NFLdraftcountdown.com counts down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the 2009 draft, which is only half a calendar away. Not too early for the Web site to do its mock draft.
The mock draft doesn't have any Big 12 players going in the top 10 selections, but has nine players from the conference going in the first round, led by Oklahoma with three.
Missouri wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, a third-year sophomore, is listed as the 11th selection, followed by Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree at No. 12 and Mizzou safety William Moore at No. 13. Next up are Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham (No. 17), Baylor offensive tackle Jason Smith (No. 19), Oklahoma offensive tackle Phil Loadholt (No. 22), Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo (No. 23, even though he lit up Loadholt in the Red River Shootout), Oklahoma State tight end Brandon Pettigrew (No. 25) and Sooners offensive guard Duke Robinson (No. 27).
Not all college football fans enjoy the NFL game and not all pro football enthusiasts keep up with the college game. That's the beauty of the NFL draft. It captivates both fan bases. And to think, it's only six months away.
Kansas 45, Texas Tech 42: Kansas has a kicker, which makes the difference in this one.
Missouri 45, Colorado 17: What better way for the Tigers to get up off the deck and begin the process of rebuilding their confidence than to take on the Buffaloes.
Oklahoma 60, Kansas State 20: Look for Ron Prince to make his defense sprint all the way to Colorado and back after this one.
Texas 42, Oklahoma State 35: Longhorns survive a scare.
Iowa State 27, Texas A&M 20: For the right to avoid being labeled the worst team in the Big 12.
Penn State 33, Ohio State 31: Legendary Joe Paterno, leader in the clubhouse for national coach of the year honors, wanted Terrelle Pryor to be his quarterback this season, but lost a recruiting battle to Ohio State. Now Paterno has to face Pryor, a do-it-all freshman. The silver lining? Paterno's quarterback, junior Daryll Clark, is having a big season in his first as a starter. Clark has thrown 11 touchdown passes and just two interceptions. He also has rushed for eight touchdowns. The Nittany Lions are eager to show they don't just beat up on decent teams and can handle this tough road assignment. Penn State is 0-10 in its last 10 road games against ranked opponents.
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