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Posted on: October 16, 2011 6:59 pm
Edited on: October 16, 2011 7:00 pm
 

Big 12 Poll Reactions, Week 7

Posted by Tom Fornelli

This week's polls have been released. Here's how the Big 12 fared, from the top of the polls to the bottom, and what it means.

(AP/Coaches) 

3/1. Oklahoma

Another win and another week where Oklahoma doesn't move in either poll. I've already made my argument about how I feel that LSU and Alabama should be ahead of the Sooners in both polls, but if you actually saw how Oklahoma played against Kansas on Saturday night, then maybe a few more of you agree with me. Oklahoma spent the first half of the game sleepwalking like it expected Kansas just to get out of its way and let the Sooners score all the touchdowns they wanted. Given the way the Kansas defense played most of the year, it's hard to blame Oklahoma for feeling that way. Still, if you're the best team in the country, you come out and play like it every week for a full 60 minutes no matter who the opponent is.

6/6. Oklahoma State

The Cowboys moved up a spot in the Coaches Poll this week, and I'm guessing it's because the Cowboys beat Texas while Boise State destroyed Colorado State. One of those wins is a bit more impressive than the other, don't you think? The only beef I have with Oklahoma State's spot in the coaches' poll is that it's behind Stanford, and I think the Cowboys have a stronger resume than the Cardinal at this point. Of course, Oklahoma State still controls its own destiny, so as long as it keeps winning, it'll get near the top of the poll at the best time to be there: the end of the season.

12/16 Kansas State

Kansas State moves up five spots in the AP poll following its win over Texas Tech, but only two spots in the coaches' poll. I feel like we could change the name of this post to "Tom Hates The Coaches Poll." How a 6-0 team in a BCS conference can find itself behind seven other teams with a loss on its record will forever baffle me. The AP poll doesn't escape from this entirely, either, as there are three teams with a loss ahead of Kansas State in that poll as well. Will Kansas State be a top ten team when the year is finished? There's no way to know for sure, but I do know that there are only ten FBS schools with an unbeaten record left and Kansas State is one of them right now.

17/18 Texas A&M

If Texas A&M's offense plays like it did against Baylor for the rest of the season then the Aggies are going to crush a lot of dreams in the Big 12 before this season is over. That being said, as impressive as the Aggies looked, a two-loss team probably shouldn't be this high right now. Though I won't offer that much of an argument against it since the two teams A&M lost to are 6-0 Oklahoma State and 5-1 Arkansas. So I may feel that the Aggies are a bit too high, but I also can understand the argument for it.

Others Receiving Votes

Baylor (19 AP votes/9 Coaches votes), Texas (12 AP votes/26 Coaches votes)
Posted on: October 16, 2011 1:12 am
Edited on: October 16, 2011 1:13 am
 

QUICK HITS: Oklahoma 47 Kansas 17

Posted by Tom Fornelli

OKLAHOMA WON. Though the Sooners didn't have as easy a time as it might look if you're just looking at the final score. For the first thirty minutes of this contest Oklahoma looked like a team that thought it would just be able to show up in Lawrence on Saturday night and beat Kansas. Which is why the Sooners only had a 27-17 lead at the break.

Oklahoma would pull away in the fourth quarter, as Ryan Broyles finished the night with 13 catches for 215 yards and two touchdowns. Broyles also became the NCAA's all-time leader in receptions when he scored on a 57-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

WHY OKLAHOMA WON. The talent gap between these two teams is just so large that barring numerous mistakes by the Sooners, Kansas just didn't have much of a chance. Yes, the Sooners slept through the first half, but even then they had a 10-point lead. After they were no doubt laid into by the coaching staff during halftime, the Oklahoma defense came out and smothered the Jayhawks offense, allowing only one Kansas first down in the final 30 minutes.

WHEN OKLAHOMA WON. Even after the Oklahoma defense came out in the second half and stopped the Kansas offense cold, the Sooners had trouble taking full advantage. A couple of long drives stalled in the red zone, and Oklahoma had only a 33-17 lead with 14:18 left. Then four minutes later Landry Jones hit Ryan Broyles for their second touchdown connection of the game to make it 40-17, whatever chance Kansas may have had was gone.

WHAT OKLAHOMA WON. I'm not sure it won much of anything, to be honest. Yes, it won the game, but it didn't look nearly as impressive as it should have. Especially if you compare the Sooners performance to the one Oklahoma State had against Kansas last week. I don't think anybody who actually watched this game could justify putting Oklahoma ahead of either LSU or Alabama in the polls on Sunday, and with the BCS rankings coming out tomorrow, the Sooners won't be any higher than third.

