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Nov
05

Week 10 – Yo, bartender, Jobu needs a refill

The Jayhawk Nation is still a buzz, or better yet remains on a bender, as evidenced by the messageboard sage who scoff at the odds maker’s 34.5 line. Time to accept that arguably the best team in the land will not simply forgo their ticket to Pasadena to aid us in our quest for the Ft. Worth Bowl.

Anyway….more to come later this week as we send our love to the lone expert who picked the Jayhawks, not only to cover, but to pick up the sixth win in Austin. I’ll leave you with that teaser and move on to this week’s lineup:

Kansas (+34.5) at Texas
Texas Tech (-24) at Oklahoma St.
Rutgers (+21.5) at Louisville
LSU (-3) at Alabama
Georgia (-3) at Auburn

And on to this week’s picks:

Kansas vs. Texas –

univ of kansas Kansas Jayhawks vs. Texas Longhorns univ. of texas

While the sports editors in Austin and Lawrence have focused their coverage on the last year’s near miss, I’m going to dedicate this week’s KU coverage on media maturation. Just as I’ve kept you apprised of the gridiron evolution in Lawrence – the gradual ascent to the top of national defensive rushing stats, discovering a field general by week eight, dislodging the Big Red monkey/barnacle – the media continues to focus on the Jayhawk football shortcomings and/or has turned their attention to the start of the basketball season. And just when I want to paint the media with a broad, disparaging brush, one brave contributor steps forward and puts his newsroom reputation on the line. Who would display such hubris you ask? Insert one Clucko the Chicken. Yes….of the dozen collegefootballnews.com “experts”, Clucko stood up and picked the Jayhawks. Sure, you may cry a “birds of a feather” bias but there is a hard science behind his selection. In a secure collegefootballnews lab two plates of seed, one per team, are presented to Clucko. After deep thought and thorough consideration, Clucko opted for the Nick Reid, Charlton Keith, Charles Gordon lead Jayhawk defense. Rock Chalk Clucko….Rock Chalk.

OK…where close childhood friend, and former Texas Cowboy, Patrick Walker feels the Horns need to create two if not three turnovers to cover the 34.5….I think all you need is this year’s Heisman frontrunner. A score of 45 – 10 is not out of the question for this Texas team. But I am going to follow the sage advice of Clucko and take the Hawks to cover. First hand I expect to see this defense to keep Texas under 30, the KU offense scores twice (7 and 3), and either a special teams or defensive touchdown. The Hawks cover this weekend and Texas continues their march westward.

Other picks –

The Orange Cowboys are taken behind the woodshed. Tech covers

The Friday Night Lights shine in Louisville – BTW is should be consider sacrilegious for a BCS team to steal the spotlight from the highschool game – Louisville rolls at home but does not cover.

Bama is exposed and the BCS discussion is put to rest – unfortunately. LSU wins and covers.

Dogs roll and Auburn sets their sights on Tech in the Cotton Bowl.

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6 Responses to “Week 10 – Yo, bartender, Jobu needs a refill”


  1. 1 RObert
    November 10, 2005 at 3:33 pm

    Let me hit these quick as i am out of town for a few weeks…

    I’ll take KU to cover. UT knows they will be #2 know that Va Tech imploded. They don’t have to impress anyone ane merely winning by 30 should be enough.

    OK State at home…

    Louisville to wax Rutgers in the Hut…

    Alabama getting points at home against an over-rated LSU team that lost this year at home to Tennessee. Give me a friggin’ break. The Tide may not be able to score, but their D makes up for it. Roll Tide.

    I believe the Georgia Auburn game is in Athens, not Opelika (as stated above); I think Georgia takes it.

    Peace out…

  2. 2 brentbaker
    November 11, 2005 at 1:40 pm

    Kansas Jayhawks vs. Texas Longhorns

    While the sports editors in Austin and Lawrence have focused their coverage on the last year’s near miss, I’m going to dedicate this week’s KU coverage on media maturation. Just as I’ve kept you apprised of the gridiron evolution in Lawrence – the gradual ascent to the top of national defensive rushing stats, discovering a field general by week eight, dislodging the Big Red monkey/barnacle – the media continues to focus on the Jayhawk football shortcomings and/or has turned their attention to the start of the basketball season. And just when I want to paint the media with a broad, disparaging brush, one brave contributor steps forward and puts his newsroom reputation on the line. Who would display such hubris you ask? Insert one Clucko the Chicken. Yes….of the dozen collegefootballnews.com “experts”, Clucko stood up and picked the Jayhawks. Sure, you may cry a “birds of a feather” bias but there is a hard science behind his selection. In a secure collegefootballnews lab two plates of seed, one per team, are presented to Clucko. After deep thought and thorough consideration, Clucko opted for the Nick Reid, Charlton Keith, Charles Gordon lead Jayhawk defense. Rock Chalk Clucko….Rock Chalk.

    OK…where close childhood friend, and former Texas Cowboy, Patrick Walker feels the Horns need to create two if not three turnovers to cover the 34.5….I think all you need is this year’s Heisman frontrunner. A score of 45 – 10 is not out of the question for this Texas team. But I am going to follow the sage advice of Clucko and take the Hawks to cover. First hand I expect to see this defense to keep Texas under 30, the KU offense scores twice (7 and 3), and either a special teams or defensive touchdown. The Hawks cover this weekend and Texas continues their march westward.

