Last week, like most weeks we've had so far in conference play, was a pretty exciting one in the Big 12. While we were somewhere in the middle of overtime, Kansas State started bludgeoning what's proving to be a severely overrated West Virginia team in what ended up being a 55-14 beatdown, Oklahoma was wrapping up a 52-7 demolition of lowly Kansas, and Texas and Baylor were about to start their 56-50 tackling-optional track meet down in Austin in which the Horns prevailed. Like I said a few weeks ago though, beating Baylor shouldn't impress anyone, so I hardly think the heat is off Mack Brown down in Austin. Honestly though, they're stuck with him and he's not going anywhere...at least not this year. Oklahoma State got their revenge on Iowa State in the morning, taking down the Cyclones in convincing fashion, 31-10. The in-conference slate isn't as riveting this week as last week's games appeared to be, but there's a big out of conference match up in Norman worth watching.
#23 Texas (5-2, 2-2) @ Kansas (1-6, 0-4) - Saturday, 11am, FSN
Texas moved up 2 spots in the polls after beating barely a Baylor team in Austin who has now lost 3 straight and has zero conference wins. I repeat, Texas moved up 2 spots after a home win over Big 12 winless Baylor. They get winless Kansas on the road this week, so maybe a double digit victory will surge them right up into the top 15, right? I mean, clearly this team deserves it. At least the folks in Austin know they're struggling and not very good. I wish the pollsters would take notice as well. The Dayne Crist era appears to be over in Kansas, as they've opted for redshirt freshman Michael Cummings instead, and why not? He went an incredible 10-21 for 111 yards and 2 picks in relief last week against OU. Man, those folks in Lawrence probably can't wait for hoops to start. I bet there are more KU fans randomly camped outside of Phog Allen Fieldhouse than there are in the actual stadium Saturday morning. Final Score: UT 49 - KU 14.
#14 Texas Tech (6-1, 3-1) @ #3 Kansas State (7-0, 4-0) - Saturday, 2:30pm, FOX
Is it just me or does Kansas State look more and more impressive with each and every game they play? Bill Snyder must be one helluva coach to have done what he did previously at K State, leave, watch them fall off the map, and then almost immediately bring them right back to where he had them before he left. Oh, and Collin Klein just owned Geno Smith in the Heisman frontrunner battle Saturday night. It's definitely his to lose now, and I think it's late enough in the season to actually start handicapping the Heisman race. As for Tech- what can you say? Looks like the same Tech teams everyone got used to seeing under Mike Leach. Lot's talent on offense, lot's of holes on defense. Balanced football teams can score on Tech. OU did and TCU did, and I fully expect K State (more balance than OU and TCU) to do the same. K State also boasts the Big 12's best defense by a wide margin and they're at home. Not to mention I really want Tech to get knocked down a few pegs so they remember that they're just Tech ASAP. Final Score: K State 84 - Tech 2.
Baylor (3-3, 0-3) @ Iowa State (4-3, 1-3) - Saturday, 6pm, FSN
Every week I really like doing this post because every week so far I've gotten to write a big fat ZERO in the win column for Baylor as far as conference wins go. Don't ever, ever, ever tell us that we're about to start playing "big boy" football, got it Baylor? Big boys don't go O-fer in conference play. What this comes down to is pretty simple in my opinion- Iowa State plays defense and can force some punts. I think you can probably count the number of punts Baylor has forced on 1 hand this season. I don't care that Iowa State's offense struggles. Nothing struggles as bad as Baylor's defense in this conference. The lack of Baylor defense leads them to 0-4 in conference play and well on their way to just having 1 conference win this year. Final Score: Iowa State 42 - Baylor 27.
#5 Notre Dame (7-0) @ #8 Oklahoma (5-1, 3-1) - Saturday, 7pm, ABC
Honestly, I think I might want to see Notre Dame lose more than anyone in the country. The Notre Dame shenanigans exhaust me every single year, and in my opinion the college football world is a much better place when Lou Holtz doesn't have a forum to slobber, slur, and bicker with Mark May about how great Notre Dame is. Can someone please just beat them by 50 already? OU? USC? Someone please help me. They've beaten Stanford on a total bullshit no TD call in OT and a handful of lousy Big 10 teams. Now people are trying to legitimately hype up ND LB Manti Te'o as a Heisman candidate. Seriously, when was the last time you heard a LB mentioned in the Heisman race, and do you think there'd be any chance of that happening if he didn't play for Notre Dame? No. There are better defensive players out there too, but since Notre Dame is undefeated and they've gotta pick a star player to be the face of it all, Te'o is at the forefront since their offense is pretty meh. You want a defensive player in the Heisman race that bad? How about you just put a bunch of Alabama defender's names in a hat and pick one, because what they're doing and have been doing for a few years now is far more impressive than half a season from Notre Dame. You know how to put a stop to all this? OU can just go out there and kick them in the throat. Seriously. Run it up and down the field. Throw all over them. This is basically just like going against a big, physical, but very slow Big 10 defense. That has not worked out well in recent memory for those types of teams. Give me the Sooners in this one. PLEASE give me the Sooners in this one. Final Score: OU 31 - Notre Dame 13.