Big 12 Fearless Predictions, Nov. 10
Kansas RB Brandon McAnderson
Kansas RB Brandon McAnderson
Posted Jun 11, 2007

An interesting story for the first two months, now the spotlight is on Brandon McAnderson and Kansas against Oklahoma State. Could this be a big upset week in the Big 12? Check out the previews, analysis and predictions for the Week 11 Big 12 Games.

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How are the picks so far? SU: 58-15 ... ATS: 35-27-1

Big 12 Week 11 Predictions, Part 2

Big 12 Game of the Week

Kansas (9-0) at Oklahoma State (5-4)  8:00 PM ABC
Why to watch
: The initial scouting report on Oklahoma State before the season began was that it had good enough offensive talent, and good enough overall athleticism, to beat anyone in America, but was going to be just flaky enough to be able to lose to anyone, anytime. Last week, OSU lived up to its billing in one game, destroying Texas for three quarters with stunning ease, and then losing after a fourth quarter collapse. Having lost to Troy earlier in the year, the Cowboys showed they could lose to anyone, and now they get a chance to show they can beat the best of the best with No. 4 Kansas coming to town with dreams of a national title still dancing around their heads. Yeah, Kansas is in the mix now. Yeah, Kansas has been breathtaking at times, and is coming off a 76-39 destruction of Nebraska. Yeah, the stats are impressive. But now the spotlight is on, and now the rest of the world will be watching and analyzing everything the team does to see if this really is a team worthy of the ranking. With the Missouri game in two weeks, and Iowa State coming to Lawrence next week, there's still work to be done. Getting by OSU first will be step one. Last year, these two played one of the weirdest, wildest games of the season with OSU overcoming a 17-0 halftime deficit to score 42 second half points helped in a stunning display of firepower. This year's game should be almost as interesting.
Why Kansas might win: Oklahoma State has decided to stop playing defense. There's no pass rush whatsoever, the secondary has been torched by almost everyone, including Texas A&M and Kansas State, and it isn't going to be able to to slow down a KU offense, that at times, is efficient as any in America. KU doesn't make mistakes and does all the little things right leading the nation in kickoff returns, is second in turnover margin, and always comes through when times get tough. Yes, the team is that good.
Why Oklahoma State might win: The Kansas defense has yet to be tested. Nebraska's offense put up big yards, especially through the air, but the game had gotten out of hand. The best offense the Jayhawks have faced, technically, is Toledo's, and it wasn't playing in mid-September like it is now. By far, this is the most balanced, talented attack KU has had to deal with, and while the defense has come through big all season long, it could be in for a big shock if all the OSU parts start working early on.
Who to watch: Kansas CB Aqib Talib is becoming the team's signature star, getting a big feature in Sports Illustrated and Thorpe Award recognition as one of the nation's best defensive backs, and now he has his work cut out for him with a chance to up his NFL stock. Oklahoma State senior Adarius Bowman has flown under the radar despite coming up with a solid year. The almost certain first day NFL draft choice has five 100-yard games and seven touchdowns, averaging 16 yards per catch, but he hasn't been able to recreate the magic of last year's game against the Jayhawks. Not only did Bowman take over the game, he came up with an all-timer of a performance with 13 catches for 300 yards and four touchdowns.
What will happen: Kansas has been average on the road, struggling to get by Colorado and Texas A&M, and it'll be in for a battle yet again. Unlike the battles with the Buffs and Aggies, this game will be a big-time shootout with several momentum flows and several home runs. Like last week, OSU will struggle in the fourth quarter as the Jayhawk machine rolls on.
CFN Prediction: Kansas 48 ... Oklahoma State 40  ... Line: Kansas -5.5
Must See Rating: (5
Seinfeld: Season 9 - 1 Bee Movie) ... 4

