Big 12: Grambling State Tigers
And they didn’t waste time in their easy victory, scoring touchdowns on their first six possessions. TCU scored on a 70-yard punt return by Deante' Gray, a 1-yard run by Waymon James and an 28-yard interception return by Elisha Olabode to take a 21-0 lead just minutes into the game.
Those three touchdowns by three different phases (offense, defense, special teams) served as a signal that the Horned Frogs were ready for their first game as a member of the Big 12 and wanted to send a message to the rest of the conference by dominating an inferior opponent in every phase of football.
Quarterback Casey Pachall and receiver Josh Boyce showed signs of being a quarterback-receiver duo to be reckoned with as TCU put the game away by halftime. Pachall finished 9 of 9 pass attempts for 201 yards and three touchdowns while Boyce had four receptions for 102 yards and two scores. Boyce’s 66-yard touchdown catch was the highlight of the night as he waved through a couple of Grambling State defenders before outracing the rest to the end zone.
Meanwhile, the Tigers gained 70 total yards as TCU's defense overwhelmed their offensive attack.
Texas Tech 58, Texas State 10: Saturday's game had danger written all over it for the Red Raiders, who must not have been paying attention to all those red flags.
An amped crowd awaiting Texas State's first-ever game as an FBS member? A team coming off a shocking, 17-point win a week earlier as a 36-point underdog?
All Texas Tech saw was a four-touchdown lead less than a minute into the second quarter. It never got any closer. Texas Tech rolled in front of a packed crowd in San Marcos, Texas.
Darrin Moore's first two catches of the season went for touchdowns and Seth Doege threw five on the night before taking a seat in the third quarter. He completed 25 of 32 passes for 319 yards in the blowout.
Another solid performance for the Texas Tech defense, too, which held Northwestern State to less than 100 yards of offense last week. Texas State was forced to bench quarterback Shaun Rutherford early, and gained a little momentum with Tyler Arndt, but this one was all Red Raiders.
Texas Tech has to feel confident after leaving no doubt in this game, and hosts New Mexico next week. The Lobos won just one game a year ago.
Grambling State at No. 20 TCU (7 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Net): The Horned Frogs finally hit the field after watching the remainder of the Big 12 open their seasons last weekend. TCU looks to make Gary Patterson the all-time winningest coach in school history in the first meeting between the two teams.
Texas Tech at Texas State (7 p.m. ET, ESPN3/WatchESPN): Any thoughts of overlooking Texas State left Lubbock when the Bobcats defeated Houston, 30-13, to start the season. Fortunately for the Red Raiders, any concerns about the healthy return of running back Eric Stephens were lessened with his two-touchdown performance against Northwestern State (La.) in the season opener, the fifth multi-touchdown game of his career. A healthy Stephens will make the Red Raiders offense more explosive in their first road test.
Florida A&M at No. 5 Oklahoma (7 p.m. ET, pay-per-view): All eyes will be on quarterback Landry Jones and the Sooners offense after the Big 12's preseason favorite stumbled to a 24-7 season-opening victory over UTEP on Sept. 1. OU needs to find its offensive rhythm against FAMU or Sooners fans will not be happy. And OU’s upcoming bye week becomes that much longer.
New Mexico at No. 17 Texas (8 p.m. ET, Longhorn Network): UNM better tighten up those chinstraps. And not just because of the new helmet rule. Longhorns running backs Malcolm Brown(105) and Joe Bergeron (110) each rushed for over 100 yards in the 37-17 victory over Wyoming as UT averaged 5.96 yards per carry.
No. 18 Oklahoma State at Arizona (10:30 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network): The first major test for Lunt as he looks to lead his team to a road win. While Lunt is in the spotlight, don’t be surprised if OSU puts the game on the shoulders of Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith, one of the Big 12’s top tailback duos, to carry the offense in Tucson.
Either way, my name is Brandon Chatmon. I'll be helping out on the Big 12 blog today with our main man David Ubben in Manhattan, Kan., for the Wildcats' battle with The U. Follow me on Twitter @bchatmon and I'll have plenty of Big 12 updates throughout the day.
