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Top 12 Upset Alerts in the Big 12 Non-Conference Schedule

August 5, 2009

I’ve been slowly chipping away at this post here and there so I could get it done before fall camp started and hysteria began. Finally.

After I completed the ‘Big 12 Non-conference Preview‘ several months back, I wanted to focus a tad harder on some of the individual games that caught my eye. The list here has a few of the more intriguing non-conference games that in some cases might be easily forgotten about.

Below, you’re going to find 12 non-conference games where the Big 12 team will (as of now) be favored in – there are no Big 12 underdogs in the list. Simply put, these are games the Big 12 Conference should win according to the experts in Las Vegas. And if I were the given Big 12 team in each of these games, I’d be paying close attention to these opponents as they’ll all rightfully come in with upset on their minds.

The rankings are based on my chances of the upset happening with #1 being the highest.

Here are the only lines available at this time courtesy of everyone’s favorite, the Golden Nugget. If there’s a game in question, make sure to check out the lines first. I threw in the line for the games where applicable and something to help with the eyes as you read.

Enjoy.


** The Top 12 Big 12 Upset Alerts **

#12 – Oklahoma (-21) vs. BYU (Arlington) (9/5)

You’re going to be mildly surprised to see Oklahoma make the list twice here, and I’ve got to give Oklahoma and Bob Stoops some credit as they certainly don’t forget about scheduling coast to coast. The MWC is going to be a dogfight this season with BYU, TCU, and Utah, and many experts have BYU pegged as the team to beat in 2009. Returning are 3 All-MWC offensive players in QB Max Hall (3,957 yards, 35/14 TD/Int), bruising RB Harvey Unga (1,132 yards), and TE Dennis Pitta (1,083 yards, 6 TD’s.) However, it’s the other side of the ball that will be making the difference. With 8 starters returning on defense – including 7 of the front 8 – from last season, the Cougars think they’ll be mightily improved in an area they’ve been notoriously soft in. Make no mistake that the BYU players and fans are excited and optimistic at a shot vs. the Sooners on a big stage in a neutral site. Of course, I’m by no means chalking up a BYU win, but I do think they have the tools to make this one close.


#11 – Houston @ Oklahoma State (9/12)

If there’s ever been a classic letdown game, this is it. Oklahoma State will be one week removed from their showdown with Georgia. In last year’s game, the Cougars were leading at halftime before giving up a total of 699 yards to Oklahoma State (L 37-56.) Houston QB Case Keenum has the potential to shatter the record books this season. Keenum, a dark horse Heisman candidate, threw for 5,020 yards (67%) and had a 44-11 TD/Int ratio in 2008. Last year’s CUSA Frosh-POY RB Bryce Beall (1,247 yards, 6.3 avg.) and all of the top WR’s from a year ago are back. And all although Houston did lose last year in Stillwater, these players have played here before which matters. Not once last season did the Cougars not gain at least 400 yards and it’ll be interesting to see how far along the Cowboys’ defense has come. It will be even more interesting to see how this team responds one week after Georgia leaves town.

More on Houston later.


#10 – Colorado State @ Colorado (-13) (9/5)

When looking at the 13 point spread, keep in mind that before last season the last 6 games between the schools have been decided by a combined 25 pts. This game is back in Boulder for the first time since 2005 and is one of the biggest non-conference rivalries outside of Missouri/Illinois. The Rams return 12 starters from their 7-6 team a year ago and must replace their starting QB and RB but will have 1st team All-MWC WR Rashaun Greer and 4 returning starter on the OL. CSU had a young defense that grew as the season went on last year – starring Fr. All-American Mychal Sisson at LB – and they have the potential to slow down what many think will be an explosive Colorado offense. Not likely.

