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    Big 12 North Scenerios and Predictions

    Since we are "fanatics" and the North is about as stable as Balloon Boy's family, I thought it might be fun to see how the rest of the year could play out.

    Here are the remaining schedules for each of the North teams and I put my predictions for the hell of it. Most importantly we need to win, but secondly we need to root against KSU and KU with the exception of KU beating KSU.

    ISU (2-2):
    @ A&M - L
    OSU - L
    CU - W
    @ Mizzou - W
    Finish 4-4; lose tie-breaker to KSU
    I think Mizzou and A&M are interchangeable but I think 2 wins is attainable. We need AA and Arob back to provide more dimensions to the offense. If we finish 4-4 I think we'll tie in cluster for 2nd.

    K-State (3-1):
    @OU - L
    KU - L
    Mizzou - W
    @NU - L
    Finish 4-4
    I'm still wondering how they managed to get curb stomped by Tech then turnaround and wallop A&M. I think OU & then the meat(I mean skin and bones) of the North will wear them down. I think they win 1 at home over KU or Mizzou.

    KU (1-2):
    @TTU - L
    @KSU - W
    NU - L
    @UT - L
    Mizzou @KC - W
    Finish 3-5
    Their offense is great w/o pressure, defense is pourous at best. NU's D will put pressure on Toddy and the fun bunch and I see a Husker win.

    NU (1-2):
    @Baylor - W
    OU - L
    @KU - W
    KSU - W
    @CU - W
    Finish 5-3
    Imo, the mistakes they made against ISU can't physically be duplicated. Their D will keep them in every game except OU. I see the offense settling and NU taking the North. The road game at KU is monumental for their hopes bc I think the outcomes of the next two weeks are fairly predictable.

    Mizzou (0-3):
    @CU - L
    Baylor - W
    @KSU - L
    ISU - L
    KU - L
    Finish 1-7
    From what I've seen, Gabbert is a basketcase and fragile when it comes to real competition. (Granted he is a Rfrosh) The D just isn't good enough to keep them in games imo. They could just as easily pull out a W this week and the picture changes.

    CU (1-2):
    Mizzou - W
    A&M - W
    @ISU - L
    @OSU - L
    NU - L
    Finish 3-5
    I see only 2 more wins. I think they'll get A&M or Mizzou at home. They played UT tough, beat KU, and lost a head scratcher to KSU. The final 3 will be a tough stretch for the Buffs.

    So you would have:

    NU 5-3
    KSU 4-4
    ISU 4-4
    CU 3-5
    KU 3-5
    Mizzou 1-7

    Remember though, Ksu only needs 2 wins to basically guarantee it. It would get crazy if K-state finishes 4-4, KU beats NU & K-State, ISU wins 2 more, and you have a 4 way tie for first in the north. I think by default of ridiculousness, UT should just have the crown and the North coaches can figure it out via Limp-arm fight. My money would be on Rhoads for sure.

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    Re: Big 12 North Scenerios and Predictions

    I just got done doing this as well, and I came up with pretty much the same results, except for Kansas State pulling it out against Kansas and finishing tied with Nebraska. Nebraska still represents the north in the title game with their head-to-head over K-State, however.



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    Re: Big 12 North Scenerios and Predictions

    fair. so.. nebby wins the north?

    i think mizz is better than 1-7. probably about 3-5

    i think CU is worse than that... about 1-7



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    Re: Big 12 North Scenerios and Predictions

    An ISU win at A&M would certainly change things too. Lets hope there is no let down and Rhoads has the team ready knock some skulls and crush some bones!



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    Re: Big 12 North Scenerios and Predictions

    If we just win out that makes it a lot simpler. I think we go 3-1. I really do.


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    Re: Big 12 North Scenerios and Predictions

    Nice work. That could happen. I think ISU can win 3 though.



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    Re: Big 12 North Scenerios and Predictions

    Quote Originally Posted by delt4cy View Post
    An ISU win at A&M would certainly change things too. Lets hope there is no let down and Rhoads has the team ready knock some skulls and crush some bones!
    They will be mentally ready but this no-bye week thing is gonna make the rest of the season really physically tough.


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    Re: Big 12 North Scenerios and Predictions

    Quote Originally Posted by dualthreat View Post
    fair. so.. nebby wins the north?

    i think mizz is better than 1-7. probably about 3-5

    i think CU is worse than that... about 1-7
    Who would you have Missouri beating? Kansas, Colorado and Baylor? I could see it happening, but I really think they win at most 2 of those.



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    Re: Big 12 North Scenerios and Predictions

    There could easily be a multi-way tie at 5-3 or even 4-4 for the North title.

    Missouri is not going to finish 1-7. They're 0-3 but out of all the North teams they've played the toughest conference schedule of anyone so far.


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    Re: Big 12 North Scenerios and Predictions

    I agree Monty, I think Mizzou at CU tells us who will be at the bottom. Unless KU or Nebbie completely lay eggs. Then the whole picture is f'd anyways and K-state wins and I cry.



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    Re: Big 12 North Scenerios and Predictions

    I think ISU should be expected to win against A&M. I also predict that after next weekend, we will be tied for first in the North and will be the first North team to become bowl eligible.



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    Re: Big 12 North Scenerios and Predictions

    How can he say Kansas is improving and then rip on ISU? He may have it backwords. The stars on the Kansas team are Srs that have been playing a lot for 3 years, they should be head and shoulders above the rest of the North but they are not.



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    Re: Big 12 North Scenerios and Predictions

    As a Nebraska fan first-and-foremost, I wish your scenerio would be correct, but I don't.

    Nebraska's offensive problems are far deeper than eight turnovers against Iowa State. Against BCS level competition their offense has been anemic, at best. No touchdowns against Virginia Tech, aside from the fourth quarter against Missouri, zero touchdown production. Against Texas Tech and Iowa State, one touchdown each. That won't win you a whole lot of football games, no matter how good your defense is.

    Nebraska beats Baylor in a "stinker." The Huskers get embarrassed against Oklahoma and loses at Kansas. I think they can beat Kansas State and the game is in Lincoln, so I give that to the Huskers in another "stinker." But I honestly think they lose in Boulder. Boulder hasn't been friendly to the Huskers in the recent past and I still think Colorado has the talent (maybe not the coaching, though) to play with most Big 12 teams. The best I see from Nebraska is 3-5 in the conference. And honestly, it wouldn't necessarily surprise me to see them either 2-6 or 1-7. You can't win if you can't score! At the very least, a quarterback change is in order in Lincoln. Plus that, Suh and the rest of his defensive cohorts need to take some offensive players out behind the woodshead and beat them into a pulp.



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    Re: Big 12 North Scenerios and Predictions

    If I were a betting man I would go all in with Kansas State. There remaining schedule has 2 wins on it. In my opinion. Plus they are playing pretty well right now.


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    Re: Big 12 North Scenerios and Predictions

    I actually think Mizzou is in much the same position that ISU was at in 2004 and 2005 starting conference play at 0-3. They lost a tough game to Nebraksa and then got pasted by two great South teams in Oklahoma State and Texas. Their toughest games are all behind them. The rest of their schedule is @Colorado, Baylor, @K-State, ISU, and KU @Arrowhead. If they run the table and go 5-3 they will most likely have most tie-breaker advantages having beat all North opponents other than Nebraska. They have a lot of talent on that team. That being said -- Go Iowa State!!!



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