A breakthrough year for the Kansas Jayhawks ends on a high note. After losing their final regular season game to the Missouri Tigers, Mark Mangino’s squad beats a strong Virginia Tech team to win the 2008 Orange Bowl. The Jayhawks intercepted Virginia Tech’s Sean Glennon twice and held off the Hokies for a 24-21 victory, their first major bowl win. Todd Reesing didn’t have the greatest game, going 21/38 for 219 yards, 1 Td, 1 Int, but Kansas’ defense came through with 3 interceptions and 17 points off turnovers to cap one of the best seasons in the history of Kansas football, finishing an impressive 12-1. As for the Hokies, they lose their 4th straight BCS game, ending their season at 11-3.
That’s Trojan basketball by the way, before Trojan nation lynches me. Days after the men’s SC basketball team suffered a loss at home against then ranked #4 Kansas (a game that they just fell apart in towards the end), the Trojans had a somewhat de ja vu moment against the #2 ranked Memphis, losing in overtime 62-58. Freshman phenom O.J. Mayo led the Trojans with 16 points, but another subpar shooting performance by the condiment leaves him at 12-41 fg shooting in his last two games, 29% folks. That’s not going to cut it. I’ve been harder on Mr. Mayo then most this season, partly because of his attitude going into USC, attempting to showcase his talent for the NBA scouts during his 1 year stint in So Cal. Let me clue you in buddy, 4.5 turnovers per game, 29% fg shooting against Memphis and Kansas, 43% on the season. I’m not going to throw out the overrated overhyped label YET, but this guy needs to shape up. Were not in highschool anymore Dorothy.
In one of the most anticipated and entertaining games of the year, the Missouri Tigers beat the Kansas Jayhawks 36-28 in front 80,537. In the 116th meeting between these two teams, this was arguably the most important, and it drew the second largest crowd in Arrowhead stadium. Chase Daniel pole vaulted into the top 3 of this year’s Heisman race and dare we say… Missouri number 1? Sure looks like it. The Tigers took the lead early. They were faster, more athletic, and seemed better prepared as it took Kansas an entire half to realize what had hit them. By the time the offense woke up, it was too little too late. Mizzou had a lead they were not going to relinquish and the rest was history. Daniel was 40-49, for 361 yards and 3 TDs. Up next… Oklahoma for the Big 12 Championship. What a game that should be as both teams looked very impressive this week. We don’t have a playoff system, but nobody can argue what a great time of year this is for College Football.
The stakes just went up for the #4 Missouri Tigers and the #2 Kansas Jayhawks. With LSU choking Friday night to the Arkansas Razorbacks, Kansas technically jumps into 1st place with West Virginia #2 and Missouri #3. The winner of the Miss/Kansas game will surely take the #1 slot. Here’s my prediction on how things are gonna shake down. Missouri will beat Kansas this weekend. I’m not convinced by the Jayhawks, yet. Their schedule was pretty chill for the most part. But let’s move on. West Virginia will lose to UCONN this weekend as well. Then, Missouri will lose the Big 12 Championship game and will leave the BCS in total chaos. That will open the door for Ohio State into the #1 spot. The question is who do they play? After Georgia loses to Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech is upset by #16 Virginia, USC jumps 10 spots after routing Az State and beating the Bruins, and what d’ya know, we got an Ohio State v. USC National Title game… Huh? Huh? I know that’s what the country wants to see. That’s what I want to see. We just gotta convince that stupid computer of the same. So let’s go all you nerdy hackers out there, let’s make some computer love.