Josh Klingler is the co-host and update anchor of "Fescoe in the Morning," heard weekdays 6a-9a on 610 Sports Radio. Perhaps the busiest sports personality in Kansas City, "Kling" also hosts pregame and postgame for KU Football and Men's Basketball broadcasts on the Jayhawk Radio Network and does morning sports updates on News Radio 980 KMBZ. He brings you his insight each Thursday on 610sports.com
Before I get to my football picks, some futbol. What a finish that appears to be brewing over at Livestrong Sporting Park, what could be the home to the only playoff team in KC the season .. Sporting KC.
Nearly 18,000 were on hand Wednesday night to see the match of the year thus far, a thrilling 2-1 SKC win over Columbus which put Sporting KC in first place all by themselves for the first time in over two years (and first time under the new monicker).
The new venue alone should warrant a trip to see Sporting KC, but they are also playing some really exciting soccer. Manager Peter Vermes' squad is always on the attack, which is a very fun style to watch. I personally hate when teams get a 1-0 lead and then try to stall out a win. Not so for this squad. Granted they might let some teams back in on occasion with this style, it sure leads to more exciting play. If you haven't had the chance to catch Sporting KC, I'd encourage you to get on the bandwagon. Here's hoping they can capture home field advantage. LSP will be nice and rocking in a playoff run.
Now on to football, as I finally took my first L, with no apologies. I was more than happy to be wrong about K-State, who I had losing by a touchdown at Miami. What a great goalline stand and win for the Cats. So I'm now 9-1 on the year. On to this week.
Kansas State hosts #15 Baylor. 230Pm kickoff on ABC.
It was a shootout last year with Robert Griffin of Baylor throwing for a career high 404 yards and 4 Tds in a Bears win. Does this have all of the makings for a repeat? Griffin's numbers are video game stupid so far this year as he's 70-82 (a silly 85.4%) and he's never been accused of being a check down / dump off passer. Big plays and 962 yards passing in three games, 13 Tds 0 interceptions. He's off to a great start.
Kansas State's defense is miles better than they were a season ago, witness last week's defensive stand at Miami. And the Wildcats proved they can run with a very speedy Hurricanes offense, so why wouldn't they be sky-high for this one?
Baylor is ranked 15th, they are on the prime afternoon ABC game, both very unfamiliar grounds for the Bears. Could this be a 'put them back in their place' type game? I won't pick it, but I won't be surprised either if K-State prevails. Yet I'll take Baylor 32-27.
Kansas hosts Texas Tech. 11Am kickoff on 610 Sports Radio.
KU is coming off of it's bye week, trying to erase defensive memories of the beatdown the D took on the ground by Georgia Tech. They've had the right approach, essentially saying it's over and they won't face an offensive system like GT again this season.
Texas Tech comes to town not showcasing the running game of GT, but a formidable passing attack coupled with a very capable rushing offense. KU's defense hasn't exactly been great against the pass either. They have an awful lot to prove to me to think they can stop Big 12 teams.
KU's offense meanwhile, has been better than I expected and can take advantage of a rush D of TT that got poked as well in their most recent game against Nevada.
Much like K-State, I don't think this is an unwinnable game for the Jayhawks, but I'll let them prove me wrong. TT 34 – KU 27.