Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Big 12's biggest September impact game?
By David Ubben
Colleague Ryan McGee broke down the games in college football's first month that will have the most impact on the BCS race , but only one Big 12 game made the cut.
Credit a terrible nonconference schedule for that, but on the month's final weekend, Texas and Oklahoma State will meet in Stillwater. I've got them both as dark horse candidates to win the league, and coincidentally, it's the first time those two teams will have played in Stillwater since 2009.
The Cowboys rolled over Texas by double digits in Austin in 2010 and 2011, but McGee sees a major matchup to really kick off Big 12 play.
What's on the line in this one? McGee says the winner will prove it's the chief contender to knock off Oklahoma. I could see that, and the Sooners' rivalries with both will be plenty heated this year.
What else may happen? McGee says the winner may end the season as an at-large BCS team. We'll see about that. Ten wins would probably do the trick, but you never know. Kansas State won 10 games and got snubbed last year by the BCS.
Between Texas' offensive ineptitude (or so it would seem) and defensive dominance, McGee sees this game as the only true defensive struggle all season. We'll see about that. Oklahoma State's defense, to me, is built to stop the stereotypical spreads in the Big 12, with a great secondary and quick, sure-tackling linebackers.
If Texas' power running game is as powerful as we think it is, the Longhorns may roll up front against what very well could be an overmatched Oklahoma State defensive line. That's how I see it anyway. I can't wait to see the real game in real life.