For What it's Worth---Dealing with Baylor, KU Woes, Beltron and the Holy War

All seven of Baylor’s punts this year have come in the fourth quarter, where their regulars have yet to play a down in four games.  The Bears are being outscored 21-17 in the fourth quarter of games, but they’ve out produced they’re four opponents 265-44 over the first three.

Daunting task---
Baylor hasn’t won a conference road game in two years; maybe that’s why they only opened as a 10 ½ point favorite at Kansas State. When you’re averaging 70 points a game the tendency is to look at the passing game and the Bears have a great one with Bryce Petty at the helm, but it’s their balance which makes them such a load to handle.  Lache Seastrunk burst on to the scene last year against K-State and the running back is a legitimate Heisman candidate this season.  When an offense has equally explosive threats in the running and passing games it makes it nearly impossible to defend, the results have been ridiculous.

The matchup would be hard under any circumstances, but KSU’s modus operandi could make it especially difficult on them today.  Turnovers, penalties and a lack of a consistent running game ---all trademarks of the ‘Cats last two games—play right into the hands of the Bears.  K-State will have to play their cleanest game of the season if they’re even to be in the discussion today.

KU at TCU---
You wonder about the residuals of last weekend’s collapse at home against Texas Tech and how it will affect the ‘Hawks heading to TCU.  Actually, worrying about their mental frame of mind probably pales in comparison to their physical shortcomings, the Jayhawks simply don’t appear to have the personnel to play at the level of the Big 12.  That’s a sobering realization two years into the Charlie Weis experiment, especially when you’re still paying off Turner Gill from his dismissal three years ago.

Post-season money---
Never mind Ruth or Gehrig and Reggie Jackson?  Just ship the title of Mr. October to Carlos Beltron.  The Cardinal’s outfielder throughout a go ahead run at the plate last night against the Dodgers before delivering the game winning hit in game one of the National League Championship Series.  It’s incredible how clutch this guy continues to be and it started as soon as the Royals dealt him to Houston in 2004, since then his 15 homers ties the Babe for most post-season swats.  As appending free agent it sure would be nice to think that Beltron could end up back where he started---in KC.

15 and counting---
Timing is everything and Kapaun’s couldn’t have been worse last night as they ended up being the cure for what ailed Bishop Carroll.  The Eagles had turned it over six times in its last two games—the same total they suffered for all of last year, but, save for a muffed punt, they were flawless against the Crusaders.  Kapaun’s four turnovers resulted in 28 points for Carroll, which hasn’t lost to its cross-town rival since 1999.  Alan Schuckman doesn’t have the juggernaut it did a year ago, but he’s got some really nice pieces with plenty of room for growth.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see a reprise of the ‘Holy War’ in the playoffs, Kapaun is better than the 42-10 final last night indicated.

 

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