Big 12 Preview

Eight league teams are in action on Saturday. Is there any chance one could fall for the first Big 12 loss of the season?

ROLLING UP THE STATS

Big 12 teams combined to run 703 offensive plays and gain 4,679 yards for an average of 519.8 yards per game and 6.7 yards per play on the opening weekend.


ROAD TRIP

Iowa State at Iowa? Understood. Oklahoma State at Arizona? No argument. But Texas Tech at Texas State? At first glance, a lot of fans might think that playing this game on the road was just an attempt to dress up Tech's woeful out of conference schedule, which also includes Northwestern State and New Mexico. But now, after the Bobcats ambushed Houston in Week One, Tech fans might be questioning the venue for other reasons. Texas State, in its first year as a full FBS member, is playing in the WAC this season before moving to the Sun Belt in 2013.


TURNAROUND?

After suffering through a tough defensive season a year ago, Texas Tech showed major improvement in its first game, albeit against Northwestern State. The Red Raiders allowed just 84 yards of total offense on 49 snaps in their win.


PICKS

No upsets materialized in the Big 12 on opening weekend, as Iowa State and Oklahoma turned back challenges by Tulsa and UTEP, respectively. Will the chalk picks hold in Week Two?

  • Miami is getting some buzz about its 2012 season, but I think K-State is underrated in some quarters. The Wildcats have the potential to control the game on the ground, and I just don't see the Hurricanes coming into Manhattan and pushing Bill Snyder's troops around.

  • Iowa State has to hit the road to face an Iowa team which is chomping at the bit to avenge last year's 44-41 loss. Everything about this game screams "toss-up", even though the Hawkeyes are anywhere from a three- to five-point favorite. The Cyclones are an improving program, but Iowa's home edge, which includes a four-game winning streak there, earns it the nod.

  • Kansas might seem a logical upset victim after giving up a lot of yards to South Dakota State in its opener, but the Rice defense is just too porous. KU is no offensive juggernaut, but it has enough running power to shred the Owls.

  • Oklahoma kicks off the evening slate of games with a blowout win over Florida A&M. Hard to imagine the Sooner offense sputtering two weeks in a row.

  • TCU host Grambling at the same time, making it something of a doubleheader for visiting teams with outstanding bands (Grambling can rock the house too). In a battle of brass and drums, the Tigers might come out on top, but on the field, TCU christens its remodeled stadium with a win.

  • Is Texas State for real? The Bobcats' win over Houston shocked many bettors and college fans, but it's tough to give them credit for enough juice to take out a Texas Tech team that looks to be improved from a year ago. Both teams' results in their opening wins can be questioned, but it still feels like the Red Raiders are better, even though they are playing this game on the road.

  • Texas names the score against New Mexico in another game perfectly suited for the Longhorn Network. Even the Big 12's myriad media partners wouldn't bid on this stinker.

  • Oklahoma State travels to Arizona, where it will receive remote support from a number of West Virginia fans still hurt by the classless departure of Rich Rodriguez. The Cowboys probably aren't aware of that connection, and they won't need any help as they easily dispatch the Wildcats.


    BAYLOR
    (1-0, 0-0)
    Open Date
    Next Game
    Sat 9/15
    vs. Sam Houston St
  • Baylor has the nation's second-longest winning streak at seven games, trailing only TCU who has won eight straight.

  • The Bears have scored 30-plus points in seven consecutive games, tied for the fourth-longest active streak nationally. The Bears have also scored over 40 points in fi ve consecutive games.

  • Sirius/XM: 92/190

  • IOWA STATE
    (1-0, 0-0)
    at Iowa
    Sat
    3:30 E / 2:30C
    Big 10 Net
  • Last week's crowd of 54,931 was the largest crowd to see an Iowa State home opener.

  • QB Steele Jantz threw for a career-high 281 yards and RB Shontrelle Johnson rushed for a career-high 120 yards as Iowa State downed Tulsa last Saturday. Punter Kirby Van Der Kamp was named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week.

