Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The Big 12 Primer: Week 2
By David Ubben
My predictions for Week 2 will be up bright and early tomorrow morning, but here's your look at when, where and what you can find in this weekend's games. I'll also reveal tomorrow which game I'm attending.
Until then, let's hear your predictions in the comments.
West Virginia and Baylor are off this week.
No. 21 Kansas State vs. Miami (noon, FX): Wildcats linebacker Arthur Brown plays his former team a second time after knocking off The U in Miami Gardens last year. The Wildcats get the early game and their first test after rolling over Missouri State with an explosive third quarter. Miami got a good win over Boston College to start its season, but Kansas State is a better team.
Iowa State at Iowa (3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network): Iowa will be out for revenge after last year's three-overtime upset, including a double-digit, fourth-quarter comeback. Steele Jantz looked much improved in last week's win over Tulsa, and last year's win was the Cyclones' first in the rivalry since 2007. Iowa State hasn't won in Iowa City in a decade, but it has also never played for this brand-new trophy. Motivation, y'all!
Kansas vs. Rice (3:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net): KU got back in the win column last week, but quarterback Dayne Crist was unsatisfied with his performance. He'll have more time this week to get in sync with receivers Kale Pick, Daymond Patterson and D.J. Beshears. KU's retooled defensive line has a lot to prove still, too. The Jayhawks notched two sacks (it had nine all of last season), but gave up a 99-yard touchdown run.
No. 17 TCU vs. Grambling State (7 p.m., Fox Sports Net): TCU had to wait an extra week, but it's finally time to unveil the Frogs' new stadium and debut a team playing as a Big 12 member for the first time. This game shouldn't be interesting, but it'll be an emotional weekend in Fort Worth, no doubt.
Texas Tech at Texas State (7 p.m., ESPN3): Texas Tech looked pretty good last week against Northwestern State, but it's anyone's guess what Texas State has in store for Tech this weekend. The Red Raiders will travel to San Marcos, but Dennis Franchione's Bobcats knocked off Houston on the road last week.
No. 5 Oklahoma vs. Florida A&M (7 p.m., pay-per-view): The Sooners won't be clinging to a narrow lead in the fourth quarter against the FCS Rattlers, but Oklahoma's offense needs to work on a whole lot before Saturday. Landry Jones looked uncomfortable and out of sync with his new receivers, and Bob Stoops complained of "inconsistency" all over the place in Saturday's win over UTEP.
No. 15 Texas vs. New Mexico (8 p.m., Longhorn Network): New Mexico's off to a nice start under Bob Davie, hanging 66 points on the board last week. Here's guessing the Lobos won't put 60 on the Longhorns, who turned in a solid effort against a Wyoming team that's better than most think. Still, David Ash and even the hyped defense were far from where they need to be for Texas to contend for a Big 12 title. The Longhorns will need to see some improvement.
No. 16 Oklahoma State at Arizona (10:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network): Wes Lunt has yet to throw an incompletion ... or his first career touchdown pass. We didn't learn much about Lunt in the Cowboys' infamous 84-0 win over Savannah State. This one? A much more difficult test. Arizona struggled to beat Toledo last week, but going on the road against a major conference opponent, especially with a true freshman quarterback, is intriguing. The Cowboys are a double-digit favorite, though, and face the Wildcats for a third time in 16 games.