Monday, October 8, 2012
Peeking ahead to Week 7 in the Big 12
By David Ubben
Week 6 is over and done with, but here's what you can look forward to in Week 7:
- Red River has finally arrived. Last year's game featured a pair of unbeaten teams, and this year, it's two one-loss squads, though both carry top-15 rankings into the game. Texas' defense was all up on Geno Smith last week, but let Andrew Buie run wild. Can Damien Williams do the same for Landry Jones? And how will Texas' offense match up against the best defense they'll face all season? David Ash had better come to play.
- Meanwhile, The Geno Smith Experience moves westward once again to Lubbock. West Virginia is looking like a contender for all sorts of titles at this point, but Texas Tech will be hungry after getting walloped by the Sooners. Dana Holgorsen spent the better part of a decade in West Texas on Mike Leach's staff. Expect plenty of talk about that this week, for better or worse.
- Farmageddon! Step off, Nebraska and Iowa. Kansas State and Iowa State are the rightful owners of that rivalry nickname, and have played a bunch of tight games. Iowa State's looking pretty salty after beating down an already beatdown TCU team, knocking the Casey Pachall-less Frogs out of the Top 25. ISU debuted in the coaches' poll this week, but is still looking for a spot in the AP poll. The Cyclones couldn't get it done in Ames against Texas Tech, but expect another low-scoring game here.
- Speaking of Pachall, the TCU quarterback had a huge night in Waco last year. Can Trevone Boykin do the same against a questionable Baylor defense? He'll have to for the Frogs to have any shot. Nobody's stopping Baylor's offense with much consistency, and TCU gave up 30 points to Iowa State's offense. Baylor's in another league compared to the Cyclones. Last year's game between these two was a classic, but without Pachall and RG3, will that still be the case?
- Oklahoma State-Kansas was an embarrassment last year. I still think KU is a little better than last year's team, and it's obvious that OSU isn't quite as good. Last year's game was 35-7 after the first quarter, and OSU hung 70. It won't be hard to show some progress in this game, but the conference schedule's gotten off to an uninspired start. KU can't make 40-point wins a norm.
- The other thing to keep an eye on? Oklahoma State's quarterback spots. Wes Lunt and J.W. Walsh are listed as co-starters. I'm betting Lunt is healthy enough to play this week, but is it wise to put him out there? Walsh can win this game and do it easily, but do you give Lunt more time to heal and reach 100 percent? Or do you play him in a game where he can be rusty and still win? Tough call.
- For the first time all year, nobody in the Big 12 is off.
Here's the full Big 12 schedule this week (all times ET):
- No. 6 Kansas State at Iowa State, noon, FX
- No. 15 Texas vs. No. 13 Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, noon, ABC
- Oklahoma State at Kansas, 3:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net
- No. 5 West Virginia at Texas Tech, 3:30 p.m., ABC
- TCU at Baylor, 7 p.m., Fox Sports Net