Quick post today as I’ve had a very busy week in NY, and will be spending the weekend and Thanksgiving week in Kansas for Thanksgiving. If you haven’t already, read the new review I just wrote for Stadium Journey about Citadel Football. Tomorrow, I will be at the Kansas State-Oklahoma game in the Little Apple. As always, here’s my plug to follow me on Twitter and Instagram for pics from the game. I got hooked up with luxury seats and a press pass, so I’ll be posting pics from the new club level at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, as well as the press box.
Most of the SEC takes this weekend off, because of their smart scheduling strategy to play some big league games early, and save a cupcake weekend for later in the season. This not only ensures that the league is must-watch television each weekend of the season, but also gives the teams a virtual week off before major rivalry games the weekend of Thanksgiving.
The SEC’s week off means that all eyes will be on the Big 12. Most conference races have been decided, with the biggest games in the rearview mirror, but that is not true for the league on the plains. Saturday night, #4 Baylor will take its undefeated record to Stillwater to play one-loss #10 Oklahoma State. The Cowboys were the hot preseason pick to win this conference, but that talk ended quickly with a puzzling September loss at West Virginia (yes, the same Mountaineers team that my Jayhawks beat by two scores). Still, with only one loss, Oklahoma State has a chance to win the league if they beat Baylor at home, and then win the Bedlam game vs. Oklahoma next weekend. You may remember two seasons ago the Cowboys looked like a sure national title contender before losing a late November game to Kansas State. Baylor then did the same to KSU last year. Things will come full circle if the Pokes can do the same to undefeated Baylor tomorrow night in the not-so-friendly Boone Pickens Stadium. This writer hopes they do.
I mentioned before that I’ll be spending the next week and more back in my home state of Kansas. Growing up just down the road from Mount Oread, I was raised on Jayhawk basketball, then fell in love with college football when I started attending the Hawks’ home games in college. I’m feeling pretty good about being home for so long, and it’s been making me think back to growing up in the Heartland. So, for my song of the week I have to go with “Raised On It” by country newcomer Sam Hunt.