October 19, 2010 1 Comment
Last week in the Big 12 was a good one if you were a road team. Every home team lost, with the exception being the Oklahoma Sooners hosting the Iowa State Cyclones. This week could be more of the same as the road teams are favored in almost every game, with the exception being the Cyclones again. We should get a lot of answers this weekend as 2 games will go a long way to telling us who the contenders and pretenders are going to be in this league.
Top Performances: Week 7
The Mizzou defense put on its most impressive showing this past weekend at Kyle Field. The Tigers sacked Texas A&M QB Jerrod Johnson 7 times in the dominating performance. The final TD that the Aggies scored was a junk TD when Mizzou was basically in a prevent. I’m extremely impressed with how well the Tigers are playing on the defensive side of the ball, but the Sooners come to town on Saturday night for a big time matchup on national TV.
Kansas State QB Carson Coffman has heard how bad he was all season, all it took was a matchup against the lowly Kansas Jayhawks to cure him. He completed 94% of his passes threw for 2 scores and rushed for 3 more. It’s hard to complete 94% against air, let alone when somebody is covering your WR.
We will give a co-top performers award to a duo from Okie St. Justin Blackmon continues to have a great year, with 10 receptions for 207 yars and a score. Running back Kendall Hunter rushed for 130 and added a score of his own. I can’t wait to see these 2 face the tough Nebraska defense on Saturday.
Lastly, lets give props to the Oklahoma Sooners on both sides of the ball. Yes it was the Iow St Cyclones, but they dominated this game. Landry Jones is hitting his stride, Ryan Broyles seems to be uncoverable and DeMarco Murray just broke the Sooners all-time TD record. The defense shut out the Cyclones, holding them to 10 first downs and 183 total yards.
This Week in the Big 12
The National Spotlight will be on Columbia, MO this weekend as ESPN has decided to hold College GameDay on the campus of Mizzou. This game means a lot to the National Championship hopes of both teams, so expect it to be close. I hope to see this on Saturday though!
Nebraska heads to Stillwater to face the undefeated Oklahoma State Cowboys. This game will come down to the Huskers being able to stop the Cowboys run game. If they slow down Kendall Hunter and Co. I like the Cornhuskers to roll to an easy victory.
Both of the games I just mentioned will be on national tv and its well deserved for this conference to get some good pub. The Big 12 plays a great brand of football, for the most part, and some of the players in this league deserve to be household names. I expect to see two very tough, hard fought battles in the national spotlight.
Ranking the Big 12
1. Oklahoma Sooners (6-0) The number one BCS team has to be atop the conference. Plus they are damn good.
2. Missouri Tigers (6-0) Imagine that, Mizzou is being led by their defense. I think hell just froze over.
3. Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-0) The Cowboys are a threat to score every time they touch it, the defense showed up last week too.
4. Texas Longhorns (4-2) The Longhorns showed us what they were capable of on Saturday. They dominated the Cornhuskers on both lines.
5. Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-1) Nebraska does have a weakness, and if they can’t run against you it will show up. Not a good passing team at all.
6. Kansas State Wildcats (5-1) K-State put it on the Jayhawks last Thursday. It’s a shame they can’t play KU every week.
7. Baylor Bears (5-2) Baylor hosts the Wildcats this week in a game they should win at home. I love watching RG3 do his thing.
8. Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-3) They were out matched in what I thought would be a high scoring battle with Oki St. Tuberville needs some time.
9. Texas A&M Aggies (3-3) This team is not good at all. Jerrod Johnson is 1/4 the player he was last year. Atleast Jeff Fuller and Von Miller are fun to watch.
10. Colorado Buffaloes (3-3) Rodney Stewart tried to put the Buffs on his back last week, but the Bears were a little too much.
11. Iowa State Cyclones (3-4) They went to OU last week and travel to Texas this week, who did the Cyclones piss off?
12. Kansas Jayhawks (2-4) This is a YOUNG, INEXPERIENCED team that will be better next year. They are horrible this season.
Week 8 Picks
Iowa State @ Texas
This game won’t be close. Garrett Gilbert had a good game last week, finally deciding to use his feet to make plays. The Cyclones are probably on the verge of laying down after 2 straight blowout defeats. Look for the Texas passing game to have a big day ar home. I’ll take the Longhorns 44-10.
Kansas State @ Baylor
This is a game that I’m very interested in watching. The Wildcats like to pound the rock to set up the play action game. Baylor uses RG3 every possible way they can. I’m a fan of both styles, but I think the Baylor offense will be a little to explosive for the K-State defense. Remember what Taylor Martinez did against them? Baylor wins 30-22
Texas Tech @ Colorado
Texas Tech needs to open it up for Taylor Potts and the offense, because until Tuberville gets his guys in their that’s who they are. The Buffaloes should rely on the legs of Rodney Stewart to keep this game close. I like the Red Raiders in this game 27-17.
Nebraska @ Oklahoma State
This game will be a battle of Okie State’s offense versus Nebraska’s dominant defense. If the Cowboys are going to win, they need to feed Kendall Hunter the rock, a lot. I don’t think the Huskers can outscore the Cowboys, so the blackshirts have to make some plays. Tune into the podcast on Friday morning for the PGWU Pick ‘Em segment for our picks on this game.
Texas A&M @ Kansas
The Aggies remind me of the 2009 Jayhawks. Tons of talent returning, very high expectations and if blows up in their face. TAMU will only go as far as Jerrod Johnson will take them. Kansas is at home, that’s about all they have going for them. I like the Aggies to right the ship 37-13
Oklahoma @ Missouri
The Game of the week! I’m extremely excited to watch this game. It’s homecoming at Mizzou, Gary Pinkel has finally built a good defense to go along with his spread offense and College Gameday will be in the house! With all that being said, Oklahoma comes to town as the number one team in the BCS, they are hitting on all cylinders and have had the Tigers number for as long as Stoops has been in Norman. This game will come down to a big defensive stop or a special teams play. I see an extremely close game on Saturday night. Tune into the podcast on Friday morning for the PGWU Pick ‘Em segment for our picks on this game.
Written by Jason Madson. Follow him on Twitter @isbnJMAD.