Kansas-Mizzou to play in real World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party

By: Dennis Dodd
By: Dennis Dodd

Nov. 18, 2007

It's here with beer and it's in your face: Some radio mope said Kansas and Missouri "don't move the needle." Move this, fool. Sooner or later you've got to pay attention to the teams, not the market share.

The No. 3 Tigers and No. 2 Jayhawks will play the biggest game of the college season (sorry, SEC) and the biggest game in their histories Saturday in Kansas City.

It would be wise to add extra security in the Arrowhead Stadium parking lot. The nation's oldest rivalry west of the Mississippi goes back to the Civil War when pro-Confederate William Quantrill burned down Lawrence. Neither side has forgotten.

At stake is not only the Big 12 North and Big 12 but the national championship. That, and a look at three Heisman candidates on the field at the same time (Chase Daniel, Todd Reesing, Jeremy Maclin).

Duke-Carolina, Alabama-Auburn, please take a back seat. You're overhyped, anyway. This is their time. Arrowhead Stadium filled, 79,000 people with the taps wide open (at least until halftime) in this public facility.

This is the real World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. Extra security will be needed.

It's a six-team race: Thanks to Oregon and Oklahoma losing, the national championship race is down to LSU, Kansas, Missouri, West Virginia, Ohio State and Arizona State.

Only LSU, Kansas and Missouri control their own destinies. Ohio State is done. West Virginia, with two games left, probably has to have someone lose. The same with Arizona State, which has USC and Arizona left.

Why Michigan couldn't Buck up: Think back to August when, incredibly, Michigan was in the top five. Something bad and profound happened over the next three months.

Players headed to the pros acted like they were thinking too much about it. Other players got injured -- chronically. When Ohio State came to town, the Wolverines were beaten physically.

How much is this coaching and how much is this players themselves underachieving?

Michigan is going through the same thing as Nebraska right now -- The Magic Wand Syndrome.

We'll see. Lloyd Carr reportedly is going to retire on Monday. It's going to take more than new coaches in Ann Arbor and Lincoln to fix what went wrong this season.

Fear the Hyphen: That's another way of saying Louisiana-Monroe wasn't caught looking ahead to Louisiana-Lafayette.

Or, if you prefer, another way of saying Alabama lost to the fourth-place team in the Sun Belt; a team that handed North Texas its only victory.

Three weeks ago, Bama had No. 1 LSU on the ropes. On Saturday, fans booed John Parker Wilson during a 21-14 loss to the Warhawks (Warhawks?).

Word is that Appalachian State, Stanford, North Dakota State and Louisiana-Monroe are going to break away, form their own league and sign a deal with the SciFi Channel.

Is this the worst loss of Nick Saban's career? To be determined. All we know is that to date, Alabama's six wins have cost the school $666,666.66 each. -- Saban's $4 million salary divided by six.

That Bill Lynch should be hired immediately: What is Rick Greenspan waiting for? The Indiana AD watched the Hoosiers' defeat Purdue to most likely clinch their first bowl bid since 1993.

Lynch took over as interim coach after Terry Hoeppner died earlier this year. There might be no better story and no better coaching job. The team lost its coach, Lynch lost a friend and Jane Hoeppner lost her husband.

When Austin Starr kicked the game-winning field goal against the Boilers, Jane looked to the sky and said, "Thank you, Lord."

Hoeppner left quite a legacy at Indiana in his brief time. A new football center is popping up behind one end zone. The players have fulfilled his constant urge to "Play 13" (games).

His friend Lynch has taken that legacy and fulfilled it. Rick, the next move is yours. Please hire Bill Lynch.

And the winner of the 2007 Heisman Trophy is … Are you kidding? It's sooo over.

Tim Tebow became the first 20-20 player in NCAA victory in a victory over Florida Atlantic. He now has 20 rushing touchdowns and 26 passing TDs. The last guy to change the game this much was Vince Young. But Vince, for all his bulk, wasn't as powerful of a runner. His arm can't compare to Tebow's. We now have a new, better run-pass hybrid. Tebow has rushed for more touchdowns than 77 teams.

Develop that backup quarterback!: It could cost you. Ask Oregon and Oklahoma. Those teams suffered such big drop-offs in production after their starters got hurt that it ruined their seasons.

Oregon let Dennis Dixon make the choice about playing with a torn ACL against Arizona.

"Dennis asked of us, on behalf of himself and his family, to not let anybody know -- he wanted to continue to try to play," said Ducks coach Mike Bellotti who wasn't about to step in and bench Dixon with a shot at a national championship staring him in the face.

Bellotti could have made sure Dixon didn't cripple himself and get Brady Leaf ready for Arizona.

Bob Stoops had no option. Oklahoma's Sam Bradford went down against Texas Tech with concussion. Still, it took the Sooners two quarters to realize they could win with backup Joey Halzle.

Dodd's Power Poll
1. Kansas
2. LSU
3. Missouri
4. West Virginia
5. Ohio State
6. Georgia
7. Arizona State
8. Oklahoma
9. Texas
10. Hawaii
11. Virginia Tech
12. Oregon
13. USC
14. Florida
15. Illinois
16. Boise State
17. Tennessee
18. Boston College
19. Virginia
20. BYU
21. Connecticut
22. Central Florida
23. Wisconsin
24. Clemson
25. Texas Tech

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