"Bulldog" Bob Fescoe is the host of Fescoe in the Morning, heard weekdays 6a-9a on 610 Sports Radio. The KU grad has been a voice in the Kansas City sports scene for the better part of the last decade and brings his passion to the table with some bite every weekday morning.
A lot can be learned from the weekend that was on the football field. Both the college and pro levels taught us a ton over the past few days.
Let’s start where the weekend began, and that is Lawrence Kansas. A beautiful day in Lawrence with my wife was spoiled by KU blowing a 20-0 lead over Texas Tech. KU got it going early, jumped out to a big lead, but they did what they do best and that is not show up on defense. When it was all said and done, KU was outscored by 31 points in the final 3 quarters of the game. KU’s offense is good enough to compete in the Big 12 but their defense is downright rotten. Injuries can be blamed for a bit, a new scheme can also be blamed and we can also point to Vic Shealey as a new coordinator. However, the real blame goes to the talent. KU is just not good enough yet talent wise on defense to compete. While KU recruited awesome on offense, they let the defense slide. They are still a few recruiting classes away from winning, but who knows what the landscape of college sports will look like when that happens.
Over in Manhattan, we saw Bill Snyder cement himself as the best coach in college football history. He has his team back in the top 20 for the first time in forever. Bill Snyder has proven that he is the ONLY coach that can win at Kansas State. Kansas State was irrelevant before he arrived, they were irrelevant when Prince was the coach and now they are relevant again and looking like a Big 12 power. You can say Bryant, Paterno, Bowden and Saban, but NO ONE can win like Snyder. Anyone can win at Alabama, Penn State, Florida and the like. NO ONE else has ever won in Manhattan. Bill Snyder is the best there ever was and when he retires, they better hire a Snyder coach to take over that program.
Later in the day we learned that the new leagues may not be the best moves for our friends from Nebraska and Texas A and M. Nebraska was white washed by Wisconsin and Texas A and M was beaten by Arkansas. Newer isn’t always better. Good luck with your new leagues and I hope Missourah learned something from watching those two games over the weekend.
On Sunday, the Chiefs won! It wasn’t a pretty game, but in the NFL a win is a win is a win. Matt Cassel posted his second consecutive game with a rating over 100 and Dwayne Bowe and Steve Breaston came to play. Both came up with huge catches against Minnesota.
Cassel and Haley had heated words on the sidelines in the first half, but Cassel’s half time speech is credited for getting the team focused to beat the Vikings in the second half of the game. As much as the “Suck for Luck” people don’t want to hear it, Cassel is a leader and played his best game of the year. The “Suck for Luck” train was de-railed. Good.
So we can say that this weekend a 20-0 lead is not safe in Lawrence, Bill Snyder is a genius and the Chiefs are not out of this thing...yet.