Enough about me, let's jump straight into football.
- Miami (Fla.) at No. 21 Kansas State, noon ET, FX
- Iowa State at Iowa, 3:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network
- Rice at Kansas, 3:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Net
- Grambling State at No. 20 TCU, 7 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Net
- Texas Tech at Texas State, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3/WatchESPN
- Florida A&M at No. 5 Oklahoma, 7 p.m. ET, PPV
- New Mexico at No. 17 Texas, 8 p.m. ET, Longhorn Network
- No. 18 Oklahoma State at Arizona, 10:30 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network
- Manhattan, Kan. -- Sunny skies, game-time temperature of 67 degrees, north and northwest winds at 5 mph
- Iowa City, Iowa -- Sunny skies, game-time temperature of 72 degrees, northwest winds at 11 mph
- Lawrence, Kan. -- Sunny skies, game-time temperature of 76 degrees, north and northwest winds at 8 mph
- Fort Worth, Texas -- Partly sunny skies, game-time temperature of 84 degrees, north winds at 16 mph
- San Marcos, Texas -- Partly sunny skies, game-time temperature of 83 degrees, north and northeast winds at 13 mph
- Norman, Okla. -- Partly sunny skies, game-time temperature of 78 degrees, north winds at 10 mph
- Austin, Texas -- Partly cloudy skies, game-time temperature of 78 degress, north and northeast winds at 10 mph.
- Tucson, Ariz. -- Cloudy skies, game-time temperature of 83 degrees, southeast winds at 9 mph.
In case you missed it, Ubben's coverage this week should have you primed and ready for kickoff:
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Earlier this week, I took a look at the nonconference games that Big 12 teams will struggle to win this season.
There's also a set of games that the Big 12 should have no worries about winning. These trips to the pastry wagon can get addictive, but they don't provide much nutritional value. So consider whatever tangible benefits that happen in these games as problematic -- mainly because of the opposition the Big 12 teams will be playing.
Here are the six easiest nonconference games of the season for the Big 12.
1. Idaho State at Oklahoma, Sept. 12: Want to know how bad Idaho State is? They lost to Northern Colorado last season in a 1-11 season marked only by an overtime victory over Sacramento State. The Bengals ranked as the nation's worst FCS team in total defense and pass efficiency defense, next-to-last in scoring defense and had the FCS's sixth-worst rushing defense. Sam Bradford will be watching this one from the bench by midway through the second quarter.
2. Northern Colorado at Kansas, Sept. 5: The Division I-AA Bears are 3-31 over the last three years, including a 32-point loss at Purdue last season, a 36-point loss at San Diego State and a 57-point loss at Hawaii in 2006.
3. Tennessee Tech at Kansas State, Sept. 26: Watson Brown will be looking for better luck against the Wildcats than little brother Mack Brown has enjoyed over the years. It won't happen on this trip.
4. North Dakota at Texas Tech, Sept. 5: The Fighting Sioux were a Division II team last year. They are transitioning to Division I-AA status and this game will be their first battle in modern history against an FBS opponent. That won't help them in an opener as Mike Leach tries to build confidence in his retooled offense quarterbacked by first-year starter Taylor Potts.
5. Northwestern State at Baylor, Sept. 26: The Bears dominated the Demons in a 51-10 blowout last season and will be even better this year. Considering that Baylor's first two games are against foes from BCS-affiliated conferences -- a feat that no other Big 12 will attempt this season in nonconference play -- gives them a little bit of a mulligan for playing such a weak opponent for their third game.
6. Grambling State at Oklahoma State, Sept. 26: Once upon a time, the Tigers were a virtual football factory for NFL talent. Those days are long gone, but at least the storied Grambling band will be coming to Stillwater -- at least we hope.
And some other dogs to avoid include:
- Furman at Missouri, Sept. 19
- Louisiana-Monroe at Texas, Sept. 5
- Massachusetts at Kansas State, Sept. 5
- UTEP at Texas, Sept. 26
- Utah State at Texas A&M, Sept. 19
- Louisiana-Lafayette at Nebraska, Sept. 26