Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The Big 12 Primer: Week 4
By David Ubben
Time to take a look at when and where you can see the Big 12's five games this weekend.
My predictions will be up in the morning, as well as my weekly reveal of which game I'll be attending on Saturday afternoon.
Until then, let's hear your predictions in the comments.
Texas, Texas Tech, Iowa State and Oklahoma State are all off this week.
Baylor at Louisiana-Monroe (8 p.m., ESPN): The Bears will play away from Floyd Casey Stadium for the first time this season. The last time the Bears played a nonconference Friday night game on national TV, they knocked off TCU, a top-15 team, in the 2011 season opener. The WarHawks already took Auburn and Arkansas to overtime, beating the Hogs. That was on the road. What awaits the Bears in Monroe?
No. 8 West Virginia vs. Maryland (noon, FX): West Virginia's offense has looked unstoppable through three games, and Maryland doesn't look like the most likely team to put a stop to it. At 2-1, though, the rival Terrapins have already equaled last season's win total. Geno Smith has turned heads with nine touchdowns and nine incompletions, ascending to the top of the Heisman heap for the time being. Can he keep it up?
No. 17 TCU vs. Virginia (noon, ESPN): TCU will get its first taste of a national broadcast as a Big 12 member against the ACC's second-place finisher in the Coastal Division a year ago. The last time TCU hosted a game at 11 a.m. local time? All the way back on Sept. 16, 2000, when LaDainian Tomlinson and the Frogs knocked off Northwestern. Just another piece of the brand-new world TCU is entering.
Kansas at Northern Illinois (3:30 p.m., ESPN3) The Jayhawks grabbed a big win in Lawrence last year, but it was their only win over an FBS team and sent them to 2-0 with a win that looked better and better as the season went on. NIU finished with 10 wins and won the MAC. This time, though, KU's heading to DeKalb, but still doesn't have a win over an FBS team this year. Can the Jayhawks bounce back from a home loss to TCU last week?
No. 15 Kansas State at No. 6 Oklahoma (7:50 p.m., FOX) Buckle up, friends. This is only the beginning. Big 12 play really starts in -- where else? -- Norman, Okla., on national TV in prime time. The league has five members between No. 6 and No. 17 in the polls. This thing's got to be sorted out, and it'll happen with a whole lot of really good games. This is only the first. Oklahoma rolled K-State by 41 in Manhattan last year, but nobody's come closer to beating Bob Stoops at home with a ranked team than Bill Snyder.