I think we all know that the only game that truly matters this week is the one in Kansas City. However, on account of Oklahoma's inability to play an away game, there is added drama to the lagging, southern portion of the conference. And in keeping with tradition, here are the recaps, in order of chances to win their respective divisions.
1. Kansas (11-0, 7-0) Won v. ISU 45-7. So much for looking ahead. Kansas has already secured at least a tie for the north and after they Rock Chalk the Methzou fans out of Arrowhead, they will be on their way to San Antonio to play for a place in the national championship. It's safe to say that there will be a few more posts this week on this game.
2. Methzou (10-1, 6-1) Won @ KSU 49-32. Again, job well done avoiding the trap game. With that said, nothing excites me more than looking at the 172 yards they allowed James Johnson to run for – his highest total of the season and only the 3rd time in Big 12 play he went over 100. No shame in 10-2, especially if you don't choke away your bowl game…again.
Colorado (5-6, 3-4) Idle. I guess I have to put them here since that is how the standings look. Needless to say if they can't beat Nebraska and become bowl eligible, the early "momentum" they built will have completely dissipated.
Kansas State (5-6, 3-5) Lost v. MU 49-32. Again, I guess I have to put them over Nebraska for the time being, but that may not last. The Purple timeline for this season is hilarious. Lead Auburn before the inevitable Freeman blunder – hopes high… Destroy Texas in Austin – this team is the favorite to win the north… Humbled by Kansas – you all haven't played anyone… Humiliated by Nebraska – crap… Beaten by Methzou – "Beat KU! Beat KU!"… Open as dogs to Fresno State needing a win for bowl eligibility – Sounds about right.
Nebraska (5-6, 3-4) Idle. Similarly hilarious season just because of the high hopes they had through mid-September. A win in Boulder sends them bowling. And maybe saves Callahan's job? No way, but let's hope so.
Iowa State (3-9, 2-6) Lost @ KU 45-7. Team showed some fire in beating Ralphie and the Purple. Better luck next year.
1. Oklahoma (9-2, 5-2) Lost @ Tech 34-27. I told you all year that their secondary was suspect and somebody was going to expose them this year. Tech seemed like an obvious choice, but who would have predicted that OU would not be able to score on the same Tech defense that let UT score 59 the week before. To have that running game, with those backs, and with a new QB in no less – 106 yards rushing is just plain ridiculous. And now they need to win Bedlam without Murray and maybe Bradford. Eerily similar to last year when UT lost McCoy and subsequently lost their last 2 and the south in the process.
2. Texas (9-2, 5-2) Idle. They still need to beat A&M, but if they can't then they are worse than I thought. As a Kansas fan, I would much rather play UT than OU. Could be interesting.
3. Oklahoma State (6-5, 4-3) Won v. BU 45-14. I think they are technically still alive since they would own the tiebreaker with OU but lose it with Texas (if they lose), who would lose it with OU. What happens from there, I don't know. But even without that as motivation, I'm sure they would still love to play spoiler.
Texas Tech (8-4, 4-4) Won v. OU 34-27. Even though it wasn't really because of anything they did, they showed what they are capable of when they don't let the other team score just so they can get back on offense. They would seem a likely invite to the Gator Bowl, taking place on Jan. 1. Hard to believe a team that could not win more than half of their conference games is playing in 2008.
Texas A&M (6-5, 3-4) Idle. Another hilarious season to watch from afar as they had hopes of winning the conference this year and are instead settling for getting rid of Fran. Beating Texas for the 2nd straight time would be a good way to go out and jockey them for a much better bowl. Alamo maybe?
Baylor (3-9, 0-8) Lost v. OSU 45-14. Same old shit. Hire Mike Singletary.