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
Cyclones win, albeit a low-scoring struggle at Jack Trice Stadium.
Oklahoma...This has all the markings of
a trip behind the woodshed. And it will be.
Texas A&M over
Colorado...The Aggies will do the Cyclones a
favor by escaping Boulder with the
Texas Tech over
Nebraska...The Huskers have this game circled
after getting 70-pointed by the Red Raiders last year, but the revenge factor
isn't enough to offset the speed and quickness advantage Texas Tech has.
Kansas...Still don't know really how good
either of these teams are, but we'll go with the Wildcats at home.
Mark Hersom, CN Staff Writer
Iowa State over
believe that a game against Baylor over the last two years could be the
determinant for the Cyclones season? Let's hope the Cyclones make sure that
history is snapped by Baylor in that long conference road losing streak. The
Bears are much improved and have more heart than we've seen in awhile. Let's not
forget, the Cyclones once lost to this team 10 years ago 41-0 at
Waco so the Bears do not fear these
Cyclones. Heck, they out-gained and for the most part out-played ISU last year
if it wasn't for the fumble recovery of Brent Curvey. You have to hold steady
and defend the home turf without a loss. ISU have a very favorable schedule to
do so but it all starts tomorrow. The defense has to step up and shut down a
running back and rattle QB Shawn Bell. The Cyclones feed off instant point big
plays and somehow this needs to take place Saturday. I'm predicting a close one
but ISU pulls away in the end on a ground game and win
Oklahoma…Finally Mack Brown looks like a
lock to win this game, but as Lee Corso says, "Not so fast…" Nahhhhh. The
Longhorns will not falter that great win at
Ohio State and in the national spotlight
again they will hold on to win. This may be ugly as far as being rough because
Oklahoma's only shot at a success this
year compared to the past few would be to win this game. Mark it down, if the
Sooners look bad in this one they will lose next week at Arrowhead in
City against the Jayhawks. Adrian Peterson is banged up a little and the front defensive lineman for Texas are
licking their chops as whoever throws the ball for the Sooners is going to have
a long day. OU's defense will score a touchdown but too much Vince Young as the
Longhorns win for the first time in six years 32-16.
Texas A&M…Another South team that travels to
a North team with lots at stake. Is Baylor that good or did the Aggies have a
bad week? This week will answer that question and much like the above
aforementioned game, the South road team could create another log jam in the
North race. CU has played well and anytime you hang a shutout in the Big 12 that
is really saying something, especially on the road. I'm really hoping for an
Aggie victory but was not impressed with what happened last week in
Boulder is no
Station as far as crowd noise but the
elevation factor will play a role. The Buffaloes take one huge step forward in
winning the Big 12 North and take out the Aggies with the arm of Joel Klatt and
the leg of Mason Crosby and win 30-21.
Texas Tech over
hope that the Red Raiders come out clicking on all cylinders like the
Cornhuskers did against the Clones last week and shut up the Husker fans who
just one week ago were moaning that they will not win a game unless they run the
ball 50 times. This game is huge when you're talking about protecting your home
turf. Also, if NU loses this game, can they go on the road for the first time
this year and play well at WACO? Well, if Mike Leach has anything
to say about it, we will find out as the Red Raiders from Texas Tech leave
another bad Texas taste in the mouths of the "Blackshirt" fans and show them
what the real spread offense is all about. This game is all about Tech in its
execution as the Cyclones did not execute for 4 quarters and should have one the
game. Redraiders 33, Cornhuskers 27.
Kansas over Kansas St…Sure the Wildcats scored 21 points
in the second half at Oklahoma last week but the game was
already over. No one gave credit to Troy Davis for gaining all of those yards
because the naysayers said that he did it in the second half when the game was
already decided. Well for the Wildcats, they will need to score more than 21
points to win this game as Kansas was impressive in holding Texas
Tech to 30 points. Do you think Coach Mangino draws straws to see who the
starting quarterback is? This is a rivalry game so throw out the statistics for
the most part. The Jayhawk defense is better than the Wildcat offense and in
such, I see the Wildcats being the team that gets eliminated from the Big 12
North race. Jayhawks 23-20.
Amanda Ouverson, CN Staff Writer
Iowa State over Baylor…Cyclones are rejuvenated by the
Jack Trice crowd in wear the Bears down. I think we'll see a big fourth quarter
performance like the win over Iowa.
Oklahoma…Easy call here,
Oklahoma just isn't the team they once
were. Horns win big.
Texas A&M over
Colorado…Reggie McNeal is a big advantage for A&M and the Aggies will want to show they're a
much improved team from last weekend.
Kansas State…As in most rivalry games it'll be
close, but Kansas will pull away late.
Chris Williams, CN Staff Writer
Iowa State over Baylor…This game won't be as close as
people are predicting. Iowa State will come out extremely fired up
with something to prove. The Nebraska loss will not linger into this
game as this is a different Cyclone team that we've seen in past years. The
Cyclones will cruise and the running game will be much improved from last
Oklahoma…The past decade means nothing in
this game. Vince Young will run wild and the Texas defense will dominate the
Sooners. This game will never be close as the Horns will win in a blowout.
Texas A&M over
Colorado…I like the Aggies in this one just
because of Reggie McNeal. The Buffs big win over
Okalahoma State did nothing for me. Don't be
deceived by A&M squeaking past Baylor last week. Baylor is much improved and
that game is becoming a bit of a rivalry down in the state of
Texas. A&M will recover nicely with
a win in Boulder.
Texas Tech over
Nebraska...Sorry folks but the Huskers
haven't shown me anything yet. The "Blackshirts" might be the highest scoring
defense in the country but still gave up a ton of yardage last week to the one
dimensional Iowa Sate passing attack. Texas Tech won't have any problem scoring
points and Nebraska still doesn't have the athletes
on offense to compete with the cream of the crop in the Big 12. This game will
be close for a while but I like the Red Raiders to win convincingly.
Kansas State…I like the Jayhawks in this
rivalry game to pull off the slight upset on the road. Honestly I don't know why
I just have a gut feeling that the fighting Manginos will be hyped up going into
this one. They showed me something hanging tough with Tech last weekend and the
momentum will carry over in this one.
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defense is playing very well and they are a much better team than they used to
be but their Big 12 road winless streak will continue on Saturday.
offense will connect on some big plays and Greg Coleman along with our offensive
line will get stronger in the 4th quarter putting the game on
never thought I would pick Texas
after the last few years but that is exactly what I'm going to do. With Adrian Peterson not being 100%
won't have the weapons to defeat
of late Colorado
has looked very impressive while Texas A&M has seemed to struggle. I think this game will come down to the
wire but in an attempt to jinx
I will pick them to win this game.
Don't worry, just because I'm picking
doesn't mean I won't be cheering loudly for Texas
Tech over Nebraska…I
just don't see Nebraska's
offense being able to score enough points to win this game. As much as I would like to pick Nebraska
just to jinx them like I did Colorado I just can't bring myself to do it in this
has a much-improved defense over past seasons but I'm still not convinced they
are ready to be one of the top teams in the North. I'm taking the home team even though
is not the same team they used to be.
On the season…