Techsters stand alone
Kansas is bowl-eligible, but only one of the Jayhawks’ six victories has come against a team with a winning record. Louisiana Tech, a team KU blanked, 29-0, in the second week of the season, is 6-4. Sam Houston State and Florida International are both 4-5, Colorado is 5-6, Kansas State 4-7 and Iowa State 2-9.
Bulls in free fall
Remember when South Florida edged Kansas, 37-34, in the third week of the season and appeared on its way to becoming BCS material? That was then. Now the Bulls are tanking. Saturday’s 49-16 loss to Rutgers was their third straight defeat and fourth in the last five games.
Hunter on mend
Oklahoma State tailback Kendall Hunter, who leads the Big 12 in rushing but has been flying mostly under the radar because of the league’s plethora of talented quarterbacks, had to come out of Saturday’s 30-13 victory over Colorado because of a leg injury and probably will be listed as day-to-day going into the Nov. 29 game against Oklahoma.
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, compared his resurgent team to Kansas’ surprising 12-1 season of a year ago.
“Coach (Mark) Mangino said last year, there is a lot of hard work that goes into a successful season, reaching expectations that some people think that you can’t get to. There really is,” Gundy said.
Ganz tops ’em all
Nebraska has boasted many talented quarterbacks over the years — Jerry Tagge, Turner Gill and 2001 Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch, to name a few — but current QB Joe Ganz is already the school’s all-time single-season total-offense leader with at least one game left.
Coffman ready to go
Missouri’s last two victories have come with standout receiver Chase Coffman on the sidelines due to a turf-toe injury, but Coffman, who earlier this season broke the NCAA record for catches by a tight end, has been pronounced fit to play against Kansas on Nov. 29.
Pawelek the pluckster
Baylor linebacker Joe Pawelek intercepted a pass in the end zone for the third time this season in the Bears’ 41-21 victory against Texas A&M. In all, Pawelek has six pass thefts, the most of any linebacker in the Bowl Subdivision.
Iowa State coach Gene Chizik is using 17 freshmen and sophomores on a regular basis, which will make it all that more difficult for the Cyclones to snap their 16-game road losing streak in the battle of Big 12 North tail-enders Saturday at Kansas State.