Monday, August 3, 2009

Big 12 Preview: North

The North will most likely be decided by which team is the "least bad". Many experts are picking Nebraska or Kansas to win the division. To which I have to respond: Why? Is program tradition (Huskers) and recent relative success (Jayhawks) enough to crown a team already? I say no.

6. Iowa State- Is there anywhere more difficult to recruit than Iowa State? Record 3-9. No Bowl.

5. Kansas State- Bill Snyder is going to need more than one year to see his reclamation project succeed. This team couldn't win with Josh Freeman, so how in the world could they win with out him? Record 4-8. No Bowl.

4. Colorado- Dan Hawkins trying his best to get this team back to the top of this league. This program is still a year or two away. Record 6-6. No Bowl.

3. Kansas- They have a prolific offense, yes. But their defense is going to be just not very good. Todd Reesing can throw for 400 yards a game, but if the defense is giving up 500 on the other side, how can this team win the division? Plus an incredibly weak non-conference schedule will damage this team later in the season. Record 8-4. Insight Bowl.

2. Nebraska- Bo Pelini is well on his way to making Nebraska a powerhouse again, but they don't have many big playmakers on offense. In college football, you have to score points. I think that will be Nebraska's biggest problem. Record 8-4. Gator Bowl.

1. Missouri- The only programs that have won more games than Missouri over the last three seasons are USC and Ohio State. You can attribute that to the successes of Daniel, Maclin and Coffman, but this team is going to benefit from a run-heavy offense with a big athletic line and a couple of darn good scat-backs in Derrick Washington and De'Vion Moore. The defense has the potential to be very very good. Record 9-3. Cotton Bowl.

Big 12 Championship: Texas beats Missouri, 44-31

Border War
Missouri beats Kansas, 38-31

Sunflower Showdown
Kansas beats K-State, 45-6

Battle for the Bell
Missouri beats Nebraska, 35-17

Nebraska beats KU, 47-42