Finally, nonconference play is in the rear view mirror and we can start to find out exactly how this Big 12 race is going to shake out.
Oklahoma is the clear front runner at the moment but there are more than a handful of teams that will have plenty to say about that over the next two months.
Is Baylor for real? How will Texas Tech hold up? What's up with Oklahoma State? We'll have those answers soon enough.
For now, here's a look at how things stand in this week's Big 12 power poll.
1. (↑1) Oklahoma (4-0): The Sooners looked good in their win over Notre Dame. Oklahoma State did not in their loss to West Virginia, hence there is a new number one atop this week's power poll. Maybe OU should have been there all along, but then again, that's why they play the games! Through the first quarter of the season, Oklahoma has the most complete resume although we'll be learning more about team #2 very soon. Up next: TCU.
2. (↑1) Baylor (3-0): The Bears started at number six in the preseason power poll. Now after doing exactly what people thought they would do - beat Wofford, Buffalo, and UL-Monroe - they're already up to number two. That's all it took? Well, several teams in the Big 12 haven't exactly held up their end of the bargain, not to mention, Baylor absolutely made mince meat of their first three opponents. Now the real tests begin for the Bears to prove they're as good as we think they are. Up next: West Virginia.
3. (↑1) Texas Tech (4-0): The Red Raiders started even lower than Baylor in the preseason poll, now find themselves sitting at number three. Will they stay there? We will soon find out but the fact Texas Tech has navigated successfully through a dicey quarterback situation while playing much better defense, there's plenty of reason for optimism in Lubbock these days. Up next: @ Kansas.
4. (↓3) Oklahoma State (3-1): Well, that was disappointing. Are the Cowboys not as good as we thought or is West Virginia actually better than they've looked through the early part of the season? Given what both teams have put on tape thus far, I'll go with the Cowboys maybe not being all they were cracked up to be, for now. The good news is that there's plenty of season left although the blue print is now out there on how to take down the Cowboys. That is something they'll need to overcome this week and going forward as long as Walsh remains the guy at quarterback. Up next: Kansas State.
5. (-) TCU (2-2): It was a bit of a slow start last weekend but the end result was what many expected, a sizeable victory over SMU. Can the Horned Frogs generate enough offense to hang with the Sooners this weekend? That's the task facing Gary Patterson and company in practice this week. Up next: @ Oklahoma.
6. (-) Texas (2-2): The Longhorns had the week off which should help a defense that finally showed some life against Kansas State. On paper, this week's game should be relatively easy victory. We all know, however, playing in Ames on a Thursday night will be anything but easy especially considering the fact Iowa State played much better against Tulsa. Up next: @ Iowa State (Thurs.)
7. (-) Kansas State (2-2): It's tough to know what to make of the Wildcats through the early part of the season. They're obviously not the same team they were a season ago, but that doesn't mean they don't have the potential to be a solid squad by season's end. The good news is they are coming off a bye week giving them extra time to correct what went wrong at Texas. That's good for K-State at least, but maybe not so good for Oklahoma State. Up next: @ Oklahoma State.
8. (↑1) West Virginia (3-2): Now that's more like it. You can make the argument that the Mountaineers should be higher than number eight following the impressive victory over the Pokes, but let's not forget what happen against Maryland. Whatever your thoughts, it was a gigantic step in the right direction for West Virginia. Now that they have our attention, let's see them play that way on a consistent basis. We will find out this week just how good their defense really is. Up next: @ Baylor.
9. (↓1) Kansas (2-1): The Jayhawks had an extra week so enjoy their victory over Louisiana Tech. Let's hope they really enjoyed it because the wins will likely be few and far between now that Big 12 play begins in earnest. That said, Kansas has enough to talent to make things interesting should any team not come in clicking on all cylinders including this week against the Red Raiders. Up next: Texas Tech.
10. (-) Iowa State (1-2): Paul Rhoads squad finally showed some life in beating Tulsa last Thursday. The emergence of Aaron Wimberly at running back will pay huge dividends for the offense as a whole. Do they have the horses to beat Texas Thursday night? Maybe not, but I wouldn't put it past Rhoads and the fired up crowd at Jack Trice Stadium to give the Longhorns all they can handle and maybe more. Up next: @ Iowa State (Thurs.).
As we usually find out every Saturday in college football, what happens one week usually doesn't have much to do with what happens the next and West Virginia's victory of Oklahoma State on Saturday proved just that.