#9 – Kansas @ UTEP (9/12)

I know I’m in the minority here, but something tells me 2009 has the potential to implode on the darlings of the Big 12 North early. Although I’m not calling for the upset here, I am saying I wouldn’t be looking past Mike Price’s Miners, especially down in west Texas. Back are 15 starters including QB Trevor Vittatoe, who had 3,274 yards and 33 Td’s in his sophomore season and who Mike Price predicts will break the record books in El Paso. Potential All-CUSA WR’s Kris Adams and Jeff Moturi along with 5 returning starters on the offensive line give this team more than a chance of blindsiding the Jayhawks. And if that doesn’t concern you as a Kansas fan, then consider that the Jayhawks are 2-10 in the last 12 years in their 1st road game of the year.

More on Kansas later.

#8 – Iowa State @ Kent State (9/19)

It’s hard to call this an upset alert when dealing with two schools like Kent State and Iowa State at the present time, but the Cyclones will come into this one favored and thus I need to deal with it. The Golden Flashes have 15 starters returning -as does Iowa State – that will be geared up for the Big 12 at home here. The Golden Flashes finished only 5-8 last season, but when they traveled to Ames and lost 28-48, they outgained the Cyclones 410-374 in total yards, had a 20-14 first down advantage, and had 6 turnovers. I think Paul Rhoads is going to have his hands full here on the road.


#7 – Colorado @ Toledo (Friday, 9/11)

I’m not exactly sure what the circumstances are involving moving a game from Saturday to Friday, but I can almost assure you that this isn’t in Colorado’s best interest. To go along with 16 returning starters, the Rockets return virtually their entire team by losing only 7 lettermen – 7! Back are QB Aaron Opelt and his 4,507 passing yards and So. RB Morgan Williams, who had 1,010 rushing yards including a 330 game vs. Miami all the while playing second string. If that doesn’t sound the alarm, then think about this. The last two times the Rockets have played a Big 12 team at home: Kansas in 2006 – W 37-31 – and Iowa State in 2007 – W 36-35 (friday night.)


#6 – Kansas State @ Louisiana-Lafayette (9/12)

Whoever was scheduling the Wildcats for the 2009 season wasn’t thinking clearly with this one. It’s hard to make any sense at all from – #1 traveling to Lafayette in the first place and #2 then having to turnaround and head to UCLA the following week. What other BCS team would do that? You could argue that it’s Louisiana-Lafayette. I’ll argue that this is a Ragin‘ Cajuns’ team that went 6-6 last season – including a 37-45 loss in Manhattan – and returns 16 starters including 9 on defense. I wouldn’t give this game a chance in Manhattan, but down in the Bayou it’s a different story. The young wildcat offense will have some growing up to do in a hurry with these two road games in September.

#5 – Southern Miss @ Kansas (9/26)

Clearly, Kansas will have the upper hand here in Lawrence as this is their last non-conference game before Big 12 play begins. The young, talented Golden Eagles were 2-6 last season before rolling off five wins (including a bowl win) to finish at 7-6. Back are 19 – yes, 19 – starters that have all had one year now under 2nd-year HC Larry Fedora and his spread offense. QB Austin Davis, who had 3218 passing yards and 23 TD/8 Int, potential All-American WR DeAndre Brown (6’6 with 1,117 receiving yards as a true-freshman), and Sr. RB Damon Fletcher (two-time 1st team All-CUSA) will form one of the more notable triple threats in college football this season. If you didn’t read my Kansas preview, then know that the Jayhawks better find a defense that is better than last year’s 447 yards/game to avoid this one. (Anyone from Nebraska remember when Southern Miss came to Lincoln in 2004?)

#4 – Oklahoma (-10) @ Miami, FL. (10/3)

10 pts. isn’t much when you consider Oklahoma will come into this off a bye and Miami will have only week to prepare after a visit to Virginia Tech. However, this is Oklahoma and Miami. Back for the Hurricanes are 15 starters – 16 if you count QB Jacory Harris – including their top 2 RB’s, top 4 WR’s, top TE, and 3 O-lineman. Defensively, the Hurricanes have 7 of their top 10 tacklers back that will improve their overall defense that gave up only 317 yards/game last season. One other nugget of information you might want to consider is that Miami will have already played @ Florida State, Georgia Tech, and @ Virginia Tech before they get their crack at what could be the #1 team in the nation in Coral Gables. Circle it.

