It's game day! Since I'm really sick of talking about realignment, I decided to look around the league and see what's going on with the rest of the teams in this God forsaken wasteland of a conference. Starting out with the Tigers opponent this weekend, the Baylor Bears. Baylor is averaging 560 yards of offense, good for 3rd in the nation and 2nd in the Big XII behind the play station like stats Oklahoma State is putting up. However, the defense has averaged giving up 450 yards per game, good for 107th. You can expect both teams to put up some points this weekend, and the last team to score probably wins it.
Last weekend was another 2nd half collapse for Texas A&M as the Aggies went into half time up by 11, only to fall to Missouri in overtime. Mike Sherman's seat has been warm all week and a trip to Norman probably isn't going to cool it down. NFL scouts will be in attendance to watch A&M's QB Ryan Tannehill and OU's Landry Jones toss the ball around as both could be first round picks.
The game between Texas and Texas Tech looked like it was an opportunity for the Red Raiders to get a leg up on the whorns after Tech upset Oklahoma a couple of weeks ago. However, last week's 41-7 beat down of Tech by Iowa fucking State rubbed a lot of the luster off the match up. Texas AD Deloss Dodds has been spending a lot of time this year trying to do damage control and convince people that they "aren't bullies". Frankly, I don't think it's going to work, and I still say the conference is on life support. For Tech, it's an opportunity to win the "chancellor's spurs" trophy, which I confess, I knew nothing about. It must be a Texas thing. Kansas State fell out of the top 10 last week after absolutely getting drilled last week, 58-17 at home to Oklahoma. The bad news is that this week the Wildcats play 3rd ranked Oklahoma State in Stillwater. The Cowboys are the last unbeaten team in the conference, boast the nations best offense and have had an opportunistic defense that has lived off the turnover. Win 4 more games and Okie Lite will likely meet the winner of the LSU/Alabama game this weekend for the national championship.
3 weeks ago, it looked, at least to me like Iowa State was dead in the water. I was sitting in the stands in CoMo as the Tigers destroyed the Cyclones 52-17 in a game that really wasn't that close. 2 weeks ago, they showed a little sign of life that while they lost to Texas A&M 33-17, they did manage to keep it closer than the 20 points the Aggies were favored. For kansas, it just keeps getting worse. Since conference season began 5 games ago the beaks have been outscored 264-100. This looked like ku's best chance to eek out a conference win. Now, it just looks like another painful week as Turner Gill continues on his death march. Maybe the beaks made enough money selling the rights to their prison rape by Texas last weekend to fire Gill at the end of the season and still pay him the 6 million that would be owed for early termination by the contract he was able to get from former AD Lew Perkins.