WHAT KANSAS LOST. Nothing. I think this is one of those cases where Kansas actually earned some respect in defeat. Sure, the offense did nothing in the second half, but even though it gave up 47 points, this was a much better performance by the Jayhawks defense than any of us have seen this year. Oklahoma had four drives reach the red zone that resulted in field goals after the Kansas defense tightened up, and the Jayhawks also forced 3 turnovers.

THAT WAS CRAZY. Nothing truly insane happened in this game, but the fact that the score was tied 10-10 nearly halfway throught he second quarter probably caught plenty of people by surprise.
Posted on: October 15, 2011 10:53 pm
Edited on: October 15, 2011 10:53 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Kansas State 41 Texas Tech 34

Posted by Tom Fornelli

KANSAS STATE WON. Kansas State used some smoke and mirrors to beat Texas Tech on Saturday night, and by smoke and mirrors I mean special teams and turnovers. Texas Tech actually outgained the Wildcats 569 yards to 341 on the night, including a 388 to 94 advantage at halftime, but it didn't matter. Kansas State won thanks to two blocked field goals, a kick return for a touchdown, and 4 turnovers by Seth Doege. One of which was a pick-six by Nigel Malone only 37 seconds into the game. The result of all this was Kansas State's first win in Lubbock since 2000, and bowl eligibility after only six games.

WHY KANSAS STATE WON. As I said above, it was special teams and turnovers. What really killed Texas Tech on Saturday night, though, was that three of Doege's turnovers came on consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter. All three came in Texas Tech territory, and although Kansas State was only able to get 7 points out of them, it was the points those turnovers kept off the board for Texas Tech that made the difference.

WHEN KANSAS STATE WON. After kicking a field goal with 2:32 left to cut Kansas State's lead to 41-34, Texas Tech recovered an onside kick to keep hope alive. Unfortunately the Red Raiders couldn't go anywhere, and when Doege's pass to Aaron Crawford on 4th and 4 fell incomplete the Wildcats just had to run out the rest of the clock.

WHAT KANSAS STATE WON. On a day when a few surprise unbeatens like Michigan, Illinois and Georgia Tech all suffered their first loss of the season, Kansas State survived a tough road test. With a game against Kansas next weekend, which is a rivalry game that may not be as easy as you'd think, there's a strong chance that Kansas State will be hosting Oklahoma in Manhattan in two weeks with both teams undefeated.

WHAT TEXAS TECH LOST. This could have been a big win for Texas Tech following last week's home loss to Texas A&M, but the Red Raiders just beat themselves in the fourth quarter. Now Tommy Tuberville's team is off to a 1-2 start in the Big 12 with road games against Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri, plus a game against Oklahoma State still left on the schedule. Those two wins that Tech needs to get to a bowl game aren't going to come easy.

THAT WAS CRAZY. As great as Kansas State's special teams units were in this game, with the two blocked field goals and the kick return, they also made some dumb mistakes. A missed extra point and failure to recover an onside kick could have cost Kansas State the game.
Posted on: October 14, 2011 11:45 pm
 

Game day weather updates, Week 7

Remember how nice the weather was last week? It might be even better Saturday. Temps are still getting cooler, yes, but there's sun basically everywhere, and we will tolerate no complaints about 60s and sunshine over the majority of the country. Not when we all know what arctic hell awaits in the coming months. As always, all times eastern.

Noon kickoffs

No. 11 Michigan at No. 23 Michigan State, 12:00, East Lansing, MI: Low 50s, partly cloudy

Indiana at No. 4 Wisconsin, 12:00, Madison, WI: Low 50s, partly cloudy

No. 20 Baylor at No. 21 Texas A&M, 12:00, College Station, TX: Upper 60s, clear

No. 15 South Carolina at Mississippi State, 12:20, Starkville, MS: Upper 60s, clear