#3 – Georgia @ Oklahoma State (-3) (9/5)

The early line on this game is -3 for the Cowboys and with Georgia’s recent success, that might come as a surprise to many outside the Big 12. We all know replacing QB Matthew Stafford with Joe Cox (5th year Sr.) and RB Knowshon Moreno with Caleb King is going to be a step down, but keep in mind the Bulldogs return their entire offensive line along WR’s AJ Green and Michael Moore. Also helping the situation, the Bulldog defense returns 8 starters including two 1st-team All-SEC and one 2nd-team All-SEC players. And how is Mark Richt vs. ranked opponents on the road you ask? He’s an unbelievable 10-2 in that category, he’s 30-4 overall on the road, and he’s never lost a season opener. Do not assume Oklahoma State will roll over the Bulldogs here. In fact, I’m already eyeing the moneyline.

#2 – Missouri (-5) @ Nevada (9/25 Fri.)

In last season’s 69-17 drubbing of Nevada in Columbia, Gary Pinkel ran a fake field goal with the score 45-17 to make it 52-17. Nevada hasn’t forgotten that. Besides dealing with the travel to Reno and playing at an elevation of 4600+ feet, the Tigers must find a way to contain QB Colin Kapernick, who was the WAC Player of the Year last season with a cool 2,800+ yards passing and 1130 yards rushing, and RB Vai Taua, who had 1521 yards last season as a rFR and was 1st team All-WAC. 14 returning starters who played in that game in Columbia last season, Friday night on ESPN, and a dark-horse Heisman candidate at QB spells major, major trouble for a young Tigers’ team that lost 7 All-Big 12 players from their 2008 #98 ranked defense. We’ll know much more about this Tiger defense after seeing what they can do with Illinois’ QB Juice Williams and WR Arrelious Benn, which means you might want to bet this one now at +5 if you like Nevada.

#1 – Texas Tech @ Houston (9/26)

This game might not even be an upset by late September, but as of right now it is and it makes my #1. Texas Tech is in a bad, bad spot here. The Cougars will have two full weeks to prepare for the Red Raiders after their trip to Stillwater. More importantly, Texas Tech will only be one week removed from their oddly scheduled game @ Texas on September 17th. I have no doubt Mike Leach – the notorious cream puff – couldn’t have anticipated the nightmare this one holds on the road. With only 11 starters back from last year’s squad, Texas Tech isn’t going to have much time to get things clicking to Leach’s liking. I’ve already mentioned what the Cougars have back above and you cannot underestimate their desire for a win here with a home game vs. a BCS team from Texas. QB Case Keenum will have every opportunity in the world in the non-conference to showcase his talents, and if he can take advantage of it by the end of September, then he might emerge as one of the front-runners for the Heisman by the time he lights up CUSA.

The Big 12 Practice Schedules

August 4, 2009

‘Practice, who needs practice?’ – lame.

Tim Griffin posted the practice schedule of the Big 12 teams today in his ESPN blog. Practices will begin this Thursday for Baylor, Iowa State, Missouri, and Oklahoma with Texas and Texas A&M feeling the need to be the last teams to begin on Sunday and Monday. Colt doesn’t practice on Saturdays and Mike Sherman is confused.

Here’s the entire list so you know when you can begin to start gearing up.

Oklahoma State: Players report Tuesday, first practice Wednesday.

Iowa State: Players report Tuesday, first practice Thursday.

Baylor: Players report Wednesday, first practice Thursday.

Kansas State: Players report Wednesday, first practice Thursday.

Missouri: Players report Wednesday, first practice Thursday.

Oklahoma: Players report Wednesday, first practice Thursday.

Colorado: Players report Thursday, first practice Friday.

