The Big 12 had a rough first week, and when it came to picks, so did I. The first few weeks are usually the easiest, but I feel a lot like K-State right now: Battered, beaten and looking to prove myself in Week 2. Let’s do this. To take a page from Bill Snyder: “Just gotta improve.” Last week: 6-3 (.667) Overall: 6-3 (.667) Oklahoma State 44, Texas San Antonio 10: I like what I saw from OSU’s defense last week. I doubt they’ll look quite as good once it faces the type of offenses in the Big 12, but the Pokes will look great again against the Roadrunners. TCU 41, Southeastern Louisiana 7: Frogs finally get a chance to take out some frustrations on the state of Louisiana. Baylor 51, Buffalo 13: Baylor’s defense looked suffocating in Week 1. They’ll keep that going this week against a Buffalo team that might be a bit underrated. After falling behind 23-0 to No. 2 Ohio State, the Bulls rallied to get within 30-20 late in the third quarter. Baylor’s offense is too much. Another 100-yard day for Lache Seastrunk. Kansas State 31, Louisiana-Lafayette 27: Danger! Danger! K-State could legitimately fall to 0-2 against a serviceable squad of Ragin’ Cajuns. It’s fun to say their name. It’s not fun to defend their offense, led by dual-threat QB Terrance Broadway, who accounted for 26 touchdowns last year. The Wildcats survive. Barely. Oklahoma 31, West Virginia 20: Trevor Knight looks more comfortable, but the Sooners get Trey Millard the ball a little more. Paul Millard further entrenches himself as WVU’s quarterback with a good performance, but the Sooners D atones for its disastrous day in Morgantown last season.
Texas Tech 44, Stephen F. Austin 13: Eric Ward had almost twice as many catches in Week 1 as any other receiver in the Big 12. Another double digit day for him. Texas Tech’s running game picks up a bit, too. Kansas 31, South Dakota 14: Charlie Weis says he paid 10 bucks to watch South Dakota’s 10-7 win over UC-Davis on the Coyote Network last week. Guessing KU could win this game even if he hadn’t. The 11-game losing streak is over.
Texas 31, BYU 24: Taysom Hill offers some tough challenges for defenses, but the Longhorns are up to the task. David Ash continues to mature, and the Longhorns keep getting Daje Johnson the ball. All good things.