So here we are, halfway through the college football season. Why is it that everything we love goes by so fast? I mean, wasn't it just yesterday that Iowa State was a lock to challenge for the Big 12 North. That seems like just a second ago. Now….well, a bowl game would be nice.
This is also the usual point of
the season where pundits and experts (of which I would like to think I am both,
but am actually probably neither) release their midseason grades. Now, I would
love to write a grades column, but I have another idea, and let's be honest,
I'll most likely be out of creative column things in a couple weeks and can pull
it out then.
But for now, let's look at the
good, the bad and the ugly from the Big 12 so far.
Missouri – So I'm starting to believe in the
Tigers. It was easy to disregard their hot start when looking at the cupcake
teams they beat in non-conference play. At 6-0 they are coming off a huge win
over Texas Tech in Lubbock, holding that Tech video game offense
in check. Their defense kept Tech out of the end zone and their offense is
clicking under future star Chase Daniels. Their Nov. 4 game against Nebraska should determine
the winner of the Big 12 North.
Adrian Peterson – This isn't a surprise to anyone.
We all knew how good he was after a monster freshman season that nearly saw him
grab the Heisman Trophy. He is averaging 150 yards per game, good for tops in
the Big 12 and fourth nationally. Also, he only needs 334 yards to become
time leading rusher. Any chance he gets all those against an Iowa State
defense that couldn't stop Nebraska's "no-name" rushing
Mack Brown – Even with the loss of all-world
quarterback Vince Young, Brown has the Longhorns back in another national title
hunt. Texas is
for real, even though they are relying on a freshman quarterback. Texas' only loss this
season is at the hands of everyone's No. 1 Ohio State. Nothing wrong with that.
If there is only one unbeaten team at the end of the season and Texas wins the rest of
their games (which they will) look for the Horns to have a chance to defend
their national title.
Iowa State's Offense – Where do I start here? This is
one of the biggest disappointments of the season. How does an offense with this
many weapons consistently underachieve. Iowa State's
offense is 10th in the Big 12, leading only offensively challenged
Kansas State and an awful Colorado team. With the Cyclone defense giving
up almost 30 points per game, the Cyclone O has to get something going.
Going….like what hopefully Barney Cotton will be doing at the end of the
Texas Tech – This was supposed to be their
season. With both Texas and Oklahoma going through
quarterback changes, this was supposed to be the chance for the Red Raiders. All
they did to capitalize on their opportunity was put up only three points against
TCU and lose at home to Missouri. Better luck next
The State of Kansas – At least basketball starts
Colorado – 13 points per game. That's all
the Buffalos can muster. They're really bad. Their first chance for a win this
season comes in two weeks against Kansas, but don't look for that to happen.
They could go 0-12, which would be absolutely hilarious.
Baylor's Run Game
– The Bears have
247 yards on the ground AS A TEAM this season. That's awful! It's more then
awful, it's completely ridiculous. It's even more crazy when you factor in that
Baylor rushed for 136 yards in their last game against Colorado. Their season
low? 32 yards against Washington State. And somehow they're 2-0 in the Big
Iowa State Defense – I know, it's a broken record. The
Cyclone defense is in complete disarray. Watch the second half of the Nebraska game. The
Huskers literally ran four different plays during the half and the Cyclones
couldn't stop them. Even though they knew what was coming, there was nothing
they could do to stop them. Their pass defense is 97th in the nation
and it's only that good because Nebraska didn't pass in the second half. Is it
bad that I honestly think Ricky Williams' 350-yard game (the most single game
yards against the Cyclones) is in real jeopardy against Peterson this
And now for the
I went 4-2 last week, a little off
my breakneck pace. But I'm still 50-9 on the season, not bad at all.
Iowa State at Oklahoma
Hmmm….the Cyclones can't score and
can't stop anyone else from scoring. This could be a disaster.
THE PICK: Oklahoma
Baylor at Texas
Both teams are 2-0 in the Big 12,
the last two unbeatens in the South. Baylor's Big 12 title hopes die a painful
THE PICK: Texas
Missouri at Texas
Two wins in a row in the state of
Texas is a
tough task. But this Missouri team might be the best one under Gary
Pinkel. I'm finally ready to put my support behind the Tigers. Of course, the
second I pick them, they'll go out and lose. That would be something Pinkel
THE PICK: Missouri
Nebraska at Kansas State
Nebraska didn't look impressive against
State. Of course, they
didn't have to be impressive to win. Kansas State is pretty bad, the Huskers should
have no problems in this one.
THE PICK: Nebraska
Texas Tech at Colorado
Ugly, ugly, ugly. I can hear
children crying in the Rockies.
THE PICK: Texas
Oklahoma State at Kansas
This is the one game – as a lover
of good college football – that I will refuse to watch on principle. Who
THE PICK: Kansas