Kansas: Players report Thursday, first practice Friday.

Nebraska: Players report Friday, first practice Saturday.

Texas Tech: Players report Friday, first practice Saturday.

Texas: Players report Saturday, first practice Sunday.

Texas A&M: Players report Sunday, first practice Aug. 10.

Nebraska’s Big 12 Media Days Video; Bo Pelini, Ndamukong Suh, Roy Helu, & Jacob Hickman

July 27, 2009

40 days and counting…

If there’s one guarantee about Big 12 Media Days, it’s that it won’t be a circus full of sideshows like the SEC Media Days. I’m not sure that’s a good thing for the Big 12 but it’s still worth following.

In the video below, you’re not going to find any bullshit coming from Pelini as opposed to our previous coach who loved the cameras. Looking as if he’d rather be vacuuming the carpet in his office, the first answer he gives a reporter after complaining about what chair he’d rather sit in, “well, I don’t get real excited so there’s not a whole lot of excitement carrying over….we didn’t accomplish what we wanted to accomplish last year.”

The two things he hit on that I wanted to hear were turnovers and mistakes. Over the past two seasons, Nebraska has lost 28 fumbles to their opponent’s 8. Last season’s penalties: Nebraska 94 for 800 yards – Opponents 64 for 477 yards. Fix those two things and we’ll see different outcomes in the win/loss column and in the score without question.

Some other items of note from Pelini (via OWH):

  • Zac Lee will enter fall camp at #1 after emerging as the “clear-cut” #1 from the spring.
  • Kody Spano is 100%.
  • About Cody Green, “we’ll see how fast he can develop.”
  • “I believe that the quarterback position is in very good hands.”

“(We) came out of spring ball ahead of where we were a year ago, and we followed that up with a really good summer,” Pelini said. “Everybody’s excited about a chance to keep the program moving forward.

“We won’t be satisfied until we when them all … How close are we to that? I don’t know. … I think we have a chance to be a better football team.”

Bo Pelini

Ndamukong Suh

Roy Helu

Jacob Hickman

Big 12 Media Days

July 27, 2009

Just a quick reminder that the Big 12 Media Days begins today in Dallas with Nebraska on deck.

The website ‘Coaches Hot Seat‘ does a great job at keeping up with which coaches have the hottest of the hot seats across the country. And to coincide with Big 12 Media Days, I found it interesting that their latest update today has Mike Sherman holding the #1 seat with Dan Hawkins holding the #5 seat.

Also, we’ll be doing our Big 12 North breakdown/predictions later in the week. Feel free to stop by and tell us how incredibly wrong we are.

Anyways, here’s the lineup for the Big 12 schools complete with the players that will be in attendance:

Monday, July 27

  • Nebraska: Head Coach Bo Pelini, RB Roy Helu Jr., C Jacob Hickman, DT Ndamukong Suh
  • Oklahoma State: Head Coach Mike Gundy, Assistant Head Coach Jason Jones, QB Zac Robinson, LB Andre Sexton, WR Dez Bryant
  • Iowa State: Head Coach Paul Rhoads, QB Austen Arnaud, OL Reggie Stephens, DL Nate Frere
  • Texas A&M: Head Coach Mike Sherman, players TBA

Tuesday, July 28

  • Missouri: Head Coach Gary Pinkel, LB Sean Weatherspoon, NT Jaron Baston, OG Kurtis Gregory
  • Baylor: Head Coach Art Briles, Defensive Coordinator Brian Norwood, QB Robert Griffin III, FS Jordan Lake, LB Joe Pawelek, C J.D. Walton
  • Kansas: Head Coach Mark Mangino, QB Todd Reesing, WR Kerry Meier, DE Max Onyegbule
  • Oklahoma: Head Coach Bob Stoops, QB Sam Bradford, DT Gerald McCoy, TE Jermaine Gresham

