Thursday, October 30, 2008

BIG XII Picks and Preview

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One of my writers continues to make me look bad, as he covers the Big East and does a nice write-up after the teleconference every week. I of course just screw off and use all this great info I get for the segment I have on his show. Well, it's finally time to start sharing information with all of you, and more importantly giving you the insight I worked so hard to gain access to. Without further ado...

Week 8-

Kansas St at Kansas (-8.5)

Kansas papers are labeling this a "must-win" for both teams, as both teams are struggling this season the defensive side of the ball. I feel this is probably more of a must-win for K-St coach Ron Prince, whose job may be on the line after his team continues to tread water instead of swimming in it (or in the case of the first half last week take on water). Mark Mangino has built up enough good karma to survive a rough season, especially in a tough Big XII, but if Prince loses this game, he may want to get his resume spruced up. A win keeps the piranhas from circling this week. Look for Prince to pull out all the stops this week.

Kansas St 43 Kansas 39

Colorado at Texas A+M (-3.5)

One team has a quarterback in Jerrod Johnson who is flourishing and developing each week. The other team has 2 people playing quarterback in Cody Hawkins and Tyler Hansen, neither of whom is setting the world on fire. If the Buffs are looking for a defense to look good against, A+M's is it, as the Aggies haven't stopped anyone the last few weeks. The Buffs defense was lit up by Chase Daniel and Missouri last week, but they have played pretty decent football for most of the season. Look for another big game from Johnson here, and hopefully a Dan Hawkins meltdown on Monday morning.

A+M 34 Buffs 23

Missouri At Baylor (+21.5)

Chase Daniel and the Tigers got back on track last week, thanks to Gary Pinkel. "I told them just to focus on this week, this game, this opponent," said Pinkel,"stop thinking ahead, and start thinking of now." If only they had done this weeks ago. Baylor's quarterback Robert Griffin continues to not make mistakes, and this should be more entertaining than many might think, as long as Baylor's defensive secondary can hang with the Tigers receivers. Look for Mizzou to pull away late, but not before the Bears give them a scare (and pull their hair while riding their mare, eating a pear and walking up stairs).

Missouri 38 Baylor 30

Iowa St at Oklahoma St (-31)

Look up "let down game" in the dictionary, and you may find a picture of this one in there. Oklahoma St played as well as anyone against Texas last week and came up 4 points short in Austin. Iowa St has lost 4 straight and many Cyclones fans are asking for the head of Gene Chizik. A talented OSU team should roll here right? Not so fast. Cyclone QB Austen Arnaud is great with his feet and his arm, and a Cowboy defense that has a tendency to over pursue might get burned by more than one QB scramble, The Cyclones have played a lot of close games this year, and they are due to play another one, although they won't win.

OSU 38 ISU 35

Nebraska at Oklahoma -22

Oklahoma continues to pound everyone not named Texas. Nebraska's defense, while improved, still has a ways to go before it shuts down Sam Bradford and the Sooners. Nebraska QB Joe Ganz will be running for his life all day in Norman, and not because he is being chased by the Boomer Sooner (or Jim Ross).

Oklahoma 55 Nebraska 30

Texas at Texas Tech (+3.5)

This is the situation Mike Leach and the Red Raiders have been waiting for. They have a good defense, a great offense, and they get to play Texas at home with College Gameday in the house. Texas is missing something, what it is I don't know, but I still don't believe in them. They have had a tough stretch, but the games have been at home or on neutral fields, not in a hostile environment like Lubbock. Colt McCoy has completed over 83 % of his passes the past 4 weeks, I don't think you see that this week. The Cowboys forced a turnover or two, don't think the Red Raiders didn't find something on that tape they can use. If you remember the Red River Shootout, Texas never really stopped Oklahoma, Oklahoma stopped themselves. Texas Tech will not stop themselves. Watch out for Eric Morris, who Mike Leach had great praise for this week and didn't disagree with me when I compared him with Tech alum Wes Welker.

Texas Tech 48 Texas 38 *Pick of the Week*


Anonymous said...

Keep picking against Texas, they will keep on winning. Texas Tech plays like OU in big games.

MattyMSM said...

This from the man who picked the Rays in 6.....

I assure you the Red Raiders win on Saturday.


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