB, Oklahoma has rushed for over 1200 yards this season. Also, Oklahoma’s kicker Michael Hunnicutt has made every extra point and is 12 for 13 on field goals.

On the other side, Texas has struggled immensely and has even seen some coaching changes made this season. The Longhorns have been ridden with injuries to some of their key players and can’t seem to come up big late in the game. Texas’ difference makers are David Ash at quarterback and Johnathan Gray at running back. The Longhorns’ offense has improved each game, but their defense has struggled. They have given up more than 30 points in all but one game.

If Texas hopes to win on Saturday, its defense will have to contain Blake Bell early in the game and hope that its offensive starters stay healthy, as supported by ESPN. The game will have a bit different touch to it this year, as both teams will be sporting uniforms with gold in honor of the Golden Hat Trophy, according to the Houston Chronicle. Even though Oklahoma has dominated Texas in recent years, there are many implications surrounding this game for both teams and the game should be close. For Texas, head coach Mac Brown’s job security might change depending on the outcome. For Oklahoma, the Sooners will look to remain unbeaten and move into the top-10.