  • Sirius/XM: 117/None

  • KANSAS
    (1-0, 0-0)
    vs. Rice
    Sat 9/15
    3:30 E / 2:30C
    Net
  • Running backs Taylor Cox and Tony Pierson each ran for over 100 yards in last week's win over SDSU, marking the fi rst time Kansas has featured a pair of 100-plus yard rushers in the same game since 2007.

  • The Jayhawks notched four interceptions in last week's win, another fi rst since 2007.

  • Sirius/XM: None/203

  • KANSAS STATE
    (1-0, 0-0)
    at
    Sat 9/15
    12:00 E / 11:00 C
    FX
  • K-State extended its scoring streak to 191 games, the longest such streak in the Big 12 and 10th-longest in the nation.

  • Tramaine Thompson's 89-yard punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter was the longest for K-State since Jordy Nelson's 92-yarder on Oct. 28, 2007.

  • Sirius/XM: None/203

  • OKLAHOMA
    (1-0, 0-0)
    vs. Florida A&M
    Sat 9/15
    7:00 E / 6:00 C
    FoxSports-Oklahoma (PPV)
  • QB Landry Jones' 222 passing yards in last week's win over UTEP moved him into 14th place in FBS history with 12,601.

  • OU's defense held the UTEP offense scoreless in the return of Mike Stoops as defensive coordinator. It marked the first time OU has shut out an opposing offense since 2010. UTEP's lone score was on special teams from a blocked punt.

  • Sirius/XM: 134/None

  • OKLAHOMA STATE
    (1-0, 0-0)
    at Arizona
    Sat 9/15
    10:30 E / 9:30 C
    Pac-12 Net
  • Over the last two seasons, Oklahoma State's two wins over Arizona have been by a combined score of 73-24.

  • Over the last three seasons, OSU is 11-2 on the road, including 10 wins in the last 11 road games. Those totals do not include two neutral-site bowl wins. OSU's 10 road wins over the last two years are tied for the most in the country.

  • Sirius/XM: 93/None

  • TEXAS
    (1-0, 0-0)
    vs. N Mexico St
    Sat 9/15
    8:00 E / 7:00 C
    Longhorn Net
  • Sophomore running backs Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron each recorded 100-plus yard rushing games in the season opener. It is the second time the tandem has registered 100 yards or more in the same game.

  • UT is now 100-17-3 in season openers, including victories in the last 13. Mack Brown is 14-1 in season openers at Texas.

  • Sirius/XM: 117/202

  • TCU
    (0-0, 0-0)
    vs. Grambling
    Sat 9/15
    7:00 E / 6:00 C
    FoxSports-SW
  • Gary Patterson needs one win to become the Horned Frogs' all-time winningest coach. His 109 victories are currently tied for the top spot with Dutch Meyer (1934-52).

  • TCU is the only school in the nation to win at least 11 games in six of the last seven seasons. The Horned Frogs have won at least 10 games eight times in the last 10 years, including seven campaigns with at least 11 victories. TCU is first nationally with an eight-game win streak.

  • Sirius/XM: 136/None

  • TEXAS TECH
    (1-0, 0-0)
    at Texas State
    Sat 9/15
    7:00 E / 6:00 C
    ESPN3.com
  • Texas Tech held Northwestern State to just six points, marking the fewest points given up since the Red Raiders held SMU to three points during the 2006 season opener.

  • Tommy Tuberville is the first Texas Tech coach to win his first three season openers since Steve Sloan (1975-77).

  • Sirius/XM: 137/None

  • WEST VIRGINIA
    (1-0, 0-0)
    Open Date
    Next Game
    Sat 9/15
    vs. James Madison
  • Quarterback Geno Smith completed 32-36 passes for 323 yards and four touchdowns against Marshall and was named Walter Camp Football Foundation National Offensive Player of the Week and Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week. Linebacker Isaiah Bruce was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week

  • West Virginia's 69 points were the most scored by the Mountaineers in a season-opener, topping the 66 scored against Richmond to begin the 1958 season.

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