Who's hot and who's not in the Big 12
September, 24, 2009
By Tim Griffin | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Here’s a look at some of those who are sizzling and fizzling across the Big 12 after the first three weeks of the season.
Hot: Oklahoma's defense, which posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 1987.
Not: Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin, who produced a career-low 139 yards against Connecticut.
Hot: Iowa State’s special teams, which recovered two fumbles on Kent State punt returns last week.
Not: Iowa State’s offense, which has produced 10 turnovers in the last two games -- six interceptions and four lost fumbles.
Hot: Missouri wide receiver Danario Alexander, who became the first Tiger player to catch and throw a touchdown pass in the same game since Chase Coffman in the 2006 Sun Bowl.
Not: Kansas State’s offenses has scored 45 points in first three games -- lowest since Bill Snyder’s first season in 1989. The Wildcats had six drives that reached UCLA territory last week and came away with nine points.
Hot: Baylor linebacker Joe Pawelek, who contributed a career-high 21 tackles against Connecticut.
Not: Nebraska quarterback Zac Lee, whose first road game against Virginia Tech was one to forget. He completed 11-of-30 passes with two interceptions for 136 yards. It was the lowest Nebraska passing production since the Cornhuskers passed for 129 yards against Oklahoma State in 2007 -- a period of 20 games.
Hot: Oklahoma State punter Quinn Sharp, who is making Cowboy fans forget all about Ray Guy Award winner Matt Fodge from last season. Sharp had kicks of 50 and 61 yards last week against Rice, giving him six punts of 50 or more yards after three games. And six of his 12 punts this season have been downed inside the opponents' 20-yard line.
Not: Texas Tech running back Baron Batch, who gashed Texas for 18 yards on his first carry last week and produced five more yards during the rest of the game. Batch also struggled with two fumbles.
BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State