What’s next for Snyder-ball?

I’ve been watching Kansas State pretty carefully this season. Initially they seemed like a potential dark horse Big 12 contender but now they’re a just a mess with a 78-year old coach who has defined the entire history of the program and currently has a really murky succession plan. For a strategy wonk the Wildcats … [Read more…]

Big 12 week five

A re-occuring topic on this blog is the art of playing defense in the Big 12. The league is known for its offenses while the defenses often have scorn heaped on them, sometimes justifiably, but it’s clearly hard to play great defense in this league and the teams that can do it tend to stand … [Read more…]

Podcasting on K-State

Later today I’ll have my column up on Inside Texas that will cover K-State and some of their issues this season (now up!) but in the meantime, here’s a podcast I recorded with “the short side option” on the Texas-KSU battle and what I’ve been seeing from either team: The latest edition of The Short … [Read more…]

The Big 12 on the national stage

This is probably the biggest week of the year for the Big 12 in terms of their standing as a national conference unless the league puts a team into the playoffs (doubtful). For reasons I’ve articulated here a few times, the Big 12 can’t quite compete with the other major conferences. The demographics of the … [Read more…]

Recapping week 2 in the B12

I had a chance to look at Iowa vs Iowa State finally and wanted to get a few thoughts down on week two and the prognosis for the Midwest teams before circling back (tomorrow perhaps) to break down all of the enormous week three games around the league. Kansas actually won and they have that … [Read more…]

A cautious look at week 1 in the B12

Evidently Lane Kiffin’s FAU team may need a few games to put it all together, much like in 2017. They were totally overmatched against the Sooners, obviously, and made an ass of yours truly. My B12 title pick didn’t do me any favors either, dropping a road game with a sloppy performance against the Terrapins. … [Read more…]

Against the spread: Week 1 in the B12

This always seems like a good way to talk about the various teams across the league, to look at the Vegas odds and make comments in one direction or another. I’ve typically been about as good as picking against the spread as I’ve been at picking playoff teams. I’m always a sucker for making the … [Read more…]

My 2018 playoff picks

I guess technically the playoffs will be in 2019 but whatever, this will be clearer. My picks are normally pretty terrible, last year I took a somewhat serious stab at it after years of throwing out some interesting picks and missed wildly once again. The picks? USC, Auburn, Florida State, and Wisconsin. Of course it … [Read more…]