Setting the Big 12 Table: Week 3

It’s already week 3.

Non-Conference Games

#14 Iowa State
Opponent: @ UNLV
Date & Time: Saturday, September 18 @ 9:30 pm
Line: Iowa State -30.5
Commentary: Iowa State was pretty well handled by Iowa and Brock Purdy was benched. I’m not sure that this could have gotten worse. Purdy threw 3 interceptions. I had no idea that UNLV was this bad in terms of football (maybe UConn level?). Purdy should rebound is my guess and Iowa State always seems to get straightened out after a bad loss. Maybe lean on Breece Hall a bit.

Kansas State
Opponent: Nevada
Date & Time: Saturday, September 18 @ 1:05 pm
TV: Big 12/ESPN+
Line: Nevada -2.5
Commentary: Kansas State was down to Southern Illinois a FCS program, much like Texas Tech to SFA, and then came back and won. Skylar Thompson may have been hurt in a bad way and the Wildcats turned to Will Howard. Don’t look now, but Nevada is good at football. Their quarterback, Carson Strong is quite good and a lot of times, the team with the better quarterback end up winning. The Wolfpack are favored in Manhattan and that’s really interesting. Will be interested to see how that line moves through the week.

#3 Oklahoma
Opponent: Nebraska
Date & Time: Saturday, September 18 @ 11:00 am
Line: Oklahoma -22
Commentary: Not really a game against Western Carolina, 76-0 and I hope they just did a running clock in the second half, but my guess is that they didn’t. I didn’t think that a 3 touchdown spread would be how this game, a game that essentially made OU leave the Big 12 because they didn’t want to play at 11 in the morning. If Nebraska was better, maybe so. The Nebraska offense runs solely on Adrian Martinez.

Oklahoma State
Opponent: @ Boise State
Date & Time: Saturday, September 18 @ 8:00 pm
Line: Boise State -4.5
Commentary: A very tight game against Tulsa and it took 21 4th quarter points for OSU to pull away. Spencer Sanders is very uneven and so is the offense. A bit surprised that Oklahoma State is heading out on the road and with BSU losing to new conference mate Central Florida last week, this is a game that the Broncos have had 2 weeks to prepare for. The Bronco defense needs to be shored up and the Oklahoma State offense isn’t great.

Opponent: Off-week
Commentary: TCU took care of business, but this game was much closer than Vegas predicted, winning 34-32. Zach Evans had 190 yards rushing and he is for sure a stud.

Opponent: Rice
Date & Time: Saturday, September 18 @ 7:00 pm
Line: Texas -25
Commentary: Arkansas blew the doors off of Texas, 40-21. I didn’t really have time to take parts of this game in, but as I understand it, Arkansas absolutely controlled the line of scrimmage. 333 rushing yards for the Hogs. This week, I’m sure that Texas will blow out Rice and we’ll all forget about the Arkansas game.

Texas Tech
Opponent: Florida International
Date & Time: Saturday, September 18 @ 6:00 pm
TV: Big 12/ESPN+
Line: Texas Tech -21
Commentary: Well, I’ve pretty well typed out my thoughts on SFA and Texas Tech. The offensive line and quarterback just need to be better. Lose the turnovers and it’s a much different game as i thought the defense played pretty well. I’ll try not to overreact against Texas Tech, I don’t think they were as bad as they were on Saturday and the defense is pretty good I think. For comparison purposes, FIU beat Long Island 48-10 and then lost to Texas State 23-17 in overtime.

West Virginia
Opponent: Virginia Tech
Date & Time: Saturday, September 18 @ 11:00 am
Line: West Virginia -2.5
Commentary: Another blowout against a terrible opponent, Long Island University, 66-0. I cannot tell you if you know anything else better because of this game about West Virginia, but they sure did score some points. I think that Virginia Tech is the better team, but maybe I’m crazy. And if there was a game that should be on prime time from the conference, it’s this game I think, the best non-con game of the week.

Conference Games

Baylor @ Kansas
Date & Time: Saturday, September 18 @ 6:00 pm
TV: Big12/ESPN+
Line: Baylor -17
Commentary: Kansas was blown out by Coastal Carolina 49-22, but there were some Kansas fans that were hopeful after the performance and maybe they found a quarterback. Baylor smothered Texas Southern, 66-8. Not much of a game at all and my guess is that Baylor’s success is largely on the backs of the running backs. Kansas will be a work in progress and Baylor is further along


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