Big 12 Football Notes and Picks: 2019 Week Three
The lower tier games are mostly over, as Big 12 schools move up to face Power 5 foes this week. Seven league teams are in action against Big Ten, ACC, SEC and Pac-12 opponents. Only Oklahoma State and Texas face non-P5s , while Baylor is off.
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College GameDay makes its first appearance at Iowa State where the Cyclones host intrastate rival Iowa on Saturday. In a stunning smackdown to the SEC, GameDay is making consecutive trips to Big 12 campuses for the first time in more than a decade. Last week, the setup was in Austin for LSU-Texas.
The four top-rated passers in the league after two weeks reside in the state of Oklahoma. It’s not a surprise to see No. 2 Jalen Hurts (Oklahoma) and No. 4 Spencer Sanders (Oklahoma State) there, but their backups are actually ahead of them. OSU’s Drew Brown (255.3 rating) and OU’s Tanner Mordecai (246.4) are both taking advantage of blowouts to put up some good numbers.
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Through two games, Kansas State has allowed just one third down conversion in 17 attempts.
Kansas at Boston College
Fri Sept 13 7:30 PM* ACCN
How many times has Kansas shown a flash of respectability, only to come crashing back to earth? The Jayhawks have probably burned more bettors than Bernie Madoff over the years. After last week’s loss to Coastal Carolina, KU heads to New England to face Boston College, and there’s no way to justify a pick of the road team. In a battle of birds, the Eagles best the Jayhawks in the first of several Power 5 match-ups around the league.
Kansas State at Mississippi State
Sat Sept 14 12:00 PM ESPN
Can Kansas State frustrate the Bulldogs with its methodical attack and stingy defense? The ‘Cats should have every chance to do so, and the injury situation might also be trending in their favor. K-State could get as many as three previously injured defenders back for this road jaunt, while Mississippi State has a questionable quarterback situation. One of the keys of winning on the road is taking the home crowd out of the contest, and while the Cowbells of Starkville are a difficult target in that regard, the pick is for the Big 12 squad to do so.
N.C. State at West Virginia
Sat Sept 14 4:00 PM FSN
The Wolfpack has allowed six total points through two games this season, ranking second nationally in scoring defense. West Virginia is 122nd, putting up only 13.5 per outing. No matter what happens elsewhere in the game, it will be difficult for the Mountaineers to overcome those numbers. State is the pick on the road.
Oklahoma State at Tulsa
Sat Sept 14 3:30 PM ESPN2
The Cowboys are piling up points with redshirt freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders, and he will continue the onslaught this week with another explosive performance on the road. OSU gets a good warm-up for its game against Texas next week.
Iowa at Iowa State
Sat Sept 14 4:00 PM FS1
Game Day visits Ames, and the Cyclone faithful will be out of their minds as the Hawkeyes visit. This should be an excellent contest, and Iowa State is a tough out at home, but Iowa will be a little too much to overcome as the Cyclones continue to rebuild their defense.
TCU at Purdue
Sat Sept 14 7:30 PM BTN
It’s another Big 12-Big Ten battle, and this one appears pretty evenly matched. The Horned Frogs, though, would be the top pick of any Big 12 school to battle Big Ten-style, with its defense and physical play being twin hallmarks of Gary Patterson’s program. Winning on the road at night is a difficult task, but the Frogs get just enough done offensively to make it happen.
Oklahoma at UCLA
Sat Sept 14 8:00 PM Fox
In some seasons past, this would be a quite intriguing match-up. This year, it’s just another big loss for UCLA’s Chip Kelly as the Bruins sink toward a very forgettable year. Oklahoma might not be tested until the Texas game in mid-October.
Texas at Rice
Sat Sept 14 8:00 PM CBSSN
The Longhorns follow the Baylor plan – get some work in against an outmatched in-state foe. Texas gave LSU all it wanted in a back-and-forth battle in Austin last week, and barring some sort of unexpected hangover from the tough loss, should have no trouble downing the Owls, even on the road.
Texas Tech at Arizona
Sat Sept 14 10:30 PM ESPN
The Red Raiders are off to a very good start, albeit against a pair of outmanned foes. The Wildcats bounced back from their season-opening loss to Hawaii, but gave up 41 points in their win over Northern Arizona, and have yielded a total 809 passing yards in their first two contests. Look for another road win for the Big 12, as Matt Wells’ team continues to exceed expectations in year one.
* All Times Eastern