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2009 CFN Big 12 Week 12 Staff Picks

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Posted Nov 21, 2009


2009 CFN Big 12 Week 12 Staff Picks, Roundup, & More

2009 Big 12 ... Week 12

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

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North
  Conf. Overall
Kansas St 4 4 6 6
Nebraska 5 2 8 3
Missouri 3 4 7 4
Iowa St 3 5 6 6
Colorado 2 5 3 8
Kansas 1 6 5 6
South
  Conf. Overall
Texas 7 0 11 0
Ok State 6 1 9 2
Tex Tech 4 3 7 4
Oklahoma 4 3 6 5
Texas A&M 3 4 6 5
Baylor 1 6 4 7
Players of the Week
11/21 Colt McCoy, QB Tex
11/14 D. Alexander, WR MU
11/7 Jordan Shipley, WR Tx
10/31 Jared Crick, DT Neb
10/24 Jesse Smith, LB ISU
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
11/21 OSU 31, Col 28
11/14 OSU 24, TT 21
11/7 Col 35, Tex A&M 34
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
Scoreboard
 
Thursday, Nov. 19

at Oklahoma State 31
Colorado 28
- Oklahoma State 3rd string QB beats the Buffs 
- Colorado plays hard in tough loss to Cowboys 

CFN Prediction: Oklahoma State 34-17
Line: Oklahoma State -16.5

Saturday, Nov. 21

at Texas A&M 38
Baylor 3
- Texas A&M rumbles over the Bears 
- Baylor gets run over by the Aggies 

CFN Prediction: Texas A&M 34-23
Line: Texas A&M -7.5

at Missouri 34
Iowa State 24
- Missouri & Alexander rips up the Cyclones 
- Iowa State hangs around in loss to Tigers 

CFN Prediction: Missouri 37-20
Line: Missouri -13

at Texas 51
Kansas 20
- Texas & McCoy destroy the Jayhawks 
- Kansas can't keep up in loss to Texas 

CFN Prediction: Texas 42-17
Line: Texas -28

at Nebraska 17
Kansas State 3
- Nebraska wins the North title over KSU 
- Kansas State battles in season-ending loss 

CFN Prediction: Nebraska 24-9
Line: Nebraska -16.5

at Texas Tech 41
Oklahoma 13
- Texas Tech destroys Oklahoma in lopsided win 
- Oklahoma flops in stunning loss to Tech 

CFN Prediction: Texas Tech 34-31
Line: Oklahoma -6.5
GAME OF THE WEEK

at Oklahoma State 31 … Colorado 28
Brandon Weeden stepped in for an ineffective Alex Cate and threw two touchdown passes, including a 28-yarder to Justin Blackmon with 8:11 to play, to give Oklahoma State the lead, and the defense held with a stuff on fourth down to end CU’s chances. Perrish Cox started out the scoring for the Cowboys with a 67-yard punt return for a score, but Colorado fought back with two Tyler Hansen touchdown passes leading the way to a 21-10 lead. And then Keith Toston took over. The OSU back ran for a 45-yard touchdown in the third and took a pass 46 yards for a score in the fourth, but after the second score, Brian Lockridge returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. The Buffs wouldn’t get back on the board.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Texas QB Colt McCoy completed 32-of-41 passes for 396 yards and four scores, and he ran 12 times for 29 yards in the win over Kansas.

CONFENCE ROUNDUP

Baylor
… at Texas A&M 38 ... Baylor 3 ... Baylor appears to be the only team unable to crank out big yards against the Texas A&M defense. Three turnovers and 12 penalties were part of the problem, but the inability of QB Nick Florence to keep the chains moving, and the inability of the defense to come up with enough key stops, meant an ugly loss. There’s still one more game to try to pull off a win with Texas Tech coming to Waco, but to have any shot, Florence and the passing game have to start bombing away. The offense has to prove that the late run against Missouri wasn’t a fluke.

Colorado
… at Oklahoma State 31 ... Colorado 28 ... It’s not that Colorado isn’t trying, it’s that it’s not getting any breaks its way, it’s not creating any breaks, and it’s not getting the timely plays needed to keep the momentum once everything swings its way. After the Brian Lockridge kickoff return for a score to give the Buffs a fourth quarter lead, the defense gave up a seven-play, 73-yard drive, and couldn’t recover. 2-19 on the road under Dan Hawkins, the era has one game left against Nebraska.

Iowa State
… at Missouri 34 ... Iowa State 24 ... Iowa State fought hard despite being outplayed and despite getting torched for a few big plays. Austen Arnaud did his best to keep the passing game moving with Alexander Robinson and the ground game bottled up, but the defense couldn’t get enough pressure on Blaine Gabbert and it proved costly in the second half. Because the Big 12 has a ton of bowl ties, Iowa State won’t have any problems getting a 13th game, and considering how bad the team had been in previous years, this season now has to qualify as an unmitigated success. Paul Rhoads has done a great job in his first season at the helm.

