Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Week 3 around the BIG 12
The BIG 12's third week of the 2006 season would be called 'A BIGGY' around these parts. I mean, so far the BIG 12 has a pretty salty 20-4 record but it wouldn't be a shock to see the conference go 4 - 8 this weekend. After the Texas 'deer in the headlights' performance last week, the BIG 12 needs this week to improve its national image.
In my opinion, the only 'locks' this weekend would be Oklahoma State (home vs Florida Atlantic), Missouri (@ New Mexico), Texas (@ Rice) and Texas A&M (home vs Army).
KU kicks off BIG 12 action Friday night at Toledo. After barely surviving at home against Louisiana Monroe, I don't think they'll survive this visit.
TOLEDO 21 - KU 17
KSU is at home this week, playing Marshall. The Wildcats win by ONE POINT over 1-AA Illinois State and then stomp Florida Atlantic 45-0 ??? Is coach Prince starting to build a team or is Florida Atlantic that pathetic-??
KSU 31 - MARSHALL 20
Oklahoma visits what may be the loudest stadium in the country - Autzen Stadium at Oregon. Oklahoma still appears surprisingly unsettled on defense and Oregon should have a huge chip on their shoulder after losing TWICE to Oklahoma last year-!!
OREGON 24 - OKLAHOMA 20
Colorado -? at home against Arizona State - this ain't gonna be pretty-!
ASU 35 - CU 10
Texas Tech visits Texas Christian and TCU is still smarting over last years 70 - 35 whupping at Lubbock while the Red Raiders needed overtime to beat UTEP last week - this is a 'PICK'EM' - but I'm predicting an upset -
TCU 31 - TT 24
Baylor will be at Washington State on Saturday - although WSU just hasn't been the same since the days of Coach Mike Price, they should still have the edge at home.
WSU 28 - BU 17
Iowa State is fortunate to be 2-0 after rather disappointing performances at home and this week they visit arch-rival Iowa.
IOWA 24 - ISU 10
And finally, NEBRASKA visits the Trojans of Southern California. After two impressive performances against teams that aren't anywhere near USC's capability, this will be the week we Husker fans find out how close the program is to being near the level Coach Osborne left it in. My heart tells me we're close but my mind says there isn't ANY PROGRAM in the country near, let alone equal, to what Coach Osborne left us. At the same time, I haven't seen enough of USC to make me think they are at the level they were over the past 2 or 3 years - but could this could be the week they 'put it together'-?? I don't think so but it may well be enough to win on Saturday. USC has had 2 weeks to prepare and Nebraska's history is not that good when visiting teams that have 2 weeks of preparation time. Well, it's time to change history-
UPSET NU 35 - USC 27
How's that for improving the Huskers AND the BIG 12's image-?? See there, I let my heart do my thinkin' fer me again-!!