Big 12 Saturday, November 10th

Colorado (5-5) at Iowa State (2-8)  12:30 PM
Why to watch
: All of a sudden, Iowa State has gone from being the Big 12's punching bag, and one of the worst teams in America, to a bit of a force, battling Oklahoma and Missouri well before coming up with a stunning 31-20 win over Kansas State. This is just the kind of momentum first year head man Gene Chizik wants to generate going into the off-season, and with a road trip to Kansas to finish up, winning in the home finale against Colorado might be vital for the young team's psyche. The Buffs are a win away from bowl eligibility and the next step in the program's turnaround. Beating Nebraska at home in two weeks would be nice, but getting to six wins this week. against a team it's beaten five of the last six years including last season for one of the team's two wins, would allow everyone to let out a bit of an exhale. This is a tougher, better game than it appeared to be a few weeks ago.
Why Colorado might win: Iowa State might have gotten the offense going over the last two games, but this is hardly an explosive juggernaut that'll put up points in bunches. It capitalized on three Kansas State turnovers, and if CU can avoid giving up the ball and screwing up, the Iowa State offense isn't going to put up more than 21 points. Even though ISU won, it's not like it stopped Kansas State, giving up a huge day to WR Jordy Nelson. However ...
Why Iowa State might win: ... the Colorado offense hasn't exactly been sharp lately. If the Buff running game isn't working, the offense isn't going to do much. The running game isn't going to do much. Iowa State has problems against good passing teams, but it's been a brick wall against the run. Colorado is 4-1 when running for more than 150 yards, and 1-4 (with the win coming against Colorado State in the season-opener) when it's under. Iowa State has only allowed more than 150 in two games, and has given up just 327 yards over the last three weeks to Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas State.
Who to watch: It took almost the full season for the Iowa State coaching staff to realize that Bret Meyer wasn't doing much to move the ball. In came redshirt freshman Austen Arnaud last week for a relatively ineffective Meyer, and he ran for 19 yards, connected on five of seven passes for 130 yards, and provided more of a spark for the attack. Meyer will still play, but with the emergence of Arnaud, a good-sized bomber who can push the ball down the field, and RB Alexander Robinson, who ran for two touchdowns against the Wildcats, the future is now for the Cyclones.
What will happen: Iowa State has started to play well, while Colorado is struggling. The Buffs have the better team, but on Senior Day and in the final home game of the year, the Cyclones will use their strong defense and good young offensive players to get by for their final win of the year.
CFN Prediction: Iowa State 27 ... Colorado 23  ... Line: Colorado -5
Must See Rating: (5
Seinfeld: Season 9 - 1 Bee Movie) ... 2.5

Kansas State
(5-4) at Nebraska (4-6)  12:30 PM
Why to watch
: There's reeling, and then there's Kansas State and Nebraska. No, Kansas State isn't in the same team photo when it comes to sliding teams, but after a loss to Iowa State, even though it's improving, there's work to be done to get to a bowl game. With Missouri up next week followed up by a trip to Fresno State, which should be much tougher than it looks on paper, the Wildcats have to get bowl eligible now. Nebraska's season might have gone into the tank with a five-game losing streak and an all-timer of a loss last week, getting blasted 76-39 to Kansas after giving away a win to Texas by getting blown past in the fourth quarter, but if it can win in what's almost certain to be Bill Callahan's final game in Lincoln, bowl eligibility is still possible with a win this week and a win over Colorado two weeks later. Stranger things have happened.
Why Kansas State might win: Nebraska's defensive back seven can't tackle, the secondary is getting torched by anyone who tries to throw, and the line isn't generating and pass rush and is getting shoved around against the run. Outside of that, everything is peachy for the Nebraska defense. Kansas State's offense isn't consistent, but it can explode with several big plays. Expect KSU to come up with at least three huge scoring plays from 40+ yards. Getting 400 yards passing yards won't be a problem.
Why Nebraska might win: The passing game has gotten going. As bad as things have been everywhere else, the Huskers have been able to bomb away, with Sam Keller throwing well against Texas before getting hurt for the year, and Joe Ganz taking over last week and bombing away for 405 yards and four touchdowns. He threw four interceptions, and he'll be almost certain to give away a few to the Wildcat secondary, but he should also be able to keep the Huskers alive by throwing, throwing, and throwing some more.
Who to watch: If you thought Kansas State WR Jordy Nelson was having a big season before, he could put up jaw-dropping, all-time caliber numbers this week if he can get loose in the Husker secondary. The senior has double-digit catches in five games making 14 for 214 yards and a touchdown last week against Iowa State. For Nebraska, last week was the breakout game for Maurice Purify, who made seven catches for 158 yards and three touchdowns as he looked and played like the unstoppable playmaker the Huskers were hoping he'd be from the start of the year. While he hasn't been bad, now he'll be featured even more with Ganz under center.
What will happen: The last time Nebraska lost on Senior Day was in 2003  to Kansas State. History will repeat itself as the Wildcats will break open a tight game midway through the second half with two back-breaking long scores.
CFN Prediction: Kansas State 38 ... Nebraska 27  ... Line: Kansas State -7.5
Must See Rating: (5
Seinfeld: Season 9 - 1 Bee Movie) ... 3

Big 12 Week 11 Predictions, Part 2


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