You might as well call the Big 12 Championship game "jail" because one Big 12 North team is going to become a prison bitch.
An observation shook me Saturday as I watched Kansas (to my disappointment) eek one out against Southern Mississippi. There is no Big 12 North team that looks BCS-worthy right now. Hell, they don't look Cotton Bowl-worthy.
Nebraska is not as good as people thought it would be. Iowa State is a non-factor, as is Colorado. Kansas State — wow. And Missouri and Kansas are sputtering and coughing against Western Athletic Conference, Mid-American Conference and Conference USA teams, which should not happen.
Missouri is getting the wins. I understand that. We knew it wasn't going to be as easy as it was the last two years. But the Bowling Green game was a sad excuse for effort. It took a couple of three-and-outs to get going against Furman. We made Nevada look much better than they are.
The fun thing is Kansas is playing the exact same way, sputtering against Texas-El Paso and Duke and almost blowing one against Southern Mississippi.
So the two teams who have the only real shot at a Big 12 North title are just waiting to go to the slaughterhouse against the Texas Longhorns. The Big 12 South is just too stacked.
In general, the Big 12 looks ill (Florida must have coughed something our way). So far, it's been a bit of a disappointment. There are only four teams in the Big 12 that are undefeated, most without facing a reasonable test.
This is just one of those years you know what's going to happen. One team, in this case Florida, is going to run the table. To quote Peter Griffin: "It's like sex with Kobe Bryant. You can kick and scream all you want, but it's gonna happen."
Oh, right, Missouri. Forgot.
The good thing with the Tigers right now is they're kind of flying under the radar, even with two out of their first four games on national television and another coming up. Unfortunately, the Tigers probably won't enjoy that conspicuity much longer after that upcoming game.
Here's the way I see it: If Missouri wins, big time or not, the Tigers aren't a secret anymore. Now, they have a target and a top 25 ranking on their back. Teams actually focus on the Tigers, and when we play teams like Texas and Oklahoma State, things could get ugly.
If Missouri loses, well, you can kiss any confidence goodbye, Big 12 Championship and any respect from Kansas you might have had going into the Border War, which actually could work out for the Tigers. That opens up the door for an upset. That is, if Kansas doesn't follow a similar path.
The point is we don't know what's going to happen. We still don't know a lot about what this Missouri team is made of. What kind of effort will they put up against a formidable opponent like Nebraska? Will the offense click as it did against Illinois, or will it lay an egg as it did against Bowling Green? And what about the defense? Will it bend but not break, or will it just plain snap?
There are a lot of questions that will be answered against Nebraska. I just hope we don't figure out just how ugly Homecoming might be.