Saturday, September 13, 2008
No surprises in Big 12 yet
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
The games in the Big 12 have played out as expected today. Big victories by Missouri and Oklahoma State by a combined margin of 126-30 were to be expected, as was Iowa's 17-5 victory over Iowa State.
Here are a few things that I saw after watching games throughout the afternoon.
- Chase Daniel is playing like a Heisman Trophy candidate and Missouri's offense is awesome. Of course, the Tigers still haven't played a defense that has legitimately tested them.
- Phillip Bates didn't give Iowa State the lift I thought he would provide as a spot player. And the Cyclones had as much trouble as I thought they would against Shonn Greene, who gashed them for 120 yards and a touchdown.
- Oklahoma State's offense might be the most versatile in the conference. They can pass like they did last week in coming back for a victory against Houston. And they can pound the ball on othe ground like at Missouri State, when they gashed the Bears for 450 yards with three different backs with more than 100 yards.
I'll have another report later this evening after games involving Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Nebraska.