Technically, Iowa State can still make a bowl. I just wanted to put that out there. It could still happen and just might. So let's all move off the ledge and calm down. Did we really expect a different record at this point?
Iowa, as much as we as Cyclone fans
are contractually supposed to deny, is a good team, Texas is a national champion contender, Oklahoma was a legitimate top-10 team when they played
Iowa State and Nebraska is on the way back up. So should we
really be that disappointed? Iowa State has lost five games to five really
good teams. All I'm saying is that this was predicted and almost expected when
the season began.
I know what you're going to say
right now and I'll beat you to it. It's the way Iowa State lost those games that has fans
angry. The same mistakes over and over again, the inconsistent offense that has
scored more then 20 points only three times this season, the defense that at
times couldn't stop Ames High. I know what you're saying and I agree with you.
In their five losses the Cyclones have only been maybe two of them. That's what
has Cyclone Nation riled up.
So, that being said, let's get on
to the picks.
Iowa State at Kansas State
This is a must win for both teams.
State has zero Big 12 wins
while the Wildcats have just one. With four wins right now, K State needs this
win if they want to make a bowl with Colorado,
Texas and Kansas remaining. Only Kansas looks like a win, because Colorado has a strong
defense and the Wildcats don't really show up on offense. They need this if six
wins is to be reached.
Same situation for the Cyclones.
State must win three of
their last four games to become bowl eligible, even though those six wins don't
automatically guarantee them a postseason birth. They've had a midseason
turnaround the past two years and there isn't any reason they can't do it again.
But if they want to turn it around, it has to start now. If the Cyclones lose to
the Wildcats, the boos will get louder and the seats in Jack Trice Stadium will
get emptier. Kansas State doesn't play offense well and their
defense has struggled. The Cyclones have to get it done this week or their
season might be over.
THE PICK: Iowa State
Texas at Texas
Cyclone fans saw how good
Texas was a
few weeks back, and saw how actually bad Tech was just last weekend. Anything
State did was given to them
by the Red Raiders. They had 14 penalties, including five personal fouls. They
also had a couple fumbles that kept Iowa State in the game. That's a bad Tech team.
Texas, on the other hand, is really
good. They are fifth in the nation, and for some reason unknown to me, seventh
in the BCS. But I don't count the BCS system as legitimate. I have never seen a
computer that can see a game, so I don't understand how a computer can rank
teams. It's like my television judging in a taste test. It just doesn't work.
continue to roll through their schedule, sitting back and praying that only one
team ends the year unbeaten.
THE PICK: Texas
Oklahoma at Missouri
This should have had the markings
of a monumental game. Oklahoma has one Big 12 loss and still has a
fighting (although almost entirely unlikely) chance of winning the South.
Missouri also only has one conference loss and
is locked with Nebraska in a two-team race for the North.
This should have been a pivotal, season defining game. Then Adrian Peterson got
hurt. The Sooners were able to get past Colorado, just because the Buffalos are bad
this season. But Missouri isn't.
Against a strong defense like
Missouri's, the Oklahoma game plan will struggle. The Tigers
can stop the Sooner run game, forcing quarterback Paul Thompson to run the show.
He can't do that against Missouri. The Tigers will stop the Sooner
offense and Missouri signal caller Chase Daniel has a very
bright future. This will be a huge win for the North, who hasn't beaten the
Sooners in a regular season game since Nebraska beat them in
Texas' last regular season loss to a
North team was to Kansas State in 1999. Those two teams have been
really, really good.
THE PICK: Missouri
Nebraska at Oklahoma State
What do you say about this game?
Nebraska is a legitimate top-20 team and is
well on their way to their first Big 12 Championship game since beating
Texas in 1999.
They have a powerful, balanced offense and a stingy
Oklahoma State has none of these. This game will
be a blowout. I'm putting the over/under on Husker points scored at 37 and
taking the over.
THE PICK: Nebraska
Texas A&M at
Even though Texas A&M is
ranked, this could turn out to be a pretty good game. Baylor has been scoring
big points, coming from way back to beat Kansas
and scoring 31 against Texas. This offense can score in bunches, and
if they get in a shootout with A&M there could be an upset. The Aggies took
but they haven't beaten anyone else of consequence and their lone loss is to a
Texas Tech team that we know is pretty bad. A&M's pass defense is better
then last season, but not by a whole lot.
UPSET SPECIAL!!! GO
Colorado at Kansas
A loss here would all but
eliminate Kansas from returning to a bowl game. Have fun
at home Jayhawks. Colorado is getting better as the season goes
on, and they get a huge road win here. After the game Mark Mangino gets so angry
he goes and cleans out a Denny's.
THE PICK: Colorado
Here's a new segment I'm going to
implement. Now that the season is more then half over, I think it's time for me
to chime in with my ranking of the Big 12. We'll pretend there is only one
division and I'll rank all the teams 1-12. Who knows? It could be
4. Texas A&M
6. Texas Tech
8. Kansas State
9. Iowa State
10. Oklahoma State