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|Weekly Big 12 Report
By Tony George www.sportsaudioshows.com
A NEW FEATURE, as my specialty is Big 12 Football, at leasta 66% ATS record in football in the Big 12 over the past 2 seasonsindicated I might know a thing or two about this conference. WeeklyI will feature my Big 12 Game of the Week as a premium play, butalso take a look around the conference and post some news andnotes for you. In the opening week of College Football, some ofthe Big 12 schools are in action, here are my takes.
Nebraska vs. Maine-Time for the Huskers to rebound off a 5-6 season, and who betterthan the Bears from Maine as a patsy opener in Lincoln. ThereHuskers start a new QB in JUCO transfer Zac Taylor running theWest Coast offense, against the blitzing Bears, who did beat MississippiState last year 9-7, but look for an un-lined game here to bea blowout and a glorified scrimmage for the Huskers who take onWake Forest next week in Lincoln. A CRUCIAL game in Lincoln asthe natives are restless, did I mention I live in Lincoln? Timewill tell for Nebraska, and I doubt they throw the entire playbookout there this week, as they plan on rotating many players thisweek if things go well. Huskers by 30.
TCU vs. Oklahoma (-26) – THIS IS MY FEATUREDPLAY OF THE WEEK!
Colorado (-8) vs. Colorado State – Thisgame is in Boulder this year versus being in Denver, so advantageBuffalo’s here, as QB Joe Klatt for the Buffalo’s breaks in allnew receivers and head coach Gary Barnett looks to find a runninggame and pass defense this season, and what a tough opener. TheGolden Rams had a rare losing season last year and head guy SonnyLubick looks to 2005 as a better season, and with a tandem ofQB’s and 3 solid WR’s, I look for Colorado State to hang tough.The underdog in this series has covered 6 out of 8, but that wason a neutral site. A small side with the dog in this one, I thinkColorado is overrated.
Missouri (-26) vs. Arkansas State – Thisgame is at Arrowhead in Kansas City, and a showcase for the Tigersto open up their new spread attack on offense featuring all worldQB Brad Smith, who is now the featured offensive weapon for Missou.I am not sure 26 points is an easy task, as Missouri will be breakingin a new offense and testing receivers and RB’s in a game situation,so mistakes could happen. Coach Gary Pinkel is on the hot seatthis year, so if he is up big, he may drop the throttle. StoppingArkansas State RB Warren will be the key, and I think Missouri’sfront line on defense will blow ASU off the ball.
Kansas (-20) vs. Florida Atlantic – Arare time for the Jayhawks to be a double digit favorite, andcovering that number will be in question. The strength of Kansasis defense, the weakness is offense, and with a QB situation brewingand no running game in hand, this is a crucial test early forKansas to get a confidence boost with a blowout win and get thisyoung offense some experience. Florida Atlantic has a good QBand a decent defense and won some games against big time schoolslast year, they beat Hawaii and North Texas, both on the road.No pushover for Kansas, but I see them with a double digit winhere.
These are my featured games this week in theBig 12, next week many teams from the Southern Division get goingand we’ll have some takes on those games. For all my plays andoutstanding values with my service, find me at www.sportsaudioshows.com,now enetering 13th year in the business!vernoncroy.com