Week 9 Line-up

  • Colorado at Kansas (-2)
  • Texas at Tech (+10.5)
  • Louisville — off
  • Wildcard – Georgia at Florida (-13.5)
  • Mildcard – Minnesota (+27.5) at Ohio St
Colorado at Kansas (-2)

This one is KU’s – I’ll just come out and say it – and for the following reasons:

  • CU is easily the worst team in the Big 12 – or at least let’s hope so
  • CU has no passing attack – KU’s is light year better against the run over the pass and they have a mediocre run stopping D. To illustrate, over the four game skid KU has given up an average of 360 yards and, in total, 14 touchdowns through the air W-T-F
  • CU has already started talking about next year KU is at home Cornish is on a mission to be the leagues top back – though slap a big AD asterisk next to that entry.

And what else can I desperately cling to….the 06 Jayhawks are not building for the future. Mangino has pulled the redshirt off of some freshmen, 2/3 into the season. This tells me he has not cashed his chips and is gearing this team up for a repeat of the 05 season – win three of your last four and find you way to Ft. Worth. KU covers and KU fans will once again enjoy the taste of a W along with their post-game beers and wang-burgers at the Wagon Wheel Café – aka the Wheel.

vs Texas at Tech (+10.5)

This one is as straightforward as it gets…Harrell is a good quarterback who simply isn’t use to handling pressure defenses. His ability to adjust and make the correct reads when the heat is one of the defining characteristic of his career. Even the most disgruntled Tech fan can not argue that when his is on the tortillas are a fly’n. And when pressured…well you have the 06 season. With little supporting cast in the backfield, Texas will pressure Harrell all day…hence the story line of this game. Texas covers easily and Greek Circle is at full capacity by the middle of the fourth quarter.

Wildcard – Georgia at Florida (-13.5) Another week another great SEC rivalry game. And who can argue against the “world’s largest cocktail party”, no Blaine it’s not frosh orientation in Lubbock, being in the line-up. Other than that, the Gators are hitting their stride and UGA is on the slide. Gators cover with recruits in the stands.

Mildcard – Minnesota (+27.5) at Ohio St This will be a blow-out…just wanted to include the letter sweater wearing mascot for my wife – the Ohio State Buckeyes cover.


10 Responses to “Week 9 Line-up”

  1. 1 RObert
    October 27, 2006 at 5:33 am

    It’s Florida (-13.5) right now…

  2. 2 RObert
    October 27, 2006 at 8:47 am

    Colorado at Kansas (-2)
    This is the lock of the week… Kansas has to win this or their season is essentially over and they will have nothing left to play for… Dan Hawkins is a troll… He gives more condescending interviews than Brian Billick, Bill Parcells and Bob Knight combined… The only difference is those three have won titles in their respective walks of life… Hawkins hasn’t done dick but get run out of the Liberty Bowl by the ‘Ville in ’04/05… What a clown… KU waxes CU and covers easily…

    Texas at Tech (+10.5)
    I would really like TT here had Texas not been given that gift win last week… That game should have Texas going in with a different mindset of “we better get up early and not let up”… Texas defensive secondary is pretty bad (Nebraska burned them last week; that’s right I said Nebraska, that perennial passing powerhouse of the last 100 years) and although I haven’t seen TT play this year, I assume they still chuck it around through the air… 10.5 is alot of points to give the home team and I would have taken it last week, but this week, I’ll take the ‘Horns… I know they have only played one good team this year and got spanked (OU was not at full strength and Neb is mediocre at best), but they still have better athletes and are better coached than the yearly Top25 wannabe TT… Texas covers the 10 and a hook… I don’t feel great about it, but I feel even worse about TT actually showing up for 4 quarters. To quote Steven Wright, people in Lubbock need to support bacteria… It’s the only culture they have.

    Georgia at Florida (+13.5)
    It’s actually Florida (-13.5) and that is too many points to give on a neutral field in a rivalry game… I know Georgias’ offense is horrible but they play pretty good D and Florida goes in as such a favorite that I think they may sleepwalk “a little bit”… I like Florida to win, but not cover.

