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2009 CFN Big 12 Week 9 Roundup
Posted Nov 1, 2009

2009 CFN Big 12 Week 9 Expert Picks, Roundup, & More

2009 Big 12 ... Week 9

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  Conf. Overall
Kansas St 3 2 5 4
Iowa St 2 3 5 4
Kansas 1 3 5 3
Nebraska 2 2 5 3
Colorado 1 3 2 6
Missouri 1 3 5 3
  Conf. Overall
Texas 5 0 8 0
Ok State 3 1 6 2
Oklahoma 3 1 5 3
Tex Tech 3 2 6 3
Texas A&M 2 2 5 3
Baylor 0 5 3 5
Players of the Week
10/31 Jared Crick, DT Neb
10/24 Jesse Smith, LB ISU
10/17 4an. 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
10/31 OU 42, KSU 30
10/24 ISU 9, Neb 7
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

Nebraska 20
at Baylor 10
- Baylor O keeps struggling in loss to Huskers 
- Nebraska and new QB gets by the Bears 

CFN Prediction: Nebraska 27-13
Line: Nebraska -13.5

Missouri 36
at Colorado 17
- Missouri & D rebound in win over the Buffs 
- Colorado is disastrous in loss to Mizzou 

CFN Prediction: Missouri 30-24
Line: Colorado -4
at Texas A&M 35
Iowa State 10
- Iowa State blown away by the Aggies 
- Texas A&M dominant in win over Cyclones 

CFN Prediction: Texas A&M 34-27
Line: Texas A&M -7

at Texas Tech 42
Kansas 21
- Texas Tech & Batch blow away the Jayhawks 
- Kansas sputters yet again in loss to TTech 

CFN Prediction: Texas Tech 52-42
Line: Texas Tech -7

at Oklahoma 42
Kansas State 30
- Oklahoma almost blows big lead vs. KSU 
- Kansas State battles back in loss to OU 

CFN Prediction: Oklahoma 40-16
Line: Oklahoma -26

Texas 41
at Oklahoma State 14
- Oklahoma State gets picked off by Texas 
- Texas makes huge statement in win over OSU 

CFN Prediction: Texas 31-27
Line: Texas -9.5

at Oklahoma 42 … Kansas State 30
Oklahoma got up 21-0 in the first quarter on three Landry Jones touchdown passes with two throws to Ryan Broyles, but Kansas State roared back with two Keithen Valentine touchdowns and a two-yard Daniel Thomas scoring run to pull within five going into the fourth. Just when it seemed like OU got a little breathing room on a six-yard DeMarco Murray touchdown catch, the Wildcats responded with a Brandon Banks kickoff return for a score. But OU was able to bounce back with a long drive finishing up with a three-yard Murray scoring run.

Nebraska DT Jared Crick made 13 tackles with five sacks and six tackles for loss with a broken up pass in the win over Baylor.


… Nebraska 20 ... at Baylor 10 ... The defense came up with a nice day against a lifeless Nebraska attack, but the offense can’t move the ball. QB Nick Florence was badgered and pressured all game long, and the running game wasn’t able to help him out with just 54 yards on the ground, saved by Florence’s mobility to overcome seven sacks. On a four game losing streak with just 34 points in the run, the O has to find something, anything that works or else the last four games are going to get ugly. Missouri, Texas, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech can all put points on the board. Baylor can’t.

… Missouri 36 ... at Colorado 17 ... If the Dan Hawkins era had a spark of life after the win over Kansas, it’s all gone now. The offensive line was a disaster against the Missouri pass rush and Tyler Hansen did nothing for the passing game. Even with the team down big, Cody Hawkins, the better passing option, didn’t with Hansen sinking or swimming with the offense. Nothing is working with the special teams having as many problems as the passing game and the 114th ranked rushing attack. The Buffs will have to win out to be bowl eligible, but that will be a problem with Texas A&M up next week and a trip to Oklahoma State down the road.

Iowa State
… at Texas A&M 35 ... Iowa State 10 ... The Cyclones got Alexander Robinson back from a groin injury and he helped make the ground game go, but Jerome Tiller, who’s playing in place of Austen Arnaud, doesn’t add as much pop at quarterback and it showed against the Aggies. The bigger problem was a defense that couldn’t get off the field and struggled to make a stop on third downs. The lack of a pass rush continues to be an issue, and there’s no way the Cyclones can beat Oklahoma State unless the offense does more and the defense come up with more key plays.