Afternoon kickoffs

No. 1 LSU at Tennessee, 3:30, Knoxville, TN: Upper 60s, clear

No. 12 Georgia Tech at Virginia, 3:30, Charlottesville, VA: Upper 60s, clear

Ohio State at No. 16 Illinois, 3:30, Champaign, IL: Low 60s, clear

No. 6 Oklahoma State at No. 22 Texas, 3:30, Austin, TX: Low 80s, clear

Evening kickoffs

No. 2 Alabama at Ole Miss, 6:00, Oxford, MS: Mid 70s, clear

No. 5 Boise State at Colorado State, 6:00, Fort Collins, CO: Low 80s, clear

No. 19 Virginia Tech at Wake Forest, 6:30, Winston-Salem, NC: Upper 60s, clear

No. 8 Clemson at Maryland, 7:00, College Park, MD: Upper 50s, clear

Florida at No. 24 Auburn, 7:00, Auburn, AL: Upper 60s, clear

No. 17 Kansas State at Texas Tech, 7:00, Lubbock, TX: Upper 70s, clear

No. 7 Stanford at Washington State, 7:30, Pullman, WA: Low 50s, partly cloudy

Late night kickoffs 

No. 3 Oklahoma at Kansas, 9:15, Lawrence, KS: Upper 60s, clear

No. 18 Arizona State at No. 9 Oregon, 10:15, Eugene, OR: Low 50s, partly cloudy

Posted on: October 14, 2011 3:38 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2011 3:40 pm
 

The Saturday Meal Plan: Week 7

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The Saturday Meal Plan is a helpful guide put together for you to maximize the results of your college football diet.  Just enough to leave you feeling full, but not so much you spend your entire Sunday in the bathroom. 

This week we're offering a menu that is a bit low on carbs. It's not that we don't have plenty of interesting choices to offer you this weekend, but there isn't exactly a must-have on the list. Which I suppose is a good thing considering all the big meals we've all been ingesting the last few weeks and the pounds they've packed on, we could all afford to eat a bit more salad this weekend.

BREAKFAST

#23 Michigan State vs. #11 Michigan - ESPN 12pm ET

This game has it all: rivalry, firepower, and consequence. Michigan State is looking to continue its reign in this series, having won the last 3 in the series. Michigan will need to get Heisman candidate Denard Robinson rolling and light up the scoreboard; that hasn't been much of a problem for UM this year. At stake is probably the best shot at challenging Nebraska for the Legends Division crown; the loser, meanwhile, will need a lot of help in the race. - Adam Jacobi

#21 Texas A&M vs. #20 Baylor - FX 12pm ET

Robert Griffin is appointment television no matter who Baylor is playing, but considering that Texas A&M is statistically the worst passing defense in the country, this one could be really fun. Of course, Texas A&M isn't exactly a slouch either, as Ryan Tannehill, Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael have done a good job of covering up that secondary's mistakes on offense. This one could be a pretty nice shootout to start your day with. - Tom Fornelli

Mississippi State vs. #15 South Carolina - SEC Network 12:21pm ET

Is Connor Shaw for real or not? The Gamecocks' now-unquestioned starting quarterback looked the part against Kentucky, but a veteran Bulldog secondary playing at home in Starkville is a much tougher test. And if Tyler Russell's breakout second half against UAB was more than illusion, State could have put some of their offensive woes behind them as well. Whichever quarterback proves last week's performance wasn't a fluke should come away with the victory. - Jerry Hinnen

LUNCH

Tennessee vs. #1 LSU - CBS 3:30pm ET

For the second week in a row, the Tiger defense gets to face a backup quarterback making his first start of the season. The Vols' Matt Simms has a lot of advantages Florida's Jacoby Brissett didn't, though: he'll be at home; he's a senior who started eight games for Tennessee in 2010; and he saw the LSU defense up close and personal playing against them last year. Too bad the Vols don't have the running game to keep the Tigers from teeing off on Simms all the same. - JH

#22 Texas vs. #6 Oklahoma State - ABC/ESPN 3:30pm ET

Did you know that Mack Brown's Texas teams have never lost a game following the Red River Shootout? That record is likely going to be in serious jeopardy with the Oklahoma State offense coming to town, but if the Longhorns can manage to keep Brandon Weeden in check and pull off a win, it'd be a very large step in returning the program to where it once stood. Or you should watch just to see if Oklahoma State can finally hit the century mark. - TF

Virginia vs. #12 Georgia Tech - ESPNU 3:30pm ET

The last time Virginia took the field, they needed overtime to steal a 21-20 victory over Idaho.  With an off week to get healthy and prepare for the Yellow Jackets' option attack, the Cavs defense will try to live up to their 311.8 yards allowed per game (ranked third in the ACC).  Tech coach Paul Johnson criticized the decision making of quarterback Tevin Washington in last week's 21-16 win over Maryland, and cited a lack of "continuity" as a reason for their uncharacteristically low score.  Look for Georgia Tech to try and use this game to get their methodical attack back on track. It might be more than a young Virginia defense can handle, even with a week to prepare. - Chip Patterson

