Following a disappointing opening week, normalcy of a sort returned to the Big 12 in week two. The conference's teams delivered the expected pummelings to a row of tomato cans, and Oklahoma eased by West Virginia in Norman. The major story of the week was BYU steamrolling the Longhorns like a battalion of Abrams tanks trampling a meadow filled with boiled eggs. Word has it there's been a bit of agitation in Austin and it has nothing to do with the humidity or plastic shopping bags.
West Virginia versus Georgia State: The general consensus was that the Mountaineers would struggle offensively this season, and the consensus has been absolutely right up to this point. When quarterback Paul Millard is your best offensive weapon, you've got problems. But the WVU defense has been decent, and when you're playing Georgia State, that is more than enough.
West Virginia 48 Georgia State 7
Oklahoma versus Tulsa: The Sooners have been consistent through the first two games. They've ground it out in workmanlike fashion on offense, and played very stingy defense. The Golden Hurricanes, on the other hand, have been wild. They scored only seven points in a blowout loss to Bowling Green, and then defeated Colorado State 30-27. That's improvement, but not enough to challenge Oklahoma.
Oklahoma 39 Tulsa 7
TCU at Texas Tech: This one will undoubtedly be the game of the week in the Big 12. Jones Stadium will be at its craziest since the Red Raiders upset number one Texas in 2008. And that madding atmosphere just might be enough to propel Tech past TCU in an extremely tight one. Then again, the Horned Frogs boast kicker Jaden Oberkrome, one of the nation's best and killer accurate out to at least 50 yards. The Oberkrome advantage could easily make the difference.
TCU 32 Texas Tech 28
Texas versus Ole Miss: Very rarely does a non-conference opponent physically abuse the Texas Longhorns, but that is exactly what BYU did en route to ripping off 550 rushing yards against the high school All American-studded Texas defense. Now the Longhorns draw a team from the SEC, perhaps the most physical conference in college football. Will Mack Brown's team be in an ol' mess?
Texas 33 Ole Miss 27
Kansas State versus UMass: After dropping their opener to North Dakota State, the Wildcats got back into the winning groove thanks to the return game and some opportunistic defense. In other words, KSU played KSU football. Still, the opponent was Louisiana-Lafayette, so one need not pronounce the patient fully recovered and ready for love. But in typical Bill Snyder fashion, the Wildcats draw yet another patsy this weekend in the form of UMass, a team that lost by 10 points to Maine. The Wildcats deserve to lose this game just for having the temerity to schedule it. But they won't. Pathetic.
Kansas State 36 UMass 7
Oklahoma State versus Lamar: It's hard to know what to make of Mike Gundy's bunch at this point. The defense dominated and the offense struggled against Mississippi State, while the opposite was true for the team's performance against UT-San Antonio. No matter, though. Lamar comes to town, which means that the Cowboys will dominate on both sides of the ball as well as special teams.
Oklahoma State 63 Lamar 7
Iowa State versus Iowa: The last time we saw Iowa State, they were taking the wood from Northern Iowa. But that very week the Iowa Hawkeyes were losing to Northern Illinois, and they didn't exactly set the turf afire last week in a 28-14 victory over Missouri State. Thus the only thing remotely interesting about this game is that it's a rivalry match. Well, I guess that could make it exciting.
Iowa 28 Iowa State 24
Kansas at Rice: The score looked pretty decent: Kansas 31 South Dakota 14. But in reality, the Jayhawk offense was anemic against an FCS defense, and the KU defense was no more than solid. Rice, on the other hand, did manage to score 31 points against Texas A&M in a losing cause. There could be trouble a-brewing for Kansas in this one.
Rice 36 Kansas 35