Wednesday, July 29

  • Kansas State: Head Coach Bill Snyder, players TBA
  • Texas Tech: Head Coach Mike Leach, OL Brandon Carter, CB Jamar Wall, DL Colby Whitlock
  • Colorado: Head Coach Dan Hawkins, Associate Head Coach Brian Cabral, TE Riar Greer, LB Marcus Burton, LB Jeff Smart
  • Texas: Head Coach Mack Brown, players TBA

Big 12 Stadiums Google Earth Style

July 24, 2009

Leave it to “The Wiz” to dig up this awesome 3D map tour of the Big 12 stadiums. Grab some glow sticks and clear some space to dance because the great music and great visuals here make this video a must have for your next dance party with the Big 12 cheerleaders.

Pac-10 stadiums here.

The 2009 Big 12 Non-Conference Preview

June 4, 2009

With football season seemingly right around the corner, now is the time to begin to look at the non-conference schedules all around the country. And of course, there’s nowhere better to begin looking than the Big 12.


Since the inclusion of the BCS, the debate as to whether or not it is worth it to schedule tough non-conference opponents has only grown. On one hand, you’ll have those who argue that playing a tough non-conference schedule will only benefit and ready your team for a tough conference slate. The fellas at Dawg Sports (Georgia) make an excellent correlation during the Mark Richt era of how a tougher schedule translated to a more successful season. On the other hand, there are those who argue that its all about the wins for the BCS. The Bleacher Report also uses an excellent example, only this time they use the 2007 Missouri Tigers and Kansas Jayhawks. The BCS selected a one-loss Kansas team over a two-loss Missouri team – although Missouri beat Kansas that same season. The Jayhawks played CMU, Southeastern Louisiana, Toledo, and FIU in their non-conference and avoided Texas, Oklahoma, and Texas Tech in league. This a topic definitely worth diving into in the near the future…

Below you will find each team’s schedule with an analysis and prediction of how each Big 12 team will fare in their non-conference schedules. Have at it.

Big 12 North

Colorado

  • Colorado State 9/5
  • @ Toledo 9/11 (Friday)
  • Wyoming 9/19
  • *@ West Virginia 10/3

Dan Hawkins expects big things in 2009 from this team and he should – his job could be on the line. Don’t let the Toledo game scare you as they won 3 games last season and should be worse in 2009. West Virginia will be a long, strange trip (that reference is for you Dan) for the young Buffs. Senior QB Jarrett Brown of WVU is a dual-threat but has only started two games in his career. I believe Colorado has a defense to contain Noel Devine and enough offensive firepower to win here. Colorado will start 4-0.

Iowa State

  • North Dakota State 9/5
  • *Iowa 9/12
  • @ Kent State 9/19
  • Army 9/26

Paul Rhoads knew what he was getting himself into here and it’s not good. Chalk up NDSU and and Army. Iowa’s Shonn Greene has moved on to the NFL, but the Hawkeyes have a proven QB in Ricky Stanzi returning along with a stout defense (including 3 potential All-Big 10 linebackers and 4 returning starters in the secondary) that was almost impossible to run against last season. Kent State (4-8) the following week could show everyone exactly how bad ISU will be. Iowa State will be 3-1 (gulp) heading into their 2009 Big 12 massacre.

Kansas

  • Northern Colorado 9/5
  • @ UTEP 9/12
  • Duke 9/19
  • *Southern Miss 9/26

Mark Mangino and the Jayhawks will devour their first three opponents by whatever score they want it to be. Southern Miss should be one of the favorites to win Conference USA and if all goes well, Kansas could be the only team in their way to a possible undefeated season and BCS berth. However, Todd Reesing would have to have an extremely bad game that would allow S. Miss to stay close in this shoot-out. Kansas will be an easy 4-0 heading into Big 12 play.