    Minnesota (+27.5) at Ohio St
    Minny is smack dab in the middle of a dull, boring, listless, fill in your adjective here, kind of year (something Jayhawk fans know all too well)… They squeak out a 10-9 win over N. Dakota State last week and now go to C-bus to play the Luckeyes… Every ounce of my common sense and acumen (no comments Juj) tells me OSU will wipe up the field with the Gophers like Mangino mowing 10 bowls of chili before noon, but for some strange reason, buried deep behind the left lobe of my cerebellum I’m thinking the Gophers may cover… No chance they win, but cover yes… Glenn Mason, some hot wings (Mangino style) and a prayer…


  3. 3 Blaine
    October 27, 2006 at 1:21 pm

    ROberto – your commentary this week brought tears to my eyes. Brilliant!!!!!!!!

  4. 4 Julie
    October 28, 2006 at 6:04 am

    Colorado at Kansas (-2)
    Two words: “barn burner.” Or how about “demoralizing season”? Second half losses are killing this team, and my poor husband. But apparently Mangino insists his team is not deterred by the agonizing series of second-half collapses, “The kids keep bouncing back because they have a lot invested in the program,” he said. Yeah, like $1.5M. But, I have to stand by my man, and the Jayhawks at home. For one last time I say, “Feel the wheat. Now wave it.”

    Texas at Tech (+10.5)
    Robert’s ability to unilaterally insult all FBB teams, while still making excuses for OU is truly astounding. I take my hat off to him. It’s not easy to offend so many with so few words. He is the Jim Rome of FBB. But I have to agree with him on this one. I think last week’s game will get Texas up for a convincing win over Tech this year. I, for one, was ready to pull Vince from the sidelines last week and just finish it. But then, I feel like that every week. I was also ready to fire Johnson on the spot. He’s no Phil Dawson, that’s for sure. But who doesn’t love the underdog, walk-on kicker that comes out and clinches it? With McCoy and Bailey leading the troops, the mighty Longhorns cover.

    Georgia at Florida (-13.5)
    I think Florida enjoys the final shot at the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.” They win and cover.

    Minnesota (+27.5) at Ohio St
    The letter sweaters are back! And you know I can’t vote against them! This game is going to be an embarrassment, sure, but my favorite little friends in wool cover against the Buckeyes. Glen Mason graduated from Ohio State in ‘72 and was actually a member of the Buckeyes’ staff from 1978-85, including a six-season stint as offensive coordinator. Surely he learned enough to get within 27 points.

  5. 5 Blaine
    October 28, 2006 at 6:23 am

    I’d like to start out by giving a belated shout out to the Commish and his beautiful bride who celebrated their 3rd wedding anniversary 3 days ago! Juju: the commitment, stamina and the discipline you’ve exhibited in honoring your nuptial contract is truly one of a champion. (Fool: your neck hair is rather impressive as well, but in a different kind of positive way.) As you approach your 4th wedding anniversary, please know that good things are a commin. It’s a little known fact of substantial proportions that good things come in fours – i.e. the Olympics, presidential elections and leap year. I happen to be 4 inches taller than my older brother. Further, Mark, Juju, Fool, and Bert are all four lettered names. Did I mention another meaningful name – Jude! has four letters (enter emotional sigh here). I happened to be married on the 24th day of the month (momma didn’t raise no fool). I could go on, but I believe I’ve made my point – Juju when the going gets tough, just know you have your fourth year will be a good one, it’s science.

    Now on to the picks:

    Colorado at Kansas (-2)
    Speaking of 4’s, someone should inform the Jayhawks that there are four quarters in a game. Apparently, Mangino has them on the 2.5 quarter program. Kansas has given up a combined 61 points in the 4th quarter alone in their last four games against Nebraska (overtime loss), Texas A&M (lost by 3), Oklahoma State (lost by 10), and Baylor (lost by 1). In a game of inches, Mangino’s yard birds have been on the short end of the stick in just about every conference game. Further, Colorado is no easy task. The scary thing about Colorado is they were supposed to be good, but are adjusting to a new coach/system – which means they will greatly improve as the season carries on. However, their one conference win came against Tech. In my opinion, the level of play by Colorado had less to do with that outcome than simply Tech, with a poorly run system combined with a terrible defense, beat Tech. I believe Kansas is a solid team. If they play the final two quarters the way they’ve played the first two most of the season, they’ll be more than competitive against just about anyone. I just hope they can overcome all of the outside negative forces they’re presently dealing with and get a win at home. I believe they’ve pass through the cycle of struggling in the fourth quarter in the last four games win. Rock Chalk.

