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Big 12 Football Week 2 Preview

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#16 TCU @ SMU

Friday, September 7th 7:00 PM CT, ESPN2

#16 TCU (1-0) opened up the season with a clobbering of FCS foe Southern. Now they travel to rival SMU (0-1) who just got beat badly by North Texas. SMU does not look particularly good this year and TCU looks borderline great so far. This shouldn’t be very close.

48-10 TCU

Kansas State vs. #18 Mississippi State

Saturday, September 8th 11:00 AM CT, ESPN

Kansas State (1-0) looked bad in its opener, going to overtime with FCS opponent South Dakota. They’ll need to do much, much better to take down SEC opponent #18 Mississippi State (1-0). Mississippi State obliterated SFA 63-6 in their season opener and look really good. I don’t think Kansas State stands much of a chance in this game unless they REALLY turn things around in one week.

40-24 Mississippi State

#6 Oklahoma vs. UCLA

Saturday, September 8th 12:00 PM CT, FOX

#6 Oklahoma (1-0) earned its spot in the top 25 last weekend by completely dismantling a good Florida Atlantic squad. They now turn to PAC 12 foe UCLA (0-1). UCLA is a young team prone to mistakes. I think coach Chip Kelly will build them into a good squad in the coming years. Not this first year, though. Their ugly week one loss to Cincinnati proves just that. I think Oklahoma gets this win in a fairly convincing fashion.

35-7 Oklahoma

Kansas @ Central Michigan

Saturday, September 8th 2:00 PM CT, ESPN+

Kansas (0-1)... I mean come on. I don’t even have words at this point, this football program has hit a new all time low. The situation has me equal parts sad and angry. Kansas coach David Beaty now has more loses to FCS foes than wins against FBS teams. How he still has a job is mind boggling. Clearly, whatever they’re doing in Lawrence hasn’t been working. They might stand a better chance if they had Bill Self start coaching football as well as basketball. Central Michigan (0-1) lost to Kentucky but it was relatively close with Central Michigan leading until 14 seconds left in the first half. Central Michigan wins this one, maybe even in blow out fashion.

31-7 Central Michigan

Texas Tech vs. Lamar

Saturday, September 8th 3:00 PM CT, FCS

Texas Tech (0-1) had a less than ideal opener against Ole Miss, losing by 20 points. Luckily they get a far easier game against FCS foe Lamar (1-0). Texas Tech should be able to round its wagons and get an easy win. Whether they will have success moving forward after this game is left to be seen.

42-7 Texas Tech

Iowa State @ Iowa

Saturday, September 8th 4:00 PM CT, FOX

EL ASSICO IS BACK ONCE MORE. While that name has usually referred to how ugly and defensive this game tends to be, there’s reason to believe this year’s game could be much more exciting. Iowa State (0-0) had its opening game cancelled due to storms. However, in the couple of minutes that were played they managed to score an impressive long touchdown (that won’t count in the record books). There’s been a lot of off-season hype surrounding the Cyclone and they’ll get their first chance to really prove it against rival Iowa (1-0). Iowa, in its usual fashion, slowly dismantled and wore down Northern Illinois on its way to a blowout victory. This will be a battle primarily decided by Iowa State’s explosive offense vs. Iowa’s strong defense. Iowa State was a 4th quarter meltdown away from beating Iowa last season. I think they get the win this year.

24-20 Iowa State

#14 West Virginia vs. Youngstown State

Saturday, September 8th 5:00 PM CT, FCS

#14 West Virginia (1-0) took care of business against Tennessee last weekend. Both the offense and defense looked impressive and I think this is a team that can take a legitimate shot at taking the Big 12 title away from Oklahoma. They should easily be able to handle FCS opponent Youngstown State (0-1).

54-3 West Virginia

Baylor @ UTSA

Saturday, September 8th 6:00 PM CT, Facebook

Baylor (1-0) is undefeated and has as many wins as last season already. I don’t particularly care that the win was against FCS Abilene Christian, winning at home again felt great. Now the Bears go on the road for a test against UTSA (0-1). The Roadrunners lost in blowout fashion to Arizona State last weekend. I think the Baylor offense, which looked good to great last week, will have another impressive game against UTSA. If the defense can hold up enough to get some key stops here and there, the Bears should be able to pull away and get its first win in the #2018RevengeTour.

42-17 Baylor.

Oklahoma State vs. South Alabama

Saturday, September 8th 7:00 PM CT, FSN

Oklahoma State (1-0) got a blowout win over FCS Missouri State last weekend. Now they turn to another relatively easy game against South Alabama (0-1). South Alabama opened with a close loss to Louisiana Tech. Oklahoma State’s offense, filled with new faces, should continue to get more experience and the defense will probably have another decent game.

38-17 South Alabama

Texas vs. Tulsa

Saturday, September 8th 7:00 PM CT, LHN

Texas (0-1) is back to disappointment. Starting the season in the top 25, there were high hopes for this team, with some analysts even predicting them to make the playoff. That looks unlikely now given their poor performance against Maryland. The Longhorns should be able to regroup and pick up a home win against Tulsa (1-0) this weekend. But unless the offense turns things around (and finally finds a worthwhile quarterback?) this team is going to be somewhere between bad and decent this season, both of which are terrible in the eyes of Texas fans.

24-7 Texas