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2010 Nov 02
Big 12 Rankings, Week Nine
Last Game: Beat Missouri 31-17
Summary: NU won this game in winter conditioning, spring football,summer workouts and fall camp. All that time, Husker coaches and players were gearing up to slow down what I suspect they see as their true rival. It all came to a head, beautifully, in that first quarter. Preparation personified.
Next Game: at Iowa State. The Cyclones do one thing really well: They create turnovers.
No. 2 Missouri
Last Game: Lost to Nebraska 31-17
Summary: The Tigers impressed me by refusing to quite despite a 24-0 deficit. Then, head coach Gary Pinkel played into the Mizzou media's hands by playing up a hit by Courtney Osborne. Missouri needs to move on, fast. The Tigers have a bad habit of getting stuck in complaint mode. Certainly its media reps do.
Next Game: at Texas Tech. The Tigers' pass defense is overrated and the defensive line is missing a good pass rusher in Dominique Hamilton.
No. 3 Oklahoma
Last Game: Beat Colorado 43-10
Summary: A healthy Ryan Broyles reinserted himself into the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year discussions with 9 catches, 208 yards and three touchdowns against the Buffaloes. OU's no-huddle offense got humming after a sluggish start.
Next Game: at Texas A&M. Should be a shootout.
No. 4 Oklahoma State
Last Game: Beat Kansas State 24-14
Summary: Ten OSU penalties and two lost fumbles kept the Cowboys from pulling away in Manhattan. Oklahoma State's running game – with the tandem of Kendall Hunter and Joseph Randle – is second to Nebraska's in the Big 12.
Next Game: vs. Baylor. This, of all games, is a big tilt.
No. 5 Baylor
Last Game: Beat Texas 30-22
Summary: The Bears have speed and quick-strike capability. They may not be able to march 80 yards in 15 plays, but a 59-yard pass and a 69-yard run for touchdowns will suffice just fine. Robert Griffin III is solidly in the lead for Big 12 Player of the Year, even if he still has room to grow as a passer.
Next Game: at Oklahoma State. Don't see Baylor's defense putting up much of a fight, so Griffin may have to score 50.
No. 6 Iowa State
Last Game: Beat Kansas 28-16
Summary: A 62-yard punt return by Josh Lenz for a touchdown saved ISU from a scoreless first half and was likely the reason the Cyclones pulled out the win. Iowa State makes plays and wins games in unorthodox ways. That's called good coaching.
Next game: vs. Nebraska. Iowa State wants so much to win this game.
No. 7 Texas A&M
Last Game: Beat Texas Tech 45-27
Summary: The Aggies found their quarterback in Ryan Tannehill, who threw for 449 yards and four touchdowns. He's more consistently accurate and plays more within the offense than Jerrod Johnson. Credit Mike Sherman for making a tough choice. A&M has a tough schedule down the stretch, but every game is winnable. And the Aggies have the talent.
Next Game: vs. Oklahoma.
No. 8 Texas
Last Game: Lost to Baylor 30-22
Summary: Welcome to hubris. Mack Brown is finally coming face to face with a lazy, arrogant recruiting strategy that bred entitlement among his players and failed to cultivate real relationships. When UT coaches herd in a bunch of guys on Junior Day and basically tell them “commit or forget it,” what other mindset are you instilling in them? This great program has grown fat and happy. And Texas fans aren't happy about it.
Next Game: at Kansas State. It's fair to say that Mack Brown is coaching for his job. He was supposed to retire soon anyway.
No. 9 Kansas State
Last Game: Lost to Oklahoma State 24-14
Summary: KSU quarterback Carson Coffman couldn't make enough throws to offset OSU's stiff defense against Daniel Thomas. Bill Snyder must find a true, dual-threat signal-caller, or face wallowing in mediocrity until he retires again. The Wildcats just don't have enough players otherwise and Snyder's recruiting philosophy loses guys like OSU's Joseph Randle, a Wichita native who schooled the Cats on Saturday.
Next Game: Texas. These teams are quite evenly matched.
No. 10 Texas Tech
Last Game: Lost to Texas A&M 45-27
Summary: The Red Raiders don't even bother to play pass defense. That doesn't bode well for upcoming games.
Next Game: vs. Missouri. The game is at night, so that Jones Stadium magic might come into play.
No. 11 Colorado
Last Game: Lost to Oklahoma 43-10
Summary: Dan Hawkins had two-word answers for most of the questions during the Big 12 Teleconference. He sounds like he wants to be fired. He certainly needs to be.
Next Game: at Kansas. It's the Big 12's Toilet Bowl.
No. 12 Kansas
Last Game: Lost to Iowa State
Summary: Turner Gill played his third quarterback of the season Saturday, JUCO transfer Quinn Mecham. He's not sure who will start next Saturday. That's a sure sign of success right there.
Next: Colorado. KU plans for 39 fans to be in attendance.
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