West Virginia @ Kansas
Saturday, September 23rd 11:00 AM CT, ESPNU
West Virginia (2-1) looks to continue its search for a team identity as it faces off against Kansas (1-2). The Mountaineers have glided to easy wins over East Carolina and Delaware State its past two games and I don’t expect much to change when they face a struggling Jayhawk squad. Kansas has been more or less blown out by back to back G5 teams, Central Michigan and Ohio. I expect the Mountaineers to roll in Lawrence.
Texas Tech @ Houston
Saturday, September 23rd 11:00 AM CT, ABC/ESPN2
This ought to be an interesting match-up. Texas Tech (2-0) beat Arizona State last week in a 52-45 shootout. Few things are consistent in life, but it seems that Kliff Kingsbury’s Red Raiders having high powered offense and awful defense is one of them. Houston (2-0) looks like a more balanced team with a win at Arizona and a blowout victory over Rice. I suspect this road game will be a tougher test for the Red Raiders than last week’s game against the Sun Devils. I’ll take Houston in a shootout.
#16 TCU @ #6 Oklahoma State
Saturday, September 23rd 2:30 PM CT, ESPN
The “premiere” game in the Big 12 this weekend is certainly TCU (3-0) traveling to Oklahoma State (3-0). The Horned Frogs have looked pretty good defensively in wins against Arkansas and SMU, while their offense has been hit or miss behind quarterback Kenny Hill. Oklahoma State, on the other side, has looked absolutely electric on offense and strong on defense with an absolute annihilation of Pitt last week. I expect the Cowboys to give TCU fits, as they have been known to do in recent years. I’ll take Oklahoma State by two touchdowns.
#3 Oklahoma @ Baylor
Saturday, September 23rd 5:30 PM CT, FS1
First, the good news: Baylor (0-3) looked very good defensively last week against Duke, bringing a lot of pressure against the Blue Devils’ quarterback. The Bears also get some much needed reinforcements back from injury and suspension this week, such as Terence Williams, Jordan Feuerbacher, and Taion Sells. The bad news: Oklahoma (3-0) looks really good, with Baker Mayfield making a strong early season argument for this year’s Heisman. The Sooners’ win at Ohio State was as impressive as any win by any team this season. It’s going to take a historic effort by the Bears to win this game. I’m predicting a Sooners win, but I think this game will be closer than Vegas and experts may think. Also, I’m taking every chance I can to post this tweet in the hopes that it happens: