My 2010 Season in Review: Big 12 North

The College Football Season might be over and done with, but I had a few notes regarding how these teams preformed in 2010. I hope you enjoy the reading material!
In its farewell tour of the Big 12, Nebraska was hoping to win the conference. However, in the title game the Cornhuskers came up short again, this time by 3 points to Oklahoma. Now Nebraska heads to the Big 10 conference where I think its presence will be felt immediately. I believe this new addition will add some legitimacy to Big 10 Conference. I see Ohio State’s reign of terror against the rest of the league coming to an end now.

I was very impressed with how Head Coach Gary Pinkel was able to keep his team focused at the start of the season amidst some of his players’ legal troubles. It looked as if this team would implode but the Tigers stayed on course and won 8 straight! Mizzou even beat a then #1 ranked Oklahoma team at home! Next season will be tough for Missouri as a lot of playmakers will be gone, including signal-caller Blaine Gabbert.

With a new head coach at the helm you have to expect a little bit of a drop off from the season before. However, with the amount of talent on the roster I thought the Jayhawks would actually improve on its 5-7 record from 2009. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Kansas did steal a very surprising win against Georgia Tech in Week Two, but its only win in conference came against a lowly Colorado squad. Kansas fans won’t accept another 3-9 season, especially after all the success Mark Mangino had there.

Earlier in the preseason I thought Colorado would go 5-7 and the team proved me right. Dan Hawkins is a good coach, but he just wasn’t a right fit in Boulder. The team now not only has to adjust to a new head coach and a new system, but also joins a new conference next season as it bounces off to the Pac-10. I don’t envision the Buffs being successful out in the West Coast.

 Iowa State 
ISU was able to post a 7-6 record from a season ago playing teams like Army, Kent St, and North Dakota State. This season, Paul Rhoads’ Cyclones would have a tougher schedule and I didn’t see his team doing better than .500. Iowa State ended up going 5-7  but did get a very notable win at home against Texas. ISU had never beaten the Longhorns, ever!

 Kansas State
At the beginning of the season I thought Kansas State would go winless in conference. The Wildcats wound up winning just 3 games, but would finish the season with a 7-6 record. Though, KState might be best remembered by that poor excessive celebration call in its bowl game against Syracuse, which ended up costing the Wildcats a chance at the game.


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