The Picker: Breaking it all down in case you missed it
BY The Picker
Thursday, October 18, 2012
10/18/12 at 5:33 AM
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Haven't listened to sports talk radio in a couple or three years?
Here's what you missed.
Host: You're on the radio. Go ahead.
Caller: Yeah. Listen. Could OU not win the Big 12 title and still win a national championship?
Host: Absolutely. All we have to do is win out and let everybody else play some close games versus all those dogs on their schedules. We win all tiebreakers with the best ranking. Next up, go ahead.
Caller: Will Mike Stoops take the University of Texas job?
Host: His job in Norman is better. Line two, you're on the radio.
Caller: Can West Virginia win out?
Host: Are you kidding me? Have you people lost your minds? Have you forgotten that West Virginia is coached by somebody from Oklahoma State? Everybody knows what Oklahoma State has been the last 50 years. Brandon Weeden. Now it's back to normal. Nobody from Oklahoma State ever wins out at anything except bass fishing. Next call.
Caller: What will we do for a quarterback next year?
Host: We've got one hidden out in the English department building that is going to be a top-five draft pick.
Caller: One more question I'll take off the air. Where would OU finish in the SEC?
Host: Tied for first with Alabama. SEC quarterbacks sell cars and insurance, everybody knows that. Next caller, go ahead please.
Caller: Isn't it true that Texas stinks, and that teams don't really get better, they just play worse opponents?
Host: You're banned from this station for three years.
Oregon (-10) at Arizona State: Team Nike versus the former TU coach who mails in his resignation from his next job site, not exactly a display of football in its purest form.
The Electric Duck uniforms have gotten Oregon some poll votes.
Oregon by 13.
Seattle at San Francisco (-7): Seattle is a different kettle of salmon on the road.
It is smoked here, SF by 10.
Kansas at OU (-35): How has KU been doing since it fired big man Mangino for no good reason whatsoever?
It has been punting.
After Texas and before wildly overrated Notre Dame, some think the OU offensive line won't have to change completely out of its street clothes for this one.
The career graph of KU coach Weis points toward a juco.
OU by 32.
Iowa State at Oklahoma State (-14): Not to be a spoilsport or anything.
But OSU could lose seven or eight games.
This and Baylor are the only relative softies. The rest are 50-50 probably at best.
The key elements of the team from last year are, after all, starting in the NFL.
OSU by 13.
Rice at TU (-21): Everything about TU's schedule is a hard sell.
Blankenship's pitch this week is that Rice is one of the best at putting its players in a position to succeed.
Talk about praise that comes in the side door and requires extra thought.
Would TU's year be special if it beat Arkansas and only lost the one to Iowa State?
Two losses? Only an all right year.
Listen kids, the foes reek.
Home team quarterbacking lacks consistency.
TU by 24.
BYU at Notre Dame (-14): Enjoy the kid stuff while you can, Notre Dame.
Next Saturday night in Norman you'll need the big-boy smelling salts.
The world's greatest fight song will be only thing to remain intact.
Here, ND by 13.
Texas Tech at TCU (-1): TCU is better with the old quarterback in rehab.
TCU by 4.
Kansas State at West Virginia (-3): It's a down year for big stars, as the winner here probably gets the Heisman.
WV has some explaining to do on the football field after its coach said the wind beat them in Lubbock.
Local mountain folk by 10.
LSU (-3) at Texas A&M: The Aggies have High School Harry at quarterback, some guy who ran for 500 yards per game in the 12th grade, and can play some offense at home.
Loopy Les better have a bright idea or two under that big hat.
LSU by 2.
South Carolina at Florida (-3): Imagine the pain that the average play in this game will cause.
Florida by 4.
Baylor at Texas (-10): Hey Texas fans, what are you, nuts?
Not that the foes mind what the Texas fans are willing to put up with.
Mack marches toward another of those nasty little bowls.
Texas by 14.
Baltimore at Houston (-4 1/2): Harsh reality, losing the ancient Ray Lewis could aid the Ravens. He can still construct pep talks and yells.
Houston by 7.
Dallas (-2 1/2) at Carolina: The following could have prevented the uproar in Dallas.
Make the stupid field goal.
Dallas by 4.
Washington at the Giants (-6 1/2): Washington has the last of the running quarterbacks for a reason.
Giants by 4.
Steelers (-2) at Cincinnati: Steelers' window of opportunity about keyhole-sized.
Steelers by 4.
Detroit at the Bears (-6): Chicago got to be 4-1 when nobody was looking.
Say hey to the worst 5-1 team ever.
Bears by 4.