Another week. Another average performance in the picks. I started off the day very strong, but couldn't hold through the finish. For those keeping track, it was another 3-3 week ATS and 4-2 TGS. Man, was I wrong in Lubbock. The running totals for the season are now 27-9 TGS and 18-18 ATS. Not very satisfying. Let's just all be thankful we're not SEC fans.
1. Texas Tech (10-0, 6-0) – battered OSU 56-20. I'm still not sure if they're better than Texas, but as of right now, I don't really have an argument. Harrell was 40-50 for 456 and 6 TDs. They had 10 possessions that went: fumble, TD, TD, TD, TD, TD, TD, TD, fumble, TD. Are you shitting me? Up next: @ Oklahoma where the over/under on punts has been set at 1.
2. Texas (9-1, 5-1) - beat Baylor 45-21. And they are now Sooner fans. The Horns have to be hoping for a slopfest of a game that OU pulls out late; just enough to give Tech a loss, but not enough to forget that Texas already beat OU on a neutral field. Up next: @ Kansas for what could be a trap game if either of Kansas' lines could hold up their end of the bargain.
3. Oklahoma (9-1, 5-1) – destroyed A&M 66-28. For those curious, their last TD was scored with 4 minutes left in the third quarter. If they have any hope of winning either the Big XII or the MNC, they'll need something comparable in their last two as they don't figure to stop either Tech or Okie State much. Up next: a visit from their old friend, Mike Leach.
4. Oklahoma State (8-2, 4-2) – pulverized by Tech 56-20. I did not see this one coming. I also didn't get to see much of the game as I was on my way home from Lincoln. But I'm still a little confused how they picked up nearly 6 yards/carry and couldn't score or at least control the clock. I'm also a little confused how Dez Bryant has 15 receiving TDs on the year and not one of them has come outside of Boone Pickens Stadium. Up next: @ Colorado. This couldn't be the annual "where did that come from Colorado upset" could it?
5. Methzou (8-2, 4-2) – beat KSU 41-24. Really? That's all you could muster on Chase Night? If there was one line I was sure would be covered this weekend, it was this one. In their defense, they had it covered with just over a minute remaining. Then Brandon Banks scored 2 TDs in 50 seconds and all of a sudden, it looks respectable and the line is blown. Up next: @ ISU. Something similar seems likely.
6. Nebraska (6-4, 3-3) – beat Kansas 45-35. I might still believe Kansas is better, but there's really no defending it right now. And since they end with KSU and CU, anything less than 8-4 is inexcusable. They'll never again be what they were (maybe no one will), but they're certainly on their way back. Up next: @ KSU.
7. Kansas (6-4, 3-3) – lost @ Nebraska 45-35. The disappointments are many. And I've probably said enough already. So I'll just say this; they better find a way to win one of these next two. On paper, chances are slim to none. I'd like to think they're a little better on the field. Up next: Texas comes to town – feel free to leave Orakpo behind.
8. Baylor (3-7, 1-5) – lost @ Texas 45-21. It's a broken record by now, but despite their record, which team below them wouldn't they beat? Briles and Griffin are going to win some games for them the next couple of years. Up next: A&M travels to Waco. A must win for the Bears.
9. Colorado (5-5, 2-4) – snuck by ISU 28-24. And young Cody is back to life. For those unaware – and I imagine that's most of you – he came off the bench to throw four second half TDs. They may be worse than ninth, but at this point, who cares. Up next: OSU visits Boulder. Will Dez Bryant score his first road TD?
10. KSU (4-6, 1-5) – lost @ MU 41-24. Kudos to them for keeping it closer than anyone would have thought, even if two TDs came in the last 71 seconds. But a big thumbs down on burning your bridge with Gary Patterson. Not the best of ideas. But then again, Frank Martin is their other head coach, so what should I expect? Up next: Nebraska. This one just doesn't quite have the sizzle it did 10 years ago.
11. Texas A&M (4-6, 2-4) – destroyed by OU 66-28. Up next: Robert Griffin and the Baylor Bears in lovely Waco.
12. ISU (2-8, 0-6) – lost @ Colorado 28-24. Up next: MU. Two years ago, ISU welcome Chase and the Tigers for Senior Day. At the time ISU was 0-7 in the league. End result: an Iowa State win and another Pinkel moment. So this isn't uncharted territory.