Saturday, September 4, 2010
The Big 122s night games primer
By ESPN.com staff
Time for the big finish, six games tonight to cap off the day, though four games are going to be tough to find on TV.
Washington State at Oklahoma State (7 p.m., Fox Sports Net):
What to watch: Who is Weeden's top target in offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen's Air Raid?
- Washington State coach Paul Wulff is 3-22 in two seasons as Cougars coach, including a 1-17 record in the Pac-10.
- Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden will be making his first career start and running back Kendall Hunter will be returning after an injury-plagued 2009.
- The Cowboys are coming off two consecutive nine-win seasons.
Sam Houston State at Baylor (7 p.m., none):
What to watch: Is Griffin still as elusive as he was as a freshman in 2008?
- Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin will be playing his first game since tearing his ACL last September and missing the final nine games of the season. He was given a medical redshirt and will be a sophomore.
- Griffin has thrown 11 touchdowns and no interceptions in seven nonconference games at Baylor.
- The Bears lead the all-time series with the FCS Bearkats, 2-0. Baylor is 23-2 against FCS competition.
North Dakota State at Kansas (7 p.m., Fox College Sports):
What to watch: How much does backup quarterback Jordan Webb play behind Pick?
- New Kansas coach Turner Gill will be making his debut as Jayhawks coach.
- Kale Pick, a sophomore who played sparingly behind Todd Reesing as a freshman in 2009, will make his first start against the Bison.
- Kansas is 18-3 in its past 21 home games, including losses to Oklahoma and Kansas.
Western Kentucky at No. 8 Nebraska (7 p.m., pay-per-view):
What to watch: Who starts at quarterback?
- Western Kentucky enters Saturday's game with the nation's longest losing streak at 20 games. They will be led by first-time head coach Willie Taggart, who was Heisman finalist Toby Gerhart's position coach at Stanford last season.
- Nebraska opens the season in the preseason top 10 for the first time since 2002.
- The two programs have never played.
Utah State at No. 7 Oklahoma (7 p.m., pay-per-view):
What to watch: Has Oklahoma's offensive line made as much progress from last year as coach Bob Stoops says it has?
- Oklahoma opens the season with a 30-game home winning streak, the nation's longest.
- The Sooners are honoring their 2000 national champions at Saturday's game, celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the Orange Bowl win over Florida State, who Oklahoma faces next week. The quarterback from the 2000 team, Josh Heupel, is Oklahoma's quarterback coach.
- Oklahoma also has 799 wins, and will be seeking to become college football's seventh team with 800 all-time wins. Nebraska is the only other team in the Big 12 with that distinction.
Stephen F. Austin at Texas A&M (7 p.m., none):
What to watch: How are the carries distributed between Gray and Michael, at least in the first half?
- Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson, the school's leader in touchdown passes, will be returning from offseason shoulder surgery.
- The Aggies return two 750-yard rushers from a season ago, Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael, the only team in the Big 12 to do so.
- Texas A&M will be debuting its new 3-4 defense under new coordinator Tim DeRuyter, who coached the nation's No. 10 defense at Air Force last season.