Well, last Saturday certainly didn't disappoint with all 3 of the conference games coming down to the wire and one of them quite controversially. I'd like to start by apologizing to both Baylor and West Virginia for grossly underestimating the explosiveness of their offenses. I thought the 52-28 prediction was a pretty lofty point total. Boy was I wrong. Also, I'd like to apologize to their defenses. I'm sorry that I assumed that FBS defensive starters could tackle. That part was embarrassing. I admittedly didn't watch any of the Tech/ISU game because that's a level of suck that I didn't want to lay my eyes on, but I know it was a close one that Tech pulled out 24-13. Iowa State had 189 yards against Tech, so I'm not really worried about them this week. And please, don't try to sell me on the "well Tech has the #1 defense in the country" BS. It's easy to stop a bunch of lousy offenses (just ask TCU...). The night cap looked like great one on paper between the Longhorns and the Cowboys in The House That T. Boone Built, and it didn't disappoint. Texas won 41-36 with a game winning TD drive led by a vastly improved David Ash, but let's be honest: Joe Bergeron fumbled and that could've gone against the horns. I'm okay with not overturning that call because it was pretty inconclusive as to who recovered it and where, but I'm sure the conspiracy theorists around here will assume DeLoss Dodds outbid T. Boone for the referees services in that game.
Overall it was incredibly entertaining weekend of football to watch with highly competitive Big 12 games, and I think it's only going to get better from here. Okay, maybe not better than the Baylor/WVU skeleton drill that broke out, but there should be some more entertaining football to come and we won't have to wait long to see it...
Kansas (1-3, 0-1) @ #7 Kansas State (4-0, 1-0) - Saturday, 11am, FX
This is not one of those entertaining Big 12 games that I just touted and said we would see. Pretty much pencil in every game involving the Jayhawks to not be worth seeing. They're dreadful. Will K State suffer a letdown following a bye week and an upset win in Norman against the Sooners? Of course not, and even if they do, it's Kansas and it won't matter. Bill Snyder himself could suit up at QB and K State would still beat Kansas. Kansas is Big 12 New Mexico. Final Score: Kansas State 38 - Kansas 6.
#17 Oklahoma (2-1, 0-1) @ Texas Tech (4-0, 1-0) - Saturday, 2:30pm, ABC
I'm pretty bummed out that this one falls at the same time as our game. I really want to see how OU responds to their loss at K State 2 weekends ago. Did Landry Jones learn how to play football again on the bye week? Is Tech's #1 ranked defense legit? I'm assuming the answer to both of those questions is no. OU is having major woes along their offensive line much like TCU is. The major difference is we have experience receivers to help bail us out. OU has 1 in Kenny Stills, and he likes to crossdress. All I can say is, thank you Bob Stoops and Co. for wanting to make Brandon Carter play DB. I'm sure you're already tired of seeing him on the ESPN highlight reel, but get used to it. Having said all that, I still think OU escapes the Hell-hole that is Lubbock with a victory. I don't think they win because they're still really good. I think they win because Tech still isn't that good. Final Score: OU 34 - Tech 21.
#8 West Virginia (4-0, 1-0) @ #11 Texas (4-0, 1-0) - Saturday, 7pm, FOX
West Virginia brings their high flying offense and stifling defense...okay maybe just their high flying offense to Austin to take on an undefeated Longhorns team that is trying to reestablish themselves as a dominant force in college football. To be honest, I think UT is really close to being back to where they want to be, but they aren't quite there yet. Coming in to the season everyone thought UT would hang its hat on their defense, but that has not been the case. Injuries have plagued them, but more than anything they've been plagued by poor tackling like the rest of the conference. We've all seen what WVU brings to the table now after winning that shootout against Baylor. Geno Smith is a legit Heisman frontrunner, but if Baylor applies no pressure on QB's all season they won't win many more games at all despite how much they can score. UT's bookend DE's and future 1st round draft picks Jackson Jeffcoat and Alex Okafor could apply enough pressure to make Smith uncomfortable and keep WVU out of the endzone on a couple of drives. If not, they'll have to blitz because I don't think there are any DB's in the league that can guard Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey for an extended amount of time. The UT offense, especially David Ash, has surprised people this season, and blue-chip Almost Frog Johnathan Gray seems to be coming into his own after a solid performance in some extended playing time against Oklahoma State. I think home field advantage and pass rush make all the difference here, and UT pulls off another shootout victory. Final Score: UT 49 - WVU 42.