Well, Chuck Woodling started the year off well, going 10-1 in last week's opening Wanna Whack Woodling contest. Of course, four KUsports.com readers were smarter, correctly picking all 11 winners.
Oliver Hester of Lawrence, T. Mears of Wichita, Wes Preble of Wichita, John Weltmer of Lawrence each chose all 11 winners, but Weltmer was the week's winner thanks to his 28-21 predicted score of the KU-Northwestern game. If the Jayhawks hadn't messed up on their final extra-point attempt, Weltmer may have been the first person in the history of Wanna Whack Woodling who had a pefect week (our crack staff of interns is busy trying to find out if this is true).
Ten of the 78 entries tied Woodling's 10-1 mark, with most missing just the KU-Northwestern game. That game caused the most problems with readers' entries, as the majority of our readers are either homers or can't stand Northwestern (or both).
The Nebraska-Oklahoma State, Missouri-Illinois and Colorado-Colorado State games also cost quite a few readers a chance at a T-shirt. Maybe we're accidently proving the Big 12 Conference is the best in the nation.
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Nebraska 29, Utah State 6
Cornmen suffer slight letdown after satisfying squelching of Oklahoma State last week. Utags have cornfield defense, cornpone offense.
Iowa State 27, Ohio 0
Cyclones weren't all that whippy in 17-10 win over Div. I-AA Northern Iowa last Saturday, but bedraggled Bobcats won't be sighted much in ISU end zone.
Colorado 46, UCLA 37
CU quarterback Joel Klatt won't throw for over 400 yards again this week. Or will he? First-year UCLA coach Karl Dorrell made need to bring barrage balloons to Boulder.
Missouri 33, Ball State 11
Flood waters raced through Muncie, Ind., last week. Now Muncie and Ball State are bracing for Missouri and rampaging quarterback Brad Smith.
Texas Tech 28, New Mexico 13
New Mexico has a female kicker, but Texas Tech has Wes Welker, wiggly kick returner deluxe. Tech blistered Lobos, 49-0, in Albuquerque last year, but it'll be much closer this time.
Oklahoma State 44, Wyoming 4
Cowboys, still smarting from loss to Nebraska, take it out on, uh, Cowboys, softening Wyoming up for next Saturday's visit to Laramie by Kansas.
Kansas State 32, McNeese State 19
McNeese State may be the best Division I-AA team in the country so this won't be the cakewalk KSU fans have come to expect in September, particularly if Darren Sproles isn't at full speed.
Alabama 20, Oklahoma 18
Give Bob Stoops credit for standing in the path of bullets. Oklahoma didn't have to agree to play at Alabama, but Stoops gave it the OK. Unfortunately, the loss will cost OU a chance at the national title.
Texas A&M 40, Utah 23
Let's see, Utah State is playing at Nebraska and Utah is at Texas A&M. Why isn't Brigham Young playing a Big 12 Conference team?
North Texas 29, Baylor 20
You know you're going bad when you're a 15 1/2-point underdog against North Texas. But at least the Bears will beat the spread. That's something.
Kansas 22, UNLV 20
Jayhawks needed a raincheck against Northwestern last Saturday. Will they play better on a dry field? They'll have to because Rebels aren't nickel slots.
(The contest is currently closed. Good luck to all who entered.)