Oct 22

Big 12 - Pac 10 Midseason Report Cards

Posted By:Brett Haynes - Greenville, SC  Tags:

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Big 12
 
Baylor - Coming into 2009, Baylor was supposed to be the "team on the rise" in the Big 12. So far, I have just seen more of the same. Baylor sits at 3-3 (0-2 Big 12) and has just one nice win - at Wake Forest. The other two wins were Northwestern State and Kent State. C
 
Colorado - A recent win over Kansas at home was a nice relief to what was a horrid start (1-4) to this season. Coach Dan Hawkins son, Cody, got off to a bad start and was replaced at quarterback by Tyler Hansen. His debut efoorts (14 of 25 for 175 yards, pass td and rush td) led to the win against the Buffs. You would think the job is his now, but we will see. The Buffs are 2-4. C
 
Iowa State - Yawn. This team is year in and year out just not good for a whole heck of a lot. There has to be a reason I never hear much about them. Regardless, 2009 sees them at 4-3 so far, 1-2 in the Big 12. Their wins are weak, no good teams among them. They got smeared by Iowa, and lost close to both Kansas schools. C
 
Kansas - We all knew that Kansas hadn't really played anyone yet on the way to a 5-0 start and number 15 ranking. Then they went on the road and lost to a fairly average Colorado team. I'm not saying Kansas is bad, but I am unsure if they belong in the top-25. B-
 
Kansas State - I dont think K-State is real good. Yes, they have a 4-3 record and are 2-1 in the Big 12, but the wins were over nobodys, and they were beaten soundly against UCLA (23-9) and Texas Tech (66-14). They did bounce back from the 48-point drubbing to put 62 of their own on Texas A&M. They have to go to Oklahoma and Nebraska in the second half. B
 
Missouri - Back to back losses have taken this team from the top-25 to unranked. After a 4-0 start, they lost to Nebraska in the rain at home and most recently to Oklahoma State on the road. They are now 4-2 overall, 0-2 in the league. A tricky second half awaits. B- 
 
Nebraska - The Cornhuskers are back to doing the things right to get you to the top, but now they have to take another step. The first half of the season was a story of the Techs. Playing Virginia Tech close on the road was a great sign. But losing bad to Texas Tech at home was a pretty bad set back. A 4-2 mark is ok, but NU fans are eager for wins. B-
 
Oklahoma - The Sooners have lost three games by a combined five points. Yes, you heard me right - three games, five points. BYU, Miami and Texas are the three scars on the record, while OU massacred Idaho state, Tulsa and Baylor by a combined 142-7. This team is close to being number two or three in the polls right now. But as my late grandfather always said, "if frogs had wings, they wouldn't bump their butts." B-
 
Oklahoma State - This team lost to Houston in week two, and that is all that is keeping them from being a top-5 team right now. But I guess that is why they are where they are at number 14. The Cowboys are 5-1 and 2-0 in the Big 12. A nice out of conference win over Georgia bumps them up from an A- to an A. A
 
Texas - The Longhorns squeeked out a win over Oklahoma to remain unbeaten and in the top three of the national polls. At this point, being undefeated is all you can really ask for. The numbers for Colt McCoy (because isn't that all anyone cares about, anyway?): 1,537 yards and eleven scores - honestly not that great of numbers for whom is sure to be a Heisman finalist. A+
 
Texas A&M - Mediocrity could define the A&M program for at least as long as I can remember. After a 3-0 start (all cupcakes), the Aggies have returned to their average ways by losing three in a row now (to good teams, go figure). At 0-2 in the Big 12 standings, the goal of a conference title is gone two games into the conference slate. C-
 
Texas Tech - Just when it looked like TTU had taken a step back by losing Graham Harrell and crew, the Raiders put 48 points on New Mexico, 66 points on K-State, and 31 points on Nebraska in back-to-back-to-back wins. At 5-2 and 2-1, with losses to Texas and Houston, a big season is still possible. B+
 
 
Pac-10
 
Arizona - This team and Oregon State find themselves in nearly identical positions at 4-2 and 2-1 Pac 10. Neither squad has yet to play Oregon or USC. The difference in the two is that Arizona beat Oregon in the head to head. Arizona, ranked 22 in AP, is being led by sophomore quarterback Nick Foles, who has 1,152 yards and nine scores so far in 2009. B+
 
Arizona State - I am starting to wonder if anyone in the Pac 10 has played one another yet. The Wildcats are yet another team that has yet to play either Oregon or USC - the conference favorites. Also at 4-2 and 2-1, the Sun Devils are a win away from the top-25, and have Stanford up next. B+
 
California - I have said this so many times that I am tired of saying it: The Bears let me down every year. I always try to make them out to be better than they are, and just like every other year, they already have two losses and just got blown out by Oregon and USC in back to back weeks. A win over UCLA helped, but the Bears are average. C
 
Oregon - This is the team that may be your Pac 10 representative in the Rose Bowl. "But wait, though!" say Duck fans, "What about the BCS title game???" If they can get by USC in two weeks, they will be in the talk for it indeed at year's end. They started miserably at Boise in a loss, but have since stormed to five straight wins, averaging nearly 40 points game in that stretch. A-
 
Oregon State - OSU quietly finds itself right in the middle of the Pac 10 race. They are 4-2 and 2-1 in the league, and have yet to play conference favorites USC (Saturday away) or Oregon (away at year's end). They were beaten at home by a good Cincinnati team back in September. B+
 
Southern California - The Trojans have done it again; they lost to a team they shouldn't have in the Pac-10. This time it was Washington putting a scar on an otherwise perfect start. I like USC, but they are their own worst enemy. Still 5-1 is pretty good. A huge game with Oregon is on the horizon. B
 
Stanford - The Cardinal are at 4-3 on the year, and were close to beating Wake Forest, as well. Overall, it hasn't been a terrible start, but Stanford isn't thinking big, either. They beat both Washington and Washington State, San Jose state, and UCLA. Losses were to Wake, Oregon State, and Arizona. C
 
UCLA - After three games, I looked like a genious in picking UCLA to be the Pac 10 darkhorse. The Bruins were 3-0 and looking tough. But now they have brought me back to the reality that I am as clueless as anyone else. UCLA has dropped three straight and is fading fast. C-

Washington - The Huskies played LSU close, and then defeated USC two weeks later. They also played Notre Dame a good game in South Bend (37-30 L). This team is vastly improved over their 2008 squad. They won't challenge for the Pac 10 crown, but improvement is always good, even if small. C+
 
Washington State - Bad. Real bad. The Cougars are 1-5, and it hasn't been a pertty 1-5, either as none of the losses were close. Oregon beat WSU 52-6. The schuedule doesnt get much easier as Cal, Notre Dame and number 22 Arizona are right around the corner. D-



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