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2009 CFN Big 12 Week 7 Roundup

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Posted Oct 18, 2009


Big 12 2009 Week Seven Game of the Week, Player of the Week, Roundup & Standings

2009 Big 12 ... Week 7

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South Baylor | Oklahoma | Oklahoma State | Texas | Texas A&M | Texas Tech

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North
  Conf. Overall
Kansas St 2 1 4 3
Kansas 1 1 5 1
Nebraska 1 1 4 2
Colorado 1 1 2 4
Iowa St 1 2 4 3
Missouri 0 2 4 2
South
  Conf. Overall
Texas 3 0 6 0
Ok State 2 0 5 1
Tex Tech 2 1 5 2
Oklahoma 1 1 3 3
Baylor 0 2 3 3
Texas A&M 0 2 3 3
Players of the Week
10/17 Dan. Thomas, RB KSU
10/10 Dezmon Briscoe & Kerry Meier, WRs, Kansas
10/3 Emmanuel Lamur, DB KSU
9/26 Jerrod Johnson, QB A&M
9/19 Jordan Shipley, WR Tex
9/13 Taylor Potts, QB TT
9/5 Blaine Gabbert, QB Mis.

Games of the Week
10/17 Colorado 34, KU 30
10/10 KU 41, ISU 36
10/3 KSU 24, ISU 23
9/26 Hous. 29, TTech 28
9/19 Tex 34, TTech 24
9/13, Miss 27, BGSU 20
9/5 BYU 14, Oklahoma 13
Scoreboard

Texas 16
Oklahoma 13
Texas wasn't pretty in 16-13 win over OU 
- Oklahoma loses Bradford in loss to Texas 

CFN Prediction: Texas 24-20
Line: Texas -3

at Iowa State 24
Baylor 10
- Iowa State controls the Bears in key win 
- Baylor O fizzles in loss to the Cyclones 

CFN Prediction: Iowa State 27-23
Line: Iowa State -2

at Colorado 34
Kansas 30
- Colorado gets bombed on in win over KU
- Kansas can't hang on in loss to Colorado 

CFN Prediction: Kansas 34-27
Line: Kansas -9

at Kansas State 62
Texas A&M 14
- Kansas State destroys the Aggies in stunner 
- Texas A&M gets blasted by the Wildcats 

CFN Prediction: Texas A&M 35-23
Line: Texas A&M -5

at Oklahoma State 33
Missouri 17
- Oklahoma State O is just fine in win over MU 
- Missouri stinks in 2nd half vs. the Cowboys 

CFN Prediction: Oklahoma State 35-31
Line: Oklahoma State -7

Texas Tech 31
at Nebraska 10
- Texas Tech shock the Huskers with its D 
- Nebraska gets sacked by Texas Tech 

CFN Prediction: Nebraska 34-14
Line: Nebraska -6
GAME OF THE WEEK

Colorado 34 … at Kansas 30
Colorado, led by new starting quarterback Tyler Hansen, got up 24-3 in the first half, and then it was the Todd Reesing show. The Kansas quarterback was sacked six times, but he threw for 401 yards and two touchdowns with a 25-yarder to Dezmon Briscoe giving the Jayhawks a three point lead in the fourth quarter. But Colorado took the lead for good with a 13-yard Rodney Stewart scoring run with 8:36 to play. Reesing wasn’t finished with two more shots deep into CU territory, but they both came up empty including a last-second pass in the end zone that went through Briscoe’s hands. Hansen ran for a one-yard score and connected with Riar Geer for a 12-yard touchdown in the second quarter, but he didn’t lead the Buffs back into the end zone again until the fourth. KU finished with -8 rushing yards but outgained CU 423 yards to 322.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kansas State RB Daniel Thomas ran 18 times for 91 yards and four scores in the win over Texas A&M.

CONFENCE ROUNDUP

Baylor… at Iowa State 24 .... Baylor 10 ... Baylor simply didn’t have enough offensive pop to keep up. It’s not like Iowa State is a juggernaut, but the Bear defense couldn’t keep the Cyclones from keeping the chains moving and the offense didn’t go on enough good drives. The offense came up with 364 yards, but three turnovers and eight penalties proved to be too costly. Jordan Lake continues to have an All-America season with 12 tackles, but the defense has to do a better job of getting off the field. If it couldn’t handle Iowa State, can it stop Oklahoma State, Texas or anyone else left on the schedule? This was the game the team needed to have to go to a bowl, and now that dream might be done.