Kansas
… at Texas 51 ... Kansas 20 ... After all the drama and all the craziness of this last week, Kansas needed to come up with a strong performance to quiet down all the criticism surrounding Mark Mangino. This game didn’t do that. Now on a six-game losing streak, the disaster of a second half of the season all rests on the home game against Missouri, needing a win to get to a bowl game. Missouri doesn’t necessarily need the win, outside of wanting to come up big in a rivalry game, and KU has to play like the future of the program depends on it, because it might.

Kansas State
… at Nebraska 17 ... Kansas State 3 ... The Wildcat season is over thanks to poor scheduling, with two FCS games early on, but 6-6 is still amazingly respectable in Bill Snyder’s first year back. If you had told the Wildcats before the season that they’d have a chance to play for the Big 12 title in the regular season finale, they’d have taken it in a heartbeat. But there needs to be more offensive firepower, needing more from the passing game, while the defense has to be stronger against the short-to-midrange passes … next year.

Missouri … at Missouri 34 ... Iowa State 24 ... Danario Alexander is the nation’s hottest receiver at the moment. His 11 catches for 173 yards kept his ridiculous run of big performances rolling, while Jerrell Jackson added another weapon to the arsenal. After a rocky midseason run, the Tigers have won three of their last four and are in a nice position for a decent bowl game as the No. 2 team out of the North. A win over Kansas would make them 8-4, or one loss worse than last year at this time. Considering this is a rebuilding year, that’s not bad.

Nebraska … at Nebraska 17 ... Kansas State 3 ... The Huskers are off to Big 12 title, and while the offense doesn’t have any chance unless the defense is able to do even more and the offense shows some semblance of explosion. The Nebraska D is doing a great job of stopping the mediocre offenses cold, but Texas is at a whole other level and isn’t going to be held to under 20 points. The Huskers haven’t opened up the offense much because it hasn’t had to. Zac Lee needs to start making more big plays happen down the field, while Roy Helu, who was ganged up on by Kansas State, needs room to move.

Oklahoma
… at Texas Tech 41 ... Oklahoma 13 ... This one is on the defense. The Sooners showed off the offense last week hanging 65 points against Texas A&M, and while the attack wasn’t explosive, outside of one late scoring play, it wasn’t awful. The big problem was the inability of the OU defense to get the Red Raiders off the field, while the run defense was stunningly gouged at times by Baron Batch. At 6-5, OU is going bowling, but it’s face-saving time, again, needing to beat Oklahoma State or fall quickly in the Big 12 bowl pecking order. This team is just flaky enough to come back with a renewed fire and pull off a blowout win.

Oklahoma State
… at Oklahoma State 31 ... Colorado 28 ... Is this team really in the hunt for an at-large BCS game? The Cowboys have to be impressive against Oklahoma to be in the discussion, and while the wins keep on coming, this is hardly an awe-inspiring squad. However, it’s tremendously resilient with Keith Toston taking over the running game and carrying the team through quarterback problems, while the defense came up with the fourth down stops needed to keep Colorado from taking over the game. This was a nice comeback win, but Zac Robinson has to be back from his concussion if OSU is going to beat the Sooners.

Texas
… at Texas 51 ... Kansas 20 ... Texas is just two steps away from playing for the national title, and now the team is making it look easy. The defense gave up a few passing yards (256) to Todd Reesing, but it didn’t matter; KU’s offense couldn’t get comfortable. Colt McCoy is getting time and he continues to be deadly accurate with Jordan Shipley and the receiving corps stunningly dominant week in and week out. Texas is playing better and better, and it’s continuing to improve. And now comes the big fight with Texas A&M before dealing with the Nebraska defense, but if Texas continues to play well on the lines, neither game will be a problem.

Texas A&M
… at Texas A&M 38 ... Baylor 3 ... For a program trying to take a few positive steps forward, getting bowl eligible isn’t anything to blow off, even though the key win came against Baylor. This has been an up-and-down year for the Aggies, but the offense has worked more often than not and it has been fantastic against the bad teams. Now comes the big prize. A good season can turn into a special one if the Aggies can throw a wrench into the Texas national title hopes, and if the defense plays like it did against BU, and if the offense can stay balanced and explosive, it could be an interesting rivalry showdown.

Texas Tech
… at Texas Tech 41 ... Oklahoma 13 ... Give Mike Leach credit for tweaking his offense over the last few weeks. The passing game is still solid, but the quarterback play has been just shaky enough to cause problems. Enter Baron Batch, who now has three 100-yard games in the last four weeks and has 14 rushing scores. The defense continues to be fantastic at being aggressive, led by Brandon Sharpe and his 2.5 sacks on Landry Jones. The key to the Red Raiders is maintaining focus, and if they can, they’ll have no problem with Baylor and should finish 8-4 with a strong bowl bid.

Thursday, Nov. 26
Texas at Texas A&M

Friday, Nov. 27
Nebraska at Colorado

Saturday, Nov. 28
Texas Tech at Baylor
Kansas vs. Missouri
Oklahoma State at Oklahoma

Saturday, Dec. 5
Big 12 Championship Game