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
3-3 last week and now 19-4 on the year we head to another Big 12 & SEC football weekend .. I'm feeling like next year I need to pick with the spread, I've got to be honest I have been pretty good. So on that note #humblebrag .. look for an 0-3 week.
#2 Kansas State hosts #24 Oklahoma State, 7pm on ABC.
Ho hum, another week another ranked foe for the Wildcats. Any other team I would be concerned about overconfidence as the lights just keep getting brighter and brighter, but not Bill Snyder's Cats.
For the last several weeks we've been talking about K-State's D trying to stop big time Qbs and they've passed every test. This week is more about the run game and stopping Joseph Randle. OSU can put up points, but like many a Big 12 team they can also surrender them, although they've held their last three opponents to 20pts or less.
A couple of interesting stats courtesy of footballoutsiders.com – K-State limits opponents to just 11 possessions per game, 4th nationally. They only trails Alabama and LSU in giving up fewest plays of 20 yards or more. And K-State's special teams put them in great shape .. their drives start five yards closer ot the opponents endzone on average five yards closer than any other team. They are simply good.
Why wouldn't I pick another K-State rout? Because it can't be always so routine, can it?
K-State 42 - OSU 28
Missouri at #7 Florida, 11am on 98.1fm KMBZ.
James Franklin seems to be back in good graces with Gary Pinkel. It seemed from our interview this week and his weekly press conference that there's a rejuvinated confidence in Franklin. If only that were enough. Still Pinkel is optimistic that the 'real' Franklin can be back healthy and confident.
The bad news is Florida had their meltdown game. They turned the football over a bunch last week which has been against their norm. The Gators are still alive for the SEC title game and should be plenty mad and eager for a bounceback. Just a week ago they were near the top of the polls and title contender. Missouri hasn't been in that discussion all year long. There will be no new t-shirt printed this week in Columbia.
Florida 38 - Missouri 13
Kansas at Baylor, 230pm on 610 Sports Radio.
Another moral win last week for KU in fighting another Big 12 foe at home, but Texas is the latest one to be let off the hook. The Jayhawks have to win one of these types of games. The 'close but not enough' isn't going to cut it much longer.
This week, something has to give .. 0-5 Jayhawks vs 0-4 Bears. Yuk. You'd like to say Baylor is a pretty unlucky 0-4 Big 12 team. They score a tons of points, but turnover problems have been deadly.
Charlie Weis has been terribly committed to the run, which has been great. He knows where the bread is buttered offensively. James Sims has been one of the most underrated backs in the Big 12 this season and if Tony Pierson is closer to 100%, there's no reason to not keep the ball on the ground in Waco.
Kansas has shown improvement on D especially with their front 7. Keep an eye on injury situation at LB as they'll need all hands on deck to keep pressure on Nick Florence and the Baylor O. I'm not sure I have full faith in the secondary though.