#16 Illinois vs. Ohio State - ABC/ESPN 3:30pm ET

The Illini look to continue their tear through a stunned and unsuspecting slate of opponents and run their record to 7-0. In Illinois' way is mighty Ohio State, who's got the talent to win the battle up front on both sides of the ball. If OSU doesn't have Braxton Miller at 100% after last week's ankle injury, though, can the vaunted Buckeye rushing attack pick up the slack and turn drives into touchdowns? - AJ

DINNER

Maryland vs. #8 Clemson - ESPNU 6:30pm ET

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd wasn't wearing hip pads for "swag reasons."  Now he has to shed his hip fashion style in order to protect his strained hip against Maryland.  Boyd may have been carted off the field last week against Boston College, but he'll be lining up under center on Saturday night in Byrd Stadium.  Maryland, on the other hand, won't make a decision regarding their starting quarterback until game time.  Starter Danny O'Brien was benched in the 21-16 loss to Georgia Tech in favor of freshman C.J. Brown, who ran for 124 yards in just one half of action against the Yellow Jackets.  But Brown struggled throwing the ball, so it will be interesting to see what head coach Randy Edsall decides to do.  The last time Maryland played a primetime game at home, they wrapped themselves in the state flag and pulled out a victory.  Tune in to see what fashion statement they make this week. - CP 

#24 Auburn vs. Florida - ESPN 7pm ET

In a matchup of teams with passing games that will be lucky to reach "mediocre" -- the Gators thanks to John Brantley's injury, the Tigers due to Barrett Trotter's ongoing struggles -- the winner should prove to be whichever team can get their pair of star tailbacks on track. With Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey on one side and Michael Dyer and Onterio McCalebb on the other, backfield head-to-heads don't get a whole lot better than this. - JH

Washington State vs. #7 Stanford - FX 7:30pm ET

The Cardinal have the country's best quarterback in Andrew Luck and the conference's toughest defense (just 10.6 points per game allowed) so this should be a relatively easy road trip for the Cardinal. Head coach David Shaw will likely want to establish the running game this week after tilting heavily in favor of the pass last week against Colorado. The question probably isn't if Stanford will win, but by how much. Washington State showed they've got some fight in them last week before coming up short against UCLA. - Bryan Fischer

Kansas vs. #3 Oklahoma - ESPN 2 9:15pm ET

This is a pretty late start for a game that's being played in Kansas, but I have to believe it's some kind of strategy. Maybe the Jayhawks are hoping that by starting the game later, nobody will be watching the Sooners offense destroy a Kansas defense that has been shredded by everybody it's faced this season. This one likely won't be competitive for very long, but who knows? - TF

LATE NIGHT SNACK

#9 Oregon vs. #18 Arizona State - ESPN 10:15pm ET

They're still the conference king until knocked off their perch but Arizona State will present a stiff test for Oregon this weekend. The Ducks are not as good as they were last year on defense and will be missing star running back LaMichael James but Kenjon Barner and freshman DeAnthony Thomas are able replacements for him on offense. The atmosphere at Autzen at night should be a big advantage but expect a tough Sun Devils defense to force a few turnovers and make things interesting. - BF
Posted on: October 11, 2011 2:13 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2011 5:12 pm
 

Week 7 Keys to the Game Roundup

Posted by Eye on College Football staff

Here are the keys to victory for this week's best games. Oklahoma State at Texas should be a high-scoring affair, and we're looking forward to seeing top-ranked LSU head to Neyland Stadium to take on Tennessee. All links open in a new window/tab. 

Chip Patterson

Clemson at Maryland
Virginia Tech at Wake Forest

Adam Jacobi

Indiana at Wisconsin
Michigan at Michigan State
Ohio State
at Illinois

Tom Fornelli

Oklahoma at Kansas
Oklahoma State at Texas
Baylor at Texas A&M

Bryan Fischer

Stanford at Washington State
Arizona State at Oregon

Jerry Hinnen

LSU at Tennessee
Alabama at Ole Miss
Florida at Auburn


Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:06 am
Edited on: October 11, 2011 11:07 am
 

Keys to the Game: Kansas vs. Oklahoma

Posted by Tom Fornelli

KANSAS WILL WIN IF: The Sooners somehow get lost on their way to Lawrence and miss the game resulting in some kind of a forfeit. Barring that, it's not likely to happen. Still, if there's anyway that a Kansas defense that's allowing an NCAA-worst 49.4 points and 556 yards per game is going to slow down the Oklahoma offense, it will be by getting pressure on Landry Jones. The most trouble Oklahoma has had this season came on the road against Florida State, and it was because the Seminoles defensive line was in Jones' face all night long. The Jayhawks offense has been able to put points on the board this season, so if the defense can somehow find a way to get to Jones consistently, Kansas might have a shot.

