So I missed badly on the K-State – WV score last week, I did say they wouldn't be in shoot out. What is a one sided shoot out? Whatever. Now 16-4 on the season it's back to a full 3 games from the local 3 this week.
#3 Kansas State vs #14 Texas Tech, 230pm on Fox.
We've said on the air many times stop picking against Bill Snyder so clearly I'm going with the Wildcats. K-State has risen to the challenge very week, so why wouldn't you think this would be any different?
Collin Klein according to all reports, is still Collin Klein, and handled all of the new Heisman hype to perfection. Now Seth Doege gets his turn, so it's up to the K-State D to respond. They too have handled all comers all season and have taken huge strides from the unit that looked pretty average to start the season.
Texas Tech's D is much improved as well, probably looking more like the Tommy Tuberville style he envisioned defensively with the leftover gunslinger offensive plan Lubbock apparently loves.
This one though is in Manhattan and K-State isn't frustrated by grind it out, lack of big play offensive drives. I'll stay conservatively close again but...
K-State 30 Texas Tech 21
Missouri vs Kentucky 11am on 98.1fm KMBZ.
This is going to be a great basketball matchup. Oh wait, this is football? Well then Missouri better win in a runaway. This is the game where Tiger fans can join in the “at least we aren't Kentucky” crowd.
Must, must, must, must, must win for Mizzou. You cannot, cannot, cannot lose at home to Vandy and Kentucky in the same season. 0-4 vs 0-5 in the SEC. Yuck, yuck, yuck.
Coming off the bye week, I think we all expect the Tigers to be sharp and focused and as Gary Pinkel told us this week, getting back to winning because “that's what we do here.”
Corbin Berkstresser will be under center it appears for the Tigers, so another chance for him to try to impress. There's one OL back, now another out. Same old refrain this season for the Tigers. But the show must go on.
Mizzou 38 Kentucky 13
Kansas hosts #23 Texas, 11am on 610 Sports Radio.
The most optimistic Jayhawks fans think this is the only shot left at a Big 12 win. Against Texas? Really? Granted this isnt your 5 years ago Texas, but it's still Texas. Hopefully Charlie Weis has been taking in the 30 minute daily practice feed on the Longhorn Network for help.
We talked with Matt Tait of Kusports.com and asked what he thought would have to happen for a KU win and he said for it to be a game like the TCU one. They didn't win that game, but they'll probably need a TCU-like four turnover in the red zone type happening. Also it would be less of an undertaking if they get much better special teams than a week ago which turned an already tough game at OU into a train wreck in a blur.
RS Fr Michael Cummings is the starting QB this week and has an opportunity to impress for next season with transfer Jake Heaps waiting in the wings. Weis said Cummings knows it will hard to beat out Heaps next season so Cummings might have a huge chance to get into the mix. It's clearly the best option over Dayne Crist who has disappeared when the lights have come on this season.
Texas gives up points, but not sure enough for KU to exploit. The learning goes on, but the results? Maybe not.
Texas 42 – Kansas 24.