Archive for Friday, November 8, 2002

Wack-y pick: ISU over K-State

November 8, 2002


Here's today's pop quiz, football fans:

1. Who was president the last time Kansas defeated Nebraska in football?


a) Millard Fillmore

b) Lyndon Johnson

c) Juan Peron

d) John Quincy Adams

2. Who was the Jayhawks' quarterback that day?

a) Mike Bohn

b) Bobby Skahan

c) Bobby Douglass

d) Scrubby Laslett

3. Who were the coaches?

a) Fielding Yost and Bummy Booth

b) Pepper Rodgers and Bob Devaney

c) Glen Mason and Tom Osborne

d) Bill Hargiss and Dana X. Bible

OK, that's enough of that. You get the picture.

It's been a long, long time since Oct. 12, 1968 " Lyndon Johnson was a lame-duck president then " when Kansas went to Lincoln and Bobby Douglass guided the Pepper Rodgers-coached Jayhawks to a 23-13 victory over Bob Devaney's Cornhuskers.

On Saturday, Nebraska will extend its win streak against Kansas to 34 even though the Huskers are as beatable as they've been in the last three decades. Unfortunately, at the same time, Kansas has its worst team since 1988.

Anyway, don't forget to enter this week's "We Whacked Woodling" contest on the Web at Somehow I've missed only one game over the last month " Nebraska's victory at Texas A&M; two weeks ago " but I promise you'll have a better chance this week because I'm picking some real doozies.

How about Iowa State over Kansas State? And A&M; over Oklahoma? Yes, and Missouri over Colorado, too.

This is your chance, folks. Get on the Web and whack me. It's a cinch.

Here are this week's predictions:

Missouri 39, Colorado 37 " Tigers throw monkey wrench into Big 12 North race by stunning Buffaloes. Mizzou defense can't stop Buffs, but MU QB Brad Smith and WR Justin Gage too much for CU defenders.

Texas 59, Baylor 0 " Last year Kansas fired coach Terry Allen before the Texas game. This year Baylor fired coach Kevin Steele before the Texas game. Only difference: Allen didn't have to coach his team for the remainder of the season. Steele does.

Texas Tech 49, Oklahoma State 15 " Red Raiders could be looking ahead to next week's showdown with Texas, but I doubt it. Incredible stat: Tech averaging 51.0 points a game at home, and this game is in Lubbock.

Texas A&M; 27, Oklahoma 23 " Sooners ripe for loss after climbing to No. 1 spot in BCS poll, and what better team to upset the apple cart than the enigmatic Aggies? A&M; Wrecking Crew defense returns after two-week vacation.

Iowa State 22, Kansas State 19 " Wildcats come back to earth after back-to-back blowouts of Baylor and Kansas. ISU quarterback Seneca Wallace returns to Heisman radar screen. Bad news: Cyclones have to go to Colorado next week.

Nebraska 59, Kansas 0 " Cornhuskers can name score just like Kansas State did last Saturday in Lawrence. Mark Mangino wasn't promised a rose garden, but he's working at cultivating one by cutting away thorns and nurturing buds.

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