The Big 12 Primer: Week 1

August, 31, 2011
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My predictions are on the way in the morning, but until then, here's when and where you can find each Big 12 game this weekend (all times ET).

No Big 12 teams are on the road this week, but the onus is on Baylor for a perfect week across the conference. The Big 12 nearly did it in Week 1 of 2010, until the mighty Bison of North Dakota State knocked off Kansas in the late session of games.

Additionally, I'll be revealing which game I'll be attending this weekend in the predictions post on Thursday. Any guesses?

We've previewed each of these games, so click on them to check out our take.

Let's hear your predictions in the comments.

FRIDAY

No. 14 TCU at Baylor (8 p.m., ESPN): Baylor's got upset on the brain. TCU's defensive tent pole, Tank Carder, is back, but Andy Dalton's arm, which shredded the Bears' defense in a 45-10 win last season, is in the NFL now.

SATURDAY

Miami (Ohio) at No. 21 Missouri (noon, Fox Sports Net): The Redhawks are underrated and have a solid new coach in Don Treadwell, but the real show is what the Tigers get out of new quarterback James Franklin.

Northern Iowa at Iowa State (7 p.m., Clone Zone): Iowa State returned two interceptions for scores in a 27-0 win over the Panthers last year, and these guys will be a bit easier to slow down than next week's in-state opponent (Iowa). Fans will get their first look at juco transfer and starting quarterback Steele Jantz in live action, too.

McNeese State at Kansas (7 p.m.): Kansas won't be able to outrun the memories of a season-opening loss to an FCS team last year. But a good step in making people forget? A convincing win against McNeese State.

Eastern Kentucky at Kansas State (7 p.m., K-StateHD.tv): Kansas State lines up a Bill Snyder specially baked cupcake in Week 1, but the Brown brothers' debut will be the main attraction, and quarterback Collin Klein may surpass his total passes thrown last season (18) in his first start.

Louisiana-Lafayette at No. 9 Oklahoma State (7 p.m., Fox College Sports): The Cowboys needed a half to wake up against the Ragin' Cajuns last year, but this is no awkward Friday night game in the Bayou. OSU returns to the comfy confines of Boone Pickens Stadium for this rematch.

Texas State at Texas Tech (7 p.m.): Year 2 of the Tuberville era kicks off with a snoozer, but it's the beginning of a pretty easy early-season schedule that should let the Red Raiders rack up a 4-0 record before hosting Texas A&M.

Tulsa at No. 1 Oklahoma (8 p.m., FX): Oklahoma won't be facing the Golden Hurricane's top weapon, Damaris Johnson, but the Sooners will be without linebacker Travis Lewis. Landry Jones will be slingin' it plenty in this one.

Rice at Texas (8 p.m., Longhorn Network): Texas opens up its season on its brand-new network with brand-new coaches and a host of brand-new players. Can it return to its old winning ways, though? Garrett Gilbert needs a fast start or he may see his first career benching.

SUNDAY

SMU at No. 9 Texas A&M (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net): The Aggies look SEC-bound, but their likely last season in the Big 12 begins with an old foe from the Southwest Conference who wants in the Big 12. Confused yet? A&M's players say the only three letters on their mind the past few month have been S-M-U. We'll see if this year gets off to a better start than last year, when the Aggies needed a fourth-quarter comeback to beat Florida International and remain 3-0 before losing three consecutive games.

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