Kansas State

  • UMass 9/5
  • @ Louisiana-Lafayette 9/12
  • *@ UCLA 9/19
  • Tennessee Tech 9/26

Bill Snyder will be fielding a better than expected Wildcat team in his first year back. Louisiana-Lafayette will be his first test – albeit not a big one – as they finished 6-2 in the Sun Belt last season and will have a good team again. Skippy Neuheisal and the Bruins will be a formidable opponent for the Wildcats that you can catch @ 9:15 CST on FSN on the 19th. UCLA returns 16 starters from last season and should have a stacked defense. Whether they will have an offense this season or not remains to be seen, but I think this game – second straight long trip – will be too tough for this team. Kansas State will be 3-1 heading into October.

Missouri

  • *Illinois (n) 9/5
  • Bowling Green 9/12
  • Furman 9/19
  • *@Nevada 9/26

The Tigers return four players on a defense that finished 117th defending the pass last season – even with several players that you’ll see in the NFL this season. Not promising, especially with rookie QB Blaine Gabbert stepping in with a crop of new players. Illinois’ defense won’t be quite as bad as Missouri’s, but with QB Juice Williams and WR Arrelious Benn back, they’ll have arguably the best offense in the Big 10. Nevada returns major dual-threat QB Colin Kaepernick who became the 5th Qb to throw for 2,000 and rush for 1,000. Missouri would have had their hands full last year in this game and this year obviously won’t be any easier. Missouri will be 2-2 heading into Big 12 play.

Nebraska

  • Florida Atlantic 9/5
  • Arkansas State 9/12
  • *@ Virginia Tech 9/19
  • Louisiana-Lafayette 9/26


Bo Pelini will have two games to ready the Huskers for their showdown at Virginia Tech. The Hokies will already be battle tested with their 9/5 game vs. Alabama in the Georgia Dome. We’ll see how the ACC favorites fare there, but it still won’t take away the fact that they will be loaded with experience and the game is in Blacksburg. If only Nebraska could have travelled to Blacksburg last leason and hosted this season, then imagine how much better you’d feel? Nebraska will be 3-1 heading into Big 12 play.

Big 12 South

Baylor

  • *@ Wake Forest 9/5
  • Connecticut 9/19
  • Northwestern State 9/26
  • Kent State 10/3

Art Briles was named the most underrated coach by the fine blog Heisman Pundit – check out his 2010 recruiting class so far. Wake Forest finished a disappointing 4-4 last season in the ACC and lost the majority of their defense. Connecticut was a solid 8-5 last year but will be without RB Donald Brown who accounted for the majority of the offense. Baylor QB Robert Griffith will not have the luxury of running behind Jason Smith, but nonetheless, he will be one of the more exciting players to watch this season. Baylor – yes Baylor – will be 4-0 heading into the Big 12.

Oklahoma

  • BYU (n) 9/5
  • Idaho State 9/12
  • Tulsa 9/19
  • *@ Miami, FL 10/3


Bob Stoops will have the Sooners playing with a bit of a chip on the shoulder heading into this season as Texas has become the darling pick of the Big 12 and of college football this season – and he probably couldn’t be happier about it. BYU returns 8 seniors on defense and QB Max Hall and RB Harvey Unga will have great seasons. Miami’s season will go as QB Jacory Harris goes as we all know there is plenty of talent to go around. They’ll be dangerous on any given Saturday and will have already played games @ Florida State and @ Virginia Tech (week before OU) – ouch! Oklahoma will be 4-0 heading into the Big 12.

Oklahoma State

  • *Georgia 9/5
  • Houston 9/12
  • Rice 9/19
  • Grambling State 9/26

Mike Gundy has the best triple-threat in the nation with QB Zac Robinson, RB Kendall Hunter, and WR Dez Bryant. As veteran Georgia QB Joe Cox goes, so will the Bulldog offense. With one of the best offensive lines in the country, 5 talented running backs, and WR AJ Green, they will have some of the pieces back in place. Make no mistake that Oklahoma State knows the importance of this game in Stillwater for their program’s perception on a national scale. Houston returns Case Keenum and will be formidable in C-USA again but just not near as talented as OSU. Oklahoma State will be 4-0 heading into Big 12 play.

