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What I learned from the Big 12 (Nov. 6)

Posted on: November 7, 2010 12:00 am
Edited on: November 7, 2010 12:01 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli

1. There really is no order in the Big 12.   The Big East and the ACC have caught a lot of flak this season for the overall lack of quality throughout their conferences, but the further we get into the Big 12 season, the more I wonder how different the Big 12 is.  Think about it, Texas has lost to UCLA, Iowa State, Baylor and now Kansas State this season.  The same Baylor team that beat Texas then went and got destroyed by Oklahoma State, who suffered its only loss to Nebraska, who suffered its only loss to Texas.  It's an insane circle that I just can't wrap my head around right now.

2. Nebraska is going to the title game.   With a narrow win against Iowa State on Saturday, and a Missouri loss against Texas Tech, the Cornhuskers are pretty much assured of winning the Big 12 North.  Nebraska already has a one-game lead on Mizzou in the standings, and with the tiebreaker from beating the Tigers last week, it's really a two-game lead.  Which means that Nebraska has to lose at least two of it's last three, and with teams like Kansas and Colorado remaining on the schedule, I don't think it's going to happen.

3. Bill Snyder thinks throwing is for wimps.
Kansas State manhandled Texas on Saturday night, winning by a final of 39-14.  They had nine passing yards in the game.  Seriously, only nine.  The score was 31-0 Wildcats before Collin Klein even bothered completing his first pass of the game.  That's how bad Texas is this season.  Even when it knows what its opponent is going to do, the Longhorns can't stop it.

4. Oklahoma State has the edge in the South.
  Talk about a perfect day for the Cowboys.  Not only do they rock Baylor's world in the morning, but get to return home in time to see Oklahoma lose to Texas A&M.   This means that Oklahoma State is the only team in the South with one loss, and it's already beaten two of the three teams beneath it with three losses.  So, essentially, the final game of the season against Oklahoma will probably settle who gets to face Nebraska in Dallas.

5. There is no lead Colorado cannot blow.
  You know, Dan Hawkins probably knows he's going to get fired, but until Saturday he thought he'd make it through the season at least.  That may no longer be the case.  Colorado had a 45-17 lead on Kansas in the fourth quarter on Saturday.  They lost the game 52-45.  I repeat, the Buffs blew a 45-17 lead in the fourth quarter as Kansas scored a school-record 35 points in the final frame.  If Dan Hawkins is still Colorado's head coach on Monday it'll be the biggest upset of the season.


Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2010 9:46 pm

What I learned from the Big 12 (Nov. 6)

All those Texas fans who talked trash last season when Oklahoma was 8-5 are eating crow this year. I would have NEVER thought I would see the day Texas would lose to Baylor and Iowa St. in the same season! But Texas beat Nebraska? As a Oklahoma fan we have very little to pound our chests about that loss to A &M was the worst Oklahoma game ever to watch talk about just stupid plays and the failure at the goal line  was just sad.The fact is the BIG 12 is  rebuilding  across the board Nebraska & Mizzou are on the rise but not there yet. Oklahoma and Texas are playing alot of younger guys I see a Texas rebound next year and Oklahoma will play better  the only team I see that is doing better than expected is Baylor who would have thought?  

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2010 12:21 pm

What I learned from the Big 12 (Nov. 6)

My Longhorns are playing intramurals.  As yet, they are unable to find the flags. 
I doubt if anyone has confidence in Gilbert as a leader or a QB.  And for any of the back up QB's you must be asking, "I the starter throws three consecutive INT's and coach isn't putting me in, can there be a futre here?"  I imagine Chance McCoy must have some thoughts about getting his release.
It seems clear there is no confidence.  How hard can it be to put up a nine man front and occasionally stop the K State back-up who just learned he was starting a few minutes before the game?  Answer:  Almost impossible.
As an alum who has seen a few bleak seasons, I never saw UT give up.  Until now. 
Thank goodness Nebraska gave up before they played the Horns. 

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: November 7, 2010 12:58 pm

What I learned from the Big 12 (Nov. 6)

I learned that the big 12 is pretty mediocre from top to bottom. colorado is all alone at the bottom. Kansas is close but they showed heart in their comeback. between OU and Texas, i am not sure who is more dissapointing. Mizzou isn't ready for the big time. KSU is a pretty tough team that lacks team speed outside of Daniel Thomas. OSU and Nebraska seem like they are  the class of the conference. Both OSU and Nebraska can play with anyone but they can also find ways to lose to almost anyone.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: November 7, 2010 11:09 am

What I learned from the Big 12 (Nov. 6)

Texas is on the verge of starting their own TV network and making over twice as much as the rest of the teams in the conference, and they have a losing record in the Big 12/10.  How funny is that?

Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: November 7, 2010 7:31 am

What I learned from the Big 12 (Nov. 6)

I know it didn't happen but it should have.  When was the last time the Big 12 big 3 lost in the same week to unranked opponents? Only the wind prevented Nebraska from going down. 

Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2010 1:55 am

What I learned from the Big 12 (Nov. 6)

IT'S THE BIG-12! IT'S DIVISION 1 FOOTBALL!!  But I think Texas would be better served playing intramurals instead...

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