Conference play begins with Kansas State next Saturday, so it's time to turn our attention to happenings across the Big 12.
Miami 34 Texas A&M 17
What a pitiful performance from our distant cousins to the southeast. Stephen McGee (11-20, 105 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT) was awful, while the defense allowed Kyle Wright to look like a Heisman Trophy finalist. Franchione foolishly kept trying to get Mike Goodsen free to the outside, but Miami hammered him over and over. Lane was barely used in the first half, to his great dismay. McGee, as has been noted many, many times, just plain sucks.
Next for A&M: Baylor
Oklahoma 62 Tulsa 21
In contrast, Oklahoma handled a lively Tulsa team just fine, winning all three phases of the football game in convincing fashion. Sam Bradford is not quite as good as his gaudy numbers, and OU has thrived passing by executing some very simple plays and letting their great receivers pick up yards. Still, Bradford is at the very least effective. OU doesn't need him to be flashy - merely competent.
The running game continues to excel, while the defense is getting along just fine. If anything, I think people have generally overrated OU's defense and underrated their offense.
Next for OU: at Colorado
Oklahoma State 49 Texas Tech 45
Graham Harrell threw for 646 yards and 5 touchdowns... and Tech still lost. How is that possible? Tech's defense ceded 366 yards and 4 touchdowns on the ground to the Cowpokes. And another 244 through the air for good measure.
Mike Leach, disgusted with his team's performance, provided more outstanding postgame quotes to the media:
"And then defensively, the entire first half we got hit in the mouth and acted like somebody took our lunch money. All we wanted to do was have pouty expressions on our face until somebody daubed our little tears off and made us (expletive) feel better. And then we'd go out there and try harder once our mommies told us we were OK. Well, neither one of those things was acceptable."
After four games, 2007 is resembling 2003 for the Raiders, who are averaging 49.5 points but showing signs that they'll struggle to stop Big 12 offenses.
"They think concerned expressions are a replacement for fast legs, low pads and determined effort," Leach said of the defense. "That's not acceptable."
Amazingly, though, Leach was not the biggest star of the postgame show, as he was outdone in entertainment value by OSU head coach Mike Gundy:
Next for OSU: Sam Houston
Next for Tech: Northwestern State
Colorado 42 Miami (OH) 0
Talk about a total ass kicking: Colorado outgained Miami 634 to 139 in total yards, limiting Miami's quarterback to a miserable 11 of 32 for 95 yards. Meanwhile, CU got their own offense on track, converting an oustanding 12 of 17 of their 3rd downs. Cody Hawkins passed for 275 yards (2 TDs, 2 INTs), while senior Hugh Charles picked up 123 yards on just 17 carries on the ground.
Next for CU: Oklahoma
Nebraska 41 Ball State 40
Oh, the shame. The dirty, dirty shame that is the Big 12 conference these days. Texas A&M smelling up the Orange Bowl. Troy romping Oklahoma State. And Nebraska suffering back to back embarrassing weeks.
At least they won, but the hand wringing in Corn Nation must be getting tiresome. Bill Callahan leaves a lot to be desired.
Yesterday, the defense was the culprit, allowing an ungodly 622 yards of total offense, nearly a full 200 more than Ball State was averaging through three games in '07. The Huskers survived, but aren't playing well enough to be considered threats for anything significant this season.
Next for NU: Iowa State
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