This week in the Big 12: Don’t fire Dan Hawkins, keep it loose Texas Tech — whoa, not that loose! – and Basement Bowl 2009!
(Note: If you’re looking for the Beer Championship Series, see the post below this one.)
1. Colorado (3-7, 2-4, lost to Iowa State 17-10; next, at Oklahoma State) Can someone please bring the Dan Hawkins era to an end! Wait, what am I talking about? I love it when Big 12 teams other than Oklahoma State suck. Save Dan Hawkins, save Dan Hawkins!
2. Kansas (5-5, 1-5, lost to Nebraska 31-17; next, at Texas) Who among us saw this one coming? Kansas returns its leading quarterback, two leading wide receivers and starting running back, and the offense completely falls apart? A bounce-back year will be tough next season with all those guys gone. Or maybe they’ll actually be better off.
3. Baylor (4-6, 1-5, lost to Texas 47-17; next, at Texas A&M) Baylor has seen a lot of demoralization this year, but I think being down 40-0 in the first half, at home, on senior day, has to be about the lowest point.
4. Texas A&M (5-5, 2-4, lost to Oklahoma 65-10; next, vs. Baylor) It’s fitting that Texas A&M and Baylor square off this Saturday. Battle for the Big 12 South Basement 2009! Be there!
5. Iowa State (6-5, 3-4, beat Colorado 17-10; next, at Missouri) Not much to say about Iowa State, so I’ll say this: Has the Big 12 North ever been this bad? You pretty much have to go undefeated in conference to win the south; in the north, three losses and you still got a chance. Are you kidding me?
6. Kansas State (6-5, 4-3, lost to Missouri 38-12; next, at Nebraska) So much for Bill Snyder as coach of the year. Although by some stroke of magic — or by some stroke of everyone in the Big 12 North being awful this year — KSU can still put itself into the title game with a win Saturday.
7. Missouri (6-4, 2-4, beat Kansas State 38-12; next, vs. Iowa State) How unremarkable is Missouri’s football team this year? The video playlist on the Missouri football homepage on ESPN.com has two videos: Highlights from the season opener against Illinois and a college basketball preview.
8. Texas Tech (6-4, 3-3, lost to Oklahoma State 24-17; next, vs. Oklahoma) Isn’t it great how Texas Tech players were so loose on Saturday against Oklahoma State? Jumping around on the sideline, jumping around on the field. They sure looked like they didn’t have a care in the world. Especially not stopping the run.
9. Oklahoma (6-4, 4-2, beat Texas A&M 65-10; next, at Texas Tech) Heading into Saturday’s game, OU played the part of the mountain climber trapped in the Swiss Alps; Texas A&M played the part of the St. Bernard with the mini-keg strapped around its neck. The Sooners seemed to like that medicine.
10. Nebraska (7-3, 4-2, beat Kansas 31-17; next, vs. Kansas State) Your uninspiring 7-3 team of the week, ladies and gentlemen! Is it possible that of Nebraska’s seven wins, only one can really even be considered a good win? Why yes. Yes it is.
11. Oklahoma State (8-2, 5-1, beat Texas Tech 24-17; next, vs. Colorado) The Cowboys keep doing enough to win conference games, mainly thanks to their defense, which is now ranked 32nd in total defense, 25th in scoring defense and No. 7 against the rush. Whatever the award for assistant coach of the year is, if Bill Young doesn’t get it, it’s a total traveshamockery.
12. Texas (10-0, 6-0, beat Baylor 47-14; next, vs. Kansas) Texas reminded Baylor it is still a minor league Big 12 affiliate, throwing down a 40-spot in the first half. Now the Longhorns have three simple steps before claiming a spot in the national title game: Beat an imploding Kansas at home, beat a terrible Texas A&M on the road and beat (insert below-average Big 12 North team here) in the conference title game.