DALLAS - OCTOBER 02: The Oklahoma Sooners on offense against the Texas Longhorns at the Cotton Bowl on October 2 2010 in Dallas Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
This WOTC exercise is fun for me for two reasons: 1) it helps us to identify and prepare for themes that we will be seeing this season, and 2) it's enjoyable to see where Mizzou fans' heads are. In Week Five, Texas Tech received 100% of the vote in a conference road game. Why? Because they're playing Kansas, that's why. Got a problem with that?
Actually, Tech will be one of the likely early themes. According to the votes, they will emerge from the first month of play undefeated and barely challenged, meaning they should be ranked in the Top 20 as they prepare for a big home game against Texas A&M.
Another theme: the Big 12 North is apparently not going to start the season defending itself well. With everybody having played one conference game, the Former South is 5-1, the Former North 0-4. Good times.
One more theme: Rock M'ers do not believe in Texas A&M. That, and the "A&M's a darkhorse contender!" meme will get seriously tested with first-month games against Oklahoma State and Arkansas.
- Baylor (60%) > Kansas State by 8
- Texas (74%) > Iowa State by 12
- Texas Tech (100%) > Kansas by 17
- Arkansas (63%) > Texas A&M by 10
- Oklahoma (100%) > Ball State by 35
The second Saturday in October sees two huge games -- the Red River Rivalry and A&M-Tech -- and a gigantic rebound opportunity for Mizzou, traveling to Manhattan after a week off.