Well folks, I am traveling today to the great state of Iowa for the bittersweet game of my hometown heroes facing my alma mater. What does that have to do with the Big 12? Nothing, other than it gets the short end of my writing stick. I didn’t want to ignore the Big 12 so this won’t have my usual format. It will be short and sweet, much to the delight of readers, editors and Kansas fans who sat through the Baylor beating. Below are three things I loved, two things I liked, and one thing I hated in the Big 12 during Week 9.
Three Things I Loved
1 – Baylor not looking flat before the bye. Art Briles has this team dialed-in. They look similar to the way Alabama looks against cupcakes.
2 – Oklahoma and Texas Tech living up to the hype. Regardless of who you were rooting for, it was nice to have a game between top-15 teams live up to expectations. We’ve had a few stinkers this season when ranked teams meet. The game last Saturday in Norman was thrilling throughout.
3 – Texas’ quiet command. It is strange for the Longhorns to do anything quietly, but they managed to match Baylor’s 4-0 start to league play after a sound game against TCU.
Two Things I Liked
1 – Iowa State not showing any quit against Oklahoma State. Sure, the second half turned ugly, but this was a 28-20 game at the break. This team is super young but still competes pretty well. Look for them to take a step forward in 2013, and then possibly contend in 2014.
2 – Kansas State’s bowl push got going last Saturday with a dominating win over West Virginia. This team is too well-coached and too competitive to lay down.
One Thing I Hated
Can someone explain to me why the Jayhawks dress like a high school team? It’s one thing to play like it, but dressing the part with blue helmets, blue jerseys and blue pants … really? They achieved the unthinkable – looking like one of those generic teams from A) junky sports movies or B) annoying Dick’s Sporting Goods commercials. Here’s a good rule of thumb to live by: do not match your jersey to your pants unless you meet the following criteria.
1: All White Road (i.e. Wisconsin)
2: You have done it historically and you are a relevant program historically (i.e. Florida)
3: Your colors aren’t bad (i.e. All black, Clemson going all Orange)