Monday, November 19, 2007
Big Game on Saturday
If you would have told me a college football game between the Missouri Tigers and the Kansas Jayhawks would have national title implications I would have never believed you...ever. Mizzou has been average for the past 10 years. Kansas has been awful until the last couple of years. Now, in this 2007 campaign, Mizzou has just one loss and Kansas has none (granted, their schedule ain't the toughest, I think they played Mohawk Valley Community College twice?). They meet Saturday in the most important game in the history of their rivalry. If Mizzou wins, they have a slight chance at winning the national title. If Kansas wins, they have a better chance of winning the national title. If Kansas goes undefeated, they will certainly be in the championship game.
I grew up in "Big Ten" country. Penn State was my team. When I lived in Chicago I enjoyed the Big Ten focus being in Illinois brought. I thought the Big 12 was basically a country-bumpkin-Texas-football cult conference. I thought it was sheer politics that gave Nebraska the national title over undefeated Penn State in 1994. I've been further down on the Big 12 ever since.
But I have to say, this year, the power is in the the Big 12. Thankfully the balance of power is north and east, not down in Texas. To top it off, the Kansas City area will host the mother of all Midwest college rivalries when Mizzou and KU lock up on Saturday at Arrowhead. Man, this is what competition is about.
Several guys from church will be going to the game. I'll pass, as I don't like to be out late on a Saturday night before preaching (not to mention-alcohol and Mizzou people equals one horrific, drunken, mess)-plus, I'm not that invested emotionally. I went to Moody Bible Institute, not one of these godless institutions (oops...). I will catch it on the tube though. Who am I rooting for? I'd like to see KU win. Why? Because KU Coach Mark Mangino is Italian.