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
How about a 2 for 2 last week? And I'm off to a 5-0 start (still no wagering) .. I was very unsure of my picks last week, both of which could have gone either way, MU falling at ASU and KU beating Northern Illinois could have gone either way. I threw you a bonus by getting the point margins correct.
So enough back patting, how about week 3?
2-0 KU at Georgia Tech 1130am on 610 Sports Radio Saturday.
The Jayhawks are flying high off of the last possession win over NIU, and offensively they should be. QB Jordan Webb has played well, the running game has been solid behind what has been a showcase OL, and the WR & TE's have contributed despite it being a revolving door through injuries and suspensions. They'll need all of that offense this week heading into what could be another shootout opportunity at Tech.
Much like a season ago when the stats looked like GT was playing a video game instead of a real game, the Ramblin Wreck are putting up some stupid offense numbers. KU had them scouted perfectly a season ago and tackled very well on defense against the triple option. They also had the element of surprise and Tech may very well have overlooked KU. This year that won't be the case, this Tech QB may be a better thrower, and they are home with something still to prove.
I'd like to pick the upset again, but the KU defense is struggling to find it's identity and there is nothing through two games that says they will be locking anyone down yet. I think KU can score with GT, but who will make the most stops? GT 34 – KU 24.
1-1 Missouri vs Western Illinois 6pm on 980am and 98.1fm KMBZ.
The Tigers look to bounce back from the Arizona State road trip with a breather against Western Illinois. It's a tryout week at RB, where through all of the injuries, Henry Josey is left standing. But are they ready to feature him? Will RS Fr Greg White be ready to go? Will TJ Moe see more carries? None of these questions will affect the overall outcome but it will be fun to watch. The longer term impact will be to get effective run production to take the load off QB James Franklin.
The MU defense could use a shot in the arm, after giving up far too many big plays to start the year, something Coach Gary Pinkel is not downplaying. Limiting big plays is a point of emphasis and look for the Tigers to handle that this week. The Tigers have a chance to get healthy against a lower division opponent. MU 48 – WIU 10.
1-0 Kansas State vs Kent State 6pm on Fox College Sports.
As I had mentioned last week, I'm not a huge fan of a bye week in the second week of the college season, but maybe it will be a blessing for the Wildcats.
After putting up just 10 points in their opener against Eastern Kentucky, Bill Snyder got the chance to spend extra time with the “you aren't as good as you thought you were” card to play to his offensive unit. The bye hopefully allowed some extra to work on the little details and re-emphasize what they are trying to accomplish. I'd expect a heavy dose of the running game this week.
Kent State has struggled offensively themselves, so I expect the Cats defense to take another step. K-State 35 Kent State 7.