"As for the football season...Kansas does have the gauntlet of south teams again this year. I really think that if we can win at TTU we will be in great shape to win the north. I just don't see us winning at UT and the OU game, at this point, I am chalking up as a loss. In my opinion the big game in the north for Kansas is @Colorado. That is a tough place to go play and Hawkins is slowly building out there. Other than that I don't see Kansas losing to Iowa St, K-State, or Nebraska. Kansas should beat Nebraska at home. Then if Kansas goes to Arrowhead at 9-2 I like our chances against Mizzou and 10-2 should be good enough to get the north. However, anything can happen."
The one and only thing I have ever learned when it comes to the MU/KU football game is to not even try and predict a winner. It does not matter if it is 8 months from game time or the day before, it just can't be predicted. I think Mizzou may take it on the chin a couple of times before conference play starts but looking at our conference schedule, I think we can have 4 wins in conference before the game at Arrowhead. Our one advantage this year is we have no pressure and KU will be picked by everyone to win the North. Gary Pinkel has proven he can get production out of the QB position. Brad Smith (2 star recruit ended up with 89 school, conference and NCAA redords) and Chase Daniel (3 star recruit that ended up the best QB in Missouri history)are proof of that. Blain Gabbert (5 star recruit and #1 ranked pro-style QB last year by Rivals.com) will be taking over with a proven o-line and a solid runner in D. Washington. The big question is can we improve on defense, and I mean stay with in 5 yards of Mier and Briscoe. Maybe our new d-coordinator will help. It should be a really entertaining year in the Big 12 North.