Old foes: Big 12 features former SWC rivals
Things to watch in Week 3 of the Big 12 season, the last weekend without any conference games:
GAME OF THE WEEK: Arkansas at Texas Tech. A matchup of former Southwest Conference rivals playing for the first time since 1991, the Razorbacks' last SWC season before moving to the SEC. ''More than anything, just a former Southwest Conference opponent is the big buildup here,'' Red Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury said, when asked about hosting an SEC team. Tech has had two closer-than-expected wins, beating Central Arkansas and UTEP by a combined 11 points. Arkansas is coming off its largest point total in the modern era, a 73-7 win over Nicholls State.
BEST MATCHUP: Kansas coach Charlie Weis vs. Duke coach David Cutcliffe. When Weis took the Notre Dame job after the 2004 season, he hired Cutcliffe as his assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach. But Cutcliffe never coached a game with the Irish after needing open-heart surgery. ''I was looking for somebody that I could eventually just turn the offense over to, and I thought David was one of the best minds out there,'' Weis said this week. Cutcliffe is well-known for his work with the Manning brothers - Peyton at Tennessee and Eli at Mississippi. Weis was then coming off three Super Bowl championships as New England's offensive coordinator with Tom Brady.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Seven of the nine Big 12 games this week are against other power conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC) and teams with a combined 13-1 record. The only time the Big 12 had more games against peer conferences on the same weekend was five on Sept. 21, 1996, during the league's inaugural season. ... Texas and UCLA have both won three games in their series filled with not-so-close scores. None of the last five games have been closer than 18 points, including a 66-3 UCLA win in 1997.
LONG SHOT: Tennessee plays a regular-season game against No. 4 Oklahoma for the first time. The Volunteers are three-touchdown underdogs going to Norman, and have lost their last 14 games against Top 5 teams since 2005. They lost by 45 and 35 points in two such games last season. ... No. 8 Baylor will be the highest-ranked team ever to play at Buffalo's UB Stadium. The Bears, expecting to get quarterback Bryce Petty back, are five-touchdown favorites after beating the Bulls 70-13 last year in Waco while piling up 781 total yards .
IMPACT PLAYER: Iowa State receiver Jarvis West became only the third FBS or FCS player since 1998 to have a TD catch, TD pass and punt return for a TD in the same game. All came in the first half against Kansas State last week. The Cyclones on Saturday play Iowa in the instate rivalry that dates back to 1894.
Compiled by AP Sports Writer Stephen Hawkins in Fort Worth, Texas.
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