NCAA: Week 3

Well, week two was no more or less successful than week 1 for me. So I carry a 2-2 record into week 3, which is better than I can say for many of these top-rated teams that have bit the injury bug so early in the season. That Texas vs. Florida championship is coming clearer into picture every day now.

Speaking of Texas, the Longhorns are visited by Texas Tech on Saturday. Texas is a 17 ½ point favorite in this one, which seems surprisingly low, especially with home-field advantage on their side (although against another Texas team, I’m sure Tech’s cheering section will be well-represented itself). What I’m sure is playing into the line is the unspoken anxiety, even if it’s just a little, that Texas Tech is feeling in facing the squad they barely sqeaked by last year. And believe it, Longhorns have nothing but revenge on their mind. How sweet it would be for them to not only avenge their lost from a year ago, but but keep their title game hopes alive in the process, sticking it to an old foe who got them best of them in a posterized moment in 2008.

Yeah, but don’t bet on the upset. Texas is too strong, and Colt McCoy is too poised to lose focus of their ultimate goal. Of course, Texas is saying all the right things right now, but you know, Crabtree or no Crabtree, they want to hurt their opponents and embarrass them on the field. In my opinion, 17.5 is light…bet Texas to cover at home.

I’m also going to spotlight an usual game, one that might not be on everyone’s radar but should, because Kansas will sneak up the rankings as the year progresses. They’re No. 22 now, and host Duke this Saturday. KU goes in a 22-point favorite. Granted, Duke is no Texas Tech, but the Jayhawks finally seem to be getting some respect outside the hardcourt. And they better make good on it, because if KU can’t cover against their “should win” non-conference opponents, they have a hell of a tough road once conference play starts, as they sit in one of the two toughest conferences in the NCAA for the second year in a row.

Kansas, to its credit so far, has handled both it’s opponents with ease, and with Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and others dropping like flies, KU sees a spot for itself in the Big 12 title game if it can keep its focus. Their toughest game is no doubt at Texas on Nov. 21, but if they can surprise and get there with 1 or 0 losses, watch out.

In this one, Kansas keeps rolling and covers over Duke. Bet the under, though, as Duke might not get more than a field goal.