Another one bites the dust

Arizona 34, Oregon 24.OK, Big 12 Conference football teams, commence rejoicing.And : STOP.Time to get back to work.Yes, No. 2 Oregon's stunning setback against unranked Arizona - aided greatly by a left knee injury to Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Dennis Dixon - makes the Ducks the latest team to be eliminated from the BCS National Championship picture.That's big news for a Big 12 that boasts No. 3 Kansas, No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 5 Missouri. If all three win their games Saturday and then OU beats a struggling Oklahoma State squad next weekend, then the Big 12 Champion (the Kansas-Missouri winner vs. Oklahoma) is pretty much guaranteed a spot in the national championship game.But here's the key: No looking ahead.Speculation is part of the fun of college athletics, but that's reserved for fans and pundits. The Jayhawks, Tigers and Sooners can't afford to do that. If this football season has taught us anything, it's that absolutely anything can happen any week.If you think Iowa State's not capable of upsetting Kansas, you're crazy. Same thing if you think Missouri's guaranteed to beat K-State or if you think Oklahoma is untouchable. Nothing is given, and the Big 12 needs the three powers to deliver victories on Saturday to all but lock up two BCS bowl berths and a massive payday.Oregon losing helped the cause, but there's a lot of work left to do.

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smerdyakov 11 years, 12 months ago

I've had a bad feeling about this ISU game for a while. I'm sure we'll be fine...might even destroy em 76-26. But given their wins against KSU and CU, and a close one against OU, I'm thankful we're playing them at home. Hopefully they continue their 0-4 road streak this year...

thomgreen 11 years, 12 months ago

We'll be fine against ISU, but unfortunately, I think we're going to fall to the curse of the #2. We'll be playing Missouri when we're ranked #2 after the Oregon loss.

Shelby 11 years, 12 months ago

KState is hungry and looking for redemption. And it's going to be at home for them.

cwrist 11 years, 12 months ago

There are two things I'm looking at as far as K-State is concerned. First, the fact that the Wildcats need this win to become bowl eligible (and beating MU and Texas would give them a pair of significant wins). Second, Aqib Talib had trouble handling Jordy Nelson when KU and K-State played, so with Pig Brown out of Mizzou's lineup I could see Nelson have a field day. The key is for MU to get serious pressure on the quarterback.

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