    Texas at Tech (+10.5)
    If you look at the X’s and O’s, it’s no contest. Texas should dominate the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Offensively, they should be able to run at will. And if we decide to put 9 in the box to stop the run, enter any route to Sweed and your one arm tackle away from 6. Defensively, Texas averages less than 50 yrds rushing per game. Granted, Tech is not known for their rushing offense, but the same juggernauts who stop the run, will now be chasing our Soph blue chip behind the line of scrimmage all day disrupting the ever dependant rhythm of our offense.

    Some say it’s not X’s and O’s, but Jimmy and Joes that make the difference. Well, Texas certainly has the edge their too. Over the last four years, Texas has arguably has recruited better than anyone in the country. I’m sure some people will mention a banged up secondary and D-lineman, but Texas just reloads a 2nd string guy who would start at any other school in the country.
    Still, others believe there are greater forces at work. What makes college football, well all sports and life for that matter, great, is sometimes even if your are on the plus side of X’s and O’s, and Jimmy and Joes, you can still end up on the short end. We call it an upset. And people so love an upset, the underdog is lifted to a beloved status being routed for by all who claim no ties to the favored opposition. And nobody plays the upset role better than Texas Tech at home.

    But are they’re signs offered by the Gods that might tip us to today’s outcome? Did I mention good things come in Fours…In the Mack Brown era, the Horns are the nation’s best road team in the country with 103 wins of 107 regular season road games on non-neutral sites. But when they came to Lubbock in 1994, 1998, and 2002, they went home with a loss. The Raider Nation is chanting “Four More Years, Four More Years!” We’re not sure how it applies, but its game day and we’ve got too much lean in our cups (especially against Texas) – so anything kind of relative is cool. And since Kliff Kingsbury beat Texas in 2002, the Red Raiders are on their fourth starting quarterback in four seasons! I’m going with the Red Raiders at home, in the upset role and the power of 4. Get Your Guns Up (4 times) Tech wins!

    Georgia at Florida (-13.5)
    I’d love do route for the under-bulldogs, but Florida at home on a roll is too merch. Gators cover.

    Minnesota (+27.5) at Ohio St
    My first fitted hat was a Minnesota Golden Goffer hat! Remember your Roots! Gophers inside of 27.5.

  6. 6 markscholz
    October 28, 2006 at 6:54 am

    Every coach is different. But no coach is as different as Mike Leach.
    It’s not just the impossible-to-diagram, throw-and-throw-it-some-more offense that he teaches at Texas Tech. It’s not just his infatuation with pirates. Or that he lives in landlocked Lubbock but has taken up surfing. He speaks his mind, and it’s a mind unlike any other in college football, for better or worse, win or lose. The last time the Longhorns visited the high plains, Leach blew up in his postgame talk, chastising his players for buying into their press clippings. To make sure it didn’t happen again, he designated two players to be spokesmen for the team all of the next season; other players weren’t allowed to do interviews. Leach himself doesn’t need a spokesman, as our collection of Leachisms shows. A little research led me to this series of what I call LEACHED GREATEST HITS. Here we go folks….

    On Alabama before the Cotton Bowl:
    “I think the strength of that team is the fact they don’t have a lot of weaknesses.”

    to TCU:
    “We had guys saunter around like they were prima donnas. We were soft. With our pretty boy little attitude, and all that other stuff, we got what we deserved.”

    On Texas A&M’s Corps of Cadets:
    ”How come they get to pretend they are soldiers? The thing is, they aren’t actually in the military. I ought to have Mike’s Pirate School. The freshmen, all they get is the bandanna. When you’re a senior, you get the sword and skull and crossbones. For homework, we’ll work pirate maneuvers and stuff like that.”

    On A&M’s complaints about Tech fans:
    “It’s interesting to me that all these Aggies . . . sit around with these halos over their head with some divine expertise on fanmanship. I just don’t believe that’s the case.”

    On the new clock rules:
    “I think they ought to limit both teams to 20 plays. Then they can really get (games) over quickly and then everybody can go out and tailgate and the players and coaches can mingle with the fans and really share in the game-day type of activity.”

    After loss to Texas:
    “We’re not mentally tough enough to talk with the media. I’m going to try to figure out a way to get their noses out of the newspaper. Any positive thing written about them, they want to believe times 10.”

    On how gambling affects the integrity of the game:
    “I don’t know. I mean, in Georgia, they used to have chicken fighting in this little town on Sunday. Did wagering hurt the integrity of chicken fighting?”

