How many of you thought that the Kansas Jayhawks were going to beat the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets last week? Not me. What about the Oklahoma Sooners rolling the Florida State Seminoles? I actually did see this one happening(listen to the podcast people). My point is that crazy things happen every week in this great conference. There are quite a few big games this week and the conference kicks off with 2 pretty good games in their own right.
Kansas travels to Hattiesburg, MS to square off with the Golden Eagles from Southern Miss. This is a national tv game on Friday night. How will the Jayhawks handle their emotion in this game after the huge upset victory over Georgia Tech? I like the Kansas redshirt freshman qb Jordan Webb a lot, he reminds me of a young Todd Reesing. Georgia Tech only threw a handful of passes last week, look for Southern Miss to be a bit more balanced. How will the Jayhawks defend big play WR DeAndre Brown? My pick is SoMiss 24 KU 21
Baylor travels to TCU this weekend in what should be an easy victory for the Horned Frogs. TCU just too much firepower on both sides of the ball for this one to be close. I absolutely love the Bears QB Robert Griffin though, he is a special player. I’m curious as to how good the Bears would be if he made the switch to WR and Nick Florence got the go at QB? Just a thought. Baylor also runs the 3-4 Defense and have a stout NT to anchor it in Phil Taylor, he could be popular come NFL Draft time. My pick is TCU 34 Baylor 16
Oklahoma hosts the Air Force Falcons this week in what should be a tune up game for the Sooners. Landry Jones had one hell of a game last Saturday. My pick of Landry Jones as a Heisman darkhorse isn’t looking so bad afterall. The Sooner Defense gets a ton of credit after that beating they put on Christian Ponder and the Seminoles offense too. I’m feeling better about picking Boomer Sooner to go undefeated and play in the National Championship game. This game is over by halftime. My pick is OU 52 Air Force 13
Oklahoma State hosts Tulsa in what should be an extremely high scoring and entertaining game if nothing else. Brandon Weeden has done a very admirable job stepping in for Zac Robinson. I like how he handles the Okie St offense. Kendall Hunter has already rushed for almost twice as many yards as he did last year. Justin Blackmon has become Weeden’s top target so far this year and Josh Cooper is a legit #2 WR. The word defense won’t be used much in this game as I expect a very high scoring battle. My pick is Okie St 45 Tulsa 41
Texas travels to Lubbock to battle Texas Tech. Red Raiders HC Tommy Tuberville gets the opportunity to battle his former defensive coordinator Will Muschamp. I’d love to see the Red Raiders come out with an attacking D and put some pressure on the young Longhorn QB Gilbert. I’m not as high on Gilbert as most, he isn’t elite. Foswhitt Whittaker will get the start at running back for the Longhorns this week. Tech should lean on running back Baron Batch as much as possible. Texas has an elite group of defensive backs, led by Curtis Brown. My pick will be announced on the podcast, so check it out Friday morning.
Texas A&M hosts FIU this week in what could be a lot closer game than most people think. The Aggies have a tru star at QB in Jerrod Johnson. He is about as good as they come. He should be able to pick apart the FIU 3-4 defense, if his OLine gives him time. The Aggies are loaded at WR this season, so expect them to spread it out all year. Running back Christine Michael has had a good start to the year, but he needs more consistancy in his game. Keep an eye on true freshman left offensive tackle Luke Joeckel this season, he is going to be a very good player. FIU has a star DL named Tourek Williams, he could cause the Aggie OL some trouble with his quickness. My pick is TAMU 31 FIU 17
Colorado welcomes Hawai’i this week. The Buffs were crushed last week by the Cal Bears 52-7, but htat is what happens when you lose the turnover battle 5-0. This team has 3 good offensive weapons in Rodney Stewart, Scotty McNight and Toney Clemons. The Warriors have a talented group of offensive weapons led by QB Bryant Moniz. He is a dual threat qb, but when he throws it goes to WR’s Kealoha Pilares, Royse Pollard and Greg Salas a lot. I don’t like the Buffs chances here. My pick is Hawai’i 37 Colorado 24
Iowa State meets Kansas State at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. This game has been dubbed “Farmageddon” by some across the midwest due to the agriculture schools at both Universities. This game is going to be heavy on the ground. Both teams have issues at the QB postion, but htey both feature a good running back. Daniel Thomas is going to have a huge game this week, as he does every week I guess. The Cyclones will lean on Alexander Robinson to get some chunks on the ground. This has potential to be a close low scoring game. My pick is KState 24 Iowa State 16
Missouri hosts San Diego State on Saturday night. This should be another Big 12 warmup for the Tigers, but the Mizzou defense could be in for a test. SDSU has some very good weapons in QB Ryan Lindley, running back Ronnie Hillman, WR Vincent Brown and big play threat DeMarco Sampson. Look for MU QB Blaine Gabbert to get the ball to TJ Moe and Michael Egnew a lot. Henry Josey should see more carries this week as well. The Tigers have far superior athlets than do the Aztecs, so I could see them hanging around through the first half, but this won’t be a game when it’s final. My pick is Mizzou 48 SDSU 17
Nebraska travels to Seattle to face the Washington Huskies. I’m very excited to see this game for manyreasons. How will Jake Locker do against the Cornhusker defense and vice-versa. After last weeks turnover /fumble fest for the Huskers, how will they bounce back versus stiffer competition? If needed can NU QB Taylor Martinez throw the ball if the run isn’t there? These are all questions that will be answered this weekend as I believe this game is going to be very close. My pick will be announced on the podcast, so check it out Friday morning.
Written by Jason Madson @isbnJMAD on Twitter