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Big 12 Picks - Week 1

Nine of the Big 12's ten teams get their 2015 seasons started this weekend. We take a look at the games and get you ready for the big football weekend.

College football, at least for the Big 12, starts tonight as two teams being their 2015 season in Oklahoma State and TCU.  Nine of the ten Big 12 members will start their season the next three days, with all but Kansas State kicking off.  Below are the games, and some predictions on each:

Thu., Sept. 3

Oklahoma State at Central Michigan - 6 p.m. CT, ESPNU

The Cowboys start on the road against the Chippewas of Central Michigan.  Outside of having one of the more unique nicknames in college football, Central Michigan had a solid 7-6 campaign last year.  However, that was a senior laden team, so CMU looks to have a rebuilding year ahead of them.  Oklahoma State wins big 42-17

No. 2 TCU at Minnesota - 8 p.m. CT, ESPN

The Horned Frogs travel on the road and venture outside of the state of Texas, something they only had to do twice last year.  Minnesota is coming off of a strong 8-win season, and looks to open their 2015 in what some are calling the biggest home game in 40+ years.  The Horned Frogs will be the big-time favorite, and get everyone's best shot this year, after a surprising turn-around in 2014.  How do the Frogs handle the spotlight, and can they improve their performance on the road, after a sketchy 2014 performance. TCU wins 38-28

Fri., Sept. 4

No. 4 Baylor at SMU - 6 p.m. CT, ESPN

The third Big 12 team to open on the road, Baylor looks to beat up on SMU, a team with a new coach, a new tempo, and hopefully new results after a dismal 2014 season.  SMU will have to take a big step forward this year to just be bad.  With as much returning talent as the Bears have, and the readiness to put a tumultous last month behind them, the Bears will be more than ready for the Mustangs.  Bears win 56-17

Sat., Sept. 5

Texas at No. 11 Notre Dame 5:30 p.m. CT, NBC

Another big game for the Big 12, and another one on the road. This time though, the favorite isn't representing the Big 12.  Texas, with a number of new starters, including 6 freshman, and question marks at quarterback, go to the Midwest to face off against Notre Dame.  With so many new faces on defense, I have a hard time seeing a Texas win on the road. Texas loses 28-24

South Dakota State at Kansas - 11 a.m. CT, FSN

The Jayhawks start a new era with head coach David Beatty, against an improving FCS team.  Kansas has won their past 3 games against FCS opponents, and looks to make it four in a row.  Kansas wins 27-21

Sam Houston State at Texas Tech - 2:30 p.m. CT, FSN

The Red Raiders being a huge year for coach Kliff Kingsbury, as they look to take a step forward in their rebuidling process.  They start with one of the better FCS teams the past few years in Sam Houston State.  The Bearkats have lost to the eventual FCS Champion North Dakota State in three of the last four years.  Tech better have its game face on, as the Bearkats look to get a huge upset on the road.  Texas Tech wins 45-28

Akron at Oklahoma - 6:00 p.m. CT, Fox - PPV

The Sooners should have little trouble with the Zips, a team coming off of a disapointing 5-7 campaign.  Oklahoma will be breaking in new starting quarterback Baker Mayfield, and hopefully displaying an improved defense as well.  Oklahoma routs the Zips 56-17

Georgia Southern at West Virginia - 6:30 p.m. CT, FSN

The best of the Sun Belt conference, Georgia Southern finished 9-3 in 2014.  They bring back most of that team, and look to challenge the Mountaineers. In just their 2nd season of FBS competition, the Eagles are a team that will run, run, and run some more.  This is an old-school option offense, that could give WVU some trouble.  West Virginia wins a close one 35-31. 

Northern Iowa at Iowa State - 7:00 p.m. CT,

The final game on the Big 12 opening week calendar features two Iowa schools. The Cyclones look to get their year started off strong against an improving FCS team in Northern Iowa. The Panthers went 9-5 last year, in the very tough Mountain Valley Conference.  The Panthers beat Iowa State in 2013 to open that season as well, and they have a good chance of doing it again.  The Cyclones lose 28-27

Ranking the Big 12

1. Baylor

2. TCU

3. Oklahoma 

4. Oklahoma State

5. West Virginia

6. Texas

7. Texas Tech

8. Kansas State

9. Kansas

10. Iowa State

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