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Big 12 football over/under predictions: Answer to win KUsports.com prizes

Welcome to the latest edition of Conference Chatter, where today's theme will focus on a little friendly competition.

Hope you don't mind if I put your Big 12 football knowledge to the test.

Naturally, pride will be on the line. But there will also be prizes, courtesy of KUsports.com, so be sure to make your opinions known. Here's how it will work: I'll list 10 over/under questions about Big 12 football for the upcoming season, in addition to a tiebreaker question.

Simply post your answers in the comments section below. Please post answers in the order I ask the questions so it's easier to keep track. Remember to answer the tiebreaker question as well.

We're going with a winner-take-all format. Simple enough.

Whoever answers the most questions correctly will win a KUsports.com prize package that will include a T-shirt, our KU preseason men's basketball magazine and some other cool stuff.

Please note: Comments are due by 11:59 p.m. Thursday night, Aug. 12. You may only submit your answers once.

That should sum up the rules. Let's get this over/under party started.

Question 1: The rushing touchdowns for Kansas University sophomore running back Toben Opurum this season. Line set at eight. Over or under?

Toben Opurum works for extra yards against Nebraska on Nov. 14, 2009, at Memorial Stadium.

Toben Opurum works for extra yards against Nebraska on Nov. 14, 2009, at Memorial Stadium. by Eric Sorrentino

Background: Opurum rushed for nine touchdowns last year as a freshman. He was hurt the final two games of last season and battled injuries most of the spring. Opurum was not listed on KU's two-deep, post spring depth chart.

Opurum seemed to fade a bit at the end of last year. Six of Opurum's nine rushing touchdowns last season came against non-conference foes.

KU coach Turner Gill listed sixth-year senior Angus Quigley atop the depth chart at the end of spring ball. Junior Rell Lewis, and freshmen Brandon Bourbon, James Sims and Deshaun Sands could also factor into the mix. But Opurum, if healthy, seems to be a logical option to hear his name called on goal-line situations.

Question 2: Amount of passing touchdowns thrown by Kansas sophomore quarterback Kale Pick. Line set at 13. Over/under?

Background: Pick only threw five passes last season. The graduation of Todd Reesing has made the Jayhawks' quarterback battle a two-horse race between Pick and red-shirt freshman Jordan Webb. Pick is known to be the more gifted runner, while Webb is known to have the better arm. Remember, the question asks about Pick's passing touchdowns only, not anything he does on the ground.

Question 3: Total Kansas football victories this season. Line set at 6.5. Over/under?

Background: The non-conference schedule is tougher than in previous years with Georgia Tech coming to Lawrence and KU having to travel to Hattiesburg, Miss., to take on Southern Miss. The Big 12 slate is considerably more favorable, though, with no Texas, Oklahoma or Texas Tech.

For reference, here's the number of KU wins in the last 10 years:

(Mark Mangino)
2009: 5
2008: 8
2007: 12
2006: 6
2005: 7
2004: 4
2003: 6
2002: 2
(Terry Allen)
2001: 3
2000: 4

Question 4: Rushing yards by Kansas State senior running back Daniel Thomas. Line set at 1,350 yards. Over/under?

Background: Thomas led the Big 12 in rushing last year with 1,265 yards in his first year at a Div. I program (he was a junior college transfer from Northwest Mississippi CC and Butler County CC). Can he top his 2009 total?

Question 5: Passing touchdowns by Missouri junior quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Line set at 24. Over/under?

Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert, left, avoids Kansas defensive tackle Caleb Blakesley on Nov. 28, 2009, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert, left, avoids Kansas defensive tackle Caleb Blakesley on Nov. 28, 2009, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. by Eric Sorrentino

Background: In his first year as a full-time starter for the Tigers in 2009, Gabbert passed for 24 touchdowns, versus nine interceptions. Last season, 14 of Gabbert's 24 TD strikes went to Danario Alexander, who won't be back this year. Juniors Jerrell Jackson and Wes Kemp will be the primary targets. Gabbert lost his best receiver, but he's another year matured. The ankle injury that limited him in the middle of last season is fully healed.