"Our team bought in to just getting out there and playing ball. That's what they did. That was a heck of a ballgame," Dana Holgorsen said after knocking off Oklahoma State, 30-21, one week after getting dismantled by Maryland, 37-0. You could almost hear the sense of relief in his voice during his post game press conference and rightfully so.
West Virginia's defense continued its stellar play by limiting what we thought was a very good Cowboy offense to 21 points and only 70 yards rushing on 40 carries.
The difference this week versus last was the Mountaineers finally found some success on offense. New starting quarterback Clint Trickett didn't have a tremendous day as far as completion percentage goes (24 of 49) but give him credit for keeping plays alive with his feet and taking chances down the field.
The result was a few more incompletions than you would like but also some big plays in the passing game to go along with several Oklahoma State pass interference calls.
And then there was of course the Mountaineer defense that came up with three Cowboy turnovers including an interception returned for a touchdown that started the Mountaineer scoring. That combined with some horrific play on special teams by OSU was the difference.
So what does this mean for West Virginia going forward? Your guess is as good as mine but what I think it says is that teams better come with their chin strap buckled every Saturday because it's going to be a dog fight each and every time out.
Taking the view from 10,000 feet of West Virginia, there was the less than impressive win over William & Mary and, of course, the disaster against Maryland. But on the positive side there was a close game on Oklahoma's home field that looks better by the day even if Blake Bell had yet to be inserted as the starting quarterback. Tack on Saturday's win against the preseason favorite to win the entire Big 12 and the 2-2 start (now 3-2) doesn't look near as bad as it did just six days ago.
The good and maybe bad news will come next week against Baylor.
It's good because - maybe, just maybe - they get Baylor at just the right time. This will be Baylor's first test against a team with a legitimate defense. How will they respond? We will find out a week from now but you can bet that West Virginia will give them more problems than they've faced to date. It's likely better to get them early before Bryce Petty and company have a few weeks to adjust to the speed and the fact defenders may actually cover some of their wide receivers.
It's also good because after Baylor the Mountaineers will have all three of the teams that look to have a real chance at winning the Big 12 in their rear view mirror.
Following the Baylor game, look at the rest of the schedule and tell me WVU won't have a legitimate shot against every remaining team they play. That doesn't mean they will win them all, but if they can play OU tight on their home field and flat out beat Oklahoma State, there is no team after Baylor that should strike fear into the Mountaineers.
Now for the bad news. Have you seen Baylor play? I know it's against subpar competition, but the Bears have looked unstoppable through three games. They can put 40 points on the board during a prolonged bathroom break and wreck a team's psyche before the halftime gun sounds.
And make no mistake, just because WVU's offense had some success against Oklahoma State, they are still a huge work in progress. That's especially true if they have to try and keep up with Baylor should the Bears start ringing up the scoreboard like they have through the first quarter of the season.
Whatever happens against Baylor, however, shouldn't take away from the huge win over Oklahoma State. In just one three hour football game, people went from wondering if the Mountaineers would win another game to thinking anything is possible.
That in itself is a huge victory for West Virginia and one that should keep paying dividends over the course of the season. What a differene a week makes.
Considering Iowa State entered Thursday night's game with Tulsa with an 0-2 record and games with Texas, Texas Tech, Baylor and Oklahoma State coming over the next month, beating the Golden Hurricanes was rather important.
And not because of bowl possibilities which still seem to be a long shot after losses to Northern Iowa and Iowa, but simply to get a mark in the win column. Iowa State figures to be an underdog in every game until November 23rd when they host Kansas. Can you imagine an 0-10 start for the Cyclones? Me neither.
Even after a beating Tulsa 38-21, the Cyclones are still a work in progress. They may not be a great, but their performance on Thursday certainly gave reason for optimism even if it came against a team that has plenty of issues of their own.
The Cyclones offense had their best game of the season. Running back Aaron Wimberly provided a spark that was absent against UNI and Iowa. After carrying just 10 times in those two games, Wimberly picked up 19 carries against Tulsa and took advantage of every one of them racking up 137 yards not to mention being a factor in the return game.
On top of that, Sam Richardson played his most complete game of the season. He completed 26 of 42 passes for 255 yards which included some big throws on third down that kept the chains moving for the Cyclones.
And it wasn't only the offense that stepped up its game. Wally Burnham's defense held a very good Tulsa rushing offense to just 85 yards on the ground. That comes after allowing Northern Iowa and Iowa to rush for 218 and 228 yards, respectively. They also came up with four Tulsa turnovers which is something that will need to continue if ISU is going to make any waves in the Big 12.
