|I like the guy on the left. Not Manti Te'o, further to the left.|
He's really happy. Te'o looks like he might eat small children
Stick to your guns: I called Tech/WVU my trap game of the week. I was wrong. That wasn't a trap. It was a good ole fashion beat down. Getting ready for the Tech/OU game I looked at the fundamentals and concluded that Texas Tech was a very good football team. I even picked them to beat the Sooners. I was wrong. Oklahoma took them behind the woodshed and did to Texas Tech whatever it is that my coaches were implying people did to other people behind woodsheds (at Tech they just stick people in the sheds). Then Oklahoma destroyed Texas and I said a little pray in my heart that WVU fans had some idea what was about to happen to them. So I was wrong about the trap game, but right about Texas Tech. Oklahoma has now turned the corner and is the team I thought they would be from the beginning of the season. (P.S. I know it's not original analysis, but Texas couldn't tackle a one-legged dog.)
Staying in the Big 12, the AP story tells me that Kansas State "stave[d] off an upset bid" by Iowa State. I'm not exactly sure what staving off an upset bid looks like, and watching the game won't help. What happened in that game is exactly what should have happened - there was no staving or bidding. Kansas State won 27-21, the model predicted 30-24. What the AP story missed is that Iowa State is a good team - just ask TCU, who is not that good themselves. Only two teams have held Tech under 44, Iowa State and Oklahoma. They will beat Kansas and I personally like their chances against Baylor, Texas and West Virginia. Despite getting staved by Kansas State they could potentially get to seven wins. Given they have the nation's 7th toughest schedule for bowl eligibility, that would be quite the accomplishment. Much better than a former Iowa State coach is doing. Speaking of which . . .
|Confetti for Tulane, no confetti for Auburn|
Tulane Watch 2012: Confetti, confetti, confetti. It could only have been better if MVP Carlos Santos (2/2 on the night) would have kicked the game winner from 79 yards out. Instead, he puts away the game winning extra point. Tulane gets 9.4 yards per pass and a whopping 2.5 yards per carry. Sure, they were outgained by 130 yards, had the ball for only a third of the game, blew a two touchdown lead, and were lucky SMU didn't have the guts to try to put the game away late, but a win's and win.