Friday, November 6, 2009
Who's hot and not around the Big 12
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Here are some of the hottest and coldest trends involving Big 12 teams going into Saturday's games.
Hot: Texas A&M, who have outscored opponents 87-40 in their last two games.
Not: Colorado’s offensive line, which yielded eight sacks and produced minus-14 yards rushing last week against Missouri -- only two yards removed from the lowest production in school history.
Hot: Texas Tech running back Baron Batch, who had four touchdowns in 17 carries last week against Kansas. He had scored six touchdowns in his previous 76 carries earlier this season.
Not: Iowa State’s defense, which missed 20 tackles last week against Texas A&M last week.
Hot: Kansas wide receiver/defensive back Bradley McDougald, who became the first Jayhawk with a reception and interception in the same game since Aqib Talib in 2007.
Not: Kansas wide receiver Kerry Meier, who had three catches last week. He had 10 straight games with four or more catches before that game.
Hot: Nebraska’s secondary, which has allowed only three touchdown passes all season.
Not: Nebraska at home. The Cornhuskers will be attempting to avoid its first three-game home losing streak since 1968 by beating Oklahoma on Saturday.
Hot: Kansas State wide receiver/kick returner Brandon Banks, who is averaging 17.9 yards every time he touches the ball.
Not: Kansas State kicker Josh Cherry, who had two PATs blocked and delivered a kickoff out of bounds last week against Oklahoma.
Hot: Texas Tech’s pass rush, which produced six sacks against Kansas and has 30 for the season. The Red Raiders produced 34 sacks last season.
Not: Texas’ pass rush. The Longhorns produced no sacks against Oklahoma State -- only the third time the Longhorns have been held without a sack during Will Muschamp’s coaching tenure with the Longhorns.
Hot: Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones, who has been Big 12 player of the week twice in his five starts.
Not: Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing, who has contributed seven turnovers in the last three games leading to five touchdowns. The Jayhawks lost all three games.
Hot: Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, who enters Saturday’s game with a 13-4 record against Kansas, including 12 victories in the last 13 games.
Not: Baylor. The Bears have lost 13 straight conference road games and are 2-52 in road games in Big 12 history.
Who’s sizzling: Texas A&M running back Cyrus Gray, who has rushed for back-to-back 100-yard games, producing 250 yards in his last two games.
Who’s frigid: Nebraska running back Roy Helu Jr., who has produced 48 yards on 12 carries in his last two games.