Obviously it wasn't a great weekend for the Big 12 and the Red Raiders contributed to the disappointment. Five Big 12 teams (Texas Tech, Kansas, Oklahoma State, TCU, and Iowa State) lost on Saturday. After the first two weekends of football the national narrative is quickly becoming that 2016 is a down year for the Big 12. As Texas Tech prepares for Louisiana Tech let us take a look at what the rest of the Big 12 is up to this week.
Baylor @ Rice - Friday 7:00
Baylor took care of business against SMU after a very slow start in the first half of the game. Baylor did not look like Baylor for much of that game, but in the end talent prevailed. This week BU continues with the weak non-conference schedule and will notch another blowout on their belt.
Kansas @ Memphis - Saturday 11:00
KU couldn't make it two in a row and now have to travel to Memphis to wrap up their non-conference. Memphis is no slouch and is still in the running for an invitation to the Big 12. Look for KU to drop their second in a row in a close game.
Kansas State vs Florida Atlantic - Saturday 1:30
Fresh off the bye week KSU should get things rolling against FAU. I do not see any sort of upset brewing in this one.
Iowa State @ TCU - Saturday 11:00
ISU and TCU have the honor of opening Big 12 conference play this year. I am pretty sure TCU coach Gary Patterson will have his guys ready to go after the tough loss to Arkansas. I will take TCU in early Saturday blowout.
Oklahoma vs Ohio State - Saturday 6:30
OU vs OSU is absolutely the premiere game in all of college football this weekend. The bad news for Stoops and company is all the pressure is on them. The pressure of preventing a non conference losing record of 1-2. I will be at the Texas Tech game this weekend and unable to watch, but as I sit here drinking my coffee I am leaning heavily toward the Buckeyes.
Oklahoma State vs Pittsburgh - Saturday 2:30
OSU got screwed Saturday, but that is over and they better be getting ready for Pittsburgh. It will be very interesting to see how the Cowboys respond to the craziness the Central Michigan game brought. Like many I was very surprised at how close that game was, but with all that being said OSU will refocus and get a win this week.
Texas at California - Saturday 9:30
UT can add another quality win to the resume, but in order to do so they will have to get by former Red Raider Davis Webb. Texas may be a better team than Cal, but is hard to tell as we enter week three. Weird things happen when you play in the twilight zone known as the PAC 12 after dark. I am thinking UT loses their first game of the season out there, but of course it will be around 1:00 am central time Sunday morning when it becomes official.
West Virginia - Off
After a not so convincing 38-21 win over Youngstown the Mountaineers have a bye. They will play BYU on September 24th.
Texas Tech vs Louisiana Tech - 6:00 Saturday
Plenty of Viva The Matador coverage throughout the week on this one and look for Friday's post with the staff's predictions.