Texas

  • Louisiana-Monroe 9/5
  • @ Wyoming 9/12
  • UTEP 9/26
  • *Central Florida 11/7

Mack Brown will certainly have some coaching to do this season, and by that I mean mentally preparing the Longhorns for each and every game because they will be playing as the favorites all season long. Texas plays Texas Tech at home on September 19th which will no doubt be a nightmare for the Red Raiders after last year’s game. Central Florida has improved each and every year under George O’Leary and will host what should be a fun game to watch late in the season. Texas will be 4-0 in non-conference play.

Texas A&M

  • New Mexico 9/5
  • Utah State 9/19
  • UAB 9/26
  • *Arkansas (n) 10/3

Mike Sherman could quite possibly be sitting on the hot seat in only his second season as head coach. Texas A&M was atrocious on both lines last season, but they do return most of their skill players on offense. The talent is there to improve on their 4-8 record but only if Sherman can get his players to buy into his system. Arkansas has a brutal schedule this season but Michigan transfer QB Ryan Mallett is said to be the best QB the Razorbacks have seen in quite some time. He will have plenty of talent around him and the offense will be good, but the defense ranked dead last in 2008 in the SEC. I still am not buying into Mike Sherman and the mentality of the Aggies. Texas A&M will be 3-1 heading into Big 12 play.

Texas Tech

  • North Dakota 9/5
  • Rice 9/12
  • *@ Houston 9/26
  • New Mexico 10/3


Mike Leach proves year in and year out that it doesn’t matter who plays – its all about the system. QB Taylor Potts will have plenty of talented receivers to throw to and this offense shouldn’t miss a beat. Mike Leach also proves year in and year out that he doesn’t like a tough non-conference schedule. Houston will relish the chance to play a Big 12 Texas Tech team at home this season. QB Case Keenum, who many say could break the record books this season, was the C-USA player of the year and returns all of his weapons for what will be a scary team. Although I don’t like to use the word defense here, Texas Tech should be able to outscore the Cougars simply because they have more talent to slow them down. Texas Tech will be 4-0 heading into Big 12 play.

Kige Believes!

August 9, 2007

The inimitable and always concise Kige Ramsey finally released his Big 12 preview. This guy is everything ESPN wishes it could be. For further Kige-related hilarity check out Deadspin.

Big 12 Preseason Blogger Poll

July 26, 2007

Peter at BON has the final tally of votes, but here is my individual ballot for the Big 12 Preseason Blogger Poll.

South

1. Texas
2. Oklahoma
3. Oklahoma State
4. Texas A&M
5. Texas Tech
6. Baylor

North

1. Missouri
2. Nebraska
3. Kansas State
4. Kansas
5. Colorado
6. Iowa State

All-conference team, by UNIT. List your top two schools only.

Quarterback:
1. Texas
2. Missouri

Runningback:
1. Texas A&M
2. Oklahoma

Wide Receivers:
1. Texas
2. Oklahoma

Offensive Line:
1. Oklahoma
2. Texas A&M

Defensive Line:
1. Texas
2. Oklahoma

Linebackers:
1. Nebraska
2. Texas

Secondary:
1. Oklahoma
2. Texas Tech

Offensive Player of the Year:
1. Colt McCoy, Texas

Defensive Player of the Year:
1. Reggie Smith, OU

Best Offense (Team), Big 12:
1. Oklahoma State
2. Missouri

Best Defense (Team), Big 12:
1. Texas
2. Oklahoma

Most exciting/interesting/compelling conference game of the season (you may not vote for a game involving your school. e.g. the red river shootout is not a choice for texas or oklahoma bloggers.)

Oklahoma vs. Texas

Most exciting/interesting/compelling non-conference game of the season (same as above; don’t vote for a game involving your team)

Oklahoma State vs. Georgia

Here are the other Big 12 blogs who participated.