Curtis Kitchen has followed the Big 12, Kansas State and national college basketball beat including K-State's run to the NCAA Tournament Elite 8 in 2010. You can currently follow his work at his blog: KitchenKC.com In the past, he also covered the Kansas City Wizards (now Sporting KC) for Major League Soccer's mlsnet.com site as well as the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals for the other sports station in town. His freelance portfolio ranges media outlets and publications, including gopowercat.com (part of the Rivals network), collegehoopsnet.com and the Miami Herald.
Curtis Kitchen: Big 12: Back to 2010 all over again?
by Curtis Kitchen,posted Sep 9 2011 12:27PM
A week's worth of thoughts while trying to figure out how much Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon's insurance policy might be worth - if he has one...
- If OSU has any defense, ANY defense, how could it not be included in national championship talk?
- That offense is sick.
- And, it might be second in the Big 12 behind Baylor.
- That thought has to make Willie Lyles smile some, doesn't it?
- Yesterday, 247 sports released its recruiting rankings - there were six Big 12 teams in the top 25, which matches the six Big 12 teams listed in the latest AP Top 25 college football poll.
- If the Big 12 could get out of its own way, there would be little to stop it from being the best football conference in the country.
- Too bad it can't win BCS championships as well as its member schools can threaten to sue each other.
- Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State and Iowa State against the world?
- What is this? Summer of 2010?
- Trying to remember how I felt about K-State's defense a year ago at this time.
- I'm pretty sure I didn't think they would be THAT bad by year's end.
- Just like I don't think the defense is nearly as good as its statistics showed against Eastern Kentucky.
- Then again, what do I know? I thought the offense would look like a well-oiled machine.
- I still think Collin Klein and the rest of the Wildcats offense will be fine.
- Fine enough to win in Miami, after seeing the 'Canes against Maryland, is an entirely different subject.
- If you were underwhelmed with James Franklin's first start, I wouldn't worry there either. Kid can play.
- So can the Tigers defense.
- Unsure about Kansas' defense after giving up 24 points to McNeese State.
- The Jayhawks starters didn't play the whole game, for good reason, but if McNeese put up 420 yards of total offense, can Baylor, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Texas A&M put up 600?
- Missouri would if it gets the chance.
- Unless Gary Pinkel does his usual and calls off the dogs early.
- If you missed it on Thursday, Division II Washburn tried to call it off early against Lincoln (Mo.), but somehow still led 66-6.
- At halftime.
- Not sure why the MIAA decided to allow Lincoln to rejoin the conference after a 12-year hiatus. It isn't good enough.
- Then again, if they aren't going to threaten to sue anyone...why not?