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
I could have went with a realignment blog .. but the stories would change before I hit send .. so I'm sticking with on the field.
Off to a 3-0 Big 12 start .. not exactly how I had predicted with Mizzou and K-State playing closer than expected games, but that's why I stay away from spreads. (I've got mouths to feed)
Week 2 of the Big 12 and oddly enough already half of the conference will be on bye weeks. I'd want to save mine for later but … okay for this week's picks. (K-State is off this week)
#19 Missouri at #23 Arizona State, 930pm Friday on 980am and 98.1fm KMBZ.
Great game on paper, BCS vs BCS .. The Big Today vs the Pac 12 to be 16. It's just the perfect kind of non-conference game to get your team ready for league play. But .. I hate Friday nights, always have, these always are bizarre wild shootouts. And I hate going to Arizona or Arizona State at night, for some reason it always feels like a trap. (Could be my Hawkeyes losing at Arizona last year)
Plus with Missouri, the injury bug is adding up big time. No Kendial Lawrence, Will Ebner or Jacquies Smith for this one, in addition to the injuries of last week. The Tigers have had their share of misfortune already the first two weeks to last a season.
The offense is still a work in progress and the defense will be minus two starters. This feels like the kind of experience that will pay dividends later for MU but not on Friday night's scoreboard. ASU 27 – MU 20.
Kansas vs Northern Illinois, 6pm Saturday on 980am and 98.1fm KMBZ.
KU shakes off the embarrassment of the 2010 opener by putting together a solid performance in the 42-24 win over McNeese State, but it only means no time to breathe as an 11-win MAC team from a season ago comes calling, as a favorite.
NIU has a veteran QB, but a first year head coach in former KU assistant Dave Doeren. The Huskies had the 26th ranked defense of a season ago, but lost 9 starters. Their season opener against Army is a tough one to prep for since the Cadets run the triple option, this will be vastly different.
Now they go on the road against a Jayhawk team with a chip on their shoulder and I kind of like the 'upset' here. If KU can shore up their pass defense holes from last week, the rest of the facets of the game were pretty solid. Maybe I just want a good postgame show .. but going KU 27 – NIU 24 behind a 2nd straight solid run game.
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