Around the Big 12 - Week 1

Scott Fitzgerald goes around the Big 12 Conference and re-ranks the teams following week one action.

Each week, we'll take a look around the Big 12 and re-rank each team. Here it goes…

1)     Oklahoma St. - The Cowboys weren't a juggernaut, but they got the job done versus Mississippi State. Kudos to OSU for scheduling this game in Houston, as MSU was the second best team a Big XII school played this weekend. The pokes  might have settled on a quarterback as well. J.W. Walsh came in for Clint Chelf in the third series of the game and led the OSU offense to all of their points. Coach Mike Gundy said yesterday that he didn't see Chelf getting back in. OSU defense also looked pretty stout.


2)     Texas This game was scoreless late in the second quarter, and NM St scored first. I didn't see it because it was on the Longhorn Network. Ash apparently came to life in the second half and showed the horn fans what they needed to see. No one stood out running the football for Texas, but they did average 8.5 yards per carry on 42 attempts.


3)     Baylor A good opening game for Baylor as they roll 69-3 over Wofford. Opponent aside, this is what Baylor needed to do with a new QB. The most impressive stat to me was that Bryce Petty only attempted 24 passes. This team can run the football, too, folks. Seastrunk barely broke a sweat with 11 carries for 111 yards and a score.



4)     Oklahoma  -  The Sooners beat the darling of the first month of the 2012 season in their opener in Louisiana Monroe. This game was also scoreless after 1 quarter. Bonus points for shutting out a pretty good offense with an experienced QB. Minus points for QB Trevor Knight, who finished 11-28 passing. He was the winner of the Sooners' QB competition.


5)     TCU The Red Raiders square off against the Frogs in 9 days. The TCU defense surprised me. I didn't think they would be as good as they were, especially without DeVonte Fields and losing their top returning tackler in fall camp. (Yes, LSU played without their best RB, but I think Fields is the bigger factor here.) The TCU offense was horrible. Pachall looked like he hadn't played in a year. Oh wait. Credit Trevone Boykin for keeping TCU in the game. After what we saw against LSU, I would expect Boykin to start for the next couple of weeks, especially against Texas Tech. Also, BJ Catalon has some serious speed. If they team Boykin with Catalon in the backfield, it's going to be very tough to defend.


6)     Texas Tech  - The Red Raiders were the only team in the Big 12 to play on the road. They won. With a walk-on true freshman QB. You can read my observations about Tech-SMU here.

7)     Kansas  - The Jayhawks didn't play. That tells you how bad the last 3 teams did. They host South Dakota on Saturday.

8)     West Virginia They won, but it wasn't pretty. They trailed at halftime 17-7, but won 24-17 over William & Mary. Had the University of Houston not kept Charles Sims from transferring in state, they might have lost. If new QB Paul Millard doesn't improve the offense, I could see Clint Trickett taking over in a hurry. They get OU in Norman this week.


9)     Iowa St. – ISU lost to Northern Iowa at home, 28-20. I picked ISU to finished last in the conference, so while I'm surprised, I'm not completely shocked. There just isn't enough offense in Ames this year to keep up.

10)  Kansas St. – This is the worst loss of the weekend. Big 12 champion KSU falls to North Dakota State on a night where they unveil a statue of Bill Snyder. New QB Jake Waters threw for 2 scores, but also threw 2 INTs. The 9 new starters on defense allowed 5 yards per carry. 

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