Last week: Beat Northern Iowa 31-7 on Sept. 5 in Ames, Iowa
Next week: vs. Iowa at 3:45 p.m. in Ames, Iowa (FOX)
The Cyclones were embarrassed two years ago by Northern Iowa at home, but returned with a nice performance this year. Sam B. Richardson threw for 233 yards and two touchdowns to push the Cyclones away late. Now, Iowa State will face its big rivalry game against Iowa. The Hawkeyes should be a better team in this matchup once again this year, but ISU coach Paul Rhoads seems to always pull it off against Iowa.
Last week: Lost to South Dakota State 41-38 on Sept. 5 in Lawrence, Kan.
Next week: vs. Memphis at 6 p.m. on Saturday in Lawrence, Kan. (ESPN3)
The bad? Kansas is terrible this year. The Jayhawks have almost no talent after Charlie Weis decimated the program and managed to get decimated early by an FCS team…and not even a particularly great one. The good? After going down 31-7, the Jayhawks scored 21 unanswered points and almost sent the game to overtime before Montell Cozart bobbled the snap and ended the game. Now, KU will have to play a very good Memphis program and probably struggle to even reach respectability. That said, KU coach David Beaty has changed things, and Kansas is likely headed in the right direction. Just not soon.
Kansas State (1-0)
Last week: Beat South Dakota 34-0 on Sept. 5 in Manhattan, Kan.
Next week: at UTSA at 11 a.m. on Saturday in San Antonio (FS1)
It’s hard to know what to think about Kansas State. Starting QB Jesse Ertz went out during the first drive of the game, and backukp Joe Hubener had to take over. Ertz is out for the immediate future, so Hubener seems to be the guy. The Wildcats beat a bad South Dakota team, but will get a slightly bigger test against a feisty UTSA squad. However, we likely won’t see this team get tested until conference play.
No. 19 Oklahoma (1-0)
Last week: Beat Akron 41-3 on Sept. 5 in Norman, Okla.
Next week: at No. 23 Tennessee at 5 p.m. on Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn. (ESPN)
We are going to learn everything we need to know about Oklahoma next week. The Sooners struggled at times in week one, but QB Baker Mayfield looked sharp in his debut. It is clear that he possesses a skillset that former QB Trevor Knight did not. Tennessee has answers to many of Oklahoma’s biggest questions. Perhaps the biggest thing to watch will be whether Samaje Perine is able to get the running game going and balance the offense. In addition, Josh Dobbs will have an opportunity to test an inconsistent Oklahoma secondary. If OU can pull this off in Knoxville, it should push them up the national rankings.
Oklahoma State (1-0)
Last week: Beat Central Michigan 24-13 on Sept. 3 in Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Next week: vs. Central Arkansas at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday in Stillwater, Okla. (FSN)
The Mason Rudolph era got off to an interesting start with a tight win over Central Michigan, but a win is a win. Rudolph threw for 266 yards and a touchdown, while running back Chris Carson added 89 yards on his own. The Cowboys have a light game this week, but will need to use this game and the game against UTSA to get into a rhythm before conference play starts.
Last week: Beat Minnesota 23-17 on Sept. 3 in Minneapolis, Minn.
Next week: vs. Stephen F. Austin at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday in Fort Worth (FS1)
TCU’s defense had holes against the Golden Gophers last weekend, and it’s hard to say they have a chance to get better. The Horned Frogs are hemorrhaging defenders, and lost James MacFarland and Mike Freeze in the past week. TCU’s offense looked inconsistent as well, but that could have been largely due to rust and a tough Minnesota defense. The Horned Frogs will have a few weeks to get things together before they are really tested in Big 12 play.
Last week: Lost to No. 9 Notre Dame 38-3 on Sept. 5 in South Bend, Ind.
Next week: vs. Rice at 7 p.m. on Saturday in Austin (LHN)
Has the University of Texas ever gotten more dismantled in a game? Notre Dame absolutely obliterated Texas in all three phases of the game, and it really is unclear whether there is light at the end of the tunnel. Offensively, QB Tyrone Swoopes does not look like he has taken any steps forward from last season. The bizarre playcalling kept the ball out of RB Johnathan Gray’s hands. But maybe worst of all, ND’s Malik Zaire picked apart a mistake-prone secondary all night long. What earlier looked like an easy game against Rice could get dicey as Texas prepares to face experienced dual-threat quarterback Driphus Jackson.
Texas Tech (1-0)
Last week: Beat Sam Houston State 59-45 on Sept. 5 in Lubbock
Next week: vs. UTEP at 2 p.m. on Saturday in Lubbock (FOX)
Texas Tech was tested a little more than it hoped against FCS power Sam Houston State. The good news is Patrick Mahomes seems to be pulling away as the guy at quarterback. Mahomes threw for 425 yards and four touchdowns in a shootout, and earned several state and national awards for his performance. The defense looks equally porous as last season, so it will be interesting to see how the Red Raiders face off against UTEP RB Aaron Jones, who is considered to be one of the premiere running backs in the state of Texas.
West Virginia (1-0)
Last week: Beat Georgia Southern 44-0 on Sept. 5 in Morgantown, W.Va.
Next week: vs. Liberty at 2 p.m. on Saturday in Morgantown, W.Va.
The Mountaineers had a decent test week one in Georgia Southern, and passed it with flying colors. The Eagles were picked to be favorites to win the Sun Belt, but WVU dismantled them in every facet of the game. Perhaps most impressive, the Mountaineer line held tight against a tough option offense, holding them to only 224 total offensive yards. A matchup with Liberty should effectively be a bye week.