The Big 12 Primer: Week 2

September, 7, 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). I'll also reveal which game I'll be attending. Any guesses?

Last week, the Big 12 went undefeated and have tied the SEC for the most teams in the top 25 poll, with six. That's the most for the league since Oct. 4, 2009.

Half of the league is actually off this week, so it's a trimmed-down, but solid set of games.

My predictions are on the way in the morning, but let's hear yours in the comments.

Off: Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Texas Tech

THURSDAY

No. 9 Oklahoma State vs. Arizona (8 p.m., ESPN): This is a rematch of last year's Alamo Bowl, won by Oklahoma State, 36-10. I'd expect this one to be closer, and much more high scoring. Receivers Justin Blackmon and Juron Criner will catch balls from Brandon Weeden and Nick Foles, making this matchup must-see TV.

FRIDAY

No. 21 Missouri at Arizona State (10:30 p.m., ESPN): Missouri is fighting through injuries to six starters, but will face a tough test in the desert against the Sun Devils, who enter as underdogs by a touchdown. Linebacker Vontaze Burfict will be tough to handle for a patchwork offensive line that will be without its first-team center and left tackle.

SATURDAY
Iowa State vs. Iowa (Noon, Fox Sports Net): The Cy-Hawk rivalry is here, complete with a interim trophy in to to replace this waste of space. Iowa running back Marcus Coker had an underwhelming debut after tearing up Missouri in the Insight Bowl, but look for big improvement from Iowa State QB Steele Jantz in his second start.

Kansas vs. Northern Illinois (7 p.m., Fox College Sports): Kansas faces an underrated Northern Illinois team led by former Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Doeren, a first-year head coach. The Jayhawks looked pretty good last week, and will try to take another step forward this week against Doeren who actually coached linebackers for Kansas from 2002-05.

No. 24 Texas vs. BYU (7 p.m., ESPN2): The Longhorns looked pretty good in Week 1, but BYU was awful, narrowly escaping with a win against Ole Miss in Oxford that required a late defensive touchdown. How much improvement will the Longhorns youth invasion see in Week 2?

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