Now Iowa State heads into next Thursday night's game with something to build on. Even with Texas' sluggish start, knocking off the Longhorns isn't going to be an easy chore considering Texas also got a shot of confidence following their win over Kansas State.
But this is a win that Iowa State needed. They needed something good to happen and it did, finally. What does that means for rest of the season? I don' t know, but Paul Rhoads has made a living doing the unexpected and now his players have a tape to watch proving they can get it done. Getting ready for Texas with an 0-3 record wouldn't have been easy. Getting ready for Texas knowing they can win if they play the way they're capable of playing will be a whole lot easier.
Who's the next starting quarterback for West Virginia? That would be Florida State transfer Clint Trickett who Dana Holgorsen announced on Thursday would start for the Mountaineers against Oklahoma State Saturday in Morgantown.
That makes three starting quarterbacks in five games for West Virginia which is obviously not an ideal situation. But given the offense's performance in a 37-0 loss to Maryland last weekend, what exactly do they have to lose?
Of course, this move isn't necessarily performance related. Redshirt freshman Ford Childress, who had started the past two games after replacing Paul Millard, apparently suffered a torn pectoral muscle and has not practiced all week and will not be available on Saturday.
Holgorsen said following last week's dismal performance that Childress would remain the guy under center but given his injury, the door is now open for Trickett to get his first real action of the season. He played six snaps in the opener against William & Mary but hasn't be heard from since.
This will be Trickett's first start since his redshirt freshman season in 2011 at Florida State. After relieving injured starter EJ Manuel against Oklahoma, he started the following week and put up some gaudy numbers (24-38 for 336 yards and three TD's) in a 35-30 loss to Clemson. Last season, however, he saw minimal action serving Manuel's backup and played only in mop-up duty.
Now he's the man in Morgantown, at least for this week, but it would stand to reason that if he performs well against the Cowboys, the door would be open for him to remain the starter. West Virginia's offense has struggled against everyone they've played not named Georgia State and Holgorsen is looking for anything to get his offense rolling.
It won't be easy against the Cowboys whose defense has played well all season not counting the 28 point fourth quarter against UT-San Antonio when Oklahoma State had the game firmly in hand.
Will Trickett be the answer the WVU's offensive woes? We will find out on Saturday but the good news is the bar has been set low so there's only one direction to go from here. The better question may be, will West Virginia's offensive line play better than they did last week giving whoever the quarterback is a chance? Trickett is one guy that hopes so.
Kansas State finds itself in a bit of quandary following its second loss of the season and first to Texas going all the way back to 2003.
Who is going to play quarterback? Or maybe better said, will the current rotation between Jake Waters and Daniel Sams continue and if so, is that necessarily a good thing for the team as a whole? Sure, there are more issues facing the Wildcats than just the play of their quarterbacks, but that seems to be the topic everyone wants to discuss for obvious reasons.
As Bill Snyder mentioned during his Tuesday press conference, K-State could rotate their tight ends the same way and no one would notice and he's exactly right. But the thing is, we're not talking about tight ends, we're talking about the leader of your offense.
"We've got two guys, as I've said, both of them have done some good things and deserve the opportunity to be on the field and we'll continue to provide that and do it the best way we possibly can," Snyder said on Tuesday.
And therein lies their quandary. Both of them have played well and both of them have the potential to be even better.
Waters has completed 67% of his passes through four games and made some particularly impressive throws against the Longhorns as K-State tried to overcome a second half deficit.
Sams, on the other hand, has proved he can be a dangerous weapon in the running game and may in fact be the best running threat they have on the entire team. As for his passing ability, well, we really don't know since he's only had four attempts all season. In any case, it's not hard to see why Tramaine Thompson was a bit upset Sams didn't even take a snap during Saturday night's second half.
"It's frustrating because Daniel can do both and we haven't shown it," Thompson said. "It's pretty frustrating because we all know that's how they feel and we need to mix it up."
Maybe he's right, but it's becoming apparent the coaches don't have all that much confidence in Sams putting the ball in the air. When Snyder was asked why Sams hasn't passed more, "It's probably (the coaches) more than anything else. Yes, he can check into pass plays but he's going to stay within the offense."
Is Kansas State better off continuing with the current arrangement or deciding exactly what they want to be as an offense and going with one or the other?
