Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Get primed for the Big 12's Week 2
By ESPN.com staff
My weekly predictions are on the way tomorrow, but keep this post on hand to know what's coming when during Saturday's full slate of 12 games across the conference.
Plenty of space for your predictions in the comments. All times ET.
No. 15 Georgia Tech at Kansas (Fox Sports Net, noon): Kansas needs to rebound off last week's loss to North Dakota State. Consider Georgia Tech Kansas' Charles Barkley: Not the team you want to try to rebound on. Of course, the Round Mound of Rebound is a little rounder these days, so you never know.
Idaho at No. 6 Nebraska (pay-per-view, 12:30 p.m.): Robb Akey's band of Vandals have the capability to knock off Nebraska, but after coach Bo Pelini called last week's performance by the defense an "absolute embarrassment," don't expect the Blackshirts to be off key.
Colorado at California (Fox Sports Net, 3:30 p.m.): Dan Hawkins validated some of the offseason optimism with last week's solid beating of Colorado State, but a road win in Berkeley would be an enormous step for the program.
No. 17 Florida State at No. 10 Oklahoma (3:30 p.m., ABC): The two storied programs have met just five times, but three have been in Orange Bowls, and the last time they met, Oklahoma beat the Seminoles for the national title.
Iowa State at No. 9 Iowa (ABC, 3:30 p.m.): Iowa State got off to a great start in last week's win over Northern Illinois, but hits the first major wall in its brutal schedule with the Hawkeyes.
Wyoming at No. 5 Texas (Fox Sports Net, 7 p.m.): Wyoming hung around early against the Longhorns in Laramie last year, leading 10-6 until a late first-half touchdown lit the fire for a 41-10 win. The Cowboys come to Austin with heavy hearts after losing a teammate in an auto accident earlier this week.
Texas Tech at New Mexico (The Mtn., 7 p.m.): The Lobos embarrassed themselves last week with a 72-0 loss to Oregon, while Tommy Tuberville's first year got off to a nice start with a win over SMU. Playing in New Mexico -- or anywhere, for that matter -- won't help the Lobos win this one.
Buffalo at Baylor (Fox College Sports, 7 p.m.): Buffalo lost Turner Gill and Baylor got back Robert Griffin. Receiver Kendall Wright needs to get back on track after an uncharacteristically poor showing (3 rec, -1 yard) in the Bears' opener against Sam Houston State.
McNeese State at Missouri (pay-per-view, 7 p.m.): Illinois made the Tigers sweat last week. Missouri should be safe at home against this week's FCS opponent.
Troy at Oklahoma State (7 p.m.): Troy knocked off Oklahoma State 41-23 in Troy, Ala., in 2007. A repeat performance seems unlikely. Oklahoma State returned the favor with a 55-24 laugher in 2008.
Louisiana Tech at Texas A&M (7 p.m.): Texas A&M's boring nonconference warm-ups for Arkansas at Cowboys Stadium in October will serve to shore up both sides of the ball before a showdown with Oklahoma State in a Thursday nighter in Stillwater on Sept. 30.
Missouri State at Kansas State (7 p.m.): UCLA's Bruins couldn't stop Daniel Thomas. Don't bet on a different, less difficult breed of Bear doing it either.