Question 6: Total Nebraska football victories this season, its last as a member of the Big 12. Line set at 10.5. Over/under?

Background: Big expectations are set in Lincoln, Neb., this year, as the Huskers try to improve on their 10-4 season in 2009. Nebraska coach Bo Pelini won nine games in his first year in 2008, so 2010 seems like a logical year for the Huskers to take the next step, perhaps to a BCS bowl game.

The defense lost a mammoth force in Ndamukong Suh, but will attempt to replace him with junior defensive tackle Jared Crick, who had 9.5 sacks a year ago. Crick and Texas A&M's Von Miller were named All-Big 12 preseason defensive co-players of the year.

Question 7: Receiving yards by Oklahoma junior Ryan Broyles. Line set at 1,250 yards. Over/under?

Background: Broyles was fourth in the Big 12 with 1,120 receiving yards last year — his 15 TD grabs led all conference wideouts — and figures to be the best returning receiver in the conference this season. With sophomore quarterback Landry Jones back, along with speedster running back DeMarco Murray keeping defenses honest, Broyles could be in for a big year.

Question 8: Interceptions by the Texas defense. Line set at 20. Over/under?

Background: The Longhorns led the country with 25 interceptions last season.

Texas kick returner Earl Thomas races up the field past the Kansas defense for a big return on Nov. 21, 2009, in Austin, Texas.

Texas kick returner Earl Thomas races up the field past the Kansas defense for a big return on Nov. 21, 2009, in Austin, Texas. by Eric Sorrentino

UT loses safety Earl Thomas, pictured above, but don't let that fool you. Texas has one of the best secondaries in college football. Three of coordinator Will Muschamp's guys — cornerbacks Aaron Williams and Curtis Brown, and safety Blake Gideon — cracked the All-Big 12 preseason first team.

Question 9: Passing touchdowns by all Texas Tech quarterbacks in 2010. Line set at 35. Over/under?

Background: Seniors Taylor Potts and Steven Sheffield are in a heated quarterback battle. They combined for 36 touchdown passes last season, but the Red Raiders will operate under a new offensive scheme in 2010 with first-year coach Tommy Tuberville. Senior running back Baron Batch is one of the best returning backs in the league. This question comes down to how much you think Tech will keep the ball in the air.

Question 10: Total yards (passing/rushing) accumulated by Baylor sophomore quarterback Robert Griffin. Line set at 2,900 yards. Over/under?

Background: Griffin was hurt and took a medical redshirt last year, but as a freshman in 2008, he combined for 2,937 yards (2,091 passing, 846 rushing). He's expected to be fully healed this season.

Tiebreaker question: How many yards will KU running back Toben Opurum rush for in 2010?

Note: If we have a tie at the end of the 10 questions, the tiebreaker question will be put into effect. The winner will be determined by the answer that is closest to Opurum's rushing yards.

Also note: All bowl games will be counted toward season totals.

Since we won't know a winner until after the bowl games, I'll write a blog every two months keeping track of the contestants whose responses are looking the best. I'll post it here in the Conference Chatter blog, so check back to see if you have a good chance to win.

That should be all, friends. As always, discuss. And make your answers known.

Comments

redballer1313 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. over
  2. over
  3. over
  4. under
  5. under
  6. under
  7. under
  8. under
  9. under
  10. over tie. 1378

KU_Alumn_2000 4 years, 3 months ago

Question 1)...........Over Question 2)...........Over Question 3)...........Over Question 4)...........Under Question 5)...........Under Question 6)...........Under Question 7)...........Under Question 8)...........Over Question 9)...........Under Question 10).........Under Tie Breaker)..........986 Yards

James Horton 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Under
  2. Under
  3. Under
  4. Under
  5. Under
  6. Under
  7. Under
  8. Under
  9. Under
  10. Under TB 800

