Each and every week, CN's Grant Wall picks all of the Big 12's games of the weekend. While Iowa State faces UNI on Saturday, the rest of the Big 12 is jumping into conference play. Find out what Wall thinks will happen this week right here at CycloneNation.com.
While the Cyclones catch a
breather this week, the rest of the Big 12 jumps right into conference play.
I know it's early, but right now
I'm sitting at 40-7 in my weekly picks. That's a winning percentage of 85
percent. Or to put that number in perspective, my winning percentage is about
equal to the completion percentage of quarterbacks against Iowa State this season.
And now the
Northern Iowa at Iowa State
Iowa State has to get things going now.
Right now! If the Cyclones don't pick up their play on both sides of the
football, they will be embarrassed all Big 12 season long. Their offense is way
too talented to struggle this much and their defense has to step up and make a
play. If things don't get going this week, there's a chance they never
THE PICK – Iowa State
Sam Houston State
The Longhorns end their
non-conference slate against Sam Houston
State in what will be a
cupcake for the defending national champions. While Texas isn't as good as
they were last season, they are still a very good team and will be representing
the Big 12 in a BCS game.
THE PICK – Texas
Kansas at Nebraska
The Huskers have looked really
good against mediocre opponents, but were out of their league at USC. This might
be the story of their season, a good team that has the tendency to take plays
off and shoot themselves in the foot. Look for the Huskers to win the Big 12
North but to lose at least one game they should win.
THE PICK – Nebraska
Colorado at Missouri
Missouri cracked the top-25 for the first
time in several years, an amazing thing considering they had four years of Brad Smith, one of the most athletically gifted players in some time. Once he left
the Tigers suddenly look like a legitimate contender for the Big 12 North. This
just shows how bad a coach Gary Pinkel is. He wasted Smith and his talent,
losing easy games each year. Now Chase Daniel is the quarterback and has
playing its best ball in years. Fortunately for them, even Pinkel can't blow a
game against a completely inept Colorado team that will be lucky to win twice
THE PICK – Missouri
Texas Tech at Texas
Both these teams have already
experienced up and downs this season. Tech was held to just three points against
TCU but responded by hanging 62 on Southeast
Louisiana last week. Tech is a good team that had a chance to make
an early statement against the Horned Frogs but failed. A&M is undefeated
but haven't played well yet. Their four wins so far are nice but getting three
more could be a challenge. They have a tough schedule and aren't good enough to
steal games from the better teams in the conference.
THE PICK – Texas
Kansas State at Baylor
K-State played Louisville tough last week
losing just 24-6. But then consider Louisville was playing without their starting
quarterback and running back and the performance doesn't look quite as good.
They just aren't a good team and will once again miss a postseason bid. Baylor
has started 1-3, certainly disappointing to a team that fell just short of a
bowl bid last season. This is one of the few games remaining on their schedule
that they should win and the Bears dearly need this game to keep their spirits
THE PICK - Baylor