Husker Mike and I prove this week that we can both stay delusional about the Huskers. Maybe that's what it takes to get through the rest of this season.
We both came up with reasons to pick Nebraska over Kansas. No reasonably sane person would do that. Oh, sure, you could argue that on "Any Given Saturday" that anyone can beat anyone, blah blah blah. Unfortunately, this rule doesn't apply to Nebraska this season for one very simple reason:
We have a defensive coordinator who can't figure out how to stop the zone read, a basic part of the spread offense. Unfortunately, that's what's in these days. If you can't stop that offense, you might as well figure on being one of the worst defenses in the nation. And where are we? We're three games from firing Kevin Cosgrove, that's where.
Look at our reasoning. Mike has a decent reason - the Huskers might play hard for Joe Ganz. Me? I replaced the battery in my Husker watch. Not just any watch, but a '94 Championship Seiko watch. This is what we've been driven to.
Ah, well. Let the suckage continue. Some day, we'll be back to Lawrence, and we'll kick all y'alls butts worse than before. Yeah. So there.
Big 12 Games
Nebraska @ Kansas
Line: Kansas by 19
Husker Mike: Huskers don't believe in their coaches. Don't believe in their schemes. But I think they believe in the Ganz. Huskers 35, Jayhawks 31
corn blight: I'm thinking that KU has read too much of their press. This is a gimme to them. Plus, I just replaced the battieres in my Nebraska '94 championship watch I haven't worn all season. Huskers 42, Jayhawks 41, overtime.
Texas Tech @ Baylor
Line: Tech by 21
Husker Mike: Tech 38, Da Bearsh 9
corn blight: Tech 42, Bears 17
Missouri @ Colorado
Line: Mizzou by 4
Husker Mike: Tiggers 31, Buffies 21
corn blight: Missouri always struggles in Boulder. We haven't seen the late-season breakdown from the Tigers we're used to. I so want to pick CU in this game.
Husker Mike: Do it do it do it.
corn blight: CU 28, Mizzou 27
Kansas State @ Iowa State
Line: Wildcats by 14
Husker Mike: Iowa State's been playing better the last couple of weeks... KSU 24, ISU 21
corn blight: KSU 30, ISU 14
Texas @ Oklahoma State
Line: Texas by 3
Husker Mike: 2 weeks in a row with "Bad Texas"...Good Texas 35, Okie State 20, Unless of course, it's Bad Texas: Okie State 38, Bad Texas 21
corn blight: I'll just take the Cowboys. They're at home where they play like MEN! Okie State 24, Texas 23
Husker Mike: I'm going with Good Texas..
Texas A&M @ Oklahoma
Line: Sooners by 21
Husker Mike: Soon Doggies 35, Fran-soon-to-be-unemployed 10
corn blight: Oklahoma 38, Aggies 20
Games of the Week
Navy @ Notre Dame
Line: Irish by 3.5
Husker Mike: Annnnnchors away, my friends....annnnnchors away! Navy 31, Amish 14
corn blight: Charlie Weis deserves to lose. Navy 35, Irish 31
Wisconsin @ Ohio State
Line: Buckeyes by 15
corn blight: Does Wisconsin have a chance?
Husker Mike: Not really. Wouldn't it be funny if the BCS title game ended up Ohio State vs. Kansas?
corn blight: I'd like you to find 1,000 people outside Ohio who want them in the title game again
Husker Mike: Brutus 31, Bucky 12
corn blight: Buckeyes 31, Wisconsin 14
Arizona State @ Oregon
Line: Oregon by 7
corn blight: I think Erickson's run is over. Ducks at home are pretty good. Oregon 34, 'Zona State 24
Husker Mike: It's at night as well... Ducks 31, Devils 21
LSU @ Alabama
Line: LSU by 7
Husker Mike: LSU has been on fumes in recent weeks.. But a bye week helps.... And LSU gets their revenge shot at Saban.
Beauxshirts 38, Saban Nation 9
corn blight: I don't think they'll rack up that much. LSU 27, 'Bama 17
Florida State @ Boston College
Line: BC by 6.5
Husker Mike: BC 28, FSU 17
corn blight: FSU just doesn't have an offense. BC 24, FSU 14
New England Patriots @ Indianapolis Colts
Line: Patriots by 5.5
Husker Mike: NE has no running game...so they have no choice but to throw the ball all over the place and RUTS. But with the Patriots, too many people calling them "greatest ever". That's the kiss of death.
Tony Dungy: Class, Bill Belicheck: Cheater
corn blight: I'd like the Colts to win. I'm tired of hearing about the Pats. Plus, the New England area has their championship, so screw the Pats.
Colts 31, Patriots 23