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|Big 12 Report: Week 10|
By Tony George www.sportsaudioshows.com
More rumblings of upsets last week from the Big12, and the picture gets clearer in the South Division, and alittle cloudier in the North. Iowa State pulled off a shockerin College Station last week pounding Texas AM 42-14. Texas continuesto roll, but were tested early before blowing out Oklahoma State,and they have an easy week this week with Baylor. Nebraska dropped2 straight losing to Oklahoma in Lincoln, somewhat of a surpriseactually, but turning it over 3 times, one for a TD will do youin versus an Oklahoma team who was impressive with what they hadto work with, and on the upside of improvement, they had betterplayers than Nebraska, I should know, since I was at the game!
Texas is swapping spots weekly in BCS rankings,and with Texas AM up and down this year, that date in CollegeStation between Texas and Texas AM does not loom as large as itonce was. Colorado with a squeaker win at K State last week stillhas a hold on the Big 12 North division, and they should be ableto muster another win this week against Missouri, who lost totheir border rival last week and may struggle in Boulder. Hereare some takes on this weeks action:
Texas -28 @ Baylor
The Longhorns are dismantling teams each week,and blowing out opponents is a large way, as their defense hasstepped up and QB Young is going wild, and Baylor lies in theirpath this week. The Bears have dropped 3 straight after a 4-1start and stand little chance here of covering the number, andthey got shut out last week by Texas Tech in a 28-0 loss. Lookfor Texas to have 40+ here, and Baylor to muster maybe 7-10 points,no back door cover that I can see, Texas way to quick up frontfor Baylor’s spread attack. Texas rolls again, builds up thoseBCS points.
Nebraska -1.5 @ Kansas
Staying off the Huskers because they have costme the past 2 weeks, but this should be the week they win, asKU simply has NO offense to speak of, and Nebraska should be ableto throw in this game and put up 17-20 points while I see KU,off an upset and emotional win against Missouri, struggling inthis game. Nebraska is off back to back conference losses andlook to step it up against a Kansas team with a great defense,but no offense. NU shooting themselves in the foot with bad coachingcalls and turnovers, they should get over on KU this week, withover 20,000 Husker fans making the trip. Nebraska by 7.
Iowa State vs. Kansas State- My featured Playof the Week…..
Texas Tech -17 vs. Texas AM
Yes, the Red Raiders are world beaters in Lubbock,but this is TOO MANY POINTS. This line reflects AM losing badlylast week to Iowa State, they had a bad game, but I expect QBReggie McNeal to show up and have room to roam in this game andfor Texas Tech to struggle against a good opponent. The Red Raidersgot hammered by Texas at home, struggled against a so/so Nebraskateam in last second win, and other than that Tech has not playedanyone of substance. Expect a tight one here, I like the dog tocover, and keep it close. Should be high scoring game, but thetotal of 70 may be about right. The dog barks in this one.
Those are my takes for week 10 in the Big 12,and results this week, especially in the north division, willlay out what is on the horizon for the Big 12 Championship atseason’s end. Crucial Games for Iowa State and Missouri and Colorado,as well as Nebraska this week will tell us more for next weeksreport.