Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Around the Big 12: Week 7

Well, obviously last week did not go as planned for the Frogs, but really it was a failure for the entire state of Texas football-wise as well.  Yeah, Aggy, you won and celebrated like you just won the SEC, but it was Ole Miss and the game was handed to you, so really there's nothing to celebrate there either.  Texas fell in a thriller to West Virginia, 48-45, which is awesome.  I guess the vaunted UT defense has just decided to conform to ways of the rest of the conference and not tackle.  I knew WVU could pass, but they didn't have near that much success running the ball against Baylor.  I smell trouble in Austin.  Tech got reminded in a harsh way by OU (41-20 in Lubbock) that they are still just Tech and were knocked back down to reality.  Everyone else that plays football in the state of Texas does not matter at all, so who really cares what they did?  In the only other Big 12 game of the weekend, Kansas hung with Kansas State shockingly for about a half, and then they were beaten into submission by Collin Klein and his ugly passes and poor man's Tim Tebow running game, 56-16.  This week we have the Red River Rivalry between Texas and OU, obviously, but there are some other oddly named "rivalry" games as well this week as well.  Iowa State and Kansas State battle in Ames in what has been dubbed the "Who Lives in the Shittest Big 12 Town Bowl".  Tech and West Virginia duke it out in the "Battle For the White-Trashiest Fanbase".  Kansas and Oklahoma State in Lawrence promises to be a one-sided affair in the weekly "Take Your Turn Beating the Shit Out of KU Before Basketball Season Starts Showdown".  And last but not least, of course, TCU takes on Baylor in the "Everyone Knows Baylor is Nothing But a Bunch of Bitches, Just Ask Robert Griffin - Oh Wait He Can't Remember Because His Head Got Bounced Off The Turf Shootout".  We don't need Pachall.  Boykin's got this.  On a side note: I think TCU and Casey made the right decisions and this will work out for the better for everyone in the long run.  Best of luck to Casey with his rehab stint, and I think we'd all be glad to welcome you back here in the spring with a clear head and ready to watch you compete again.  Anyways, on to this week's games.

#15 Texas (4-1, 1-1) vs. #13 Oklahoma (3-1, 1-1) - Dallas, TX - Saturday, 11am, ABC

Texas's defense continued to show it has has holes so wide it would make the Kardashian sisters blush, and OU got back on the right track last week by blowing out Tech.  I still think the Sooners throw too much with Landry Jones, the most overrated QB in the country, and if they're going to beat Texas they'd be smart to try and establish a running game.  The precedent has been set against the UT defense each of the last 2 weeks.  They can be run on, and I think Stoops is smart enough to take advantage of that.  OU's defense is obviously better than Oklahoma State and West Virginia's, so I think you see David Ash truly struggle for the first time this year.  OU wins the Red River Rivalry.  Final Score:  OU 34 - UT 24.  

#6 Kansas State (5-0, 2-0) @ Iowa State (4-1, 1-1) - Saturday, 11am, FX

Unfortunately for Iowa State they don't run into a team dealing with as much turmoil as the Frogs were last week.  In fact, they are probably facing the most stable team in this entire conference in Kansas State.  It's looking more and more each week like Kansas State and West Virginia will battle to see who wins this conference.  However, if there's one thing I took away from Iowa State last week (other than that we got owned by a white WR who probably runs a 4.8) it's that they are a very disciplined and well coached football team under Paul Rhoads.  Don't expect many mistakes from them, so don't expect K State to be able to run away with this one, especially in the crapfactory that is Ames, Iowa.  Final Score:  K State 27 - Iowa State 14.

Oklahoma State (2-2, 0-1) @ Kansas (1-4, 0-2) - Saturday, 2:30, FSN

In what promises to be the worst game of the weekend in the Big 12, Oklahoma State and Kansas will battle for their first conference win in Lawrence.  Oklahoma State has proven all along what I thought to be true before the start of the season:  they are the most overrated team in the Big 12.  Hurts a little when you lose Blackmon and Weeden and still don't field a defense, doesn't it?  Luckily for the Cowboys they get Kansas, and everyone knows the only reason to watch KU football is to see if Charlie Weis will in fact get so hungry on the sidelines that he starts to chew his own arm off.  Since we've played Kansas and it was the most boring game I've seen maybe ever, I'm putting myself on a no-Kansas diet and will not indulge in another Jayhawk game for the rest of the year.  Final Score:  OSU 56 - Kansas 24.

#5 West Virginia (5-0, 2-0) @ Texas Tech (4-1, 1-1) - Saturday, 2:30, ABC

So this is on at the same time as KU/OSU?  You must really suck at life if you choose to watch KU/OSU over this treat.  Somehow WVU is only a 3.5 point favorite here.  Is Vegas REALLY that smart or did they completely miss something here?  I've said all along I'm not impressed by Tech and they proved why I wasn't last week.  If OU is blowing them away at home, why wouldn't you expect WVU to do much of the same?  It's a better, more well rounded offense going against a Tech defense that was exposed last week for what they really are - not that good.  Give me WVU and the points here by a long shot.  Geno Smith hasn't thrown an interception yet, and it's not going to start in Lubbock.  Admittedly Lubbock is a tough place to play, but it's really only tough if Tech is good.  They're not, and WVU is.  It's that simple.  Final Score:  WVU 59 - Tech 42. 

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