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
Off to an 8-0 start picking the local 3 teams each week, luckily after last week I won't be held to the point differential. I'm only tabbing the won-loss picks. (I hit KU's 24 points, but had GT about 32 short. I shortchanged MU about 30 total .. 21 shy on offense and I gave WIU 10 more than a shutout. I actually got close on K-State, 35-7 pick, 37-0 actual)
Kansas State at Miami. 230pm on ESPNU
Earlier this week Wildcats head coach Bill Snyder was asked how this game from Miami came about he answered “I have absolutely no idea” then silence. This is not the type of game Snyder would have scheduled on his own, but rather an inherited game he could not get out of. Luckily for us, that makes it a nice marquee non-conference matchup for the Cats.
Kansas State has had one good half of offense thus far through two games, the Cats looked like they had blown out the rust in the opening frame last week, but then didn't do anything after halftime. Collin Klein has shown again that he can run, but face a Miami D that gave up just over 200 yards last week. Klein will eventually have to show he can put together a passing game.
What will the impact be of the Browns, mainly Arthur's, return to Miami? --Enter your Nev Shapiro punchline here-- I can't imagine there will be much thought of it once the game starts, but maybe provide some added incentive for Arthur to lead the K-State defense, which has looked very solid, albeit not terrifically tested in their first two games.
Which Miami team shows up? They've had a nice 'name' schedule with mixed results .. a loss to Maryland followed by a win over ranked Ohio State. This is a team that looks like it can make its share of mistakes. Still I don't think it will be enough. Miami 24 – Kansas State 17.
Missouri at #1 Oklahoma. 7Pm on 980am & 98.1fm KMBZ and FX.
MU picked off then #1 in the BCS OU last year in Columbia and now try to go end a 37-game home win streak in Norman on Saturday.
I like Missouri, I picked them for 4th in the preseason, but this may just show how much the gap is between 1st and 4th. The Tigers are a 22 point dog in this one. Oklahoma showed it's mettle last week winning at #5 Florida State and now can come home to settle a score from '10. I just don't envision MU being overlooked.
OU's big play ability with it's QB-WR-WR combo of Jones-Broyles-Stills could cause some real problems to an MU secondary that gave up far too many big plays in it's only real test at Arizona State. MU must get off to a fast start like it did last year and try to get OU on their heels. And run the football. Henry Josey had a terrific half last week, churning out 263 yards and 3 scores, numbers he'll obviously have a hard time replicating against the Sooners. Even half of that production could go a long way into some clock control.
While OU has reeled off 37 straight wins at home, the home atmosphere isn't believed to be one that's overly intimidating. James Franklin needs to continue to show progress with a mix of run and pass and help his offense not only score points but keep OU's off the field. It's by far though the best D he's ever faced, so it may be easier said than done.