Thursday, September 6, 2012
Big 12 predictions: Week 2
By David Ubben
Time for our second round of predictions after a perfect round in Week 1.
This week, I'm heading north to the Little Apple. Prepare yourselves, Kansas State fans. It's been a little while since I've been to Manhattan, but I'll be covering the Wildcats' game against the U in person. Should be a fun trip.
No. 21 Kansas State 27, Miami 20: Miami's offense looked solid in Week 1, but Kansas State is much better than BC. I'm not a big believer in Stephen Morris -- or the Hurricane defensive line's ability to slow Kansas State's running game. Collin Klein has to log a whole lot more than the 12 carries he got last week, but the Wildcats muscle out another win, and Klein tops 100 yards rushing.
Iowa 31, Iowa State 30: I wanted to pick Iowa State badly in this one. My gut's telling me to do it. Iowa is a middling Big Ten squad and the Cyclones have more playmakers than they get credit for with Shontrelle Johnson and Steele Jantz. My head, though? I just couldn't do it. These defensive lines are going to get dominated in the running game, but the Hawkeyes hold home field and give the Big 12 its first loss of the season. James Vandenburg makes the throws he has to make to get the win.
Kansas 38, Rice 20: KU got a win last week, but the Jayhawks are capable of playing a whole lot better. They do. Tony Pierson has another huge game and Dayne Crist gets his completion percentage back over 60. Confidence is building in Lawrence.
No. 17 TCU 59, Grambling State 13: The Tigers lost a heartbreaker last week in the final minutes to Alcorn State. It's not getting any better. The atmosphere in this one should be electric. The game itself? Bring a pillow, friends.
Texas Tech 37, Texas State 24: Danger, Will Robinson! Danger! For a while, anyway. I don't know what to make of Texas State, but it took some time for Tech to regain its footing last week against Northwestern State. I think the Red Raiders take care of business in this one with a strong second half, but on the road against a hyped crowd and a team hungry to prove something? Not many teams are immune to that kind of thing. Tech wears down the Bobcats late.
No. 5 Oklahoma 58, Florida A&M 3: Good grief, I hate games against FCS teams.
No. 15 Texas 41, New Mexico 13: More interesting game here than it seems. Still want to see more from David Ash, and for now, the defense doesn't really matter. Mike Davis and Jaxon Shipley can run by the Lobos' defense, but can Ash find them?
No. 16 Oklahoma State 44, Arizona 21: Why didn't I put OSU on upset alert this week? Going on the road as a double-digit favorite against a Pac-12 team? My instincts tell me OSU is a lot better than anybody thinks ... and Arizona is a lot worse. Pokes make it 3-for-3 in routs against the Wildcats in three different stadiums over the past 16 games. Wes Lunt hits 300 yards. Joseph Randle goes for 100 and two scores.