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Football Across the Big XII: Week 2 Preview

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West Virginia and Oklahoma State played well against the Top 2 teams in the nation, while Iowa State had a disappointing effort against an FCS squad. We also take a look at the first Big XII match-up of the year and what else is happening around the Big XII

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Baylor Bears

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Last Week: SMU Ponies 0, Baylor Bears 45

Baylor did as expected last week, not only winning but dominating against SMU. They started off the game scoring 24 points in the first quarter, including 2 TDs thrown by Bryce Petty. However, Petty was taken out after the 1st half due to a back injury. He is listed as day-to-day for this week and looks like he should be fine for the Northwestern State game. Baylor's defensive also impressed, not allowing a single score for the Mustangs. Even though SMU lost their starting QB form last season, Baylor still did a nice job shutting out SMU. The questions about how the defense would do this season faded a little bit last Sunday

Last Week’s MVP: Bryce Petty (QB Baylor)

The Heisman contender did a nice job in the first half of the game, completing 13 of 23 passes for 161 yards and 2 TDs. He also had 2. rushes for 21 yards.

This Week: Northwestern State Demons | Saturday, September 6th at 6:30 pm (Not televised)

This should be another easy victory for the Bears. They get an FCS that lost their first game of the year to Missouri State and finished with a .500 record last year. Even if for some reason Bryce Petty can't play, Baylor defense and skill at the receiver position should give them an easy win. However, Texas Tech almost lost to Central Arkansas, so you never know.

Baylor 56 - Northwestern State 3


Iowa State Cyclones

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Last Week: North Dakota State Bison 34, Iowa State Cyclones 14

Even though I thought Iowa State was going to win last week, I'm not really surprised that they lost. However, I am surprised they got beat by 20 at their place against an FCS team. You have to give credit to NDST though, they broke the record for the most consecutive wins for an FCS program and are definitely the best school in FCS football. Nothing Iowa State did seem to work Saturday. They couldn't get the option going, receivers become unreliable and the defense got beat by NDST's trickery and toughness. They have to execute better if they hope to win a game this year. I was watching this game, and it was not pretty

Last Week’s MVP: John Crockett (RB North Dakota State)

I had a tough choice between Crockett and Carson Wentz, but I'm going to go with Crockett here. Crockett had 17 carries on the day for 139 yards (8.2 ypc) and 3 TD's. He got the Bison on the board and then kept the clock running late in the game.

This Week: Kansas State Wildcats | Saturday, September 6th at 11:00 am on FOX Sports 1

Iowa State kick-offs the Big XII season by welcoming Kansas State into town next week. Their defense will have to look out for the same thing again this weak with Kansas State's trickery and toughness. If they struggle like they did against NDST, this will be a long game. Receivers have to catch the ball this time around and not turn this into a one dimensional game.

Iowa State 14 - Kansas State 31


Kansas Jayhawks

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Last Week: Bye.

Hey, Kansas didn't lose

Last Week’s MVP: Charlie Weis (HC Kansas)

He ensured Kansas didn't lose this week

This Week: Southeast Missouri State Redhawks | Saturday, September 6th at 6:00 pm on ESPN3

This week it's battle of the hawks, as the Jayhawks face the Redhawks in Lawrence. Missouri State finished the season 3-9 last year, but kicked off the 2014 season by beating Missouri Baptist 77-0. So I have no idea how this game is going to go. Kansas has injuries at the RB spot and lost their starting RB and QB to graduation, so we'll see a different Kansas team this Saturday. I expect them to come out passing the football, edging out a victory.

Kansas 24 - Southeast Missouri State 21

Kansas State Wildcats

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Last Week: Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 16, Kansas State Wildcats 55

Kansas State did what was expected of them last week, beating the Lumberjacks by a large margin. K-State did it in everyway possible two, beating them with a consistent rushing game (238 yards) and passing game (240 yards). Jake Waters did great as the lone starter of the Wildcat squad, spreading the ball out among his receivers and being successful with the option. The defense didn't force any turnovers, but they only allowed SFA to score 16 points on them. Kansas State overall has to be satisfied with how they played this past weekend.

Last Week’s MVP: Jake Waters (QB Kansas State)

Waters did well Saturday, completing 19 of 28 passes for 223 yards and 2 TDs, only throwing one pick. As for the running game, Waters scored 2 more TDs while running for 55 yards.

This Week: @ Iowa St. Cyclones | Saturday, September 6th at 11:00 am on FOX Sports 1

Kansas State goes on the road this week against an Iowa State team that struggled last week. If Kansas State does the same thing they did last week, they should be able to earn another victory. They need to spread the ball around to keep a young Iowa State team guessing and play tough at the line of scrimmage. They should be able to come out of Ames with a victory.

Kansas State 31 - Iowa State 14


Oklahoma Sooners

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Last Week: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 16, Oklahoma Sooners 48

Oklahoma handled Louisiana Tech on Saturday well, with a powerful run game and dominating defense. OU's Samaje Perine and Keith Ford averaged 5.8 yards per carry while OU's trio of running backs scored 5 TDs. The defense didn't allow a touchdown until long after the game was over, only giving up 245 yards total. OU dominated the whole game. How did Trevor Knight do? He did average, not terrible but not great. He completed roughly half his passes for 253 yards, a TD and a INT. I still have questions about how he'll do against a Big XII squad.

Last Week’s MVP: Keith Ford (RB Oklahoma)

Keith Ford was everywhere for OU. Ford ran 9 times for 51 yards for 2 TD's, including a 22 yard TD. On the receiving end, Ford caught 4 passes for 65 yards total. The sophomore RB was an all out weapon for the Sooners.

