5 Things I Think
1. You have seen most of my thoughts on the Bears victory in Manhattan on Saturday, but I really do think that this will be a victory the Bears look back at with a lot of pride. It ended another losing streak in a certain area, as the Bears have never won at Bill Snyder Stadium before. It also got a smaller monkey off of its back with a road win in conference, something that has been very rare for the Bears even the past three seasons. But most importantly, the Bears won despite being out played in a lot of areas. Baylor had multiple mistakes in all phases, dropped passes, blocked punt, and missed defensive assignments.
2. The Oklahoma loss really hurt two teams; the Sooners and the Bears. Baylor was really depending on the Sooners being a marquee win in a few weeks. It was going to be a Thursday night battle between two teams in or right around the Top 10. It was going to be the Bears signature win, but now, that win will have to wait, if it ever comes. I have said it here before several times, but I still have my doubts about the Bears or any team from the Big 12 to be able to run the table and still get a chance at the national championship. Oklahoma was the one that could do that. It is now out of that race, unless something crazy happens. It is up to Baylor and Tech now, two teams out of the Top 25 before the season and two teams that won't get the "blue blood" benefit.
3. So with the fall of Oklahoma from the ranks of the unbeaten, the Bears and Texas Tech Red Raiders are the top ranked teams in the Big 12. Both are unbeaten on the season, but have done it with relatively light schedules so far. Tech has beaten Kansas, Iowa State and TCU for its three wins in conference. Those teams are a combined 1-6 in Big 12 play. Baylor though, has beaten just West Virginia and Kansas State who is a combined 1-5. Both teams have much tougher schedules in the back-half of the schedule.
4. There is another undefeated team in Big 12 play, and it is about the last one you would have expected just 4 weeks ago. Texas is 3-0 and making the "Big 12 Championship" talk after their loss to Ole Miss on September 14th look a little less ridiculous. They have the Big 12's best conference win, coming courtesy of beating the Sooners 36-20 at the Cotton Bowl. The Case McCoy era finally arrived, albeit a few years and about 1000 turnovers later than most Texas fans would have wanted. McCoy got a signature win and played very well, although the very much maligned Texas defense deserves a ton of credit. The Longhorns will have the toughest three game finishes of the three undefeated Big 12 teams, as they finish with Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Baylor.
5. I think playoff baseball is just swell. David Ortiz looking terrible for Game 1and then knocking a Grand Slam out of the park to tie the game was just incredible theatre. Amazing.
5 Things I Want
1. Will the people that are complaining about the Bears schedule please look at Louisville? Pretty please? The average RPI according to RealTime RPI for Louisville's opponents is 110.67. The average for the Bears is 72.6. The Bears have outscored their opposition by 227 points, while Louisville has outscored theirs by 202 points. The Bears weakest opponent this year is Wofford, which is ranked 121st. They would be the 4th easiest for the Cardinals ahead of Eastern Kentucky (172), Florida International (131) and Temple (132). And yet the Cardinals are ranked 8th in the AP and 6th in the Coaches, while the Bears rank 12th in both.
2. Currently there are three 1-loss teams ahead of the Bears in the polls. LSU, Texas A&M and South Carolina all have 1-loss and are ranked before Baylor. Honestly, I have no real problem with any of those three being ahead of Baylor. Personally, I am shocked voters moved Stanford behind the Bears after their loss, as a drop from 5th to 13th. Funny enough, two of the teams with a loss ahead of Baylor both lost to Georgia. LSU lost at Georgia 44-41, while South Carolina also lost on the road 41-30. With the Bulldogs loss to Missouri at home this weekend, does that hurt the quality of those losses?
3. Right now, there are three young receivers in the NFL with Baylor as their college; Terrance Williams, Kendall Wright and Josh Gordon. I challenge any other college to throw a three-some out as young and talented as that trio. Williams had his coming out party last week, with 151 yards receiving and his first NFL touchdown. Wright led all rooking in receptions last year, and Gordon has turned into a touchdown machine and one of the few bright spots offensively for the Cleveland Browns. All three of them are making big waves in the NFL, with Tevin Reese and Antwan Goodley next in line. That trio's success will only help the draft stock and prospects of the Baylor wide receivers coming through the program now, and coming to the program in the future.
4. I want to see Corey Coleman as the gunner on the punt team. He has lit up two defensive backs in back to back games, one on a tackle of an intercepted pass and another on a crack-back block to spring a ball-carrier. Oh my goodness, he likes to hit. Might as well use him in a roll he likes. I did not expect that from this young man when he came to Baylor two years ago.
5. NHL hockey is back, and that makes me happy. I was a huge Dallas Stars fan growing up, after they moved south to the Metroplex. The last few years have been rough for the Stars though, but new ownership, coach, uniforms and a bunch of young talent has my hockey heart thumping again. Got to get out to a game sooner than later to see those sharp green jerseys in person.
5 Things I Know
1. The National Title picture is about to get either really messy or stay really clean. Right now, if Alabama and/or Oregon run the table, they are an easy 1 and 2. No team will pass them even if they win out. If Bama or Oregon lose though, it could get crazy. Clemson and Florida State will have a pre-conference championship game to decide who has the best chance of taking one of those spots. Texas A&M and LSU still have each other to play, and LSU still has to travel to Alabama. UCLA still has Oregon and Stanford to go as well. Only Ohio State and Louisville really have a schedule with no huge games on it, unless you still count Michigan after their 4 overtime loss to Penn State. And that is without considering any of the 1-loss teams getting back into the mix. So again, real easy and clean or real messy.
2. Right now, Marcus Mariota is my Heisman winner. What he did against Washington on the road was amazing. He directed that offense like a symphony composer and did it without one of the most explosive offense players in the country by his side in De'Anthony Thomas. He was also without the services of his top wide receiver in Josh Huff for a good part of the game. It didn't matter, as the Ducks won easily 45-24 over the 16th ranked Huskies with Mariota throwing for 366 yards with three touchdowns and adding another 88 yards rushing and another touchdown. Best player in college football right now.
3. The most overrated team in the country right now is probably Ohio State to me. I have just not been very impressed with them this year. They did have a solid win against Northwestern last weekend, but did not look very dominant. Funny enough, the Wildcats might be the best team they play until their bowl game. They are in solid position if the three teams ahead of them stumble, but I would not be shocked if a 1-loss SEC or Pac-12 team passed an unbeaten Big 10 champion. 15 years ago, who would think that would ever happen?
4. How do you rank the Big 12? I mean, Baylor and Texas Tech are the top two teams ranking wise, but does anyone really trust or know Tech? OSU and OU are still two of the best teams, but have a loss. Texas is undefeated in Big 12 play, but are they a top 3 Big 12 team? This is the toughest to gauge Big 12 in history.
5. Big 12 Rankings after week 7
1. Baylor (5-0, 2-0)
2. Texas Tech (6-0, 3-0)
3. Oklahoma State (4-1, 1-1)
4. Texas (4-2, 3-0)
5. Oklahoma (5-1, 2-1)
6. TCU (3-3, 1-2)
7. West Virginia (3-3, 1-2)
8. Kansas State(2-3, 0-2)
9. Iowa State (1-4, 0-2)
10. Kansas (2-3, 0-2)