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2010 Oct 11

Big 12 Rankings, Week Six


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No. 1 Nebraska
Last Game: Beat Kansas State 48-13
Summary: How you like me now, NU seemed to be asking Thursday night. There was a touch of bravado with the explosiveness of the Huskers’ offense and defense. Nebraska played mad in Manhattan. Now let’s see how it does inspired this week vs. Texas.
Next Game: UT on Saturday.

No. 2 Oklahoma
Last Game: Bye Week
Summary: OU begins the second half of schedule, which appears a bit softer than the first half, considering Florida State is now the odds-on favorite to win the ACC. Should OU keep rolling, that win will look better and better to BCS computers.
Next Game: Iowa State. The Cyclones are in the midst of a rough stretch, and OU, healthy after a week off, is not likely to take mercy.

No. 3 Missouri
Last Game: Beat Colorado 26-0
Summary: Pretty complete win over the Buffs was marred by Blaine Gabbert’s hip injury, which may or may not limit the Mizzou QB as he prepares for a road game at Texas A&M. Mizzou strayed a bit too far from the running game Saturday night – backup QB James Franklin did most of the damage on a single run - but made up for it with one of the more opportunistic defensive performances of the Gary Pinkel era.
Next Game: Texas A&M. The best team the Tigers will have played. First true road game, too.

No. 4 Oklahoma State
Last Game: Beat Lafayette 54-28
Summary: Justin Blackmon has emerged as the Big 12’s most prolific receiver. He caught 13 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns Friday night, and made it look pretty easy with his tall, muscled frame. OSU doesn’t play a whole lot of defense. Thus far, the Cowboys haven’t had to.
Next Game: at Texas Tech. Fireworks expected. Perhaps more than 100 points and 1,000 yards combined.

No. 5 Texas
Last Game: Bye Week
Summary: Just one year after watching Nebraska’s offense curl into the fetal position to protect and rely upon its defense, we may see Texas do the same thing Saturday in Lincoln. Ball control, don’t make mistakes, pitch and play great defense.
Next Game: Nebraska

No. 6 Texas A&M
Last Game: Lost to Arkansas 24-17
Summary: In eight second half drives Texas A&M either had a chance to tie or take the lead. The Aggies produced five punts, two turnovers and a field goal. That’s how you waste the best defensive performance in years. Jerrod Johnson completed just 15-of-40 passes; his season is falling apart at the seams. Mike Sherman should redirect his efforts toward the running game and play to a ever-improving defense. This season isn’t over yet.
Next Game: Missouri. A&M has, in the previous two weeks, faced more prolific offenses than Mizzou’s.

No. 7 Kansas State
Last Game: Lost to Nebraska 48-13
Summary: Kansas State isn’t just lacking a little bit in terms of talent, it’s a good two years behind Nebraska and Missouri. Bill Snyder has to either adjust his recruiting philosophy to build the program for a tougher league, or rely on another JUCO jackpot. The Wildcats just seem behind the times right now.
Next Game: at Kansas on Thursday

No. 8 Colorado
Last Game: Lost to Missouri 26-0
Summary: The Buffaloes wasted many chances in Missouri territory with penalties and poor special teams. This game was more competitive than the score suggests, but the Buffs really let the Tigers off the hook on a long, 97-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter.
Next Game: Baylor. The Bears may struggle with CU’s size.

No. 9 Iowa State
Last Game:
Lost to Utah 68-27
Summary: Once it started to rain on the Cyclones in the second quarter, it poured. ISU was 0-for-11 in third down conversions, while the Utes were 8-for-13. That’s the game right there. Because of a lack of a BCS auto-bid, Utah has incentive to blow out its opponents, which accounts, to some extent, for the final score.
Next Game: at Oklahoma. It won’t be pretty.

No. 10 Texas Tech
Last Game: Beat Baylor 45-38
Summary: Tech might have salvaged its season by winning this shootout. Quarterback Taylor Potts finally appears to have his feet under him – eight touchdowns and more than 800 yards in the last two games. Now it’s time for the defense and special teams to turn the corner.
Next game: Oklahoma State. Both teams could score 50.

No. 11 Baylor
Last Game: Lost to Texas Tech 45-38
Summary: The Bears have the offensive skill players to score on just about any Big 12 team. But the defensive personnel – as evidenced by giving 632 yards to the Red Raiders – just isn’t in the program yet. Coach Art Briles is cooking up a pretty strong recruiting class, though.
Next Game: at Colorado. BU has the speed advantage. A key game for bowl hopes.

No. 12 Kansas
Last Game: Bye week
Summary: Turner Gill has been spending more time talking about his team rules – no girls after 10 p.m., no cellphones on gameday – than his team. A win over rival Kansas State would change that. KU’s multiple offense will challenge the Wildcats.
Next: KSU

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Comments (6)

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Who let the troll out? Who? Who?

– Oct 13, 2010 at 12:33 pm

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Husker Bo Power I have to disagree with you on this one. You cant just put the records aside if that's the case Texas is #1 they have the 4 and 5 star recruits. Nebraska would rank no higher than third. Heck with all of Callahans great recruiting we should have been top ten in 07. A poll has to take record,competition and actual play into account.Texas hasn't been able to run the ball despite a renewed effort to do so and playing poor run defenses in every game! Texas also has a 3-2 record with one loss being big versus an very average UCLA team.

– Oct 13, 2010 at 12:32 pm

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Get real if you dont like the Huskers then why the corn cob hat?

– Oct 13, 2010 at 12:21 pm

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Missouri is No. 3 in our rankings.

– Oct 12, 2010 at 10:50 am

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Get real.

But what should I expect but a bunch of Huskers ranking the home team as the best. Outside of Washington you haven't played a decent team except Washington.

Placing MU below osu and A&M and Texas is simply really silly and just shows your hate of MU.

– Oct 12, 2010 at 10:47 am

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I realize that Mizzery is undefeated and just held CU to a goosegg. But, MU did not look good to me in the win. A slow, sloppy game. Records aside, I would rank teams as follows:
1. NU
2. OU
3. OSU
4. TX
5. ATM
6. MU
7. KSU
8. ISU
9. TT
10. BU
11. CU
12. KU

#8-11 are practically a tie in my mind right now. MU does not scare me much right now. OSU, on the other hand, looks tough. I think that we will see ATM on a roller coaster this year again - and right now they are on the downswing.

– Oct 12, 2010 at 9:42 am

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