The video below basically sums up the Kansas Football team this year. Or should I revert back to the comments Head Coach Charlie Weiss made at the Big 12 Media Days. "Have you seen that pile of crap out there" said Ol' Charlie. That statement isn't too far off either. Let's face it, the Jayhawks are a basketball school and Coach Weiss might want to think about tagging along with Men's Basketball Coach Bill Self to get some better athletes on this team. I know we all said OU was going to run away with the Red River Rivalry this year and there were those that picked the Longhorns based on the notion of "everybody can't be right". But this Jayhawk team doesn't have the players Texas has. Watch the video and it will make more sense.
Take the Horns by +28
Players to watch for KU: 6-8 Shooting Guard #22 Andrew Wiggins
We are officially half way through the college football season and we have two teams going at it this week in Ft. Worth that probably thought they were going to be in two different places half way through the year when the season started. The Texas Longhorns (4-2) come into this game on a three game winning streak against the Horned Frogs (3-3). The Longhorns are fresh and confident coming off the win at the Red River Rivalry and an open week on the schedule. TCU hosts the Longhorns after a dismal game up in Stillwater this past weekend, where the Horned Frogs lost 24-10. This game is the hardest on paper to pinpoint who has the upper hand because you don’t what two teams will show up. A Horned Frog team that showed up flat in Lubbock and lost to Tech, or the team that played OU hard until the 4th. Coincidentally, with the Texas Longhorns, are we going to get the team that showed up in Aimes and almost threw that one away or are we going to see the same team we saw against OU?
TCU has had a tough year on offense, really nothing has worked for Gary Patterson’s offensive group so far. An offensive unit that was so compelling to talk about in the preseason because who they had coming back at quarterback and it seems one of most compelling stories in the preseason about this offensive group has really not produced thus far. They do return quarterback Trevone Boykin who has progressed for a second year starter, but this offense seems to lack the big play ability and the flash of a Big 12 offense. They seem to want to slow everything down and let their defense do the heavy lifting, most of the time the offense comes out flat and digs themselves a hole and has to play catch up the rest of the game. Their defense is good, but in this new fast paced Big 12 you at least have to keep up.
TCU’s defense is the strength of this team there is no doubt about it. Coach Patterson always brings that to the table. Led by one of the best DB’s in the conference Jason Verett, this defense is only allowing close to 200 yards per game through the air. They have a defensive secondary that knows how to find the ball they have 10 int’s on the year and you can be sure with riskier Case McCoy tossing it around out there those DB’s will be foaming to turn those int’s into td’s.
Players to Watch:
TCU Offense: QB #2 Trevone Boykin
TCU Defense: DB #2 Jason Verett
Take the Horns +2.5
Tale of the Tape: Iowa State
Week 5 in the college football season and the Texas Longhorns (2-2) travel to Ames, Iowa to take on the (1-3) Cyclones on Thursday Night. This provides an interesting matchup for the Longhorns for one particular reason, and that is the Cyclones are 7-2 on Thursday/Friday games. This is what Iowa State does…they make you come up to small town Ames, Iowa on a weeknight to play a game. Coach Rhoads seems to know how to motivate his players for these types of matchups. We all remember what happened to Oklahoma State a couple years ago. Even though there record doesn’t speak to it the Horns can’t afford to fall asleep against the Cyclones, they are well coached and they play tough at home. Coming off an open week this is the perfect scenario for a trap game for the Longhorns and looking ahead to two weeks at the Red River Rivalry.
Iowa State’s offense has been plagued by injuries all year especially on the offensive line. They are led by quarterback Sam Richardson who has been troubled with an ankle injury that he suffered against Northern Illinois in the first game of the season. They have a two-back committee that seems to be cruiser and a bruiser scenario. Their cruiser Aaron Wimberly seems to get the bulk of the load and is their big play runner, while Jeff Woody is their big snow plow of a back who will come in on goal line situations. Iowa state has some pieces but with their offensive line banged up and their quarterback Richardson operating on a bad wheel I suspect the Horns defense to be too fast for the Clones to get anything going.
The other interesting stat that gives Iowa State a chance in this game is that they are + 52 in pts off turnovers in Thursday/Friday Night games. If the Cyclones defense can somehow a few takeaways, it will be the perfect storm for this hobbled offense to spark up some momentum and possibly sneak out a win. This Rhoads defense isn’t the same as years past in that they lost a key player in the middle but this game all lies on whether or not the Horns can protect the rock. Plain in simple if they turn it over this game will be close, if they don’t this game will be as expected..a WIN.
Take the Horns +9
Players to Watch for ISU: RB #2 Aaron Wimberly