Nebraska (10-2, 7-1) This is the farewell tour for Nebraska before the school runs off to the Big Ten. On paper the Cornhuskers could do some big things this year. They’re the front-runners in the North but Nebraska’s got its sights set on winning the Conference Championship one last time. And despite the loss of man-child Ndamukong Suh this team is loaded. The one game that I’ve already got circled on my calendar is the Nebraska vs. Texas game on Oct. 16th. The Cornhuskers are out for revenge after last season’s 1-point loss.
Missouri (8-4, 4-4) This Missouri team is talented and I believe 2010 could start the same way ’09 did for the Tigers: undefeated through at least the first 5 games. Unfortunately they’ll hit the road during the middle part of the season against some tough conference foes and they’ll take a hit. However, MU will regain form at the end of the season to go 8-4.
Kansas (6-6, 3-5) Things got real ugly at Kansas with that whole Mark Mangino situation. As a result, he was fired and Turner Gill was hired. The entire Jayhawks Nation is hoping Gill can improve on 09’s 5-7 record and I think he can: 6-6.
Colorado (5-7, 3-5) Colorado was God-awful last year and I thought the only good move head coach Dan Hawkins made was when he benched his QB son, Cody. Did anybody else catch that embarrassing 38-54 spanking Toledo gave them last year? Hawkins should have been fired but he somehow saved his job. This year most of his starters return so it wouldn’t be a shock if the Buffs surprised this year. Realistically, I see Colorado winning only five games in its farewell tour of the Big 12.
Iowa State (3-9, 1-7) Iowa State went bowling at the end of last season however I don’t think the Cyclones will be doing that again this season. This team won the games that they were supposed to win and even pulled off an unlikely upset at Nebraska to earn that bowl berth during Paul Rhoads’ first year in Ames. This year’s schedule is a DUESEY and truthfully I’m torn with ISU’s matchup against NIU during week 1. NIU could possibly steal a win from the ‘Clones.
Kansas State (2-10, 0-8) On paper, I just don’t see how Kansas State can improve upon its 6-6 record from a season ago. Leading rusher Daniel Thomas returns so that’s a bright spot, but only 10 other starters come back. The Wildcats are lucky to play Nebraska and Texas at home this year but that won’t matter much…this team will finish under .500.