Big 12 conference play starts this week as Texas Tech takes on the discombobulated Oklahoma State Cowboys. It's hard to believe that everyone was so high on the 'Pokes and they've looked so bad.
Nebraska's ol' coach Turner Gill takes on the Baylor Bears this week in a game that the Bulls could win. Gill picked one helluva place to start his head coaching career. Buffalo was easily one of the worst teams in the nation when he arrived, and without much going for them. As much as the Big 12 needs more non-conference wins, even the small ones, I'll be pulling for Gill and the Buffalo Bulls this weekend.
Everyone has challenges. Nebraska needs to get back to it, running the ball and not missing tackles on defense. Texas needs to blow open a game and have a week where no one gets arrested. Iowa State needs to play for their new coach like they did against the Hawkeyes, and Oklahoma State needs to play like everyone expected.
Big 12 Games
Ball State @ Nebraska
Line: Nebraska by 23
Husker Mike: NU 49, Ball State 6
325 rush, 175 pass - Castille gets 100+
corn blight: Huskers 45, Ball State 10
250 rushing, 250 passing. Balance. Keep those receivers happy too.
Baylor @ Buffalo
Line: Baylor by 3.5
Husker Mike: Turner Gill's Bulls 24, Baylor Bears 20
corn blight: Bulls 31, Baylor 27
Turner Gill's Bulls played a decent game against Penn State last week and Baylor is on the road.
Miami-Ohio @ Colorado
Line: Buffies by 14
Husker Mike: CU 27, Miami OH 7
corn blight: Buffs 24, Miami-Ohio 10
Iowa State@ Toledo
Line: Iowa Stae by 3.5
Husker Mike: Toledo 21, Iowa State 20 - Is this really an upset special?
corn blight: ISU 28, Toledo 20
I'm thinking the win over Iowa pumped up Cyclone pride at least a little.
Florida International @ Kansas
Line: Kansas by 32
Husker Mike: Kansas 63, FIU 10
corn blight: KU 57, FIU 10
Everyone saw Mangino's sideline explosion, didn't they? I wonder if he ate a bunch of chicken and the kid got a faceful. That has to be why KU's faculty is so upset. He could have put an eye out.
Kansas State - Idle
Big news of the week. No one leaves the KSU program.
Illinois State @ Missouri
Husker Mike: Mizery 59, ISU 7
corn blight: Mizzou 49, ISU 10
Utah State @ Oklahoma
Line: Oklahoma by 22.5
Husker Mike: Sooners 31, Tulsa 14
corn blight: OU 38, Tulsa 13
Rivalry game will keep the score down. Maybe.
Texas Tech @ Oklahoma State
Line: Texas Tech by 5.5
Husker Mike: Tech 42, Oklahoma State 13
corn blight: Tech 35, Okie State 17
Rice @ Texas
Line:Texas by 39
Husker Mike: Bovines 62, Rice 6
Who's pitching for the Owls this week?
corn blight: Texas 39, Rice 14
Always a great college baseball series when these teams get together. Rice always has great pitching. They'll score some runs.
Texas A&M at Miami
We were too late, obviously, for this game. We didn't miss anything. Coach Fran looked terrible as did the Aggies - embarrassed the Big 12.
<big>Games of the Week</big>
Iowa @ Wisconsin
Line: Wisconsin by 8
Husker Mike: Cheeseheads 28, Idiots Out Wandering Around 9
corn blight: Badgers 24, Iowa 13.
Kentucky @ Arkansas
Line: Razorbacks by 7
Husker Mike: Ark 31, UK 21
corn blight: Razorbacks 34, Kentucky 28
Washington @ UCLA
Line: UCLA by 6.5
Husker Mike: UDub 24, UCLA 7
corn blight: Washington 23, UCLA 9
My opinion of UCLA football is being heavily influenced by Bruins Nation. I'm not sure that's fair, but it is. Unfortunately, my opinion of Washington is heavily influenced by the negativity that Golder Domers still spew about Tyrone Willingham. I suppose that's a wash, isn't it?
Georgia @ Alabama
Line: 'Bama by 3
Penn State @ Michigan
Line: Penn State by 3
Husker Mike: PSU 20, Michigan 14
corn blight: Michigan 23, Penn State 20
Neither of these teams have beaten a team that's won a game. It's an interesting match-up, possibly the most intriguing of the week. Can Mike Hart keep the Wolverines together? Can Joe Paterno finally beat Michigan?
South Carolina @ LSU
Line: LSU by 16
Husker Mike: LSU 35, South Carolina 10
Ol Ball Coach vs. Our Old Bo Coach
corn blight: LSU 38, Cocks 17