Ted Toulouse 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Over
  2. Over
  3. Under
  4. Under
  5. Under
  6. Under
  7. Over
  8. Under
  9. Under
  10. Over TB 893

Mark Modrcin 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Over
  2. Over
  3. Under
  4. Over
  5. Under
  6. Under
  7. Over
  8. Over
  9. Under
  10. Over Tiebreaker. 770

TKELuke 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Under
  2. Over
  3. Under
  4. Under
  5. Over
  6. Under
  7. Under
  8. Under
  9. Under
  10. Over TB: 652

DerJohnson 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Over
  2. Over
  3. Over
  4. Under
  5. Over
  6. Under
  7. Over
  8. Under
  9. Over
  10. Under TB: 675

StephenSlater 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Over
  2. Over
  3. Over
  4. Under
  5. Over
  6. Under
  7. Over
  8. Under
  9. Over
  10. Under TB: 723

rccoleon 4 years, 3 months ago

1) Under 2) Over 3) Under 4) Under 5) Over 6) Under 7) Under 8) Under 9) Under 10) Over Tiebreak: 553

KUBlue0809 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Over 2.Over 3.Under 4.Under 5.Over 6.Under 7.Over 8.Over 9.Under 10.Under **783

jayhawk1996 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Over
  2. Under
  3. Under
  4. Under
  5. Over
  6. Under
  7. Over
  8. Over
  9. Under
  10. Over Tiebreaker: 997

Mark Anderson 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. over
  2. over
  3. over
  4. under
  5. under
  6. under
  7. over
  8. over
  9. under
  10. under TB. 645

DevilHawk 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Over
  2. Over
  3. Over
  4. Under
  5. Under
  6. Under
  7. Under
  8. Under
  9. Under
  10. Under Tiebreaker: 516

Benjamin Piehler 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. over
  2. under
  3. under
  4. under
  5. under
  6. under
  7. over
  8. over
  9. under
  10. under

Tiebreak: 1000

JayhawkRock 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Over
  2. Over
  3. Under
  4. Under
  5. Over
  6. Under
  7. Over
  8. Over
  9. Under
  10. Under TB 890

collegebb 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. over
  2. under
  3. under
  4. under
  5. under
  6. under
  7. over
  8. over
  9. under
  10. under TB 728

ehans83 4 years, 3 months ago

Under Over Under Under Over Under Under Over Under Over 460

jaymar74 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. over
  2. over
  3. over
  4. over
  5. over
  6. under
  7. over
  8. under
  9. under
  10. under tie - 967

d_prowess 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Under
  2. Under
  3. Under
  4. Over
  5. Over
  6. Over
  7. Over
  8. Under
  9. Under
  10. Over TB: 726

psychoanalyst 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. over
  2. over
  3. over
  4. under
  5. over
  6. under
  7. over
  8. under
  9. under
  10. over tie. 1125

tororosso83 4 years, 3 months ago

1-over 2-under 3-under 4-over 5-over 6-under 7-over 8-under 9-under 10-over tie-breaker - 984 yards

sdoyel 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Over
  2. Under
  3. Under
  4. Under
  5. Over
  6. Under
  7. Under
  8. Over
  9. Under
  10. Under TB. 840 yards

chickensandwich 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Over
  2. Over
  3. Over
  4. Under
  5. Over
  6. Under
  7. Under
  8. Under
  9. Under
  10. Over Tie-breaker: (990)

justinryman 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Over
  2. Under
  3. Under
  4. Under
  5. Over
  6. Under
  7. Under
  8. Under
  9. Over
  10. Over

Tie breaker---762

Erik Kurtenbach 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Over
  2. Over
  3. Under
  4. Under
  5. Over
  6. Under
  7. Under
  8. Under
  9. Under
  10. Over Tie breaker: 1054

number1jayhawker 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Over
  2. Over
  3. Under
  4. Under
  5. Over
  6. Over
  7. Over
  8. Under
  9. Under
  10. Over TB. 700 yards

waywardJay 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Over.
  2. Over.
  3. Over.
  4. Under.
  5. Under.
  6. under.
  7. over.
  8. over.
  9. Under.
  10. under. Tie- 1179

