Big 12 Preview: Week Two

West Virginia travels to Oklahoma to open the league season, highlighting a mostly humdrum week of games in the Big 12.


In the nine week one games, Big 12 teams totalled 324 running plays and 322 passes. It's likely been a long time since runs outnumbered passes across the league. Five players topped the 100-yard rushing barrier, but only three quarterbacks threw for more than 300 yards. Five teams threw 30 passes or fewer, while six teams ran the ball 42 times or more.


Five of the nine games in Week One featured QBs making their first career starts (BU, K-State, OU, TT, WVU). Two of those player were freshmen. Kansas is expected to be the sixth team with a new QB when it opens this Saturday.


An eighth official will be used in all league games this year, but it will also be utilized in three non-conference games this week (SELa. at TCU, UT at BYU and SFA at TTU). The official, claled the alternate referee will stand opposite the Referee behind the quarterback, and will spot the ball in addition to watching the opposite tackle, the offensive line at the point of attack and hits on the quarterback away from the referee.


The North Dakota State upset was there for the picking, and we didn't pounce. We won't be so timid again.

  • UTSA aspires to be a player in the state of Texas. Oklahoma State is already one on a national scale. The cowboys roll.

  • TCU remains in the Top 25 despite a loss to LSU. It will need to get better quarterback play to hold off the Lions of Southeastern Louisiana, which rushed for more than 300 yards in a 45-7 win over Missouri State. TCU has a letdown, but it's not quite enough to let Southeastern spring an upset.

  • Buffalo has an excellent defense and an NFL quality linebacker, but that's not enough to upend Baylor at home - especially as the Bulls are playing their second consecutive road game against a ranked team.

  • If Kansas State can't run the ball, it's going to struggle this year. Louisiana put up a respectable showing against Arkansas, and has to think it has a shot against the Wildcats at home. Tough to pick against K-State twice in a row, but if it stumbles again, this season could be over before it gets started.

  • Kansas gets South Dakota, and the only entertainment in this one is watching fans trying to guess the visitors' nickname (it's the Coyotes). KU is an uninspiring pick.

  • West Virginia pulled a stunning upset on its last trip to Norman to play Oklahoma. Unfortunately, that was 31 years ago. Oklahoma rolls in this one.

  • Texas travels to BYU, which will try to recover from a long trip and a tough loss at Virginia. The Cougars have a good running game, and might get a boost from their home opener. BYU gets the nod.

  • Texas Tech has way too much, at every position, for SFA. Likely the blowout of the week.

    BAYLOR vs. Buffalo
    Sat 9/7
    7:30 PM E \ 6:30 PM C
    Fox Sports Net
  • The Bears' 69 points against Wofford were the fourth-most in program history, most in Floyd Casey Stadium history and most in the Art Briles era.

  • RB Lache Seastrunk extended his school record with his fifth consecutive game with 100+ yards rushing.

  • IOWA STATE Open Date
    Next Game
    Sat 9/14
    vs. Iowa
  • WR Justin Coleman was the first Cyclone to record a 100-yard receiving effort (103) in a season opener since 1997.

  • The Cyclones had seven players making their first starts on defense against Northern Iowa and 11 first-time starters overall.

  • KANSAS vs. South Dakota
    Sat 9/7
    7:00 PM E \ 6:00 PM C
    Jayhawk Network
  • The Jayhawks will take the field against South Dakota this Saturday after having a bye during week 1.

  • QB Jake Heaps will start for the Jayhawks after sitting out the 2012 season per NCAA transfer rules. As a true freshman at BYU in 2010, Heaps set school records for a freshman quarterback in touchdowns, passing yards and wins.

  • KANSAS STATE vs. Louisiana
    Sat 9/7
    6:30 PM E \ 5:30 PM C
  • 53,351 fans attended the Wildcats' season-opening game against North Dakota State, the second-largest crowd in school history and the largest crowd for a season-opener.

  • K-State extended its scoring streak to 204 consecutive games. The streak is the eighth-longest in the nation and the second-longest in the Big 12.

  • OKLAHOMA vs. West Virginia
    Sat 9/7
    7:00 PM E\6:00 PM C
  • Head Coach Bob Stoops recorded his 150th victory with a 34-0 victory over Louisiana Monroe. Stoops became the sixth-fastest coach to reach the 150-mark doing it in 187 games.

  • Oklahoma was one of just two FBS schools to shutout another FBS team in week 1 games.

  • OKLAHOMA STATE at UT-San Antonio
    Sat 9/7
    12:00 PM E \ 11:00 AM C
  • OSU's 286 yards rushing are the most since the Cowboys racked up 330 vs Louisiana last season, a span of 11 games. The 432 yards of total offense are the most since compiling 436 at Arizona last season, a span of 12 contests.

  • The Cowboys are now 13-1 in their last 14 non-conference games, dating back to the start of the 2010 season, and have won their last four neutral-site contests.

  • TEXAS at BYU
    Sat 9/7
    7:00 PM E \ 6:00 PM C
  • The Longhorns rolled up a school-record 715 yards of total offense in the 56-7 win over New Mexico State.

  • Texas has 19 positional starters back from 2012, including 10 on offense and nine on defense. There are 16 offensive players on the roster who have started at least one game while the defense includes 18 players with one or more starts in their career.

  • TCU Open Date
    Next Game
    Thu 9/12
    vs. TCU
  • With B.J. Catalon's 100-yard kickoff return, TCU has now had either a punt return or kickoff return for a touchdown in six of the last seven seasons.

  • TCU is 24-8 in regular-season games following a loss under head coach Gary Patterson.

  • TEXAS TECH vs. Stephen F. Austin
    Sat 9/7
    7:00 PM E/6:00 PM C
  • Freshman walk-on QB Baker Mayfield finished his career debut passing for 413 yards on 43-of-60 with four touchdown passes and zero interceptions.

  • Texas Tech has averaged 40 points per game in season openers during the last 14 years.The Red Raiders scored 41 points against SMU.

  • WEST VIRGINIA at Oklahoma
    Sat 9/7
    7:00 PM E\6:00 PM C
  • WVU has won 98 of its last 131 regular-season games and 103-of-142 overall games.

  • Charles Sims led all rushers with 120 yards on 23 carries, including an 11-yard touchdown rush for the season's first score in his first start.

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