Back to the full slate of local college football after the bye week for both Kansas and Kansas State last week. With only Mizzou on the docket last week my season total moved to 10-3 as I even predicted a close Missouri road win at UCF, 24-20 with the actual score being 21-16. Maybe I should start picking vs the spread one of these days.
Kansas at #8/7 Kansas State, 11am on 610 Sports Radio and FX.
The Sunflower Showdown comes in Manhattan after the last two years in Lawrence. The Cats are eager to host, even though L-Town was very hospitable the past two matchups giving up 59 points in each of the past two blowouts.
The Cats are once again a big favorite, up to 24 at last check. And why wouldn't they be? They have the advantage in every aspect of this matchup, offense, defense, special teams, and as KU's Charlie Weis noted “including their head coach (Bill Snyder)”.
I'd like to say there's a way that Kansas can win this game, but I don't see it. Aside from K-State becoming a turnover machine and KU pulling out a bunch of trickery from Weis' play bag, it should be all Jayhawks. K-State hasn't always been on point this season, but KU will need to see the Wildcats version that sleptwalked through Missouri State and North Texas and not the Miami or Oklahoma edition.
Kansas State 41 Kansas 21
Missouri hosts Vanderbilt, 6pm on 98.1fm KMBZ and FSN.
The Tigers are 3-2, but 0-2 in the SEC with a 'must win' type scenario this week. It's a dividing line game, does Mizzou want to be the same sentence as the upper echelon of their new league, or will they be pushed into the also rans like Kentucky, Vandy, etc that are often considered the weak links?
So it may be as much of a identity game as anything, and with #1 Alabama coming next week, you better get that first win.
Despite a close game that did include a punt return TD against UCF, the feel is that the Missouri offense found it's legs a little better in the Florida heat. The run game took some pressure off the pass game, the quarterback question is no more, it's go time.
The suspension of Dorial Green-Beckham for marijuana possession is a news worthy story, but his production has been limited anyhow so it should not be much of a factor / distraction.
Missouri 27 Vanderbilt 14.