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2010 Nov 09
Big 12 Rankings, Week 10
Last Game: Beat Iowa State 31-30 in overtime
Summary: Well, it counts. NU had to beat a motivated, charged-up Iowa State without two of its best players, while two more starters, Dejon Gomes and Keith Williams, missed parts of the game. The Huskers remain a little leaky on defense, but a win is a win is a win. Good enough for the Big Red.
Next Game: vs. Kansas. Turner Comes Home
No. 2 Oklahoma State (8-1, 4-1)
Last Game: Beat Baylor 55-28
Summary: Justin Blackmon returned from a one-game suspension to cement his hold on Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. His physicality and breakaway speed makes him one of the most exciting players in college football right now, and if the media weren't so stuck on Cameron Newton lording over a weak SEC, Blackmon might be in the Heisman picture. OSU racked up 724 yards on the Bears. And the Cowboys are young, folks. Really young. My goodness, what a team Mike Gundy could have next year.
Next Game: at Texas. Gundy's never beaten the Longhorns. Here's his chance.
No. 3 Missouri (7-2, 3-2)
Last Game: Lost to Texas Tech 24-17
Summary: The Tigers stick stubbornly to their spread offense, bent on making it work even when defenses have discovered solutions to slowing it down. But after Mizzou ripped off two long runs early in the game, why did head coach Gary Pinkel allow his offensive coordinator to simply abandon the run in the second half just because the Red Raiders closed the gap and took the lead? Quarterback Blaine Gabbert, meanwhile, didn't look right. Too much of a beating from the Nebraska game?
Next Game: vs. Kansas State. Mizzou should shred KSU's defense, but the Wildcats may have the coaching edge.
No. 4 Texas A&M(6-3, 3-2)
Last Game: Beat Oklahoma 33-19
Summary: The Aggies are on the rise. Ryan Tannehill's steady play at quarterback has galvanized A&M, which now looks toward an outside shot at winning the Big 12 South. To do it, the Aggies must win out and get two losses from Oklahoma State. Not likely – but possible. Either way – Mike Sherman still has some more games to win. He's not out of the woods just yet.
Next Game: vs. Baylor. Welcome to meaningful game in a rivalry that rarely has one.
No. 5 Oklahoma (7-2, 3-2)
Last Game: Lost to Texas A&M 33-19
Summary: Upon further review, OU is a year away. The Sooners are playing too many inexperienced guys all over the field that leads to inconsistent results, especially in the fourth quarter. But OU's fourth-quarter struggles go beyond just the players: Coach Bob Stoops and his staff have been uneasy for years when they can't knock out the opponent at home or in the first half. Oklahoma is a terrific frontrunner that lacks the mettle to grind out close wins. And it's been that way for years.
Next Game: vs. Texas Tech. OU owns the Red Raiders in Norman.
No. 6 Baylor (7-3, 4-2)
Last Game: Lost to Oklahoma State 55-28
Summary: All those defensive weaknesses came back to bite the Bears Saturday in Stillwater. Art Briles has brought this team so far, though, and the big rivalry game vs. Texas A&M awaits. Waco just might have a sold out crowd for this one.
Next Game: A&M. Expect a shootout.
No. 7 Kansas State (6-3, 3-3)
Last Game: Beat Texas 39-14
Summary: On Senior Day, Bill Snyder sits his senior quarterback Carson Coffman for Collin Klein, then proceeds to run option and zone read football all night on Texas' defense. It takes a certain kind of intelligent jerk to do what Snyder does with some of his players, but he won this football game, and gives KSU new life and momentum heading to Columbia.
Next Game: at Missouri. Anything could happen.
No. 8 Iowa State (5-5, 3-3)
Last Game: Lost to Nebraska 31-30
Summary: ISU moves down despite an inspired performance from its entire team. The Cyclones' offensive coordinator, Tom Herman, will get a head coaching job soon, we predict. He designs an excellent offense around some thoroughly mediocre personnel.
Next game: at Colorado. ISU needs one more win to qualify for a bowl game, and we're guessing this is it.
No. 9 Texas Tech (5-4, 3-4)
Last Game: Beat Missouri 24-17
Summary: Well, that win came out of nowhere. The Red Raiders switched to quarterback Sticks Sheffield, then switched back to Taylor Potts – who played brilliantly against one of the Big 12's better defenses. Then Potts, in a class move, gave a speech thanking American troops and veterans after the game. A feel-good moment for Tech in a must-win game for Tommy Tuberville.
Next Game: vs. Oklahoma. Tech ends its Big 12 slate with its toughest test.
No. 10 Texas (4-5, 2-4)
Last Game: Lost to Kansas State 39-14
Summary: Ashes, ashes, the Horns fall down. Mack Brown probably won't do it, but he should gracefully step aside at the end of year. He's already thrown his whole team under the bus a few times. UT picked a bad time to suddenly go south in football, considering all the pies Texas has its fingers stuck in. Does anybody foresee it getting better next year with this status quo? I don't.
Next Game: vs. Oklahoma State. If you thought it could get ugly in Manhattan...
No. 11 Kansas (3-6, 1-4)
Last Game: Beat Colorado 52-45
Summary: It just might be the game where Turner Gill plants the flag and begins to build anew. Certainly his players have mounds of respect and affection for him.
Next: at Nebraska. Turner Comes Home.
No. 12 Colorado (3-6, 0-5)
Last Game: Lost to Kansas 52-45
Summary: CU led 45-17 in the fourth quarter. The Buffs blew it thanks to a series of ridiculous turnovers and miscues that started with Dan Hawkins inexplicably green-lighting a trick play while up 45-31. What was the guy thinking?
Next Game: vs. Iowa State. The Buffs have no illusions now. It's over for the Hawk. Word is Bill McCartney might pull a Dick Vermeil and return to coaching 16 years after he walked away from it. Why?
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