Big 12 predictions: Week 3
Time for another set of predictions after a rough time in Week 2.
Let's get it started.
Last week: 5-3 (.625)
Season record: 14-3 (.824)
No. 15 TCU 44, Kansas 17: If Kansas had looked impressive last week against Rice, this would have looked like a very dangerous game for Big 12 newbie TCU. But the Jayhawks lost, giving Rice its first-ever win over a Big 12 opponent. Inexcusable. TCU's defense still has a lot to prove, but KU won't be able to slow down TCU on the ground or through the air, even at home.
Oklahoma State 51, Louisiana-Lafayette 24: The Ragin' Cajuns will be an interesting test for Oklahoma State's defense, which suddenly is offering plenty of reason for doubt. The offense should be fine, though, as long as the receivers tighten up and help quarterback Wes Lunt out by not dropping passes. Lunt racked up 436 yards last week in his first road start, and only one of his three interceptions was his fault.
No. 8 West Virginia 61, James Madison 13: Another week, another 60-pointer. JMU will control the clock early and frustrate the Mountaineers, who will spend a lot of time in the end zone over the final three quarters.
Baylor 55, Sam Houston State 20: If Baylor turns it over, this game could get scary quickly. Sam Houston State is better than the average college football fan realizes. The problem? So is Baylor. It should be another huge night for quarterback Nick Florence.
No. 14 Kansas State 38, North Texas 13: Lance Dunbar cannot save you now, Mean Green. Coach Dan McCarney is a good fit in Denton, but K-State is playing ridiculously good football, and nobody on North Texas' front line will be able to stop the Wildcats' running game.
Texas Tech 51, New Mexico 14: New Mexico is not very good. The jury is still out on Texas Tech, which finishes up its cupcake platter with the Lobos, winners of one game a year ago. We should see a good performance here on both sides of the ball for Texas Tech. We still don't know anything about the Red Raiders. Suit up for Iowa State in two weeks.
Iowa State 38, Western Illinois 10: How long until all the FCS games are done? Running back Shontrelle Johnson will get back into the groove with another 100-yard outing.
No. 12 Texas 24, Ole Miss 13: U-G-L-Y. This one should be interesting and filled with three-and-outs. Ultimately, Texas' running game will be too much late. Joe Bergeron and Malcolm Brown should punish the Ole Miss front seven and control possession in the fourth quarter, not allowing Ole Miss to rally late.
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