LAST WEEK'S WINNER: Matt Mann, who went 7-0, predicting a final KU score of 45-10.
Considering the circumstances that resulted in his being dismissed from the University of Colorado football team and the numbers he now is putting up for the University of Hawaii, quarterback Colt Brennan qualifies as the most amazing comeback story in college football.
In Jan. of 2004, Brennan, after a night of heavy drinking, entered a female student's dorm room uninvited, was asked to leave, didn''t, and was convicted of first-degree criminal trespass and second-degree burglary. He was acquitted of sexual assault and indecent exposure charges. He spent seven days in jail.
From there, Brennan went to Saddleback Junior College and then to Hawaii.
The next touchdown pass Brennan throws for Hawaii will be his 100th. A single-season NCAA record 58 came last season. He''s at the beginning of his third and final year as the school''s quarterback.
In last week''s 63-6 victory over Northern Colorado, Brennan threw four first-quarter touchdown passes and two more in the second quarter. His 416 passing yards all came in the first half.
Brennan, who spent much of his high school career as Matt Leinart''s backup at Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, Calif., joined the Hawaii program as a walk-on.
Predictions for some of the games involving Big 12 teams:
Kansas 59, Southeastern Louisiana 14: SELa is no Appalachian State, so Kansas won''t need to show any secrets it would prefer to save for October, when the Jayhawks begin Big 12 play.
Nebraska 27, Wake Forest 24: Junior Marlon Lucky rushed for 233 yards in three quarters in the Cornhuskers' 52-10 rout of Nevada. The Cornhuskers also catch a break in this tough road test. Riley Skinner, the 2006 ACC Rookie of the Year for the conference champion Demon Deacons, is out with a separated shoulder.
Oklahoma 34, Miami-Fla. 28: Red-shirt freshman quarterback Sam Bradford had plenty of help against North Texas. Freshman running back DeMarco Murray scored five touchdowns and All-American candidate Malcolm Kelly was joined by Juaquin Iglesias with more than 100 yards receiving. Miami, under first-year coach Randy Shannon, is better than poll voters think, but good enough to defeat a loaded Oklahoma in Norman? No.
Texas A&M 31, Fresno State 17: Double-threat quarterback Stephen McGee wasn''t at his sharpest throwing the ball in a 38-7 victory against Montana State, but he did rush for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Fresno State always has impressive talent, but a first trip to wild Kyle Field is enough to intimidate most teams.
Missouri 31, Mississippi 28: Tigers quarterback Chase Daniel threw for 359 yards and three touchdowns, and it''s a good thing he did because the defense wasn''t able to slow a strong comeback effort from Illinois. The Missouri defense must be considered mediocre until proven otherwise.
Texas 24, TCU 16: One long streak will end in this one. TCU has a five-game winning streak against Big 12 teams, yet has lost 14 in a row in Austin. An upset victory for the Horned Frogs isn''t out of the question, considering how stale Longhorns quarterback Colt McCoy''s offense was in a 21-13 victory over Arkansas State, coupled with the shutout the TCU defense pitched against Baylor, 27-0, last week.
(The contest is currently closed. Good luck to all who entered.)