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|The Big 12 Report: Week 4
Tony George www.sportsaudioshows.com
Another outstanding and telling week in the Big 12, and of courseI bagged another featured play of the week with Pitt easily coveringthe number against Nebraska, which put me at 3-0 on the year.Oklahoma showed how far they have fallen by dropping an embarrassinggame to UCLA putting them at 1-2 on the year and they have Texaslicking their chops for October 8th, since Mac Brown and the Longhornshave a date with destiny to finally beat OU in the Red River Warin Dallas at the Cotton Bowl, something he has never done. Missouribounced back with a revenge game against Troy after a devastatinghome loss the week before, and Baylor, that’s right, The BaylorBears are undefeated taking care of Army on the road.
Many teams in the Big 12 have a bye week, and a team like Nebraskaneeds one! The Huskers, at 3-0, are the worst 3-0 in the USA,having the 106th offense in the nation! Bill Callahan’s West Coastoffense is anemic and a total dud right now. The defense is stellarand keeping them in games, but on deck is Iowa St. and Texas Tech,and then it is off to Baylor for their first road test, and itwill not be easy, but the Huskers are 1 of 24 teams in DivisionI that are undefeated. Interesting match-up next week in LIncoln,where it has been over 30-some years since the Cyclones have wonin Lincoln.
COLORADO @ MIAMI -14
The Buffalo’s have had over a week off to preparefor the Hurricanes, and Miami is looking forward to a home openersince they are 1-1 with 2 very tough games at Florida State anda 3 OT game against Clemson, and I am sure it is advantage Buffalo’shere as the Hurricanes have to be a little beat up and flat. Colorado’sQB Klatt has a trio of receivers that can do some damage, andGary Barnett always seems to rise to the top in big games. Coloradois expect by many to win the Big 12 North, I am not one of them,but they could keep this slightly closer than the spread thisSaturday. Interesting that Miami is 4-11 ATS as double digit favoritesat home their last 15.
IOWA STATE @ ARMY +17 FRIDAY NIGHT- MY FeaturedPlay of the Week! 3-0 YTD!!
KANSAS STATE -24 vs. North Texas
Big trouble for North Texas here, BIG trouble,they managed 2 points last week in a 54-2 blowout against Tulsa,they were favored by 3, and it gets no better this week againstKansas State. Kansas State had some off field trouble last weekwhen the leading rusher in the nation, RB Thomas Clayton, at 164yards per game was cited by campus police for assault on an officertrying to impound his car. His status is unknown, but whetherhe plays or not is a moot point this week in Manhattan, sinceKSU should name the score. Kansas State has had turnover problems,and as a matter of fact 40 points scored against them were fromless than 20 yards after a turnover in opponents territory, andthe defense is underrated in terms of points allowed, the numbersare skewed. Kansas State by 35 here.
TEXAS AM vs. TEXAS ST.
Not much to say here, other than to once againsay that QB Reggie McNeal is off the map in terms of talent, andis a top 3 NFL prospect for next year. There is no line on thisgame. The Aggies dismantled SMU last week where the offense rolledup over 500 yards ands McNeal had 100 yards rushing, and 349 yardspassing with 5 TD passes and he rushed for 1 more in a 66-8 blowoutagainst a team that beat TCU the week before! No line in thisgame, and one can only ponder what happens down the road whenTexas comes calling to College Station this year in the seasonfinale. WOW, stay tuned folks as the Aggies lost a heartbreakinglast second game at Clemson and should start rolling now in conferenceplay.
INDIANA ST @ TEXAS TECH
Worth noting here that no line exists here, butTexas Tech is amassing some impressive numbers, good and bad.They average 711 yards of offense per game, but they have totaledover 270 yards in penalties. Little has it mattered with whippingboys Florida International and Sam Houston State, but they betterget the fundamentals down before conference action. Senior QBChris Hodges is putting up some solid numbers with 9 TD passes,no picks, and 890 yards with a 74% completion rate. Look out forthe Red Raiders, they are my sleeper.
That is it for this week, the meat and potatoesof conference action is in full swing next week with crucial gamesfor a ton of teams in the Big 12, and I will be ready to pounceon the books and provide more insight next week, stay tuned.