This Week: @ Tulsa Golden Hurricane | Saturday, September 6th at 11:00 am on ABC/ESPN2

Oklahoma gets another easy out of conference game against Tulsa, but this time they're on the road. However, the game is in Tulsa, and there should be a large amount of Oklahoma fans at the game, so home field advantage shouldn't matter. Like Stephen F. Austin, they pass the ball alot, so Oklahoma should have a similar game plan against the Hurricanes.

Oklahoma 42 - Tulsa 6


Oklahoma State Cowboys

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Last Week: Florida State Seminoles, 37 Oklahoma State Cowboys 31

Even though Oklahoma State didn't beat Florida State, they impressed the nation and showed everyone that they are not to be messed with. It also made the Big XII look good, almost beating the defending champions. OKST's defense (and secondary) did great against the Seminoles early on, picking off Jameis Winston twice. They also were able to keep Florida State to 3.4 yards per carry. JW Walsh did similar to Trevor Knight throwing the ball, but did well rushing, running 11 times for 51 yards and 2 TDs. Rennie Childs also did well, rushing 10 time for 47 yards, while Tyreek Hill ran 8 times for 44 yards.

Last Week’s MVP: Jameis Winston (QB Florida State)

Winston started off slow, but ended up passing 40 times, completing 25 passes for 370 yards and a TD. He also rushed for an impressive 28 yard TD. Good way to recover.

This Week: Missouri State Bears | Saturday, September 6th at 2:30 pm (Not televised)

After Oklahoma State's impressive game against Florida State, the Cowboys will likely do well again this week. Missouri State went 5-7 last season and started off this season with a 7 point victory over Northeastern Louisiana. I expect Oklahoma State to get their first win of the season.

Oklahoma State 45 - Missouri State 10


Texas Longhorns

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Last Week: North Texas Mean Green 7, Texas Longhorns 38

Texas did outstanding against the Mean Green last weekend. The rushing duo of Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray were stellar, rushing for 65 and 82 yards respectively, with Brown scoring two touchdowns. D'Onta Foreman also did well with his 2 carries for 37 yards. The defensive did outstanding also, only allowing 94 total yards and forcing 4 turnovers. The lone score came from a David Ash fumble. Speaking of Ash, he played a like an average QB and got a concussion during the game. His go to guy in the game was John Harris, who had 7 catches for 110 yards and a TD. Ash was ruled out for the BYU game, but has been listed as day-to-day by the coaching staff.

Last Week’s MVP: Malcolm Brown (RB Texas)

Brown was a key part of a two headed rushing attack, running the ball 13 times for 65 yards (5.0 ypc) and 2 TDs on the day. Johnathan Gray also had a stellar day for the Longhorns.

This Week: BYU Cougars | Saturday, September 6th at 6:30 pm on FOX Sports 1

This is a game that could go any direction. As you may recall, BYU rushed for over 500 yards against the Longhorns in route to a 40-21 victory. I watched the BYU-UCONN game last week and was impressed by how BYU played. With Ash most likely missing this game (along with two starting linemen) we could see BYU out rush the Longhorns and defeat Texas in Austin. I see the Cougars beating the Longhorns and waking them up

Texas 21 - BYU 27


TCU Horned Frogs

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Last Week: Samford Bulldogs 14, TCU Horned Frogs 48

TCU put on a rather impressive performance against Samford this Saturday. Boykin thrived in Cumbie's new offense, throwing for 320 yards and 2 TDs. TCU ran the ball mostly with 4 players, with the leading rusher being Trevorris Johnson, who rushed 8 time for 43 yards and a TD. Kolby Listenbee was TCU's best receiver that day, catching 3 balls for 76 yards and 2 TDs. The defense may have put on an even better display, holding Samford to 143 yards and forcing 2 turnovers. Samford scored only one offense touchdown, as Joeckel threw a pick 6 late in the game. An overall impressive performance by TCU.

Last Week’s MVP: Trevone Boykin (QB TCU)

It looks like Patterson and Cumbie picked the right Quarterback to lead the horn frogs. Boykin completed 29 of 41 passes for 320 yards and 2 TDs, while rushing for 29 yards and a score on the ground.

This Week: BYE

TCU gets an off week before having to play a Minnesota team with a lot of confidence.


West Virginia Mountaineers

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Last Week: West Virginia Mountaineers 23, Alabama Crimson Tide 33

West Virginia might've lost Saturday, but it was an impressive one. After doing poorly last season, the Mountaneers competed and held their ground against the #2 team in the nation. Even though Alabama might've been overrated, there is no doubt West Virginia played awfully well. Clint Trickett has respectable numbers, going 29 for 45 while passing for 365 yards and a TD. WVU's most impressive receiver was Kevin White, who caught 9 balls for 143 yards and a TD. The only thing West Virginia struggled at was running ball, as they had a terrible 1.2 yards per carry. The defensive also didn't do terribly well, giving up 538 yards, but they didn't break much, holding the Crimson Tide to 4 field goals.

Last Week’s MVP: TJ Yeldon (RB Alabama)

Yeldon ran the ball down West Virginia's throats, rushing 23 times for 126 yards and 2 TDs. The mountaineers could not stop him. Amari Cooper also had a good game, catching 12 balls for 130 yards.

This Week: Towson Tigers | Saturday, September 6th at 6:30 pm (Not televised)

West Virginia will have all the confidence in the world after the loss, and should be able to handily Towson nicely. As long as they stay focused and don't look ahead, they should be able to beat them. I expect WVU is stick to what they do best and beat the Tigers.

West Virginia 35 - Towson 7