CN's Pick 5!

This week the CN Staff picks their five winners and losers of the weekend. A running total will be kept all season long and the last place winner gets a congratulatory case of Natty Lite.

Steve Deace, CN Publisher


Iowa State over Nebraska...Whoever finishes plus-2 in turnover margin wins this game by flipping the field position, because neither offense is equipped right now to sustain a long drive against the other's defense.  That team will be Iowa State, although the Cyclones will need a missed field goal late to avoid overtime in a 16-13 victory.


Colorado over Oklahoma State...The Cowboys are 3-0, but they're an ugly 3-0.  On paper these teams are pretty even, and the Cowboys have the home-field advantage.  But as Dan McCarney says, no one in the Big 12 circles the wagons like Gary Barnett.  The Buffaloes get the win on the road, 20-13.


Oklahoma over Kansas State...In a battle of two top running backs -- Thomas Clayton and Adrian Peterson -- this very well could come down to which quarterback makes the most plays and/or which defense wreaks the most havoc.  I'll give a slight edge to the Sooners at home for a 27-21 victory.


Texas Tech over Kansas...Both of these teams are 3-0, but neither one has played any opposition with a pulse yet.  Kansas has the most underrated defense in the league, and the Red Raiders have the most explosive offense.  Can the Jayhawks score the 35 points necessary to win this one?  Probably not, so Texas Tech wins 35-24.


Texas over Missouri...Look for Brad Smith to have a huge day and scare the #2 Longhorns, but it won't be enough to pull off the upset.  More late-game heroics from Vince Young and Texas survives for the 28-24 win.



Mark Hersom, CN Staff Writer


Iowa State over NebraskaOk, Ok the wait is over. Will the real Slim Shady, I mean the real Cyclones please stand up?!! Cyclones, I have one thing to say….Gettter Done! This one appears and may be ugly as both defenses can shine on any given Saturday, but which offense has what it takes to move the ball down the field for sustained drives and score on 80 yard drives. The Clones hope that Meyer will not be on his back like two years ago and also hope that Cory Ross won't run for over 170 yards with two scores. The interior lineman on both sides will need to determine who is the Big 12's contender or pretender as clock management and ball control is key for the Cyclones in wearing out the "Blackshirts" of Nebraska. This may be one for the ages and let's not hope it comes down to a field goal but all indications are leading to that. Don't get me wrong here, we will need to score a field goal but this time be up by two possessions before we need to first. Taking the crowd out early will be key as my senses tell me this crowd could resemble the Hawk fans with Kyle McCann a few years ago against Michigan with some three letter word that most want to tell Steve Peterson how they feel and they are not cheering for Bo Ruud. Cyclones come into Memorial Stadium and surprise even most Cyclone fans and start the Big 12 North race with a bang, 20-16.


Colorado over Oklahoma StateHow can the Cowboys take their starting QB from last year winning seven games and move him to safety and put in a redshirt but talented freshman in Bobby Reid and expect the same thing. They can't and OSU is starting to lose ground in the South this year and looking forward to next year as new coach Mike Gundy doesn't have eligibility left and the Buffs take an important step in winning the North title by pulling off a win on the road against a South team. This one is close if the Cowboys can get to QB Joe Klatt and force turnovers. Colorado wins with defense on the road 20-16.


Oklahoma over Kansas StateThis game a couple years ago would've been the marquee one but this even falls behind KU-Tech. The Wildcats had some off the field troubles with one of their running backs this week but Thomas Clayton will still play, not start. That will not be enough as the Sooners get back on the winning ways and take the hard fought victory as Kansas St shows more progress every week. OU wins this one as Adrian Peterson has 150 plus two touchdown day and the Sooners win 28-17.


Texas Tech over Kansas…KU kept this one close last year falling one point short 31-30 but the KU offense is not clicking much like most of the North division teams right now. Tech is slowing becoming the sleeper since OU has taken a tumble and Mike Leach's spread offensive seems to be just plugging in the right personnel. Look for the Red Raiders to wear down the Jayhawks after halftime and pull away 51-24.


Texas over Missouri…Longhorn fans hope that Texas will not overlook Missouri to next weeks showdown with Oklahoma as Brad Smith can run all over the field if given a chance in a big game like the Iowa State game last year. Look for Mizzou to keep this one close but too much offense for Texas and QB Vince Young as he shows he is the better passer on this day and the legs of Brad Smith can't tackle the Texas offense. Longhorns in a crucial "trap" potential game pull away late with ball control, 34-24.



Amanda Ouverson, CN Staff Writer


Iowa State over NebraskaI will admit I'm more nervous about this game than I was the Iowa game, but I think in the end ISU will be okay and pull out the victory in Lincoln for the first time since 1977. ISU 14-10.


Colorado over Oklahoma StateTough call, but I'm going to go with Colorado on the road 24-14.


Oklahoma at Kansas StateIf it was in Manhattan I'd probably give the ‘w' to K-State, but since it's in Norman I'll go with Oklahoma, 24-17.


Texas Tech over KansasTexas Tech wins by at least two touchdowns, 28-14.


Texas over MissouriToo much Vince Young, UT 35-13.



Andrew Swan, CN Staff Writer


Iowa State over NebraskaBig Red just doesn't have an offense. Their only hope is that the Blackshirts score enough points to keep them in the game. This will be a defensive struggle. ISU 17 – Nebraska 7.


Colorado over Oklahoma State The Buffs are on again – off again so far, and the ‘Pokes are the same. CU 21 – OSU17


Kansas State over OklahomaThere is something rotten in Norman. The Cats will take advantage of this and come away with the W. KSU 28 – OU 21


Kansas over Texas Tech…I smell a shocker. KU 24 – TTU 21


Texas over MissouriTexas is just too strong for Mizzou. The Tigers will get hooked. Texas 45 – Missouri 27



Chad Winterboer, Chief Operating Officer


Iowa State at NebraskaAs we all know the historical stats all point to a Nebraska victory but this isn't the same Nebraska team we are used to seeing in Lincoln.  Their offense isn't even close to what we have seen in the past.  Iowa State's offense won't fair much better but they will do just enough to find a way to win this game.  Iowa State wins 17-14.


Colorado over Oklahoma StateQuite frankly I don't have a clue which team will win this game.  However, in an attempt to jinx Colorado I will pick them to win this game even though I hope they lose for obvious reasons.  I guess if I want to jinx Colorado I should just make sure Deace picks them.  Sorry Steve, I couldn't resist.


Oklahoma over Kansas StateOklahoma is struggling this season but I'm not convinced Kansas State has improved much over last year.  Adrian Peterson will be too much for Kansas State and Oklahoma will win this game.


Texas Tech over KansasKansas has one of the best defenses they have had in a long time but it just won't be enough to stop the high-powered Texas Tech offense.  Texas Tech will put up a lot of points and win this game easily.


Texas over MissouriBrad Smith has tons of talent but he can't win this game by himself.  Texas has way too much talent this year and they will win this game easily.



On the season…


Steve Deace                         16-7

Mark Hersom                        18-5

Amanda Ouverson               17-6

Andrew Swan                   5-5

Chad Winterboer                  19-4


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