Let's get started, everybody. What's on your minds today?
With Jake Knott out, will Iowa State be able to maintain the "toughness" they have on defense?
Yeah, I think so. Knott is a big loss, but Wally Burnham's instilled that toughness across the unit. Knott was the toughest guy on the defense, but you've got to think his teammates will want to play well for him this weekend. He was a leader for that team, and you know he'll be on the sidelines, too.
David, ND's Golsen was the difference in the game Saturday with OU. Yet it looks like OU doesn't think the mobile dual threat QB is a good fit in their system. Because of OU's system, I don't think Golsen wouldn even see the field if he was a Sooner. I use Kendall Thompson as my example. Does that speak poorly of OU's QB philosophy?
I'd say winning eight Big 12 titles with seven different quarterbacks says all you need to know about Oklahoma's QB philosophy. Please.
I haven't thrown a pick or fumbled the ball since Week 3. Am I due for one? Also, who will be my biggest test out of the 4 teams left this season? If we beat all 4, do we go to the NCG?
Not necessarily. Klein's ball security is impeccable. Every time he runs, he's got it high and tight, with four-point security. It isn't jarred loose much and he delivers punishment more than he takes it. He also hasn't thrown many balls in traffic. Klein's patient and it shows. He might turn it over, but the lack of turnovers is no fluke. As for your second question, it's easily this weekend's matchup against OSU.
Is there a worse defense than the Texas Longhorns? If Kansas had any kind of a passing game they would have beaten the Horns soundly.
I'd suggest you tune in to a West Virginia or Baylor game sometime, Ben. Agree on the KU point, though.
Oklahoma State's next four games are tough, which games do they challenge for an upset if any at all?
Well, I don't think any of them would be a massive upset. OSU is good enough to beat all those teams, but the question is whether or not it will play well enough to beat them. I don't think OSU wins this week, but no reason they can't beat Tech or West Virginia. Oklahoma will be tough, but the Sooners aren't untouchable. Clearly.
Dave, why is it that the Texas D plays well for one play but then allows a big play? They lead the league in tackles for loss but still give up so many yards.
Your first question is a bit of an overgeneralization, but the second is pretty simple. The front four are amazingly talented and get upfield in a hurry. The second and third levels of the defense have struggled tackling, though. Not having Jordan Hicks has hurt. Now, you see the results.
How many wins do you see Iowa State ending up with? Do they have a legit shot vs Oklahoma? When do you plan on going to a game in Ames.
If I was guessing right now: Seven.
Steele Jantz showed flashes of being THE MAN OF STEELE... was it SJ or just Baylor's D that made it possible?
It's a lot of both. Baylor's defense has been really bad this year, but he's still got to make the throws. Jared Barnett and Steele Jantz can make the throws, but they're way, way inconsistent. Up one week. Down the next. This week, Jantz was way, way up.
Hey Ubbs, KSU is playing lightsout and I see the o-line as being the true shining star. How about alittle love for all the "biggens" there in Manhatten?
I can do that. B.J. Finney's been getting it done this year. Cody Whitehair, too.
Is it safe to say "I told you so!" now that KSU has shown that they are a legitimate contender after all the smack talk about how KSU was lucky to win as many games as they did in 2011 by 7 pts or less.
Hey, I was on board this year. Not to this level, but I said they won a lot of those games and this year, they might be good enough to not have to worry about winning close games. I never thought K-State could be 8-0, but here they are.
What are the chances that TT wins the rest of their games and gets into the Cotton Bowl and winning against a team like Florida or LSU
I like their chances. I picked Tech to go there this week. I'm holding out hope for an all-Texas Cotton Bowl, though. A&M vs. Tech or Texas would be amazing.
By and large, do my youngsters need to be concerned with winning with "style points". (I don't know what that means)
Yes, its something K-State needs as it comes down the stretch and lacks a true marquee opponent. However, Snyder's insistence he doesn't know what it means (questionable at best) is best for his team.
Did you happen to try anything new in our little oasis? Or at least try our Taco Bell to see if it has any special chalupa magic?
Ha, I love Snyder's jokes about the Taco Bell thing earlier this season. He was making fun of the local media for running with it, noting that thinks outside the bun only about once a month.
Is the Jones going to be rocking this Saturday against UT?
No doubt. It always seems like Tech fans save an extra bit of energy for the Texas game. I was at the UT/Tech game back in 2010 when Texas got a late dramatic win to stay undefeated before the wheels came off the next week. Fantastic atmosphere.
Would you have started Case McCoy over David Ash against TTU? Why or why not?
Absolutely not. Mack Brown made the right move for the right reasons this week. David Ash's body of work this season earns him a chance to retain his starting spot, despite McCoy's heroics last week.
What are the odds that we run the tables from here on out?
Not high. I'd say about 5-10 percent for the Pokes. Maybe lower.
I feel like kstate lacks respect from voters etc. outside of the midwest. Could that start to change over the next month if kstate continues to win and receive publicity. And could that lead to a more favorable position in the human polls after the last game of the season is played.
On some level, you're right, John. I don't think much is going to change over the next month. K-State can afford a scare or two, but it obviously has to win all its games and it would be beneficial if it flexed a little bit in some games. Ultimately, they can't control what ND and Oregon do over the next month, which is maybe more than half of how pollsters will vote.
Oregon is ranked number 4 because, though impressive, haven't played anyone yet. How has Alabama escaped this fate (don't use Michigan, please) and why haven't the Wildcats, who have impressive wins, a tough strength of schedule, and who lead the nation according to the UPS Team Efficiency Index, surpass them at this point?
