Big 12 Preview: Week Three

Big 12 action kicks off on Thursday this week, so it's an early launch for the weekly preview of football action in the most balanced league in the nation.


Forty-three of the Big 12's 81 touchdowns from scrimmage have come on the ground. It will be interesting to see how long the ground game holds sway over aerial assualts in terms of touchdowns scored.


Oklahoma State has already faced seven opponent conversion tries on fourth down. Foes have been successful on six of those -- one of the few areas in which the Cowboys have not been successful so far this year.


Baylor is off this week, and Big 12 officials are glad. BU has scored 17 touchdowns on offense this year, and all but one of those drives consumed fewer than two minutes. The Bears' average time of possession on TD drives is 1:11, requiring just five snaps to find the end zone.

Those numbers are tops in the league, but not uique. Overall, Big 12 teams have 33 scoring drives of 50 or more yards that have taken fewer than two minutes off the clock.


Nailing the BYU takedown of Texas was a good ball, but things get a bit tougher this week.

  • TCU and Texas Tech meet in a very interesting league battle on Thursday night. The Red Raiders have the more stabel quarterback position, and that should be enough to provide the edge at home.

  • Oklahoma is going to be points challenged this year, but Tulsa is just a shadow of its former strength. The Sooners take the battle of the plains.

  • If West Virginia doesn't thoroughly roll over Georgia State, the Mountaineers have even more serious issues than anyone thinks. They should, but the final score will bear watching.

  • Iowa - Iowa State provides lot of difficulties. Both schools suffered demoralizing opening losses, and in a rivaly game such as this emotion plays a big role. Iowa State lots a lot of players from a year ago, but has the home field. That gives the Cyclones the slightest of advantages, and the pick here.

  • K-State hosts ascendant UMass. That is, ascendant to the ranks of FBS. In no other manner are the Minutemen suited for this game. Willie the Wildcat takes another easy stroll.

  • Kansas, for some reason, travels to Rice for a non-conference game. Given the Owls' ability to score (31 points against Texas A&M), they have a fighting chance here. In fact, it's the upset pick of the week.

  • Oklahoma State will name the score against Lamar. In fact, we'll help the Cowpokes. Sixty-two sounds about right.

  • Troubled Texas is in a difficult situation as it hosts Mississippi. Te Rebels got some Vanderbilt gifts in their opening-week win, but Texas isn't likely to be so generous. Te Rebs are certainly capable, but somehow Texas will right the ship, at least for this week, and earn a home win.

    Open Date
    Next Game
    Sat 9/21
  • Baylor's 70 points broke the school record for the most points in the modern era set the previous week when the Bears scored 69. It's the fourth-highest point total all-time and the most since 1929.

  • QB Bryce Petty completed 13-of-16 passes for 338 yards and two touchdowns. He's thrown for 300+ yards and two TDs in both of his career starts.

    vs. Iowa
    Sat. 9/14
    6:00 PM E \ 5:00 PM C
  • Iowa State will host in-state rival Iowa on Saturday after having a bye in week 2.

  • Saturday will mark the 61st overall meeting of the Cyclones and the Hawkeyes. Since 1996 the Cyclones have won 9 of 17 match-ups.

    at Rice
    Sat 9/14
    7:30 PM E \ 6:30 PM C
    CBS Sports Net
  • Kansas held South Dakota to 286 total yards, the first time the Jayhawk defense held an opponent to less than 300 yards since Sept. 25, 2010 against New Mexico State (275 yards).

  • HB James Sims now has 31 touchdowns, which ranks fourth all-time in KU's scoring history and only two behind former KU wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe (2007-09).

    vs. UMass
    Sat 9/7
    7:00 PM E \ 6:00 PM C
  • K-State notched two non-offensive touchdowns on last Saturday against Louisiana-Lafayette. The Wildcats rank No. 1 nationally since 1999 in non-offensive scores with 89.

  • QB Jake Waters became the first K-State QB to post back-to-back 250- plus passing yard efforts to open a season since Josh Freeman (2007).

    vs. Tulsa
    Sat 9/4
    12:00 PM E\11:00 PM C
  • Among FBS teams that opened the season against two FBS opponents, no other has held the opponents to fewer than the seven points allowed by Oklahoma.

  • OU leads the Big 12 in scoring defense (3.5 ppg), total defense (276.5 ypg), third-down defense (5-29, 17.2%), pass defense efficiency (82.6) and Red Zone defense (0-2, 0.0%).

    vs. Lamar
    Sat 9/14
    7:30 PM E \ 6:30 PM C
    Fox Sports Net
  • OSU passed for 518 yards at UTSA, just the third time in school history that the Cowboys have thrown for 500 yards and the second most in program annals (574 vs Tulsa on Sept. 18, 2010).

  • OSU amassed 400 or more yards for the 10th-consecutive game and the 27th time in the last 28 contests.

    vs. Mississippi
    Sat 9/14
    8:00 PM E \7:00 PM C
    Longhorn Network
  • The Longhorns had two 100-yard receivers in the same game for the 14th time in school history and fourth time in the last three years. Mike Davis (8-114) and Jaxon Shipley (8-105) did it for the second time.

  • The Longhorns have 12 touchdowns this season and five have come on plays of 50 yards or more. Texas had 10 offensive plays of 50 or more yards last season.

  • TCU
    at Texas Tech
    Thu 9/12
    6:30 PM E \5:30 PM C
  • Quarterback Trevone Boykin led TCU with 133 passing yards while tying for the team lead with three receptions for 25 yards. He added 35 yards rushing on five carries.

  • TCU has won 12 straight home openers and is now 12-1 overall in Amon G. Carter Stadium debuts under Patterson.

    vs. TCU
    Thu 9/12
    6:30 PM E \5:30 PM C
  • Freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield was 13-for-15 in the first quarter with 191 yards and two touchdowns. He finished the first half 21-of-30 for 367 yards with three touchdowns.

  • Texas Tech tied a school record with 28 points in the first quarter and built a 28-7 lead over Stephen F. Austin.

    vs. Georgia State
    Sat 9/14
    12:00 PM E\11:00 AM C
    Mountaineer Sports Net
  • Dreamius Smith's 75-yard touchdown run in the first quarter at OU was WVU's longest play from scrimmage this season. The touchdown was the first of Smith's career.

  • Nick O'Toole placed four punts inside the Oklahoma 20-yard line.

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