Don’t get me started on Kansas football. Don’t ask me to explain how the Jayhawks could be down 45-17 after a Colorado touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter, then come back to score 35 straight points and pull out the most improbable win of the season.
Asking me only makes my head hurt. This shouldn’t have happened and wouldn’t have happened if KU had been playing any team other than Colorado. There’s no doubt that the Jayhawks showed a lot of spunk and heart in coming back from such a deficit. But what did the Buffaloes show? For all intents and purposes, they showed their coach, Dan Hawkins, the door. No way he survives this loss. Colorado will be looking for a new coach soon as it takes off to the Pac-12.
But what does this mean for Kansas?
I honestly don’t know. The Jayhawks go to Nebraska next week and should get run out of Memorial Stadium, even if the Huskers had to struggle to beat Iowa State in double-overtime Saturday.
For three quarters against Colorado, Kansas was Kansas. Then the Jayhawks became something else and none of it makes any sense.
Does Turner Gill get the credit for this? Maybe. Maybe it’s the players just as much. Maybe he has instilled a never-say-die attitude, although the Jayhawks have not showed that side of themselves much.
It’s a great win. I think. Or is it a win that makes the KU fan base scratch its collective head more than it has all season?
I don’t know how many fans must have been in their seats when Saturday’s comeback started. Judging by the way the season has gone, I’m guessing it Memorial Stadium was pretty empty.
So how did the Jayhawks summon the energy for such a monumental comeback?
Beats me. I’m going to say it’s because they were playing Colorado.
* You can’t tell me with a straight face that TCU isn’t a championship-caliber team, and I’m not talking Mountain West Conference.
The Horned Frogs went into Salt Lake City on Saturday and dismantled a previously-unbeaten Utah team. I looked forward to the game all week and by the end of the first quarter the outcome was decided. No fluke, TCU is just that good.
But, as things currently stand, Oregon and Auburn are on a collision course to play in the national championship game. They are unbeaten and reside in power conferences. However, both still have hurdles.
Alabama, previously the once-beaten team that looked to have the best chance of crashing the national championship party, was knocked off Saturday by LSU. Now what happens with the Tigers? They probably have vaulted themselves into the position of “best one-loss team” and likely will move up to No. 5 in the BCS standings, behind Oregon, Auburn, TCU and Boise State, which easily handled pass-happy Hawaii on Saturday.
* It was tough watching Zenyatta lose in what looks to be her final race in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic. She lost by a nose to Blame, but I don’t blame Blame. I don’t blame anyone. Zenyatta ran at the rear of the pack for the longest time; I had pretty much given up hope. Then she started her push and fell just short.
Sad, but I don’t think it lessens the greatness of Zenyatta.
* Back to football for a second. As I write this, Texas A&M is up early on Oklahoma and it makes me think there’s just not an outstanding team in the Big 12 this season.
I know Nebraska is 8-1, but the Huskers have not been rolling lately, especially when quarterback Taylor Martinez is not in the game. The best’ team in the conference might be Oklahoma State, which put Baylor away early Saturday and showed the offensive diversity that makes the Cowboys a real threat to win the Big 12. In fact, I think it’s there’s to lose at this point, even with a big showdown coming up later against Oklahoma in Stillwater.
Some NFL picks for the weekend and Monday night:
Atlanta 24, Tampa Bay 14
New England 27, Cleveland 20
New York Jets 21, Detroit 20
San Diego 28, Houston 21
Indianapolis 30, Philadelphia 24
Oakland 27, Kansas City 21
Green Bay 30, Dallas 17
Pittsburgh 27, Cincinnati 17
My Facebook Friend
Shelley Hansel Williams Shelley and her hubby, Vance I’ve known Shelley for a while now, but didn’t really know her when she worked at KAKE-TV for all those years. She used to be a frequent caller to “Sports Daily,” and was always engaging and entertaining. I’ve come to know her better because of those calls and appreciate Shelley a lot. She is, for those who don’t know, the executive director of the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Tourism. She loves her some Wellington, which is where she grew up. I asked Shelley to say a little bit about herself and our Facebook relationship, although Shelley very rarely says little: Ok Mr. Lutz…here’s a little sum-in, sum-in about your friend, Shelley Renee Hansel-Williams. I am the official Head Cheerleader for Wellington, Kansas, America…I started that role my Senior year in High School and have carried it over into my professional career as the Executive Director of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce. I love God, my family, Fall, KU, Hot Tamales and flavored coffees. My favorite color is red and I prefer warm weather over cold, Exit 19 over Exit 33. If I could pick one food to eat forever, it would be chips and salsa and guacamole. (I know that’s three but c’mon, I have to eat it forever!) The movie character people say I am most like is Hammie the Squirrel on ‘Over the Hedge’. We are FB friends because I love you…you love me, we’re one great big media family! With a great big hug and a kiss from me to you, won’t you say you love me too! Long live purple dinosaurs!