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The following are the Journal-World staffers' picks for Week 11 of the college football season.

Week 11 games

Kansas at Texas Tech

Kansas State at TCU

West Virginia at Oklahoma State

Missouri at Tennessee

Oregon State at Stanford

Louisville at Syracuse

Off-the-wall question: If the only candidates for President were the eight guys on the sports staff (and you couldn't vote for yourself), who would you vote for and why?

Sports copy editor Chris Cottrell (39-15 overall, 4-2 in Week 10)

Texas Tech 49, Kansas 21

Kansas State 24, TCU 21

Oklahoma State 41, West Virginia 28

Tennessee 28, Missouri 17

Stanford 30, Oregon State 20

Louisville 23, Syracuse 22

Question: Smith, because it's easy to spell.

Associate sports editor Drew Hartsock (38-16 overall, 4-2 in Week 10)

Texas Tech 52, Kansas 21

Kansas State 35, Texas Tech 27

Oklahoma State 42, West Virginia 14

Missouri 21, Tennessee 20

Oregon State 42, Stanford 35

Syracuse 17, Louisville 14, OT

Question: I think Tom Keegan would make a brilliant president, but I'm afraid he might lose the keys to the nukes and leave the Navy running when he ran into Cuba to pick up a cigar, so my vote goes to ... Gary Bedore. The world would be a finer place with GB as POTUS. He's a fine man.

KU men's basketball beat writer Gary Bedore (37-37 overall, 5-1 in Week 10)

Texas Tech 49, Kansas 14

Kansas State 30, TCU 22

Oklahoma State 31, West Virginia 17

Tennessee 24, Missouri 14

Stanford 35, Oregon State 31

Louisville 40, Syracuse 35

Question: Chris Cottrell. He would lead the country to greatness in his two terms.

KU football beat writer Matt Tait (36-18 overall, 4-2 in Week 10)

Texas Tech 42, Kansas 17

Kansas State 39, TCU 24

West Virginia 44, Oklahoma State 38

Tennessee 28, Missouri 19

Stanford 27, Oregon State 25

Syracuse 21, Louisville 19

Question: Nick Gerik. He's cool under pressure, a great communicator and would probably have a very diverse cabinet, with authors, NBA players, musicians and politicians filling the seats. online editor Jesse Newell (36-18 overall, 5-1 in Week 10)

Texas Tech 42, Kansas 10

Kansas State 35, TCU 17

Oklahoma State 56, West Virginia 35

Tennessee 24, Missouri 21

Oregon State 21, Stanford 17

Louisville 31, Syracuse 28

Question: Gary Bedore. I have never met a person who doesn't like him. Though I think with Matt would make a great VP with his gift of gab.

High school beat reporter Benton Smith (35-19 overall, 3-3 in Week 10)

Texas Tech 45, Kansas 21

Kansas State 31, TCU 20

Oklahoma State 52, West Virginia 31

Tennessee 30, Missouri 27

Stanford 24, Oregon State 21

Louisville 34, Syracuse 30

Question: Oh boy. Hello, expatriation.

Sports copy editor Nick Gerik (33-21 overall, 4-2 in Week 10)

Texas Tech 44, Kansas 22

Kansas State 35, TCU 27

West Virginia 41, Oklahoma State 40

Tennessee 36, Missouri 30

Stanford 23, Oregon State 21

Louisville 28, Syracuse 23

Question: In the movies, important compromises are always made on the links. So I'll go with Tom Keegan, an avid golfer and, on a COMPLETELY unrelated note, my boss.

Sports editor Tom Keegan (32-22 overall, 4-2 in Week 10)

Texas Tech 45, Kansas 14

Kansas State 35, TCU 28

Oklahoma State 49, West Virginia 31

Tennessee 31, MIssouri 28

Stanford 38, Oregon State 14

Louisville 35, Syracuse 34

Question: Chris Cottrell. One look at the standings shows he's the smartest guy in the room. The standings go from smartest to dumbest.


Reuben_J_Cogburn 5 years, 7 months ago

Tait, I gotta hand it to you. You always give the football team love in your predictions.

Where does it come from?

Reuben_J_Cogburn 5 years, 7 months ago

My bad. I was looking at your Kstate / TCU prediction.

42-17 sounds about right.

JJHAWK 5 years, 7 months ago

Interesting but worthless Information – data average from the above predictions:

Games in order of largest point differential:

Kansas – Loses by 28.5 points: 8-0 writers

O-State - Wins by 13.5 points: 6-2 writers

K-State – Wins by 9.75 points: 8-0 writers

Missouri – Loses by 5.5 points: 7-1 writers

Stanford – Wins by 4.25 points: 6-2 writers

Louisville – Wins by 1.75 points: 6-2 writers

Ron Prichard 5 years, 7 months ago

Man, KU is getting absolutely NO love this week. I think it will be tough to get a win, but I think after last week, Campo will adjust and the D will perform much better this week. I will admit a win is unlikely, but I think the score will be closer than the 28.5 point average quoted above (thanks for the breakdown, JJHawk). Still, I can't pick against my beloved Hawks. KU 31, TT 30. One of these days I'll look like a genius. Until then...oh, well...

Nic Andrews 5 years, 7 months ago

Yep, based on how we perform in the 2nd half, an average of only 2 KU touchdowns in the game sounds about right. #ridiculous.

Nic Andrews 5 years, 7 months ago

Yep, I stand corrected. I'll still be there in Lubbock enjoying the 1st half, and in Lawrence next week (can't miss our last shot at a W vs. Iowa St. at home on senior night),

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