Kansas State vs. Bowling Green
Saturday, September 7th 11:00 AM CT, FSN
Kansas State (1-0) looked solid in their first game with new coach Chris Klieman. They throttled Nicholls 49-14. QB Skylar Thompson accounted for two touchdowns and 212 yards passing. Now their competition takes a step up as they host Bowling Green (1-0). Bowling Green dominated Morgan State in their opener, 46-3. At the writing of this article, ESPN has KState as 24 point favorites. I’m not convinced they cover, but the Wildcats should win by a few scores.
31-17 Kansas State
West Virginia @ Missouri
Saturday, September 7th 11:00 AM CT, ESPN2
West Virginia (1-0) did NOT look very good in their opener. They barely beat FCS James Madison by a score of 20-13. New coach Neal Brown could very well be off to a shaky start in Morgantown. Luckily for the Mountaineers, Missouri (0-1) didn’t look much better after losing to Wyoming. Still, Missouri is favored by 11.5 points currently. West Virginia has to shore up its offensive and defensive lines in a hurry, James Madison dominated the trenches for significant portions of the game. I doubt those improvements happen in one week, Missouri can probably take advantage at home.
Baylor vs. UTSA
Saturday, September 7th 3:00 PM CT, FSN
Baylor (1-0) looked goooooood in their opener. Granted it was against SFA so take it with a grain of salt, but we saw the defense playing well and the offense moving with ease throughout most of the game. Now they move up to the next level of competition, taking on UTSA (1-0). The Roadrunners got a strong, 35-7 win over FCS Incarnate Word to open their season. Charlie Brewer and company will need to keep the offensive production rolling. The real question mark will likely be how the newly installed 3-man front holds up for the Baylor defense. It did the job last week, but had a couple break downs against an inferior foe. Still, Baylor should be able to handle UTSA at home. The Bears are favored by 27 points at the moment.
Kansas vs. Coastal Carolina
Saturday, September 7th 6:00 PM CT, ESPN+
Kansas (1-0) got its first win under new coach Les Miles last weekend, topping Indiana State 24-17. They will now be hunting for win two as they take on Coastal Carolina (0-1). Coastal lost by a touchdown to Eastern Michigan in their opener. ESPN gives Kansas a 64.7% chance of winning. I do think they accomplish that. And they’ll need to, the schedule gets much more difficult after this weekend for the Jayhawks.
Oklahoma State vs. McNeese
Saturday, September 7th 6:00 PM CT, ESPN+
Oklahoma State (1-0) looked explosive in their season opening win at Oregon State. The offense was firing on all cylinders and the defense did enough to secure a 52-36 victory. They now come back home and take on McNeese (1-0), who beat Southern in the opener. Running back Chuba Hubbard and quarterback Spencer Sanders should be far more than McNeese can handle.
63-17 Oklahoma State
#4 Oklahoma vs. South Dakota
Saturday, September 7th 6:00 PM CT, FCS
#4 Oklahoma (1-0) looked pretty good in week one, defeating Houston 49-31. The offense was clicking with new quarterback Jalen Hurts, who showed his wheels and throwing ability. The defense opened incredibly strong before faltering as the game went on. They still looked somewhat improved from last season overall. Now, the Sooners take on substantially weaker competition in South Dakota (0-1). South Dakota lost their opener to Montana and it wasn’t really that close. Oklahoma cruises to an easy victory.
#9 Texas vs. #6 LSU
Saturday, September 7th 6:30 PM CT, ABC
The marquee matchup of the weekend, #9 Texas (1-0) hosts #6 LSU (1-0) in Austin. Texas took care of business in their opener, topping Louisiana Tech 45-14. Sam Ehlinger looked good, accounting for four touchdown passes. The Longhorns will need to look just as good, as LSU will be a beast to handle. The Tigers blew out Georgia Southern 55-3 and quarterback Joe Burrow threw five touchdowns. This is a critical matchup for both teams, but also for the Big 12 and SEC as both try to bolster their relative strengths. The Big 12 went undefeated in week one while the SEC took a few head scratching losses (what are you doing, Tennessee?). At the time of writing this article, LSU is favored by 4.5 points. That seems about right to me, I think the Tigers will have just enough of a defensive edge to top the Longhorns.
Texas Tech vs. UTEP
Saturday, September 7th 7:00 PM CT, FSN
Texas Tech (1-0) started the Matt Wells era with a dominating, 45-10 win over Montana State. They now take on UTEP (1-0) who barely squeaked out a 36-34 win over Houston Baptist. This game shouldn’t be anywhere close, UTEP is one of the weakest FBS teams in the nation this season. ESPN only gives UTEP a 1.9% chance of winning. That might even be generous. Alan Bowman threw for 436 yards and two touchdowns last week, he might put up similar numbers this week.
54-14 Texas Tech