Andrew Moore 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Under.
  2. Over.
  3. Over.
  4. Under.
  5. Over.
  6. Under.
  7. Over.
  8. Under.
  9. Under.
  10. Over. Tiebreaker- 625

hailtoku 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Over
  2. Over
  3. Under
  4. Under
  5. Under
  6. Under
  7. Under
  8. Under
  9. Over
  10. Under

Kip Reiserer 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Over
  2. Over
  3. Under
  4. Over
  5. Over
  6. Over
  7. Over
  8. Over
  9. Under
  10. Over

Tie Breaker: 715

OCJHAWK 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Under
  2. Over
  3. Over
  4. Under
  5. Over
  6. Under
  7. Over
  8. Over
  9. Under
  10. Under TB 678

Chad Dexter 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. over
  2. over
  3. over
  4. under
  5. over
  6. under
  7. over
  8. under
  9. under
  10. over

TB 1150

jlcasey2 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Under
  2. Over
  3. Over
  4. Under
  5. Under
  6. Over
  7. Under
  8. Over
  9. Under
  10. Over TB. 660

Ben Kane 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Under
  2. Over
  3. Over
  4. Under
  5. Under
  6. Under
  7. Over
  8. Under
  9. Under
  10. Over TB. 720

Jaminrawk 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Under
  2. Over
  3. Under
  4. Over
  5. Over
  6. Under
  7. Under
  8. Over
  9. Over
  10. Over TB - 936

Jesse Newell 4 years, 3 months ago

No one has explained their picks yet. Guess I'll have to defend my title from last year.

  1. T.O. UNDER eight TDs. I think the KU coaching staff is sold on Angus Quigley as its bruiser back. Coach Gill said today that, in an ideal situation, he'd have his feature back run 20-25 times per game. Even though Opurum had a solid year last year, I think Quigley would be the starter if the season started today.

  2. Kale Pick OVER 13 TD passes. No matter how long this QB controversy drags on, I still think Pick has to be the starter. If he's the starter, he'll have 13 TD passes by the second conference game.

  3. KU OVER 6.5 wins. The linebacker depth is scary, but the schedule is not. Give me 7-5 for the Jayhawks, as they won't lose every close game like they did last year.

  4. Daniel Thomas UNDER 1,350 yards. He had a lot of rushes last year, and it's tough for backs to take that kind of a pounding two years in a row without having some sort of injury pop up. If he sits out a couple games, he isn't getting to that many yards.

  5. Blaine Gabbert OVER 24 passing TDs. Remember the name Jerrell Jackson. He will be Gabbert's best friend in 2010.

  6. Nebraska UNDER 10.5 wins. I know the Huskers are the heavy favorites to win the Big 12 North, but 11 wins is a lot. Mark me down for a 9-3 regular season.

  7. Ryan Broyles OVER 1,250 yards receiving. To put this in context, KU's Dezmon Briscoe had 1,337 receiving yards last year, and that was with a 102-catch wideout (Kerry Meier) on the same team. Only a major injury would keep Broyles under 1,250.

  8. Texas defense UNDER 20 interceptions. No one likes to hear it, but interceptions are a lot about luck. In 2008, UT had only six interceptions, and it had talented players on defense then. I'll say the INTs aren't high (25) and aren't low (6), but instead somewhere in between. Most likely, that'll be below 20.

  9. Texas Tech QBs OVER 35 passing TDs. Sure, Tommy Tuberville wants to run the ball more, but he also wants to play at a crazy-fast pace in the new NASCAR offense (the goal is 100 offensive plays per game). There will be a lot of touchdowns to go around, and the Red Raiders' quarterback (whoever it is) will reap the rewards.