Colorado
… at Colorado 34 ... Kansas 30 ... Did Colorado just save Dan Hawkins’ job and the 2009 season? After a stunning win to give Kansas its first loss of the season, there’s plenty of excitement and the belief that this might be the win to open the floodgates. Was the move of Tyler Hansen to the starting role the difference? Yes, but only because it was addition by subtraction. He doesn’t throw like Cody Hawkins does and the offense changed and highlighted his mobility a bit more. The defense has to do more to slow down decent passing games, and got torched by the Jayhawks, and with Missouri and Texas A&M coming up after the trip to Kansas State, the Buffs need to be ready to be in more firefights. There’s still time to get to a bowl, and with a win like this, and with Missouri and Nebraska coming to Boulder, there’s still time to dream of the ultimate turnaround. The North is up for grabs; can Colorado suddenly be good enough to be in the hunt?

Iowa State
… at Iowa State 24 ... Baylor 10 ... After tough losses to Kansas State and Kansas, Iowa State proved it could win a game when everything isn’t working quite right. The offense was fine and it came up big when it had to on third downs. Austen Arnaud helped keep the defense off the field, and he’s going to have to keep being just as effective with road trips to Nebraska and Texas A&M up next. A bowl game is still possible, but the O needs more pop and the pass defense needs to be stronger, but there’s a lot to be excited about in Year One of the Paul Rhoads era. The win shows that the team appears to be on the right track.

Kansas
… at Colorado 34 ... Kansas 30 ... The offensive line has to do a better job of protecting Todd Reesing. He had a brilliant game, and Kerry Meier and Dezmon Briscoe were fantastic once again, but he’d be even better with more time. Now the Jayhawks have to deal with the Oklahoma defensive front followed up by a suddenly hot Texas Tech pass rush. This was a win the team needed to have, and with the brutal finishing kick, the North title dream might be gone. The defense wasn’t bad, Drew Dudley 17 tackles Darrell Stuckey 12 tackles, but it’ll have to be even sharper with the Sooners up.

Kansas State
… at Kansas State 62 ... Texas A&M 14 ... After getting whacked 66-14 by Texas Tech, the defense turned everything around in one week with a dominant performance. After allowing 66, Kansas State scored 62 in an amazing turnaround in a near-perfect game. The offense struggled on third downs, but it ripped up the A&M defense taking advantage of five turnovers and getting a huge day on the ground for the easy win. The defensive front was dominant and got to A&M’s Jerrod Johnson enough to make it a blowout early on. Is this really what the Wildcats can do, and can it keep producing at this high a level? With Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri all coming to Manhattan, it’s not insane to think that KSU can be a major player in the North race. Consistency has been an issue all season long, and a win over Colorado next week is a must to keep bowl hope alive.

Missouri … at Oklahoma State 33 ... Missouri 17 ... The Tigers have to figure out how to produce in the second half. After collapsing against Nebraska in the fourth quarter, and with the was the offense went into the tank in the second half against Oklahoma State, there has to be a huge concern about the Texas game coming up. The Longhorns have been a second half team, and to have any chance of pulling off the huge upset, Blaine Gabbert has to find his groove again. He has thrown five interceptions and just one touchdown in the last two games, after failing to throw a pick and tossing 11 touchdown passes in the first four games. He’ll be under pressure against the Longhorns, and he can’t hurry his throws. He has to know what he’s doing before he gets rid of the ball.

Nebraska … Texas Tech 31 ... at Nebraska 10 ...  Outside of a wild fourth quarter against Missouri, the offense hasn’t produced against a BCS team this year. It couldn’t get into the end zone against Virginia Tech, it struggled for most of the game against Mizzou, and it was a disaster against Texas Tech and its pass rush. The Husker defense did its job with a great pass rush and nice production, keeping the Red Raiders to just 259 yards, but the offense didn’t pick up the slack with no big pass plays down the field. Cody Green tried to get the offense moving in place of Zac Lee, but he didn’t do much better. This was a bad loss, but it was against a team from the South. The North is still there for the taking, and it should be easy to get back on track with Iowa State coming to Lincoln next week.

