Predictions: OSU-WSU and Rest of the Big 12

When asked in Monday's press conference who would be calling the Oklahoma State offensive plays, Mike Gundy answered, "same as the bowl game." Ask me who will win Oklahoma State's season opener Saturday against Washington State in Seattle and I say, "same as the bowl game." Washington State reminds me of OSU's Insight Bowl opponent Indiana, right down to the crimson jerseys.

I think that just like in the bowl game that the Cowboys' offense will be able to run the football and use that as a key to completely open up the offensive playbook.

The question will come on defense and how much improvement the Oklahoma State defense shows. I think it will be pretty good, so I have Washington State -- with a new quarterback, a beat up offensive line, beat up running backs, good tight ends, and an NFL wide receiver -- scoring 11 fewer points than the Hoosiers scored in the Insight Bowl.

I tried not to be too optimistic about the opener, but looking at the way teams ran on Washington State last season I couldn't come up with anything but this scenario.


Big 12 Predictions
Baylor, 24, #23 Wake Forest 23
I know, I'm crazy, but Art Briles is a ball coach and Waco has been building for this all summer. It's a gut feeling.

Iowa State 26, South Dakota State 7
Gene Chizik has a better defense but an offense that is a little mysterious.

#14 Kansas 31, Florida International 14
Jayhawks win, but this isn't 2007 all over again.

Kansas State 28, North Texas 24
Mean Green has the spread going. Cats going to play for Prince?

Nebraska 38, Western Michigan 28
Sorry Bo but the defense is still woeful. The good news is Ganz can play and put up points at QB.

#4 Oklahoma 73, Chattanooga 0
An embarrassing mismatch to start the season gives OU fans what they want, over half a hundred.

#11 Texas 37, Florida Atlantic 14
Mack Brown explains "Texas tough" to Howard.

Texas A&M 21, Arkansas State 20
Aggies squeak by with struggles on both sides of the ball.

#12 Texas Tech 62, Eastern Washington 10
Leach has fun at the expense of his first helping of the Championship Subdivision.

#6 Missouri 41, #20 Illinois 23
Pinkel and Tigers flex their muscles for national television.

Colorado 31, Colorado State 21
Hawk and company get a nice win in the "Tear Gas Bowl."

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