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Predicting the 2014 season: Week 3

7/15/2014

Our series of preseason picks for every single Big 12 game of 2014 continues today with Week 3. Several quality non-conference matchups highlight the week.

More Big 12 predictions for 2014.

Baylor 59, at Buffalo 24: The Bears cruise to their third straight win to start the season. This 2014 version of Baylor has yet to be tested, but its offense looks just as good as the 2013 version and the defense is getting more and more seasoned each week.

at Iowa 21, Iowa State 17: The Cyclones and Hawkeyes tend to play great rivalry games and this season is no different. But the Cy-Hawk Trophy remains in Iowa City after ISU’s defense cannot stop Iowa’s fourth quarter drive to win the game.

at Maryland 45, West Virginia 44: The Mountaineers suffer their second loss in three games as the Terrapins win a high-scoring affair at home. One of the bright spots in the loss is the play of running backs Wendell Smallwood, Rushel Shell and Dreamius Smith, as each WVU running back finds the end zone in the defeat.

at Duke 38, Kansas 24: The Jayhawks offense, under new coordinator John Reagan, shows some explosiveness against Duke, particularly receiver Nick Harwell, but the inexperience of Montell Cozart shows up at the worst time with two second-half interceptions.

at Texas Tech 38, Arkansas 30: Quarterback Davis Webb continues his strong start with four touchdowns against the Razorbacks, but question marks about the defense continue to weigh on Kliff Kingsbury’s squad with Big 12 play looming.

at TCU 31, Minnesota 14: TCU’s defensive line looks dominant against Minnesota as defensive tackle Chucky Hunter controls the interior and defensive end Devonte Fields chases down the Golden Gophers running backs.

at Oklahoma State 56, UTSA 35: Cowboys’ receiver Jhajuan Seales starts to put Big 12 defensive coordinators on notice with over 150 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the first half of the Cowboys’ blowout win.

UCLA 28, UT 21 (Arlington, Texas): UCLA’s Brett Hundley proves to be too much for the Longhorns defense despite a couple of key Bruins turnovers that keep UT within reach throughout the game. Hundley throws for one touchdown and runs for another in the fourth quarter to secure the win for UCLA.

at Oklahoma 41, Tennessee 20: The Sooners jump on Tennessee from the outset with a Sterling Shepard catch-and-run for a touchdown on OU’s first drive, followed by a Eric Striker forced fumble on Tennessee’s first possession, putting the Vols behind by two touchdowns midway through the first quarter. The Sooners never look back on their way to a double-digit victory and undefeated nonconference start.

Current Big 12 standings

1. Baylor -- 3-0

2. Oklahoma -- 3-0

3. Texas Tech -- 3-0

4. Kansas State -- 2-0 (1-0)

5. TCU -- 2-0

6. Oklahoma State -- 2-1

7. Texas -- 2-1

8. Kansas -- 1-1

9. Iowa State -- 1-2 (0-1)

10. West Virginia -- 1-2