… at Texas Tech 42 ... Kansas 21 ... Kansas might have a few problems here and there, but it’s supposed to be able to get the offense moving on anyone. To sputter and cough like the attack has over the last two games against Oklahoma and Texas Tech is more than just alarming; it’s been a season-killer. The Big 12 North hopes aren’t completely gone, but with a trip to Texas still to deal with along with home games against Nebraska and Missouri, the Jayhawks need to beat Kansas State next week just to make sure that a bowl game is possible. The defense was great at getting into the backfield, making ten tackles for loss, but it couldn’t overcome the screw-ups on offense.

Kansas State
… at Oklahoma 42 ... Kansas State 30 ... Kansas State might not be all that talented and it will need to beat Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska to win the North, but the team sure has fight and thanks to Brandon Banks it’s becoming a fun team. Down 21-0 early it would’ve been easy to fold up the tent, but the offense kept battling back and Banks, who caught nine passes for 156 yards and returned a kickoff for an electrifying score, made it a game. The Wildcats are playing well, but now they’ll need to be more explosive on offense to keep up with a dangerous Kansas team.

Missouri … Missouri 36 ... at Colorado 17 ... After a rough, ugly three-game stretch, the Tigers got back on track with an aggressive defense, a solid day from the offense, and a big early lead that allowed the team to coast against the Buffs. Turnovers continue to be a problem for Blaine Gabbert, he threw two interceptions including a pick six, but he didn’t appear to be hobbled by a gimpy ankle and the offense was able to produce when needed early on to put the game away in the first half. The Big 12 North title is still in play, and Mizzou will likely earn it by winning out. Getting Baylor at home next week is a nice and easy next step.

Nebraska … Nebraska 20 ... at Baylor 10 ... Yeah, Nebraska got the win over a struggling Baylor, but Cody Green didn’t come up with much of a spark for the attack in place of Zac Lee throwing for just 128 yards and leading the offense to a mere 273 yards and one touchdown. The defense did its job, with Jared Crick leading the way to a dominant day from the line, but if the O doesn’t do a lot more in a big hurry, there’s no way the Huskers have a shot against Oklahoma or Kansas over the next two weeks.
… at Oklahoma 42 ... Kansas State 30 ... OU is going to have some rocky moments and it isn’t going to be as tight as it was over the last few years, but this was a moment of maturity. When Kansas State kept pushing, the Sooner offense kept responding with Landry Jones playing like a veteran when he had to leading the way to two touchdown drives in the fourth. The offense completed 10-of-13 third down chances, but the defense let up. With the inconsistency on offense, the defense has to be more of rock down the stretch. Coming up with a blowout win at Nebraska would be a nice start to a big final month.

Oklahoma State
… Texas 41 ... at Oklahoma State 14 ... The offense seemed a bit desperate early on, evidenced by a fourth down conversion early on, and Zac Robinson pressed too much throwing four picks as part of rough day against a dominant defense. The OSU D wasn’t bad, but the offense was in too much of a hole to get out. The return of Kendall Hunter didn’t matter too much; he only gained a yard on one carry. As bad as the loss was, there’s still time to end up being the second best team in the Big 12 by rolling over the last month. If OSU plays up to its capability, the only scare left is at Oklahoma to end the regular season.

… Texas 41 ... at Oklahoma State 14 ... Texas only gained 275 yards of total offense, but it didn’t need to do anything crazy with the defense forcing five turnovers and with the game well in hand in the first half. The running game struggled a bit, coming up with a mere 134 yards with Colt McCoy leading the way; that has to change. But that’s nitpicking. This was the one dangerous game left on the schedule, and Texas was up 41-7 after three quarters. UCF, Baylor, and Kansas don’t have a shot at staying within two touchdowns of the Longhorns over the next three weeks.

Texas A&M
… at Texas A&M 35 ... Iowa State 10 ... Jerrod Johnson might not always be on, but he’s taking more and more of a command of the team and the attack. He was terrific on third downs, and the Aggies converted on 10-of-13 chances and cranked out 501 yards. While he didn’t make any big plays, he was efficient and effective on short to midrange throws, and Cyrus Gray helped a ground attack that ripped off 267 yards. The win put the Aggies on track to get to a decent bowl game, and if they’re for real, they should be able to dominate a bad Colorado team next week in Boulder.

Texas Tech
… Texas Tech 42 ... Kansas 21 ... The Tech defense came up with one of its best performances of the season holding the high-powered Kansas offense to 258 yards and forcing four fumbles. The pressure was tremendous all game long with the defensive front forcing six sacks including two from Brandon Sharpe. Now the question will be who the main man is at quarterback. Seth Doege wasn’t bad, and Taylor Potts threw an interception but helped lead the way to the second half scoring explosion. The chance to be the Big 12’s second best team is still there, but the Red Raiders have to be far more consistent over the next two games against Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.

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