POKE SALAD

Nathan Knapp
A newsletter with weekly Big 12 football picks from an orange-and-black lifer, Big 8 nostalgia, plus conference realignments and misalignments
Created 28 Sep 2020
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  • Week 12 Big 12 Picks: Flying Tortilla Bros. Edition
    19 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    History time! The last time Kansas got a road conference win: George W. Bush was president. I was in my freshman year of college. Zac Robinson was the starting quarterback at Oklahoma State. Jim Knowl...
  • Week 11 Big 12 Picks: Blackout BPS Edition
    12 Nov 2021 • 1 min read
    Image credit: Daily Oklahoman The Pokes are planning to blackout Boone Pickens Stadium tomorrow night in honor of Barry Sanders, of whom a trophy is being unveiled. I’m down for that. Here’re some cla...
  • Week 10 Big 12 Picks: Country Roads Edition
    05 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    Photo cred: ESPN. Might as well say it that I have nothing to say about the NCAA, except to say that the NCAA fucking sucks, and I think Mike Boynton is the best thing to happen to OSU in a very, very...
  • Week 9 Big 12 Picks: Prime-Time Edition
    29 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    Photo cred: Kansas City Star Was I upset about the spot in Ames? No, I wasn’t upset about the spot in Ames. Would I have liked it to be more favorable to the Pokes? Of course. It looked like a call th...
  • Week 8 Big 12 Picks: Head North Edition
    22 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    Photo cred: Getty Images I’m picking the road team in three games this week. Living dangerously! Last week: 4-1 (.800) Overall: 37-10 (.787) No. 3 Oklahoma 63, Kansas 27. Fun fact: Kansas beat Oklahom...
  • Week 7 Big 12 Picks: Tex-Poke Edition
    15 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    Had my first bad week of picks last week. Looking to rebound, but there aren’t many easy picks this week—the only true no-brainer is Kansas and even that one looks a little iffy to me. Last week: 1-2 ...
  • Week 6 Big 12* Picks: Red River Rubdown Edition
    08 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    It’s Red River time! As the commercials have been telling us all week, these two teams really hate each other! Boy do Texas and Oklahoma just not get along. Boy oh boy they just hate each other so so ...
  • Week 5 Big 12 Picks: Little Apple Edition
    01 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    Photo cred: Peter G. Aiken / Getty Images Remember before Covid, when you could sick in a non-life-threatening way and still feel so horrible you could barely move? That’s been me the past couple days...
  • Week 4 Big 12 Picks: Upset Edition
    24 Sep 2021 • 4 min read
    Photo cred: O’Colly I’ve got a feeling we’re in for some close ones this week. Despite wildly missing the spread on a couple games last week—here’s looking at you, OU-Nebraska—I had my first perfect w...
  • Week 3: Snoozer of the Century Edition
    18 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    Very little today went the way I hoped it would, thanks to a certain online learning platform which I use in my capacity as public educator, so these picks are very late. Since late: also brief. I’ve ...
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