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
Josh Klingler: Let down? Beat down? Upset in L-Town?
by Josh Klingler,posted Oct 11 2012 10:42AM
Now 11-4 on the season after a 1-1 week last week, even though I predicted half of the final 40 pt margin last week in the Sunflower Showdown. I wasn't alone though in incorrectly picking Missouri to get it's first SEC win. Oh Vandy. So it's onto another week of picking the local 3.
#5 Kansas State at #25 Iowa State Saturday 11am on FX.
The Wildcats did what they needed to do last week against Kansas, make it interesting for awhile and then blow the doors off. Mission accomplished, on to another week. Now the talk is if there's going to be a letdown this week at Iowa State. I'm not banking on it, plus Iowa State is a solid team.
Bill Snyder isn't the type to allow massive mood swings, so they'll be ready. A huge matchup looms with West Virginia yes, but tell that to Oklahoma State 2011. That team lost in Ames ruining national title hopes. K-State has won 4x in the series, but they've been close, no more than eight points.
Will ISU's talented LB corps be able to properly shadow Collin Klein and John Hubert? Will Jarred Barnett without the element of surprise of being the surprise starting QB, be able to do it two weeks in a row? Farmageddon should be fun.
K-State 31 - Iowa State 20
Kansas vs Oklahoma State, 230pm on 610 Sports Radio & FSN.
Jayhawk fans probably shouldn't look too much at the schedule from here on out. It doesn't look like too many wins are out there for the taking. So just live in the here and now and see if they can find a way to win each week.
Can Oky State be the much needed upset? The Pokes can score behind the league's leading rusher in Joseph Randle and whichever QB plays Saturday, but they've also given up points (not including 84-0 over Savannah State) but 59, 24, 41 points allowed in the three games that really counted. But can KU score enough to take advantage? I'd like to say maybe, but I don't like Randle pounding in the 2nd half against a defense we've seen tire late. Also the Cowboys are coming off their 2nd bye week and are itching to play.
OSU 42 - Kansas 24
Missouri vs #1 Alabama, 230pm on 98.1fm KMBZ & CBS.
My how things have changed. This was THE game circled on the 'must watch' calendar when the season began .. the likely #1 team in the country coming into Columbia to face a Tiger team that's already staked it's claim as belonging in the SEC. Bama held up it's end.
This one could get ugly, regardless of the friendship of the two head coaches. Alabama as the #1 team in the country must play the style points game so don't expect the gas pedal to be removed from the floor.
No one is foreseeing a scenario in which Missouri pulls the upset. More offensive line changes, Corbin Berkstresser under center again .. and you know, Alabama on the other side. This doesn't look good. 0-4 in year one of the SEC doesn't look good. I don't like this at all.