This week's roundtable is being hosted by KSU blog Bring on the Cats.
The Aftermath, apparently the title of a post-apocalyptic nightmare in which we're currently living. Who can fix this thing?
1. Some teams are coming off a big win or wins (Oklahoma, Colorado, KU, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Missouri), while others are dealing with the sting of a tough loss or losses (K-State, Texas, Nebraska, Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma State). Tell us where your team is headed in the wake of the first two weeks of conference play.
My team is collectively headed to therapy. No one knows what is wrong with the Huskers, not even Bill Callahan. I suggest the whole team (coaches, players, staff, video guys, you name it) go to counseling. Like a marriage counseling weekend where you go to a secluded place and have it out, then pray and cry and then scream at each other some more. I can only imagine what the offense and defense have to say to each other.
If that doesn't work, then they'll have tried their best and they can cry themselves to sleep at night wondering about what might have been. They can break up and some go their separate ways at the end of the season.
2. Colorado and Texas A&M have emerged as unlikely conference leaders at 2-0 (give yourself a cookie if you predicted that), while preseason darlings Texas (0-2) and Nebraska (1-1 and not playing well) are floundering. Do the current leaders have the wherewithal to make it to San Antonio, or will somebody from elsewhere in the pack overtake them?
There's nothing like your coach being discovered as unethical boob to galvanize a team and make them come together against a common foe - that foe being everyone else on the planet. It's a strategy that shows the genius of Coach Fran.
Unfortunately, Franchione didn't realize that Mike Leach would go so far as to break his own arm in an attempt to bring his team together. Does anyone really think it's an accident that this occurred right before the Red Raiders play the Aggies?
Colorado on the other hand, will not be overtaken. They will win the Big 12 North, proceed to the Big 12 Championship game where they will be beaten 70-3 by someone from the Big 12 South. It doesn't matter who, just that the pain will continue.
3. A few weeks ago we did a ranking of the six BCS conferences, with most bloggers picking the Big 12 in the middle of the pack, which would be a big improvement over the last couple years. Have the middle and bottom teams of the conference improved significantly, or have the teams at the top declined significantly? Or is it something else?
I blame Iowa State and Baylor. Their blackhole of suckage is so dark and powerful that it's pulled the rest of us down to their level. Sooner or later we will all be consumed.
Where the hell is Al Gore on this issue?
4. Getting waaaaay ahead of ourselves: What if Missouri or KU goes undefeated and wins the Big 12 Championship Game? Would they get a shot at the national championship game?
Kansas' schedule will stop them from getting anywhere unless everyone else loses. I guess that could happen this season. Missouri could get there and then implode. They may have kicked our ass, but in the long run, they're still the Minnesota Vikings. There isn't a season in which they haven't disappointed their fans in some way, shape or form.
5. Rank the conference teams
Okay, fine. I'll just copy this one from Husker Mike so I don't have to think about it. It hurts too much.
- Kansas State
- Texas A&M
- Oklahoma State
- Texas Tech
- Iowa State