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2010 Oct 25
Big 12 Rankings, Week Eight
Last Game: Beat Oklahoma 36-27
Summary: Mizzou got its share of big plays and big breaks in the first half to take a 17-14 halftime lead. But the Tigers pulled away in the second half, running and throwing the ball at will, and shutting down OU's supposedly vaunted offense. The celebration scene – a horde of gold-clad fans on the field, buzzing around Missouri players – was pretty cool.
Next Game: at Nebraska. NU's defense is built to stop a team like the Tigers, but Missouri has a good enough defense to turn this game on its head. We expect a four-quarter fight.
No. 2 Nebraska
Last Game: Beat Oklahoma State 51-41
Summary: A daring, effective gameplan from offensive coordinator Shawn Watson – and heady play by quarterback Taylor Martinez – made the difference in Stillwater. Martinez is not an orthodox passer, but he was plenty efficient vs. the Cowboys. And tight end Kyler Reed is becoming NU's best deep threat.
Next Game: Missouri. The Tigers have confidence and an identity on defense. They'll be a handful.
No. 3 Oklahoma
Last Game: Lost to Missouri 36-27
Summary: OU is inconsistent, undisciplined and streaky. The no-huddle offense performed a disappearing act at just the wrong time in the fourth quarter, and the Sooners unwisely tried to use linebackers to cover Mizzou's speedy slot receivers. At this point, it's worth questioning Oklahoma's coaching and gameday adjustments. And what was Bob Stoops thinking with that 2-point conversion?
Next Game: vs. Colorado. Good rebound game.
No. 4 Oklahoma State
Last Game: Lost to Nebraska 51-41
Summary: OSU struggles so much with its pass defense that several of its remaining opponents – Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas among them – could top 400 passing yards. The Cowboys should rely more on the running game and less on its passing to limit the opponent's possessions. Mike Gundy's crew has won its share its shootouts, but it'll lose its share, too.
Next Game: at Kansas State. OSU is more explosive, but needs to watch the playaction pass from KSU.
No. 5 Baylor
Last Game: Beat Kansas State 47-42
Summary: Art Briles has that spread offense humming now, and the Bears have a legitimate shot at the Big 12 South title (although beating Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will be tough). Quarterback Robert Griffin has a shot at Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. The defense merely hangs on for dear life and tries to force some turnovers. Briles will be wooed by a number of bigger schools in the offseason.
Next Game: at Texas. Not the best time to head to Austin.
No. 6 Texas
Last Game: Lost to Iowa State 28-21
Summary: College football is such a momentum game. UT dragged itself through the first quarter, sleepwalked until the fourth quarter, and finally decided to start coaching and playing in the final ten minutes. A late comeback – cutting the lead from 28-6 to 28-21 – fell short. The Longhorns don't have enough experience or talent on offense to simply mail in an effort – even against the Cyclones.
Next Game: vs. Baylor. UT is jeopardy of losing its fickle fans with a loss here.
No. 7 Iowa State
Last Game: Beat Texas 28-21
Summary: The Cyclones' front four dominated Texas' offensive line, and the offense made just enough plays on third down to keep the ball away from the Longhorns' slumbering attack. Paul Rhoads is a believer, and his team follows suit. ISU, against long, almost impossible odds, may make a bowl game.
Next game: vs. Kansas. The Cyclones could win in a rare rout.
No. 8 Kansas State
Last Game: Lost to Baylor 47-42
Summary: The Wildcats' slow, overmatched defense was exposed again in Waco, as Robert Griffin and Jay Finley turned their home field into a personal playground. KSU can't handle speed, especially from a spread offense. KSU's offense chugs along, but can't keep up in a track meet.
Next Game: vs. Oklahoma State. Speaking of track meets...
No. 9 Texas A&M
Last Game: Beat Kansas 45-10
Summary: Jerrod Johnson breaks the school's career record for total offense, then he's replaced by a guy, Ryan Tannehill, who's been playing wide receiver for three years. And Tannehill plays better. Make what you will of it, but Mike Sherman seems to be creating his own quarterback controversy midway through a crucial season.
Next Game: vs. Texas Tech. Flip a coin on this one.
No. 10 Texas Tech
Last Game: Beat Colorado 27-24
Summary: Big comeback win in Boulder, as the Red Raiders erased a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit. The pass defense is still a little flimsy, which doesn't bode well for a tilt at Texas A&M this week. Still – it's a win Tommy Tuberville needed to keep bowl hopes alive and kicking.
Next Game: at Texas A&M
No. 11 Colorado
Last Game: Lost to Texas Tech 27-24
Summary: I thought CU would beat both Baylor and Tech, and came just short in both. Now the Buffaloes are back to quarterback Cody Hawkins, who took over for an injured Tyler Hansen. Hawkins played OK, but still missed his usual number of passes. Dan Hawkins will not see 2011; it's just a matter of time now.
Next Game: at Oklahoma. CU just needs to get out of Norman without getting embarrassed.
No. 12 Kansas
Last Game: Lost to Texas A&M 45-10.
Summary: Bad team. Bad, bad team. KU's best offense consists of quarterback Jordan Webb running around for his life.
Next: at Iowa State. Turner Gill's troops need to be competitive.
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