  10. Robert Griffin UNDER 2,900 total yards of offense. That's a lot to ask from a guy who is coming off an injury. Not to mention the fact that the Bears will play a lot of tough defenses (TCU, Texas, Oklahoma).

jro72887 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Under
  2. Over
  3. Over
  4. Under
  5. Over
  6. Under
  7. Over
  8. Over
  9. Under
  10. Under *595yds

milehighhawk 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Over
  2. Over
  3. Over
  4. Under
  5. Over
  6. Over
  7. Under
  8. Under
  9. Under
  10. Under

Tiebreaker: 750

bdparkinson 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Under
  2. Under
  3. Over
  4. Under
  5. Under
  6. Under
  7. Over
  8. Under
  9. Over
  10. Under

Tiebreaker: 612

Mike Kendall 4 years, 3 months ago

1--Under 2--Over 3--Over 4--Under 5--Over 6--Under 7--Over 8--Under 9--Under 10--Under

Tie-breaker= 930 yards

Eric--thanks for the contest! It will be interesting to hear about the lucky winner. Rock Chalk!

Eric Sorrentino 4 years, 3 months ago

No problem, I'm equally as curious to see who comes out victorious. Thanks for commenting!

honk_for_hawks 4 years, 3 months ago

1 over 2 over 3 over 4 over 5 over 6 under 7 over 8 over 9 under 10 over Tiebreaker: 917 yards

rej003 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Over
  2. Under
  3. Under
  4. Under
  5. Over
  6. Under
  7. Over
  8. Under
  9. Under
  10. Over 989

Mike1903 4 years, 3 months ago

1) Over 2) Over 3) Over 4) Under 5) Under 6) Over 7) Over 8) Under 9) Under 10) Over

TB= 780

Eric- This is a great blog idea, keep the contests coming!

Eric Sorrentino 4 years, 3 months ago

Much appreciated. You guys are tearing it up on here. Thanks again.

JAYHAWKS 4 years, 3 months ago

1) Under 2) Over 3) Over 4) Under 5) Over 6) Under 7) Over 8) Over 9) Under 10) Over Tiebreaker: 812 yards

TadD31 4 years, 3 months ago

1.) Over 2.) Over 3.) Over 4.) Under 5.) Under 6.) Under 7.) Under 8.) Over 9.) Under 10.) Under

Bonus: 1031

Dirk Medema 4 years, 3 months ago

Toben TD's - over 8. Pick TD's - over 13. KU W's - over 6.5. Thomas Rush yds - under 1350 Gabbert passing over 24 TD's NU W's - under 10.5 Broyles Rvg yrds over 1250 Texas INT's under 20 TT QB's under 35 TD's Griffin total yds over 2900 Toben rush yds 807

jayhawkmac 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Under
  2. Over
  3. Under
  4. Under
  5. Over
  6. Under
  7. Over
  8. Under
  9. Under 10.Over

Dustin Engelken 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Over
  2. Over
  3. Over
  4. Under
  5. Over
  6. Under
  7. Over
  8. Under
  9. Under
  10. Over TB 940 yards

Ichabodhawk 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Over
  2. Under
  3. Over
  4. Over
  5. Over
  6. Under
  7. Under
  8. Under
  9. Under
  10. Under TB. 653

Gradhawk 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Under
  2. Over
  3. Under
  4. Over
  5. Over
  6. Over
  7. Over
  8. Under
  9. Under
  10. Over Tie Breaker: 713 yds

KGphoto 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Under - Too many other rushing options, and an injury risk.
  2. Over - One per game isn't hard.
  3. Under - The Tharp injury may have nailed this down. 6 would be nice.
  4. Over - He's just a load. He may go for 2,000.
  5. Over - Gary Pinkel is still the coach. There offense will be good.
  6. Under - They don't have a QB and they lost they're two best defenders.
  7. Over - In his sleep.
  8. Under - 25 last year was just stupid. No way that happens again.
  9. Under - Not under Tubberville. No way.
  10. Over - He'll have 2,900 in passing alone. tie= 850