Well, being the defending national champions helps. I agree that Alabama's schedule is pretty weak thus far (LSU changes that a bit this week), but the Tide have just demolished everyone they've played this season. Even K-State had a tough time with Iowa State and Oklahoma.
What is the likelyhood of TTU issuing a beat down on UT this weekend? (And dont give me that.."check the blog on Thursday Morning to find out my picks")
Check the blog on Thursday morning to find out my picks.
Isn't it more beneficial for the conference to roll over and let K-State put up 50+ points on the road to a National Title game?
Haha, yes, it would be in theory. But believe it or not, Oklahoma State isn't real concerned right now with the well-being of the Big 12. They're concerned with winning games. Ultimately, when you've got 10 teams that feel that way, that's what makes a great league.
Would Paul Rhoads be a candidate for a coaching vacancy at a top school if one is available this year?
Do the Lone Star uniforms for Tech anger Texas and affect the game in any way this weekend?
I don't think Texas cares very much what Tech will be wearing this week. I've heard from some A&M folks that Tech is ripping off the Lone Star deal, though.
Why am I ranked #2 in the human polls when I have not beaten a good team?
Voters love the flash, what can I say? Ducks get their chance this week vs. USC.
Who should I hand pick as my eventual predecessor? I know I have a couple more years in me, but can I coach this team from the Grave?
Snyder opened up a bit this week about what he wants. He'll be recommending his son, Sean Snyder. Those kinds of handoffs rarely work well, but Snyder said his son understands the needs of the program and the inner workings better than anyone. It'll be interesting to see if we get to find out.
Can you explain why Texas is still ranked? They're tuuuuurrible.
No, I can't explain why Texas is still ranked. They weren't on my ballot.
KState vs. Notre Dam. Who wins?
How relevant will Rhoads' 24 point rule be for Iowa State to win Saturday?
Not very. Nobody likes Oklahoma when they're angry. Especially not Texas Tech.
What's the most underrated TV show of all time?
Freaks and Geeks.
How bad did the OU lost last weekend hurt KSU's SOS?
Not enough to really be concerned about the BCS standings. It's going to be splitting hairs at the end of the season if there are four or three undefeated teams.
My guess is Nate hasn't watched Alabama much this year. They just hosted the #11 team in the country and it looked like a high school varsity team playing the JV squad.
I've heard the term "style points" thrown around this week, much like the "eyeball test" last season. It still sounds like a term to back up subjective views on which team is best by media standards. If KSU is lacking style points, could you please give some detail as to what you would need to see form them?
That's the thing. K-State isn't lacking style points at all. They've blown the heck out of two pretty good teams the past couple weeks, WVU and Tech.
Probability of Bamma AND Oregon losing this weekend?
It's possible. LSU's been the only team who's figured out how to beat Bama, even though it took like 13 missed field goals to do it.
Would it not have sucked if the Big12 had completely dissolved and KSU might have been left out of a major conference? They've had an awesome season with possibly a National Championship in the picture, not to mention how strong overall the conference has been this year!
Interesting note. I hadn't really thought about that. K-State could conceivably be doing this this year with a Conference USA schedule.
Next four years in the Big 12: Who has the best overall record?
Kstate vs Oregon who are you taking ?
K-State. If only we could find out for sure...
Where do you see Jake Knott in the NFL Draft? Does the shoulder surgery hurt his stock or will it be unchanged since he'll have plenty of time to recover?
I'd say he's got plenty of game tape that won't hurt him. His surgery only has a few months recovery time. He should be ready by the time the combine rolls around.
I attended high school with Texas tech tight end jace amaro and played with him, word from other people who are closer to him than myself is he has a lacerated spleen. Any news on the injury from your end and how severe an injury of that sort is?
Interesting. Tech is saying it's a rib injury. That kind of thing is serious, though. You've got to shut down the season most often when that happens.
Who do you think Snyder would prefer to play in the National Championship? Oregon, ND, Or Bama?
If you want to be the best, you've got the beat the best. I don't think Snyder cares, but a national title might feel a little cheaper if you got it without beating Bama.
Do you think Geno rebounds this week? Seems like in the TTU game he was throwing to not get an INT so since he had 2 against KSU, maybe he relaxes and just plays the game. Your thoughts?
I do. I expect Geno to bounce back this week. Too good not to.
Manti Te'o's interception. What's your opinion, catch or not?
Who's do you think is the freshman that will make the greatest impact in the future?
Some guy named Wes.
Please tell me you aren't putting KSU on upset alert this week. We don't need the Ubben jinx at OSU!!!
You'll see tomorrow afternoon. Same time as my Upset Alert all season.
Im quickly becoming one of the best pure pass rushers in the country, am I not?
Agree. And nice nickname.
Manti Te'o vs Arthur Brown, who ya got?
Te'o by a nose. Both might be first-rounders.
If you had to bet you're house, who do you think will win the NCG this year
Those Red Elephants down south.
Why do they call KSU's style of play "boring", when it is the exact same style that all the teams in the SEC play? I mean, everyone knows the love affair the media has for the SEC...
Well, offensively, it's not really what SEC teams play. You see a lot more pro style offense in the SEC. K-State's system centers around the QB running. It's defense is good, but doesn't have the freaks you'd find in the SEC at times. Big bodies with scary speed. Mostly, K-State gets that "boring" label because they're not as fast or flashy as the offenses in the Big 12.
If a&m was in the B12, would they be doing better, worse, or the same right now
About the same. They'd be the third or fourth best team in the Big 12.
That's it for this week. Thanks everybody. See you again soon!