Sorry we missed last week, but with no KU game, it was a chance to take a much needed break to recharge for the push to the end of the year. With both Baylor and Kansas having the week off, could we see a game that isn't a complete blowout?
Kansas (2-5, 0-4 Big 12) @ #13 Baylor (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) Saturday 3:00pm TV: Fox Sports 1
penhawk: Our defense is looking ok, but it's not equipped with the kind of talent you need to knock off Baylor. We may get a few stops early, but eventually the speed and pace of the Bears' offense will overwhelm us. Hopefully the offense will continue to improve, having two weeks of preparation, but this is not a game we can win. Baylor 52, Kansas 21
mikeville: Argh I hate making predictions. While my scores may not have been accurate (I think a couple have been close) I’ve at least been nailing that KU would cover the spread since Bowen took over. That said, here’s guessing that Baylor won’t be very polite hosts on their Homecoming after getting upset by West Virginia the last time they played. The Bears are also coming off their bye week… not a good thing for us either, I would guess. The line is currently at Baylor -36. I think that, especially not knowing Tony Pierson’s availability (although they say he’s "fine" and "will play") that KU will have a hard time keeping up, despite the progress that we think we see with the defense. I don’t think Bowen gets the cover this time - I’ll say this one is over by the half and Baylor cruises, 56-14.
fetch: it’s basketball season
dnoll5: Baylor is going to hammer KU. Sorry to say it, but that offense is going to get its fair share of points and even though KU has gotten better offensively and defensively, it won;t be enough to even stay close at the half. I hope I’m wrong, but 56-10 or worse sounds about right.
Jim Hammen: This one could get ugly quick, and I would be pleasantly surprised if KU is within 14 points at the end of the first quarter. Baylor pours it on early, then slowly eases off the gas late in the second half, and cruises to a 49-17 win. But KU covers the spread yet again.
misterbrain: Yeah, this is going to be really bad. It's a good thing I'm going in to this with such low expectations. I'm thinking that the Baylor offense gets off to such a fast start, we begin pressing right away and turn the ball over. With a prediction that gives me nowhere to look but up, I'll say Baylor bests the blowout TCU had last week. Baylor 91, Kansas 3
And now, on to the rest of the games this week:
#2 Florida State (7-0, 4-0 ACC) @ #25 Louisville (6-2, 4-2 ACC) Thursday 6:30pm TV: ESPN
Raise your hand if you had forgotten Louisville had moved to the ACC? Ok, good to see I wasn't the only one. Now raise your hand if you are surprised that they are actually pretty good again this year? Ok, good that I don't see anyone except the clown in the back who thinks the Royals suck...
Anyway, Louisville looks decent as usual, but Florida State is clearly better. That being said, Florida State seems like the kind of team that is going to inexplicably drop a game that they shouldn't, and a Thursday game on the road against another good team seems like the perfect time to do it. Louisville pulls the stunner. Louisville 30, Florida State 28
#18 Oklahoma (5-2, 2-2 Big 12) @ Iowa State (2-5, 0-4 Big 12) Saturday 11:00am TV: Fox Sports 1
Oklahoma has to have this game to have any chance of staying in the Big 12 race. Iowa State needs this game to have any chance of going to a bowl this year. I think we all know which one is more likely. Oklahoma 38, Iowa State 17
#7 TCU (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) @ #20 West Virginia (6-2, 4-1 Big 12) Saturday 2:30pm TV: ABC/ESPN2
The battle for second place in the Big 12 is in Morgantown this week. West Virginia has surprised pretty much everyone this year, but the Horned Frogs' offense has one-upped them. I expect a lot of scoring, but ultimately TCU does enough to win. TCU 48, West Virginia 44
BYU (4-4) @ Middle Tennessee (5-3) Saturday 2:30pm TV: CBS Sports Network
I don't really know much about Middle Tennessee, but other than Marshall, they haven't really played (much less beaten) anyone of consequence this year. BYU isn't as good a team as we thought going into the year, with injuries causing them huge problems. I expect a BYU victory, but it is going to be really close. BYU 31, Middle Tennessee 27
Kentucky (5-3, 2-3 SEC) @ Missouri (6-2, 3-1 SEC) Saturday 3:00pm TV: SEC Network
Theoretically, Missouri is the better team. But I've been wrong about them so many times that I don't know what to think anymore. Kentucky played well in their loss to Mississippi State last week. Kentucky gets the road upset this week. Kentucky 24, Missouri 17
#3 Auburn (6-1, 3-1 SEC) @ #4 Mississippi (7-1, 4-1 SEC) Saturday 6:00pm TV: ESPN
Auburn has good victories, but overall they just seem to have gotten every bounce possible this year. Ole Miss has it's problems, but they have definitely been the more consistent team. Plus they are at home. Ole Miss 30, Auburn 21
Texas (3-5, 2-3 Big 12) @ Texas Tech (3-5, 1-4 Big 12) Saturday 6:30pm TV: Fox Sports 1
Texas Tech couldn't stop TCU last week. Texas couldn't get going last week. Which team rights the ship? My money is on Texas. Texas 35, Texas Tech 24
Oklahoma State (5-2, 3-2 Big 12) @ #9 Kansas State (6-1, 4-0 Big 12) Saturday 7:00pm TV: ABC
Not sure much needs to be said here. Oklahoma State has crumbled over the course of the season. Other than a small offensive meltdown against Auburn, Kansas State has looked solid all around. Kansas State 48, Oklahoma State 10
#17 Utah (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12) @ #14 Arizona State (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12) Saturday 10:00pm TV: Fox Sports 1
Had to give myself a hard one, right? Utah has been on a bit of a roll, but Arizona State seems like the better team, mainly because their passing game seems to be superior. With them at home, it is hard to pick against them, but this is definitely going to be a good one if you can stay up for it. Arizona State 34, Utah 27