After last week's round of games I'm now 25-4 picking the local-3 on the year including taking Missouri win at Tennessee (although not like that!) .. so it's onto what I think is a must win weekend for K-State, MU & KU
#1 Kansas State at Baylor, 7pm on ESPN
The newly annointed #1 seems to be handling this week like all other weeks, ho hum. The spotlight doesn't seem to be any brighter on Manhattan at least from our perspective in KC, it's sounding like 'one game at a time' continues.
Boring, yes, effective? Hella yes. Keep doing what you are doing Cats. Style doesn't even matter, zero losses matters.
Could the Wildcats use a little pick me up after a flat performance in last weeks win? Sure. Especially on offense to help their QB get back to Heisman favored status. Collin Football is my guy.
Baylor has been suspect all year on D so I think K-State get back to rolling on O and despite my man crush Ty Zimmerman likely being out on D, they have enough horses to absorb the loss.
K-State 38 Baylor 20
Kansas hosts Iowa State, 6pm on 610 Sports Radio.
The Jayhawks are throughly due for a W, before the season and even several weeks ago I would have said that not even Iowa State provided a chance. It does seem like they may be losing steam, but the Cyclones need a W to get to 6 wins and bowl eligibility.
I think KU should treat this like their bowl game. Charlie Weis is buying every student who wants one a ticket to the game hoping to drum up a crowd .. and it's a potential jumping off point for next year.
Iowa State has struggled on offense and can't find a QB. Steele Jantz is the guy unless he starts throwing into trouble as he's been prone to do. KU needs to get him taking needless chances.
ISU's D isn't quite the same since the loss of Jake Knott and ground and pound is the method that has to be.
Due – Kansas 27 Iowa State 24
Missouri hosts Syracuse, 6pm on 98.1fm KMBZ.
No Sheldon Richardson it seems as I type, so that does change the attitude of the Tiger D, but with the final home game and the potential of a 6th victory .. I think they get it done.
Syracuse did play well last week with the win over previously unbeaten Louisville. But so did Missouri in the 4OT thriller at Tennessee. It seemed like something clicked in James Franklin and the mental hurdle of the knee injury may have been erased. Maybe.
This is probably more gut than anything concrete. It just feels like this is a must for bowl qualifying and the extra practice time they could use for next year.
Missouri 31 Syracuse 21