With Waters - along with Thompson and Tyler Lockett at wide receiver - Kansas State has the chance to be a very dangerous passing team going forward. With Sams, on the other hand, Kansas State could function much in the same way as they did with Collin Klein last season and more than likely do it quite well.
So what it is going to be? Can they excel using both styles of offense wrapped into one? Maybe, but it stands to reason that it's better to be very good at one than so-so at both.
If Kansas State coaches decide to go with the passing route, the Waters needs to be the guy full time. That's not to say they still couldn't or shouldn't use Sams. Think about the Belldozer last season at Oklahoma. Landry Jones was the clear cut starter and they used Blake Bell in a specialized role. That could be Sams this season so long as everyone knows Water is the guy.
If that's not the direction they decide to go, the Sams needs to the guy full time. Rev up the running game behind a fantastic offensive line and go with it. Be one or the other, but not both.
For now, however, it appears at Kansas State will continue to try and get both on the field, but don't think Snyder and his coaching staff aren't looking hard at all their options during their bye week.
The quarterback rotation may very well continue, but don't be surprised if a more definitive plan starts to emerge when they take on Oklahoma State a week from Saturday.
Marquel Combs arrived at Kansas with a bang as the top rated junior college player in the country and is leaving after only four months never having played a snap for the Jayhawks. And so goes the roller coaster in college football recruiting.
Kansas announced on Monday that the heralded junior college recruit had asked for and was granted his release from Kansas.
Combs started fall camp atop the depth chart at defensive end before moving inside to the tackle position where he settled in as a backup at the position. After not playing in the first two games of the season, Charlie Weis indicated Combs would likely redshirt this season.
Just last week Weis said, “He’s on board (with redshirting). We don’t do these things without involving the player.”
As it turns out, it’s apparent he wasn’t exactly on board.
So where did things go wrong?
Matt Tait of the Lawrence-Journal World speculated on Monday that Combs wasn’t all the excited about having to earn his keep.
But, at least from where I sit, it sure looks more like that reason is tied strongly to the fact that the former No. 1 ranked juco player in the country according to ESPN.com got here, found out he was going to have to work for his spot and did not really want to do that.
He also added:
People with knowledge of Combs' time at KU said the highly-touted defensive tackle was struggling to adjust to KU in more areas than just the playing field, where he dressed but did not play in the season opener and then did not suit up for KU's next two games, including not even traveling to Rice after being penciled in as a second-stringer and then sent down the red-shirt path.
Where Combs goes from here is anyone’s guess. He went to Hamilton High School in Memphis, Tennessee prior to his stint at Pierce Community College so perhaps he’s looking to return closer to home.
According to his release from Kansas, Combs will not be allowed to transfer to another Big 12 school which is often times the case in these types of scenarios.
If you believe his twitter feed, Ole Miss may at least be a consideration. When asked if Ole Miss was a possibility, his response; "hope so."
There wasn't a lot of movement among the teams at the top of the power poll although the same can't be said for the bottom half.
West Virginia free falls after being shut out for the first time in 12 years and what do you know, the Jayhawks won their second game of the season.
Here's a look at where things stand in the Big 12 with nonconference play finally wrapping up this weekend.
1. (-) Oklahoma State (3-0): The Cowboys had the weekend off so they got to see firsthand the problems currently facing the squad in Morgantown who, by the way, happens to be the Pokes next opponent. When Dana Holgorsen was the coordinator in Stillwater, could you ever imagine one of his offenses being shut out? Up next: @ West Virginia.
2. (-) Oklahoma (3-0): The Sooners finally found some offense last weekend when Blake Bell took over at quarterback. That timing couldn’t have been better seeing how OU will face the best defense they’ve seen to date this Saturday. And let's not forget, they’ve had an extra week to prepare for the trip to South Bend. Up next: at Notre Dame.
3. (-) Baylor (3-0): Should Baylor be at the top of this list? You can certainly make that argument, but until we see the Bears take on a team from an FBS conference, they’ll stay here for now. If Baylor is indeed as good as they’ve looked so far, they’ll be moving up the rankings soon enough. Up next: bye.
4. (-) Texas Tech (4-0): The Red Raiders picked up another win even if it wasn’t a thing of beauty. Texas Tech continues to be one of the biggest surprise teams in the Big 12 and very well could be 7-0 heading to Norman in late October. First, however, they get to enjoy their first week off this season. Up next: bye.
5. (-) TCU (1-2): The Horned Frogs hang on to the number five spot this week because, really, who among the teams currently ranked below deserve to be higher? TCU has one more nonconference tune up before getting back into Big 12 play. Up next: SMU.
