Texas @ Iowa State
Thursday, September 28th 7:00 PM CT, ESPN
Watch out, this game is one of those weird Thursday night prime-time games in Ames, IA. Bizarre things happen on these kinds of nights. Texas (1-2) regained some hype after taking #5 USC to the wire in the Coliseum two weeks ago. Iowa State (2-1) is coming off of a decent win in Akron, Ohio. Last time these two teams met in Ames, Iowa State posted a 24-0 shutout of the Longhorns. While I do think the Longhorns will score in this game, I’ve been calling an Iowa State win here since before the season started and I have seen nothing to make me change my mind. Iowa State is a team on the rise with a lot of upside, I think they’ll surprise Texas in a classic Thursday night trap game in Ames.
Baylor @ Kansas State
Saturday, September 30th 2:30 PM CT, ESPN2
This is an interesting game to preview and pick. Kansas State (2-1) is what Matt Rhule himself says his ideal team would look like. Kansas State had two blowout wins against UCA and Charlotte before losing 14-7 at Vanderbilt. The same Vanderbilt team that lost 59-0 against Alabama and couldn’t get the football past the 50. Needless to say, there are a lot of question marks surrounding this Wildcat team. But, there are almost as many question marks surrounding the Baylor Bears (0-4). Nevertheless, I think last week was an indication of where the Bears are heading, taking #3 Oklahoma to the wire. I’m going to pick Baylor to get their first win of the season here against a KState team that doesn’t seem to have its offense figured out. Sic ‘em!
#15 Oklahoma State @ Texas Tech
Saturday, September 30th 7:00 PM CT, FOX
This is the “marquee match-up” of the week in the Big 12. Oklahoma State (3-1) is trying to move past last week’s home loss to TCU. Texas Tech (3-0) is trying to prove that people shouldn’t have been sleeping on them this year, with a solid win on the road against Houston. Both of these teams are going to be looking to air it out and get some quick, deep touchdowns. I think this game will be a vintage Big 12 scoring fest. This is close to a toss up in my mind, but I’ll go with the Cowboys narrowly edging out the Red Raiders.