As we bid adieu to Kansas University's football team, we notice we are the first adieu-bidders in the Big 12 Conference.
The Jayhawks will be done after Saturday's Oklahoma State game, while the other 11 teams will have one or two games remaining. Oklahoma State, for example, still has dates left with Baylor and Oklahoma.
Kansas will finish early because its regularly scheduled trip to Iowa State on Nov. 23 was advanced to Aug. 31 for TV purposes. Still, even with the old schedule, the Jayhawks would have played on 12 consecutive Saturdays and that's too long a grind.
I'm not saying the Jayhawks would have had a better year if they had had a Saturday off during the season, but it sure couldn't have hurt.
Kansas has 12 games scheduled next season, too, and I suspect coach Mark Mangino will pull strings to enable the Jayhawks to take a Saturday off in either late September or early October.
You won't find any published versions of the 2003 Kansas football schedule for the simple reason it is in a state of flux, or more accurately a state of being watered down.
All we know for certain is Kansas will have league games at Colorado, Kansas State, Texas A&M; and Oklahoma State and play conference home games against Iowa State, Missouri, Nebraska and Baylor.
Mangino cannot change the Big 12 slate, but he can alter the other four games.
Supposedly, Kansas will play host to Nevada-Las Vegas and Northwestern next season while traveling to Wyoming and San Diego State. Don't bet on those road trips, though. It wouldn't shock me if Mangino replaced the Cowboys and Aztecs with some home quiche.
So don't be surprised if the Jayhawks have eight home contests next season and only four road games. And I think you can count on those 12 games being played during at least a 13-week period.
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Here are this week's picks:
Kansas State 44, Nebraska 6 Wildcats, no doubt incensed when I picked Iowa State to stun them in Manhattan last week, crushed the Cyclones, 58-7. K-State won't need any incentive this week to saddle so-so Huskers with their first five-loss season since 1961.
Oklahoma 71, Baylor 11 Toothless Bears have dropped five straight three by shutout since ending their long Big 12 losing streak with that 35-32 come-from-behind victory against Kansas. Baylor facing Sooners at wrong time following four-point loss to Texas A&M; that probably ruined OU's national-title hopes.
Texas A&M; 37, Missouri 33 Tigers' offense scares everyone to death. Tigers' defense doesn't scare the Three Little Pigs. MU surrendering an average of 42 points a game away from home. Aggies could be flat after stunning Sooners, but Kyle Field's 12th Man will prevent sag.
Texas 62, Texas Tech 56, OT Texas hasn't lost on road all season while Texas Tech is averaging an eye-popping 50.6 points a game in Lubbock, Texas. ABC execs must be drooling about securing this potential barn-burner.
Colorado 27, Iowa State 21 Just win, baby. That's the Buffaloes. Cyclones drop fourth decision in last five games, all on road, after winning six of first seven. Remember when they were touting Seneca Wallace for Heisman?
Oklahoma State 33, Kansas 13 Kansas coulda, maybe woulda won this one with Bill Whittemore at quarterback, but I've never seen a scoreboard displaying ifs and buts. Prediction: KU will score its second defensive TD of the season. Linebacker Leo Etienne's one-yard fumble return against Southwest Missouri State is the only one so far.