6. (↑2) Texas (2-2): Well what do you know, Texas actually beat Kansas State. It wasn’t a dominating performance but given how the first three games have gone, the Longhorns will take any win they can get. Texas now has the week off which comes at a perfect time given the injuries that have started to pile up in Austin. Up next: bye.
7. (-) Kansas State (2-2): It’s back to the drawing board for the Wildcats who are still trying to figure out exactly what type of team they will be in 2013. Are they going to be a run firs team or let Jake Waters continue to air it out? Can their defense stop anyone? If that game was played later in the season, maybe the outcome would have been different assuming the Wildcats figure out answers to the above questions. Or maybe not. Up next: bye.
8. (↑1) Kansas (2-1): No matter how the rest of the season plays out in Lawrence, one thing is for sure: Kansas will finish with at least one more win than they did in 2012. It looked like KU was going down in defeat, yet again, before a La Tech fumble at the five yard line gave the Jayhawks life and for two weeks at least, a much needed shot of optimism. Up next: bye.
9. (↓3) West Virginia (2-2): What is going on with the Mountaineers? A seven point win over William & Mary, a loss to Oklahoma, and a 37-0 disaster at the hands of Maryland has Dana Holgorsen searching for answers. The scary part of it all is that it may get even uglier before it gets better with Oklahoma State and Baylor up next. Up next: Oklahoma State.
10. (-) Iowa State (0-2): The Cyclones are the only team in the Big 12 that has played only two games following two bye weeks in the season’s first month. The Cyclones play the first of back-to-back Thursday night games this week in what is all of sudden is a must win situation if there is such a thing in September. And as far as the Cyclones bowl hopes go, this is a must-win situation in September. Up next: at Tulsa (Thurs.).
The competition Baylor has played through three games hasn’t been great, but even so, it’s hard to argue with the results. And if you’re one not buying into the hype just yet, that’s understandable – I guess, although there are more than a handful of teams in the Big 12 that have struggled with “inferior” opponents that would be happy to switch places with Baylor at the moment.
Baylor has not only beaten Wofford, Buffalo, and UL-Monroe, but basically forced them into submission before the Golden Wave marching band even started warming up for halftime.
Two weeks ago following Baylor’s 70-13 dismantling of Buffalo, Bulls head coach Jeff Quinn said he thought Baylor was deserving of a top five ranking.
After Louisiana-Monroe suffered nearly the same fate on Saturday, Warhawks head coach Todd Berry didn’t say as much, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t equally impressed. “They have an outstanding football team. My hats off to them, and we knew we were going to have to take some chances early on both sides of the football. When you take a lot of chances, you get burned. We got scalded. We didn’t just get burned. We got scalded, and that got away from us.”
Asked when he felt things were going downhill against the Bears, “I think when it hit 42-0 in the first quarter. I think that was the moment.”
Actually, it was only 35-0 at the end of one, although the next Baylor score came less than two minutes into the second quarter. The Warhawks didn’t help themselves with three first half turnovers that contributed to the onslaught. It was 49-7 at half and then Lache Seastrunk took the second play of the third quarter 75 yards for a touchdown, and well, you get the point.
Bruce Feldman from CBS Sports talked with Berry on Sunday morning and he discussed the difficulties in defending Baylor. “They just stress you so much schematically. They are for real. I am going to be very curious to watch the rest of the season to see how people try and defend them.”
More specifically, he talked about Baylor’s wide receivers lining up wider this year which causes problems defending the run, their huge O-line, Seastrunk’s impressive speed, and their tempo causing all kinds of issues (here’s a link to the full quote, interesting stuff).
“I don’t think we’re that bad. We just couldn’t keep up with their speed, and we’ve got some fast guys. We have a corner who ran a 10.5 100 (meter) in high school and he had an angle on Seastrunk, and Seastrunk just ran away from him.”
The competition is obviously going to get tougher when Big 12 play gets started in two weeks (Baylor is off again this coming week) but the way they have dismantled their first three opponents makes it hard not to consider the Bears serious Big 12 title contenders.
Even if their defense - which appears dramatically improved from a season ago (they’ve scored four touchdowns themselves while allowing their opponents only three) - doesn’t turn out to be all that good, is there an opponent’s defense that can slow down Baylor’s attack?
