This week’s games mark the end of the regular season (and the end of some Big 12 coaching careers). Here are the games:
Missouri 36, Kansas 28
Mizzou just had too much talent for Kansas in this one, and now moves on to the Big 12 title game in an effort to avenge its only loss (to Oklahoma, in Norman). Mark Mangino consistently got more than any coach in America out of his talent, so here’s hoping a nice bowl is in KU’s future.
Oklahoma 49, Oklahoma State 17
Oklahoma got physical in manhandling its in-state rival, with a power running game that might have kept it in the national title hunt had the coaches remembered it a week ago. Oklahoma State ends a frustrating season in which Mike Gundy’s most notable “win” was beating up a female reporter.
Texas A&M 38, Texas 30
This one was disappointing to Texas fans, who had started talking BCS bowl despite mediocre play from the team most of the season. Dennis Franchione departed shortly after the game, which was not disappointing to many A&M fans.
Colorado 65, Nebraska 51
The fact that looks like a basketball score is one of many reasons Bill Callahan gets to go away. Finally.
Fresno State 45, Kansas State 29
No bowl game for Ron Prince’s crew this year.
And, that’s that. The Big 12 title game matches Oklahoma against Missouri in San Antonio next week. For weeks, Missouri has looked very impressive. Oklahoma has looked very impressive at home, and has been unpredictable on the road. So who knows how this one will turn out?
Speaking of not knowing how things will turn out, this is kind of a fun look back at the Houston Chronicle‘s Terrance Harris’s predictions for the Big 12 this year:
1. Oklahoma State
-Offensive weapons galore and just wait until you see Bobby Reid do his Vince Young impression this season. Look for the Cowboys to stun the Longhorns come Nov. 3.
2. Texas A&M
-Aggies have the toughest road to go in the Big 12 South, but they also arguably have the most talented offensive cast of any of the division opponents. Look for a combination of ball control offense and outstanding defensive play to carry the day in key road games against Tech, Nebraska and Oklahoma.
-Colt McCoy will be a year wiser and with the help of Jamaal Charles and Limas Sweed should take another huge step forward this season. But there could be questions along the offensive line and in some key defensive areas.
-The Sooners are more than able to replace Adrian Peterson in the backfield, but who’s at quarterback? Not much was settled this spring between Joey Halzle and redshirt freshman Sam Bradford.
5. Texas Tech
-The Red Raiders will again put up staggering offensive numbers, but one day Mike Leach will learn this game is really about how you play defense.
-How can we say this? It’s been real coach Morriss.
-The Cornhuskers have the pieces in place to take last season’s North title run to the next level. Some might be concerned about who replaces Zac Taylor, but Sam Keller steps in and the offense doesn’t miss a beat with the double-threat backfield of Marlon Lucky and Cody Glenn.
-Chase Daniel and the Tigers have the North Division title in sight. Circle Oct.6 showdown with Nebraska as a must-win game.
3. Kansas State
-After stunning Texas last season, Ron Prince has the Wildcats believing the hype. Now, if only their opponents will buy it.
-The Jayhawks have a solid defense with stalwarts like defensive tackle James McClinton and linebacker Mike Rivera back. But they still may not have enough offense to get over the hump.
-Dan Hawkins will find out what his former boss, Dirk Koetter, found out when he left Boise State for Arizona State: This is a whole new level.
6. Iowa State
-The Cyclones team could be so bad that it almost seems unfair that Bret Meyer can’t claim hardship and transfer to another Division I-A program without penalty.
Well, at least he nailed Baylor and Iowa State — the really tough ones to predict! 😀