Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Big 12 Upset Alert: Week 2
By David Ubben
Who's on upset alert in Week 2? Once again, every Big 12 team except Iowa State is favored in Week 2. Here's the game most likely to not go as expected.
My pick: Texas Tech at Texas State
Oh, beware, Red Raiders. Beware. A week ago, this looked like a cake walk over an FCS team playing in the FBS for the first season ever. Former Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione flamed out rather spectacularly in College Station, and he'd resurfaced in San Marcos, but beyond that, the game had little intrigue.
That is, until Saturday. The Bobcats came to Houston as 36.5-point underdogs, but beat the Cougars, 30-13. It's believed to be the second-biggest upset in college football history, just behind Stanford, which upset USC as 38.5-point underdogs back in 2007. This was no nailbiter, though. This was a stomping.
Houston was debuting its team without Case Keenum and without Kevin Sumlin, but nobody thought Saturday's game would end like it did. I'm betting that game says more about Houston than it does Texas State, but how can you not be a little leery if you're a Red Raider? Not to mention, that game was in Houston.
Saturday? Texas Tech heads to San Marcos to face a school playing its first game ever at home as an FBS member. The Bobcats will be doing it against an in-state team, too.
"We've been waiting for this for two years," the city's mayor, Daniel Guerrero, told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. "We're anticipating the largest turnout for an athletic event we've ever had."