    Other picks –

    The Orange Cowboys are taken behind the woodshed. Tech covers

    The Friday Night Lights shine in Louisville – BTW is should be consider sacrilegious for a BCS team to steal the spotlight from the highschool game – Louisville rolls at home but does not cover.

    Bama is exposed and the BCS discussion is put to rest – unfortunately. LSU wins and covers.

    Dogs roll and Auburn sets their sights on Tech in the Cotton Bowl.

  3. 3 markscholz
    November 11, 2005 at 4:55 pm

    Lu-ville to hammer the State University of New Jersey at BEAUTIFUL Thin Crust Field at Papa Johns Stadium. Man, that illustrious Papa John…he’ll someday be in the College Football Hall of Fame, right next to Joe Pa.

  4. 4 RObert
    November 11, 2005 at 6:21 pm

    EZ on the Papa Johns’ blasts… Dude started out making pizzas in a closet at a bar here in the ‘Ville and now rakes in billions… It could be worse; our new b-ball arena may be named by Kentucky Fried Chicken… The Bucket may be the new moniker.

  5. 5 Julie
    November 12, 2005 at 7:14 am

    I can’t believe I let Mark lull me into missing the Louisville vote yesterday. Bastard. Need to make up a point on him today. So from beautiful Austin, Texas….

    KU (+34.5) at TEXAS
    With Mark padding around in his Mighty Longhorn slippers this morning, the smell of burnt orange is in the air. I agree that a 45-10 score is not out of the question, securing the points and continued forward momentum for the Heisman race. Although UT no longer has anything to prove to secure second, Vince still needs the points to collect the Heisman. If they leave Vince in for at least three quarters, they’ll cover. If they take the lead early and pull Vince out we have trouble. I may be the only FBB voter to go out on a limb, but I’m going to take Texas to cover.

    TEXAS TECH (-24) at OKLAHOMA ST.
    OSU surrendered 35 unanswered second-half points in losing to Texas in its last game. That means nothing but trouble against the nation’s top passing offense. Tech is first in passing yards, second in total yards and third in points scored, and OK State is 104th, 95th and 93rd respectively – the game and the points are locked up by Tech.

    LSU (-3) at ALABAMA
    LSU has not played in a regular-season game featuring two Top 5 teams since 1959 while Alabama was often in the Top 5. However, Alabama’s offense has produced only one touchdown in its last three games, and is now without center JB Closner. That leaves Croyle as the lone senior starter on offense, other than new center Taylor Britt (who’s never started a college game). The senior QB is not exactly shying away from the pressure to get the offense jumpstarted. “When you’re a competitor, you want the ball in your hands on the biggest stage in college football, and here it is,” he said. The biggest stage in college football? Hardly. But a stage set for Bama to win and cover.

    GEORGIA (-3) at AUBURN
    Georgia has had a fair amount of success beating Auburn on the road. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, they have had far less success against the Tigers on their turf. Ninth-ranked Georgia aims for just its second win in its last 11 home meetings with No. 15 Auburn today, and I think they’ll take it – and cover.

  6. 6 markscholz
    November 12, 2005 at 8:54 am

    What’s NOT to like about the Jayhawks and the Kansas program? I mean, for Christ sake, their uniform colors are Red, White and Blue. It’s easy to hate a lot of teams in the Big 12, but not Rock Chalk. As Brent, has taught our little girl Parker to say this weekend, “Rock Chalk Hedgehog” – I don’t think she knows what a Jayhawk is yet, but she should by the end of the weekend.
    To recap last week – If you’ve ever been strapped into an amusement park ride and then realized when it got going that it was more than you could handle and so you spent the rest of the time aboard just praying for the thing to be over, you pretty much know how it felt to be a Baylor Bear last week. Coach Mack Brown has used the expression “trap game” to describe an upset-in-waiting, oh, about as often as Howard Stern has asked a guest to take off her top. At Floyd Casey Stadium, it was a “traipse game,” with Baylor surrendering like Waco was Paris during World War II instead of the opposite of it today.

    I’m going to take a nap. Could someone please wake me at about noon on Jan. 4?

    While watching the Texas Tech-A&M game last week, wondering why Red Raider fans always make the “loser” sign with their thumb and index finger, a score scrolled across the bottom of the screen that said “MIA 27- VT 0” and for a split instant I thought, well that’s what Vermont gets for scheduling Miami. So much for Virginia Tech, with their Lola Falana uniforms, posing another odd man out BCS scenario. To say that Ron Mexico’s younger brother had a bad game is to call Terrell Owens somewhat self-centered.

    Kansas (+34.5) at Texas – With the wind rolling through the Hill Country this afternoon, I’m going to pick KU and their top rated run D to cover.

    Texas Tech (-24) at Oklahoma St. – Tech ROLLS

    LSU (-3) at Alabama – It’s a struggle against a top notch, but LSU wins and covers.

    Georgia (-3) at Auburn – With Shockley back, Georgia wins and covers.


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