Here we are again, back for our third session. For all previous weeks, click here. Again, this features KJ-IBT and Hawk Digest, both of which contain some of the best Kansas content in the internets.
Here are this week's questions, with all of our answers after the jump.
1) What are our chances of beating Oklahoma? Give me the Number One reason why we can win.
2) What is your take on the DE situation? Have Jake Laptad and Max Onyegbule "emerged", or was it merely a one-week-showing?
3) With Missouri's loss, what are our realistic chances of winning the Big 12 North? Now, we are essentially guaranteed going into Arrowhead with a chance at winning the North, as long as we win the games we should (@ Nebraska and vs. Kansas State). Give me a perecentage number as to our likelihood.
4) Is Texas the best team in the country? And, in a related question, is Colt McCoy the best QB in the country? If either answer is no, who is?
5) If you were to construct a Big 12 Power Rankings right now, what would it look like?
6) And, finally, Big 12 Picks!
Missouri @ Texas
Texas Tech @ Texas A&M
Nebraska @ Iowa State
Kansas State @ Colorado
Baylor @ Oklahoma State (I really want to see this game; sucks that Tech @ A&M is on TV instead...)
Again, the actual answers are after the jump. You have to click a button to get there. Please do.
1) I'll put our chances at winning at 20%. The Number One reason why we can win is that OU has to find a way to replace the production of Ryan Reynolds, generally considered one of the most complete linebackers in OU history (earlier this season he apparently graded out at 100% for an entire game- an unprecedented achievement). Losing your best player always hurts, but the MLB must be the core of your defense. KU will attack the middle of the field with crossing routes, shovels, and screen passes to try to take advantage of a less experienced replacement.
You didn't ask, but my #1 biggest concern in this game is keeping Todd Reesing healthy. Before they played Texas, Oklahoma had knocked out every starting QB they had faced- many of whom have been out for several weeks afterwards. Get down, Sparky!
2) Emerging, baby. What I noticed is that we're starting to get a lot better penetration from the defensive tackles, which is only going to help the DEs be more productive.
3) 45%. They still should be considered the favorites, but we're right there. They currently have the #114 ranked passing defense in the FBS. We have Todd Reesing and a gaggle of talented receivers. In a pass-happy league like the Big 12, Mizzou is ripe for disaster if they can't get their ship righted.
4) Colt McCoy is the best quarterback in the country, because he's the most complete. I'm not sure if this Texas team is the best yet, simply because I haven't seen them win in more than one way. If someone finds a way to contain McCoy, could they still beat you? Can they grind out a 14-10 type victory? I don't know. For now, I'll give the edge to Alabama, just because they've proven themselves to be more complete up to this point.
3. Oklahoma State
6. Texas Tech
10. Kansas State
11. Iowa State
12. Texas A&M
Texas over Missouri
Tech over A&M
Nebraska over Iowa State
Colorado over K-State
Okie State over Baylor
2) I don't think it was a one-week showing. Jake is now up to 5 sacks on the season and frankly, that pace is not only acceptable, it's actually pretty solid. What we need to start seeing though is consistent pressure every series, rather than just getting free for a sack per game. I don't think Max is anywhere near Jake's level, but I do think he's showing signs of being a good third down end. Overall, I don't expect anyone to have much success this week, but even more than the ends I think it would benefit the Hawks to get a push in the middle so Bradford can't step up.
3) They're sure as hell a lot better than they were. Though I think everyone assumed they were better also, the biggest reason I thought they'd take the division was the schedule disparity. By losing one they shouldn't, they'll really open the door if they can't get by Texas either. Do that, and like you said, we'll only have to win the games we're favored in to have a chance to beat them for the North. I'll say 45/55 : KU/MU.
Nebraska over ISU
CU over KState
OSU over Baylor
Texas Tech over Texas A&M
Nebraska over Iowa State
Colorado over Kansas State
OSU over Baylor