Preseason camp has not begun, so making predictions might seem like folly. Some of our annual Big 12 season predictions have been on the money; others have been way off base in the past. But why should that stop us?
During the next couple of weeks, we will be making predictions for every Big 12 game this season. We continue our predictions with Week 3:
Baylor 55, Rice 14: The Bears offense gets off to a slow start with more turnovers (2) than touchdowns (1) in the first quarter, but a explosive third quarter, which includes two long touchdown receptions by KD Cannon, puts the game away before the fourth quarter begins.
Memphis 37, Kansas 13: So much for the Jayhawks’ winning streak. Kansas’ first road game results in the Jayhawks' first loss of the season as the offense just can’t get off the ground. Kansas manages just 287 yards on offense and commits three turnovers in a disappointing loss after a 2-0 start to the season.
TCU 38, Iowa State 14: The Horned Frogs overwhelm Iowa State on both sides of the ball, with cornerback Ranthony Texada announcing his healthy return to the field with an interception return for a touchdown and junior college transfer receiver Taj Williams grabbing a pair of touchdown passes to get on the board in a TCU uniform. Allen Lazard is the only bright spot for Iowa State with 147 receiving yards and one touchdown as the Cyclones drop their second straight game.
Kansas State 31, Florida Atlantic 13: The only team with a bye in Week 2, K-State returns to the field with aplomb after a disheartening season-opening loss to Stanford. Quarterback Jesse Ertz is outstanding, accounting for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns in the win.
Oklahoma State 30, Pittsburgh 24: The Cowboys barely survive their toughest nonconference matchup of the season, winning after a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown receptions from James Washington. Neither offense takes control of the game until Oklahoma State turns up its tempo and leans largely on Mason Rudolph and Washington to carry the offense after halftime.
Texas Tech 47, Louisiana Tech 23: Red Raiders quarterback Patrick Mahomes accounts for four touchdowns for the second straight week, including a pair of touchdown tosses to junior college transfer Derrick Willies as the chemistry between the two playmakers continues to grow. And the Red Raiders defense has their best showing of the season, forcing three turnovers and only allowing one first-half touchdown.
Oklahoma 35, Ohio State 34: One of the most anticipated games of the season lives up to the hype. Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett each look like Heisman-worthy quarterbacks in a exceptionally entertaining game featuring big plays from both squads. The Sooners’ running back duo of Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon end up deciding the outcome combining with more than 200 total yards, combining to cement the win as the stars of a clock-draining final drive after the Buckeyes pulled within a point midway through the final quarter.
Texas 42, Cal 38: The Longhorns surprise with their offensive explosiveness as Shane Buechele grows up before everyone’s eyes. Texas running game remains potent as Texas rushes for more than 200 yards, but Buechele’s big plays bring needed balance to the offense. Buechele's touchdown passes to John Burt, Devin Duvernay and Armanti Foreman spark Texas to victory after an up-and-down defensive performance against the Bears and Davis Webb.
Week 3 standings
1. TCU -- 3-0, (1-0 in Big 12)
2. Baylor -- 3-0
3. Oklahoma -- 3-0
4. Oklahoma State 3-0
5. Texas Tech -- 3-0
6. West Virginia -- 2-0
7. Kansas -- 2-1
8. Texas -- 2-1
9. Kansas State -- 1-1
10. Iowa State -- 1-2 (0-1)