NEJHawk84 4 years, 3 months ago

1)Over 2)Under 3)Over 4)Under 5)Under 6)Over 7)Under 8)Under 9)Under 10)Over Tie - 701

swkid 4 years, 3 months ago

1.Under 2.Over 3.Under 4.Under 5.Over 6.Over 7.Over 8.Over 9.Under 10.Over TB: 767

maierbryan 4 years, 3 months ago

1.over 2.over 3.under 4.under 5.over 6.under 7.over 8.under 9.under 10.over tiebreaker:770

ridgetj 4 years, 3 months ago

1.over 2.under 3.under 4.under 5.over 6.under 7.over 8.over 9.over 10.over Tiebreaker:1200

Jayhawk444 4 years, 3 months ago

1.over 2.over 3.under 4.under 5.under 6.under 7.under 8.under 9.under 10.under Tiebreaker:837

Matt Tait 4 years, 3 months ago

Great questions, great lines and great response from the readers. This should be fun to follow...

  1. Under
  2. Over
  3. Under
  4. Over
  5. Over
  6. Under
  7. Under
  8. Under
  9. Under
  10. Over Tie. 636

jayhawkdude46542 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Under
  2. Under
  3. Under
  4. Under
  5. Under
  6. Over
  7. Over
  8. Under
  9. Under
  10. Under Tie Breaker-592

Jeff Worthington 4 years, 3 months ago

  1. Under
  2. Under
  3. Under
  4. Under
  5. Under
  6. Under
  7. Under
  8. Under
  9. Over
  10. Over Tiebreak- 631

Eric Sorrentino 4 years, 3 months ago

That should do it, folks.

Jhawkjdub barely beating the Thursday night deadline (impressive, btw).

That will conclude the responses. Thank you to everyone who responded. I'll be back with updates throughout the course of the football season on the contest. Stay tuned!

-Eric

Your_pal_Andy 4 years, 3 months ago

I know I'm late but I am going to chime in anyway.

  1. Under
  2. Under
  3. Over
  4. Over
  5. Over
  6. Under
  7. Under
  8. Over
  9. Over
  10. Over Tie breaker 380 yards.

Eric Sorrentino 4 years, 3 months ago

Hey guys, here's an update on how Opurum's move to linebacker affects the contest:

Opurum's move to linebacker affects the contest only if the winner must be determined by tiebreaker.

If the the tiebreaker question is required, the winner will (most likely) be the person who guesses the lowest amount of rushing yards. This person will have had the foresight to predict Opurum not factoring into the rushing game as much as his counterparts.

Stuff can still happen, though. What if Quigley gets injured, for instance? I don't know if Sands/Lewis could carry the load themselves.

Didn't see this move coming, and I wish I could have picked a different tiebreaker question. But it's too late to go back and change it now, unfortunately.

Thanks,

-Eric

Jeff Worthington 3 years, 10 months ago

What a distinguished honor this is. I will put my kusports.com water bottle on my mantle next to my 3rd place trophy in my fantasy football league from 2007.

I'd like to thank my parents for blessing me with extremely fast typing skills, thus barely beating the deadline by 8 minutes.

I'd also like to thank the now "Big 10" Nebraska Cornhuskers for losing to a far superior 6-6 Washington team. And I can't leave out the Texas defense for just barely squeaking udner the line set at 20 INTs with a whopping 8 INTs for the whole season! Those were the 2 picks I had the least confidence in, but you guys came through for me. I can't thank you enough. Whenever I wear my kusports.com hat and t-shirt I will think of you Jake Locker.

The 2008 Orange Bowl was nice, the 2008 national championship was pretty cool I guess, but this is truly the greatest day ever to be a Jayhawk. ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK! Look forward to defending my title in 2011.....and probably posting a 2-8 record.

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