Oklahoma
… Texas 16 ... Oklahoma 13 ... Landry Jones did his best in a rough situation, but he threw two rookie interceptions, even though Texas made great plays to come up with them, and the running game didn’t help him out. The O line was awful, and the coaching staff abandoned the run and put the game in Jones’ hands. That’s part of the reason why there weren’t any second half points, and the inability for Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray to get into the open didn’t help. OU can only wonder what might have happened if Sam Bradford was healthy for a full season, and now it’ll likely be up to Jones to try to win a shootout next week at Kansas.

Oklahoma State
… at Oklahoma State 33 ... Missouri 17 ... The offense might not be working as well as expected, but Zac Robinson was mistake-free against Missouri and Hubert Anyiam did a great job of picking up the slack without Dez Bryant. Considering all the problems and all the big personnel losses, OSU is still 5-1 and on a four-game winning streak. All of a sudden, if the Cowboys can beat Baylor, the Halloween date against Texas could be for the Big 12 South title. After the game against the Bears, three of the following four games are at home, and by then, the offense should be more consistent. The defense clamped down on the Tigers in the second half, but the secondary needs to be tighter. Missouri 17 ...

Texas
… Texas 16 ... Oklahoma 13 ... This was all about the Texas defense, especially the line that pressured and bothered Landry Jones, finished with two sacks, and stuffed the OU running game for -16 yards. The Longhorn offense was along for the ride, and it didn’t do what was needed to put the game away with Colt McCoy throwing a bad late interception that kept the Sooners alive. This was hardly a national title effort, at least on offense, but it was a win over Oklahoma, and it doesn’t matter how it happened or how it looked. Going unbeaten means Texas is in the national title, and this was the biggest step, but next week’s game at Oklahoma State will be just as dangerous.

Texas A&M
… at Kansas State 62 ... Texas A&M 14 ... For having the nation’s fifth ranked offense and sixth ranked passing attack, consistency is a big issue. The offensive line has had a nightmare of a time over the last few weeks, and it wasn’t even close against Kansas State as Jerrod Johnson didn’t have time to breathe and the running game was non-existent. On a rough three-game losing streak, the last thing the Aggies need to see is a hot Texas Tech with a suddenly strong pass rush and the high-octane passing attack. The lines have to play far better to have a shot.

Texas Tech
… Texas Tech 31 ... at Nebraska 10 ... All of a sudden, after losing to Texas and Houston, the Red Raiders are on a three-game winning streak with home games against Texas A&M and Kansas up next. The win over Nebraska was mostly due to a phenomenal defensive performance led by the pass rush. Husker QB Zac Lee didn’t get room to breathe, while the running game never got going against the active Tech defensive front. Steven Sheffield was fine, but the offense needs Taylor Potts to get back from his concussion to make everything go again. The Kansas State win last week was nice, but the offense will have to gear it back up again for A&M after struggling against the loaded Huskers.  

Saturday, Oct. 24
Oklahoma State at Baylor
Colorado at Kansas State
Iowa State at Nebraska
Oklahoma at Kansas
Texas at Missouri
Texas A&M at Texas Tech

Saturday, Oct. 31
Nebraska at Baylor
Missouri at Colorado
Iowa State at Texas A&M
Kansas at Texas Tech
Kansas State at Oklahoma
Texas at Oklahoma State

Saturday, Nov. 7
Baylor at Missouri
Texas A&M at Colorado
Oklahoma State at Iowa State
Kansas at Kansas State
Oklahoma at Nebraska
UCF at Texas

Saturday, Nov. 14
Texas at Baylor
Colorado at Iowa State
Nebraska at Kansas
Missouri at Kansas State
Texas A&M at Oklahoma
Texas Tech at Oklahoma State

Thursday, Nov. 19
Colorado at Oklahoma State

Saturday, Nov. 21
Baylor at Texas A&M
Iowa State at Missouri
Kansas at Texas
Kansas State at Nebraska
Oklahoma at Texas Tech

Thursday, Nov. 26
Texas at Texas A&M

Friday, Nov. 27
Nebraska at Colorado
Saturday, Nov. 28
Texas Tech at Baylor

Kansas vs. Missouri (in KC)
Oklahoma State at Oklahoma

Saturday, Dec. 5
Big 12 Championship Game