Posted by Tom Fornelli
1. Missouri is for real. Okay, I'm convinced now, are you happy, Tigers fans? Missouri proved something to me on Saturday night be beating Oklahoma 36-27. Still, what impressed me the most was Missouri's defense. Landry Jones was pressured by the front seven all night, and though they gave up some yards and 27 points, they made a play everytime they needed to and forced a couple of big turnovers. I also learned that Gary Pinkel likes to go for the throat, because a lot of teams might have gotten a bit too cautious down the stretch, but not Pinkel. Pulling out the hook and ladder, along with throwing the ball late in the fourth quarter, and converting. Kudos to you, sir.
2. Bob Stoops makes some very questionable decisions. It all started with Stoops' decision to go for two after the Sooners had cut Missouri's lead to 36-27 late. Obviously, they didn't convert, but even if they had it's still the wrong decision. There's no point in going for two so early because if you do convert it's still a one-possession game, and if you don't it's a two-possession game. That affects your playcalling ability because you can't afford to run the ball anymore. And don't even get me started on Stoops' decision to punt on fourth down, down nine, with three minutes left and no timeouts. Just bust out the white flag and go home, why don't you.
3. Baylor is going bowling. Congratulations to the Baylor Bears for beating Kansas State 47-42 on Saturday night. The win means that Baylor has six wins already this season, and that for the first time since it joined the Big 12, Baylor will be going to a bowl game this winter.
4. Hi, my name is Texas and I'm a schizophrenic. What do we make of this Texas team? One week it's losing at home to an awful UCLA team, then it's knocking off undefeated Nebraska on the road. Then it follows up that win, which has us wondering if maybe the Longhorns have worked things out, by losing to Iowa State at home? Iowa State!? At least people in Texas have the Rangers to root for right now, because the Horns won't be providing much entertainment in November.
5. Oklahoma State's defense just isn't good enough. Okay, so I didn't really learn that this week, I've pretty much felt that way all season, but it finally bit the Cowboys in the butt on Saturday against Nebraska. The Cornhuskers put up 51 points and 540 yards of offense on Oklahoma State. Though the good news for Oklahoma State is that Oklahoma lost too, so they didn't lose any ground in the Big 12 South.