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von dasg234 • 3.635 Beiträge -- Pat Narduzzi understands the renewal of Pitts rivalry with Penn State after a 15-year hiatus is sure to generate plenty of chatter.All things being equal, Narduzzi would rather keep the Panthers out of it.Narduzzi is putting his team on lockdown ahead of Saturdays long-awaited visit from the Nittany Lions for reasons he described as more practical than personal. The second-year coach isnt worried about his players littering the walls in Happy Valley with bulletin board material. Hed just rather have them focused on the task at hand rather than spend time talking about it.We dont want any distractions, Narduzzi said. Id rather them go right in the film room. If its three minutes (with the media), it might be the three minutes well miss (in film).Narduzzi stressed he wants to be the only voice for the program, and he is fine with treating Pitts first meeting with Penn State since 2000 as more than just another game. In many ways it is, not just for in-state bragging rights for the next year but also for whatever edge it may gain in the living room of recruits that have both schools on their radar.It plays a major factor I think in the end, Narduzzi said. I think kids look up and they want to play for a winner and they want to know which ship is floating and strong.The Panthers put together a solid but hardly overwhelming 28-7 win over Villanova last weekend. While the outcome was never really in doubt once running back James Conner scored twice in the second quarter in his stirring return from a bout with Hodgkins lymphoma, there is plenty to work on as Pitt takes on an opponent that will be a significant step up in class.The offense managed just 261 yards and Conner averaged a modest 3.1 yards per carry, the lowest in his career in any game in which hes carried it at least 10 times. Narduzzi chalked it up to a bit of rust and Conners propensity to look for a big play every time instead of settling for whats there.When he hit it, he did pretty good, Narduzzi said. When he started to look for that touchdown (he started to dance). Hes a big, powerful downhill runner. Thats why were not a spread offense.Conner was in kindergarten the last time Pitt and Penn State shared the same field, a 12-0 victory by the Panthers on Sept. 16, 2000, and Conner is one of the oldest players on the Panthers. Narduzzi understands it may be a bit of a challenge for a group with no personal history against the Nittany Lions to suddenly develop strong emotions one way or the other.Thats one of the reasons for the media blackout. Narduzzi spent eight years as part of Michigan States contentious annual showdown with Michigan while working as the Spartans defensive coordinator. 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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- These are not proud times for the Big 12.The league overall has been a disappointment, going 15-11 against nonconference opponents over the first three weeks.The .577 winning percentage ranks last among the Power 5 conferences and sixth among all FBS conferences, while the 15 wins are eighth among the 10 leagues.The Big Ten leads the way at 79 percent, followed by the Southeastern Conference, the Pac 12, American and the Atlantic Coast Conference.I look around the country and theres a lot of surprises that take place, Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said Monday. Coaches understand that theyre vulnerable every time they get on the field.And all that preseason talk of again making the four-team College Football Playoff needs to be put on hold, at least for now. First, the Big 12 needs to get into position. The conference has no team ranked in the top 15.I hope its too early to figure it out, said Baylor interim coach Jim Grobe. A lot of teams have at the first of the year started a little sluggishly. We are no different than everybody else. We hope as we go through the season we get better and better.Oklahoma made the playoff a year ago despite losing to Texas. After falling to Houston and Ohio State this month, the 25th-ranked Sooners are 1-2 for the first time since 2005, and now coach Bob Stoops is using a bye week to shift his teams focus on winning a conference championship.As far as goals go, thats always a major one for us, Stoops said.No. 16 Baylor (3-0) and West Virginia (2-0) are the leagues only remaining unbeaten teams.Coach Charlie Strong of No. 21 Texas (2-1) said the Big 12 will be fine, while Oklahoma States Mike Gundy said it will be several weeks before the football playoff committee starts taking an in-depth look at individual team performances.Weve got to play our games, keep going and do the best we can, Gundy said.Oklahoma State (2-1) hosts Baylor on Saturday in a game that will give early momentum in the league race. Four other teams continue nonconference play, and Kansas, Texas Tech and Texas joinn Oklahoma in having a bye week.ddddddddddddSome other notes from around the Big 12:-Premature celebrations: Stoops said he planned to talk to Joe Mixon about dropping the ball short of the goal line on a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown Saturday against Ohio State. The touchdown stood.Against Texas, Cals Vic Enwere did the same thing at the end of a 55-yard run. Cal retained possession and ran out the clock to win 50-43.When you score, just hand the ball to an official, Strong said. Act like youve been there before.TCUs Gary Patterson said if one of his players does that, they just need to keep running up our tunnel.-Louisvilles Lamar Jackson: The Cardinals quarterback has launched himself into early Heisman Trophy chatter. The only player ahead of him in total offense is Texas Techs Patrick Mahomes at 544 yards per game. Jackson is at 459.Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury gives Jackson his due.That kids phenomenal, Kingsbury said. Lamar has had some nationally televised games and beat a very good Florida State team. I think if Patrick just continues to improve and does what hes been doing against the competition (that) continues to get stiffer as we move into conference, all that stuff will take care of itself.-TCUs KaVontae Turpin. Patterson declined to disclose the status of the wide receiver and returner who was helped off the field in TCUs 41-20 win over Iowa State. Turpin entered the game leading the nation in all-purpose yards at 236 per game.Patterson said Turpin has a leg injury and hopefully well get him back in the future.-Kansas turnovers. Coach David Beaty isnt pleased that his team has 11 turnovers in three games. But he points out the Jayhawks have surrendered just 22 points off those turnovers.Thats amazing what our defense has been able to do, he said. 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