    On quarterback B.J. Symons after his helmet was knocked loose:
    “I told him to fix his helmet, which I thought was a pretty good coaching point at the time.”

    On the weather, while serving as guest forecaster for a Lubbock TV station:
    “For those of you who don’t have your calendars at home, Sunday will be the first day of May, so you might circle that. . . . Now on Monday, it says bad stuff — serious storms. Well, you’re going to be dead in 100 years anyways — live dangerously. . . . We have great weather here in Lubbock, Texas, and if you don’t believe me, then look at the other 80 percent of the country, and you’ll know what I’m talking about.”

    On expectations:
    “Well, outside of Lubbock, expectations aren’t very high. But it’s OK, we play in Lubbock a lot this season.”

    On time of possession:
    “(Say) you have 80 plays but less time of possession than the other guy, who has 50 plays. Tell the guy that had to go out there and play defense for 80 plays that, ‘At least you beat them in time of possession.’ Then sit back and wait for the satisfied, gratified grin on his face.”

    On Colorado’s defensive strategy:
    “They waited for us to stand there and (wet) our pants, apparently.”

    On figuring out possible bowl scenarios near the end of a season:
    “I’m not a big-picture guy. I’m a little-picture guy. You can ask me how to put a man on the moon, and I know as much about that as how all this (the bowl scenario) is going to come together.”

    Recalling what he told a TV interviewer on the field after beating Texas:
    “I don’t even know exactly what I said. I hope it was kind of cute and clever and maybe even a tiny bit funny. But very possibly it was mindless babble. If that’s the case, I hope they forget about it quickly.”

    On seeing Longhorn jerseys worn in Lubbock:
    “Some people, when a certain team has a big year, they’ll buy a jersey. OK, did you go there? No. Are you from Austin? No. Did you work there? No. Do you know anybody who worked there? No. Well, nice shirt, you know?”

    Now, quickly to the picks.
    Colorado at Kansas (-2)
    Kansas wins and covers. When’s Basketball start?

    Texas at Tech (+10.5)
    I’ll take Tech to cover, but Texas wins.

    Georgia at Florida (+13.5)
    I agree with Robert, Florida wins, but NOT by 14. Going with the Bulldogs to cover.

    Minnesota (+27.5) at Ohio St
    I need to make up some points on Robert. I’ll go with The Ohio State University to win big and cover.

  7. 7 RObert
    October 28, 2006 at 8:10 am

    RE: I’d like to start out by giving a belated shout out to the Commish and his beautiful bride who celebrated their 3rd wedding anniversary 3 days ago!

    Of course, how could I have forgotten… The fun, the frivality, the dinner, the wine, checking the Yankees/Marlins World Series score on my phone during the nuptials, the enjoyable jazz trio (I think there were 3), and Eddie almost stumbling into the pond… All of it was tremendous…

    Congrats to my favorite (and only) SIL Juj and by proxy, the squared one as well…

  8. 8 brentbaker
    October 28, 2006 at 1:50 pm

    damn…that is good shit Mark…

  9. 9 RObert
    October 28, 2006 at 8:00 pm

    Wow, WTF was up with that Big12 officiating tonight… I feel sorry for you Blaine; TT played their asses off, but they ain’t gonna beat Texas and the officials… The horrible PI calls, the reception changed to incompletion, the Colt McCoy throwing a pass 2 yards PAST the line of scrimmage with 2 refs staring at him and not making a call (I rewound the TiVo and he was in fact 2 yards past the line of scrimmage)… Look, Texas is a better team all around than TT, but it could have went either way tonight with fair officiating… I realize that the Big 12 wants the big payday in the BCS, but they are trying a little too hard to get Texas there… It is becoming so obvious that it was a big topic of discussion on the UL football message board… again, sorry Blaine.

  10. 10 Blaine
    October 30, 2006 at 8:24 am

    Mark: outstanding post. The Raider Nation is very proud of our Leachisms. What a game. RObert: to your point we were the beneficiary of some questionable calls, but you have to Texas a lot credit for overcoming that deficit and shuting us down in the second half. That was Tech’s game to win, and we just didn’t get it done. Very proud of the way we came out and felt like even in a loss, we showed that at times, we can play with anyone in the country. When we are able to put together 4 consistent quarters, it will be a lot of fun being a Tech fan!

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