OKLAHOMA WILL WIN IF: The Sooners just keep doing what they've been doing. This will be only the second time this season that Oklahoma has played a game outside of Norman that wasn't a neutral site, and Bob Stoops' teams have had trouble on the road the last few seasons. That being said, Oklahoma has a lot more talent on both sides of the ball than Kansas does, so as long as the Sooners take care of the ball there's really no reason that they should lose this game.

X-FACTOR: Most of the focus with Kansas this season has been how horrible the defense has been, and understandably so. What's been lost in the shuffle, however, has been the performance of quarterback Jordan Webb. Through five games Webb has completed nearly 70% of his passes for 11 touchdowns and 5 interceptions with a quarterback rating of 172.0, better than Kellen Moore's 171.6. If the Jayhawks can keep Webb on his feet, he could make enough plays to keep the Jayhawks in the game and possibly pull off one of the biggest upsets we'd see this season.
Posted on: October 10, 2011 1:37 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2011 3:46 pm
 

Big 12 Poll Reactions, Week 6

Posted by Tom Fornelli

This week's polls have been released. Here's how the Big 12 fared, from the top of the polls to the bottom, and what it means.

(AP/Coaches) 

3/1. Oklahoma

The Sooners don't budge in the polls this week after destroying Texas on Saturday, and while I think the Sooners have a much stronger case for being on top in both polls after that win, I don't really begrudge the AP voters for keeping them third either. So far this season the Sooners two biggest wins have come against a Texas team that it made look really bad on Saturday afternoon, and a Florida State team that just lost to Wake Forest this weekend. That kind of hurts Oklahoma's resume. That being said, LSU and Alabama are going to play each other in November, and as long as Oklahoma keeps on winning, it will likely end up playing for a BCS title.

6/7. Oklahoma State

Much like Oklahoma, the Cowboys don't move in the polls this week after annihilating Kansas on Saturday. Oklahoma State put up 70 points on the Jayhawks, and that was after it took its starters out with over three minutes left in the second quarter. I honestly believe that had Mike Gundy kept Brandon Weeden and company in for the entire sixty minutes, the Cowboys would have broken the century mark. They also might have climbed a spot or two in the rankings because of it.

17/18. Kansas State

This is about right for the Wildcats, as the team moved up three spots in both the AP and Coaches Poll this week. The Wildcats are undefeated, but aside from the win over Baylor, they haven't beat a really strong opponent yet. Yes, the win over Miami on the road was a nice win, but the Hurricanes are 2-3 this season with their only wins coming over Bethune Cookman and a bad Ohio State team. Not that any of this is Kansas State's fault, but until the Wildcats host the Sooners at the end of the month, we won't have a great idea of what exactly we have in Manhattan. Though a win over a Texas Tech team that gave Texas A&M trouble on Saturday night in Lubbock this weekend would make things a bit clearer as well.

20/24. Baylor

I really don't understand why the coaches have no respect for this Baylor team yet. It's only loss of the year has come against an unbeaten Kansas State, and it had a win over TCU to start the season. I've been more impressed with what Baylor has done this season than I have Texas A&M and Texas, yet both of those schools are ahead of them in the Coaches Poll.

21/23. Texas A&M

When the season is over, will Texas A&M be one of the 25 best schools in the country? I'd say, barring some more late collapses, yes. Though that doesn't mean a team that is 3-2 should be ranked right now, especially when both those losses -- which did come against ranked teams -- came in such embarrassing fashion.

22/21 Texas

I said last week that I felt like the Longhorns were ranked a bit too high compared to what they had actually accomplished on the season, and I think that came through on Saturday. This is a young team with a lot of talent and a lot to learn still, and this is the first time all season in which I feel the voters have Texas pegged just right. A good team, but not upper echelon.

Others Receiving Votes

Texas Tech

The Red Raiders lost some support from voters this week, as they showed up on only two ballots in the AP voting and nine coaches ballots. Which makes sense because Tech is coming off a loss, and though it's 4-1 on the year none of those four victories are anything you'd want to brag about. Something that could change when Kansas State comes to town on Saturday. If Tech wins that game then it's going to crack the Top 25.
 
 
 
 
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