Now that the season is finally upon us we will be taking a weekly look at all the games involving the Big 12 conference. Typically I will aim to look back at the previous weekend and then comment on the upcoming week. Week one has the Big 12 playing games on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Let's get it on!
Baylor vs Northwestern State - Friday 6:30
The Bears kick things off this Friday at home against Northwestern State. I know the Baylor faithful will be tuning in, but there will not be much to see other than a week one slaughter. Of course all eyes will be on the state of the program after a tumultuous off season.
Kansas vs Rhode Island - Saturday 6:00
The Jayhawks will play host to Rhode Island Saturday evening. I'm not sure what to think about this game other than KU might actually come out with a win. If they do get the big W then it would be the first since November 8, 2014.
Kansas State @ Stanford - Friday 8:00
Although I generally find Friday night college football annoying I will give this game the proper respect. KSU traveling to Stanford in week one is absolutely delicious and we will learn a lot about who the Wildcats are going to be this season. If KSU plays well early then look for a great game, but if the Wildcats have problems generating offense it will be a long night for Coach Snyder's team.
Iowa State vs Northern Iowa - Saturday 7:00
This has to be the least interesting game for me this week. At least the Kansas game has the drama of trying to capture their first win since the 2014 season. I expect Iowa State to get their season off to a good start and many folks out there are looking for the program to take a step forward this year.
Oklahoma vs Houston - Saturday 11:00
OU will take on the Houston Cougars at NRG stadium in Houston. This one peaks my interest somewhat simply due to the fact that the Cougars are looking for an invitation to the Big 12. Is there a better way to make their case then to knock off the Sooners in week one? I really do not see how Houston even keeps this close in the second half and if they are not careful they could end up making a case for why they should not be in the Big 12.
Oklahoma State vs Southeastern Louisiana - Saturday 2:30
Can you say lay up? OSU looks to get things rolling against SLU (Not LSU) and rolling is what they will do. OSU's offense should get going early and often and they will probably score around 70 points when all is said and done.
Texas vs Notre Dame - Sunday 6:30
This game has been slotted for prime time TV Sunday evening and it is a big game. I do not think that Texas will win the game, but Charlie Strong sure would like to. A win against Notre Dame would really take some heat off him (at least for a week). The game should be close until late, but if Notre Dame ends up blowing the doors off early it will be a long week for Strong and company.
TCU vs South Dakota State - Saturday 7:00
SDSU has a good program and will come ready to play. It will be interesting to watch TCU's offense without Boykin and Doctson, but it will hardly matter because they will be the much better team on the field. TCU's defense will make it hard for SDSU to get much going and the drumming will commence.
West Virginia vs Missouri - Saturday 11:00
WVU will get somewhat of a test in week when former Big 12 member Missouri comes to town. By all accounts the Mountaineers are a better team and should pull out a win, but they will have to play well. By all accounts Missouri is not very good and especially not good on the offensive side of the ball. If WVU puts up big points early Mizzou will not be able to make a comeback.