After a week hiatus (thanks to the flu for that) we are back to predict the home debut of new interim coach Clint Bowen. Does anyone have any faith in this team?
All times in Jayhawk (Central) Time
#16 Oklahoma State (4-1, 2-0 Big 12) @ Kansas (2-3, 0-2 Big 12) Saturday 3pm TV: Fox Sports 1
dnoll5: 45-14 Oklahoma State. The defense will have to stay off the field for KU to even have a chance and it's getting tiresome having the punter as our best player. Anyway, I think KU gets lucky enough to grab a pick or two and set up a short field for some scores. I just don't think they'll get nearly enough to make this thing competitive. Oh, and the atmosphere at Memorial will probably feature more Okie State fans as the Royals play at the exact same time.
Jim Hammen: We couldn't even get through one game in the Clint Bowen era before we had an official quarterback controversy on our hands. I'm already kinda the Charlie Weis apologist around these parts, and I'm starting to get the feeling that by the time this season is over, I might be vindicated. Oklahoma St. 31, Kansas 10.
Owen: Can't turn this thing around in a couple weeks, wins are going to be hard to come by. Oklahoma State has destroyed us recently and I think that holds true. Offense will continue to struggle and Cowboys can still score points. Cowboys 38, Kansas 7.
PenHawk: It sounds like Kansas may show some new things offensively. This could spark more production, but I doubt we'll see a breakout performance. Okie State is good enough offensively to put up at least 30, and their defense is solid enough to hold Kansas down without much trouble. Oklahoma State 38, Kansas 13
jvaughn11: Oklahoma State 31 KU 14. The optimism and buzz around the current regime and scheme changes may breathe some life into a season that for some was already over, but I don't see it impacting the outcome of this game. No one doubts this team has talent and maybe the current staff can find a way to productively use it, but until I see this happen its hard to expect it.
fetch13: This seems like another one of those "they have all their starters out by halftime" games. I think I'm going with 41-10, but man after watching the offense the last couple weeks I don't see how we get to 10.
Tom Fehr: I think the Royals will win the ALCS in 6. Wait, KU football is still happening?
KU Grad 08: In Italy. Dont càre
strathclyde: KU hasn’t beaten OSU in Lawrence in 20 years and won’t overcome their own offense, OSU 41-10.
mikeville: I have absolutely no idea what to expect Saturday afternoon. Ok, that's a lie. I expect a small crowd and a thin student section. I also expect Oklahoma State to win something along the lines of 56-6. Which is why that probably won't happen. Look, we all remember what happened two years ago on a stormy fall Saturday. (I couldn't give my tickets away to that game, either. Don't worry, I went to that one and I finally found someone to go with me to this one.) Last week, Oklahoma State came out sluggish at home against Iowa State, perhaps giving some of us a glimmer of hope. I don't really expect to ever feel like we have a chance to win the game, but I also don't expect OSU to run away with it, either, due to a variety of factors: the dead atmosphere, last week's sluggish start, KU pumped up for Bowen's home debut. I think it will be a lot more along the lines of the home game KU had vs Texas. OSU won't show a lot on offense and will do just enough to get out of Lawrence with a win on their "bye week." Oklahoma State 30, Kansas 13.
misterbrain: Is anything other than "Kansas beaten into submission" even possible at this point? We actually seem to have similar major problems as the Cowboys (line, playmakers who don't get used properly, etc.) But the difference is they have talent elsewhere that can overcome those issues. Oklahoma State 52, Kansas 12.
BYU (4-1) @ UCF (2-2) Thursday 6:30pm TV: ESPN
For BYU, the loss to Utah State was inexplicable and for all purposes knocked them entirely out of major bowl contention. This UCF team is nowhere near the one that was led by Blake Bortles last year, with a number of troubles with that offense. I'm not really sure how UCF is favored here, except for maybe a large overreaction to the BYU loss last week. BYU 27, UCF 20
Texas (2-3, 1-1 Big 12) "@" #11 Oklahoma (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) Saturday 11am TV: ABC
The Red River Rivalry will live up to it's name this year, but only in the sense that red will dominate and the blood of the Texas Longhorns will spill all over the place. Oklahoma will be looking for someone to take their frustrations out on after the loss last week, and Texas won't really put up that much of a fight, regardless of the fact that this is a rivalry game. Oklahoma 48, Texas 16
West Virginia (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) @ Texas Tech (2-3, 0-2 Big 12) Saturday 11am TV: Fox Sports 1
While Texas Tech appears to have some fight in them, the West Virginia offense will just be too much for the Red Raiders to handle. Clint Trickett and Kevin White should have a field day, and even the defensive/special teams problems that WVU has won't be enough to save the home team. West Virginia 48, Texas Tech 31
#13 Georgia (4-1, 2-1 SEC) @ #23 Missouri (4-1, 1-0 SEC) Saturday 11am TV: CBS
As much as it pains me to say it, Missouri has a good team again this year. Maty Mauk has improved, but Russell Hansbrough has been the real key to keeping that offense clicking. But led by Heisman-contending Todd Gurley, the Georgia offense has been at another level. This looks to shape up to be a good game, but the Bulldogs are favored for a reason. Georgia 28, Missouri 27
EDIT: Due to the Gurley suspension, I'm not really sure how to handle this game now. Georgia has a depth issue at running back, so it may fall more to their defense to keep them in the game. I'm going to update my prediction, as much as it pains me, to a Missouri victory. Missouri 31, Georgia 24
#2 Auburn (5-0, 2-0 SEC) @ #3 Mississippi State (5-0, 2-0 SEC) Saturday 2:30pm TV: CBS
In what is likely to be the marquee game of the week (College Gameday is showing up for their first ever visit to Starkville), the Tigers defense will go up against Heisman-candidate Dak Prescott, who lit up Texas A&M last week. In an SEC showdown, I still tend to lean towards the defense, so I have Auburn in a close one. Auburn 21, Mississippi State 20
#9 TCU (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) @ #5 Baylor (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) Saturday 2:30pm TV: ABC/ESPN2
TCU's defense looks to capitalize on the big victory against Oklahoma from last week. Baylor is looking to shake off their sluggish performance against the Longhorns. But TCU has a defense that can give the Bears even more fits than the Longhorns D, and it's not like their offense is bad. I have TCU scoring at least twice on D/ST, and pulling off a huge upset for the second week in a row. TCU 41, Baylor 38
#12 Oregon (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) @ #18 UCLA (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) Saturday 2:30pm TV: Fox
This was supposed to be the game that challenged the Ducks this year, but losses to Arizona (by Oregon) and Utah (by UCLA) has removed some of the luster of this matchup. However, this matchup will still go a long way to determining who ultimately plays in the Pac-12 championship at the end of the year, and I have Oregon squeeking by to avoid their second consecutive loss. Oregon 30, UCLA 28
Toledo (4-2) @ Iowa State (1-4) Saturday 2:30pm TV: Cyclones.tv
Toledo is already making a case to be the best team in the MAC this year, and while Iowa State has plenty of moral victories to hang their hat on, they are a bit short in the wins department. I expect an entertaining game back and forth - too bad no one will be able to see it outside the state of Iowa. The MAC strikes back against the Big 12 in this one: Toledo 38, Iowa State 34.
Big 12 on bye: Kansas State (4-1, 2-0 Big 12)