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I did “get healthy” in last week's Big 3 picks even predicting the correct margin for KU at 14 and that Missouri would have a closer than expected game with Arizona State (although I had no clue of the QB situation) .. so we head into week four at 7-2 with three road games on the slate this week. And this week's games are chalk full of -- I hope I'm wrong on all 3.
Missouri at #8/7 South Carolina, 230pm on 106.5fm & CBS.
The QB question remains as a type for Mizzou with James Franklin probably forever questionable after last week's game and Corbin Burkstresser looking like a more than capable replacement. But whoever is under center better make sure their lineman are happy, content, motivated .. fed? .. whatever heading into Saturday facing some nasty DE's for the Gamecocks. Protecting the QB, getting the ball out quick, or creating lanes for Franklin to run or scramble should be an A1 priority.
South Carolina no longer has a QB question with Connor Shaw ready to go, although Missouri coach Gary Pinkel told us this week that both Qbs play a similar style and so it's similar preparation for both. Getting back Zaviar Gooden should be a boost, he seemed totally out of the storyline in the wake of the Franklin fallout of last week. Stopping Marcus Lattimore and the ground game will be another huge key.
It's the first SEC road game for the Tigers and first CBS national game and I wish I could be more optimistic.
South Carolina 31 Missouri 20.
Kansas at Northern Illinois, 230pm on 98.1fm KMBZ.
NIU gave the Jayhawks nice bulletin board material late this week with the Huskies' belief that last year's 45-42 loss to KU was self inflicted rather than earned. And Charlie Weis is reminding his team that they've lost 218x on the road (or 13), so there's plenty of motivation.
The Jayhawks get back last year's top rusher James Sims after a 3-game suspension added to what appears to be a very solid rush attack. Although I'm still not convinced they used it enough. Kansas should be liking it's chops to run against a NIU squad that gave up 486 yards rushing last week to one dimensional Army.
NIU has a dual threat QB in Jordan Lynch who is their top runner against a KU defense that's been more opportunistic than good. They've been turning people over and will need those to continue.
This is a road game, the weather may be rainy and windy, and it's not often that a MAC school gets a BCS conference team in their building. And NIU will have some revenge on their minds as KU handed them one of their two losses in an otherwise terrific 11 win season. I'm rooting for the reverse to happen and will be more than happy to be wrong.
NIU 28 KU 24.
#13/15 Kansas State at #5/6 Oklahoma, 650pm on FOX.
This may be the best game of the day, unless it's the beatdown similar to last year when Oklahoma put a thumping on the Wildcats in Manhattan. We all thought last year's game was going to be great too.
I'm still trying to figure out Oklahoma, I'm not sure two games tell the tale. RB Damien Williams is off to a great start with 5 Tds and just over 250 yards in two games. The WR corps which looked like a weakness before the season, had a good camp that's carried over to the games. Landry Jones has the opportunity to be a little more under the radar this season. The defense isn't a finish project and they'll have to try to stop Collin Klein.
K-State must get pressure on Jones and help protect it's secondary which I think is still vulnerable. On the flip side K-State get Klein going early on the ground as surely OU will try to make them beat him with his arm.
OU is virtually unbeatable in Norman with Bob Stoops 77-3 at home with 39 straight wins. Yikes, I don't like those odds.