Friday musings

* Can Baylor beat Kansas State on Saturday night in Waco? Yes, but the stars would have to align perfectly.

* I just can’t see a Baylor team that ranks dead last among the 120 FBS football-playing schools in total defense being the one that upsets K-State’s apple cart. The Bears rank 115th in scoring defense, 101st in red-zone defense, 96th in rushing defense and 118th in passing defense.

* Does that sound like a team that can end K-State’s national championship hopes? Even on its home field? I have to believe the Wildcats will score more than 40 points Saturday night against Baylor and that Collin Klein will have not only a big rushing night, but that he’ll do a lot of damage through the air.

* Now, there is that Baylor offense. It is legitimately one of the best in the country and K-State’s defense didn’t stand up so well against a high-octane Oklahoma State offense a couple of weeks ago. Baylor’s offense is led by quarterback Nick Florence, who has passed for 3,191 yards and 25 touchdowns through nine games. Florence has been consistently good against everybody he has played and he has three receivers – Terrence Williams, Tevin Reese and Lanear Simpson – he loves to throw to. Williams is All-America caliber.

* Baylor’s rushing attack has been good, too. Especially lately, thanks to the thunder and lightning duo of Glasco Martin and Lache Seastrunk, who scored three touchdowns in a close loss at Oklahoma last week.

* Baylor will score. K-State will score. I think K-State scores more and wins, 47-35.

* I would give Charlie Weis a strong ‘B’ for the job he’s done in his first season at Kansas. Two seasons ago, I would have given Turner Gill a ‘D’ in his first year, even though the Jayhawks were 3-9 in 2010. Why the difference? This Kansas team just looks different. It looks better. It hasn’t stopped playing hard under Weis and it has just looked like a more organized, together team. I think KU gets its first Big 12 win in a long time Saturday at home against Iowa State.

* I had a good time this week being around North senior basketball standout Conner Frankamp, who I’m profiling in the Sunday paper and online, of course, at Kansas.com. I hope you’ll check out the story.

* I especially enjoyed my conversation with Frankamp’s mother, Karen, who had a lot of great things to say about her youngest son. She’s the backbone of that family, a trait not unusual for mothers.

* My wife and I will probably go to from 8-10 North games this season. And it won’t be because we love the color red, although I think we both do. It will be to savor the moments that we get to watch Frankamp play high school basketball. He’s definitely one of the top three players I’ve seen in all of my years watching City League hoops. Darnell Valentine and Ricky Ross are in that mix, too.

* Perry Ellis needs to dig as deep as he possibly can and find a mean streak inside that body of his. Ellis is a fantastic kid and he has a ton of basketball talent. What’s missing, though, is a killer instinct that the great players have. Ellis has to come to the realization that he can be a gentleman and a scholar off the floor, but that it’s going to serve him best in his KU career to be a mean cuss when he’s playing basketball. One of Bill Self’s big challenges this season will be to find Ellis’ fuse.

* Ben McLemore can really play. Looks like a one-and-doner to me. So, Jayhawk fans, enjoy him while you can.

* Looking like Wichita State newcomer Cleanthony Early is figuring it out quickly. Good thing, because he’s a headline writer’s dream.

* Thank goodness Miguel Cabrera beat out Mike Trout for the American League MVP. There is still some sense left in baseball, where the sabermetric guys are attempting to overtake the sport. Listen, I’m all for statistical analysis. But I also still trust my eyes. Cabrera, a Triple Crown winner for the Detroit Tigers, was my slam-dunk winner.

* ESPN baseball “expert” Keith Law, and I use the “expert” term loosely, actually had Cabrera third on his MVP list behind Trout and New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano. Right, Keith, because you see baseball on a higher level than the rest of us. Please.

* Strange, strange story on Chaamique Holdsclaw, former Tennessee, Olympics and WNBA great.

* I haven’t eaten a Snoball since around 1972, I’m guessing. Sorry to see you go, Hostess.

* Nothing exemplifies how out of touch I am with young American culture like my clueless-ness about the “Twilight” movie franchise.

* I judge a good television series on how quickly an episode goes by and how sorry I am to see it end. Based on those scales, the shows I’m enjoying most this season are “The Good Wife,” “The Walking Dead,” and “Homeland.” “Dexter” is having a very good season, too.

* I still watch “The Office,” but it’s nothing like it used to be. This is a show that stayed on two years too long. When Steve Carrell left the series, the series should have stopped.

* There’s nothing worse than when a great television series jumps the shark. Sadly, that’s usually the fate of a show that people are reluctant to end.

* When I’m driving long distances, I like to plug my iPod in and listen to nothing but the Eagles and Eagles-related stuff from the solo careers of Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit. My wife seems to be OK with it. Today, when we’re driving to southeast Kansas, I’m going to play some of her favorite music because that’s the kind of guy I am.

* I feel sad when the beautiful green grass on my lawn goes dormant. I wish there was something I could do to save it. I do, though, look forward to its colorful return come spring.

* Did I just devote space here to my grass?

* Thanks for reading, everyone. I’ll be checking in here on the blog after the Kansas State game Saturday night at Baylor. It should be interesting. Have a fantastic weekend.