That’s the question that likely won’t be answered until the first weekend in November when Oklahoma pays a visit to Waco for a Thursday night game giving the OU defense a few extra days to prepare. They'll likely need it.
Until then, expect Baylor to keep fine tuning an offense that so far, hasn't needed much fine tuning. That's a scary thought for Big 12 defensive coordinators, or at least it will be when they turn on the tape for Baylor week.
Who would have thought after watching teams run up and down the field against West Virginia’s defense last season that less than 12 months later, that defense may actually be the strength of the team.
And that’s not necessarily an endorsement of the Mountaineer defense, but rather an indication of how bad things have gotten offensively for West Virginia over that time.
On Saturday, Maryland shut out West Virginia 37-0, the first time that has happened in 12 seasons, and the first time a Dana Holgorsen coached offense has been held without a single point.
“Offensively, we’re inept as we can possibly be in college football,” Holgorsen said following the loss.
Take a quick peek at the stats and it’s not hard to figure out what he’s talking about. The Mountaineers finished with 179 yards of total offense, a number bolstered by a 51 yard run late in the fourth quarter long after the game had been decided.
Redshirt freshman quarterback, Ford Childress, finished 11 for 22 passing for only 62 yards. WVU also turned the ball over six times (4 fumbles and 2 interceptions). Not good, not good at all.
Despite Childress’ shaky performance, don’t expect Holgorsen to pull the plug after only two starts as he did on Paul Millard following the season’s first two games.
“He’s going to be our guy. He’s going to continue to get better and better. He’s a redshirt freshman who has only played one football game,” Holgorsen added.
Holgorsen defended his young quarterback but wasn’t nearly so kind to guys making up West Virginia’s offensive line.
“I thought we played incredibly poor up front. It was probably as bad as we’ve ever played offensive line wise.”
Don’t worry, there’s more.
“When they have five people in the box and we can’t get a yard, it’s going to create a problem.”
Asked about guys on the line having to switch positions early in the season creating a problem, Holgorsen wasn’t buying it. “We’ve got guys in a position to play. They need to play and right now they’re not."
The Mountaineers’ wide receivers didn’t escape the postgame presser unscathed, either. The group caught all of one pass on Saturday afternoon. “We’re very average at receiver right now. We’ve got some guys with potential but potential will get your butts beat.”
Saturday’s game certainly wasn’t what the Mountaineers needed with eight Big 12 games straight ahead, not to mention, the first two of those games are against arguably the two best teams in the league right now, Oklahoma State and Baylor.
Remember last season when WVU won a shootout over Baylor, 70-63, in their first ever Big 12 game? After Saturday's performance, that’s seems like a distant memory, as least for West Virginia as the Bears have scored 69, 70, and 70 in their first three games this season, albeit against some weak competition.
For West Virginia, it’s back to the drawing board, yet again, after scoring just seven points in their last two games against FBS competition. Holgorsen vowed to get it fixed, but after watching them against the Terps, one has to wonder just how quick that fix is going to come.
(Video of Holgorsen's post game press conference is below).
How anyone sets odds on such things, I have no idea. There’s at least one sportsbook out there, however, that feels the odds of Bo Pelini returning next season aren’t very good.
Bovada prop bet: Will Bo Pelini be the head coach at Nebraska in 2013? Yes 3/1, No 1/5— Adam Kramer (@KegsnEggs) September 20, 2013
(Adam already commented that should have said 2014.)
For those of you not familiar with betting lines, one would have to bet $500 in order to win $100 if you chose, no, he won’t be the head coach in Lincoln next season. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out those odds aren’t very good.
On the other side, if you bet just $100 and chose “yes” he’ll be back, you would pocket $300 if he is indeed roaming the sidelines next season. Gotta love the value there!
So what do you think?
Personally, I think they’ve got it backwards, but what do I know.
Unless this season completely goes in the tank, I see no reason to think he wouldn’t be back for his seventh season. Maybe Bovada‘s thoughts are nothing more than thinking, yep, this season is going right down the drain.
Outside of that, what can you really base it on?
I’m open to any thoughts on the matter.
All I know is that there is game tomorrow and we can all finally put this week behind us.
Nebraska 42 South Dakota State 17, by the way.
|09/07/13||Southern Miss||W, 56-13|
|09/21/13||S. Dakota State||W, 59-20|
|10/12/13||@ Purdue||W, 44-7|
|10/26/13||@ Minnesota||L, 23-34|
|11/23/13||@ Penn State||TBA|
|12/07/13||Big Ten Champ.||TBA|