Let’s take a look at what happened around the Big 12 in Week 2 of college football.
Oklahoma @ Ohio State
The eyes of college football were on Columbus and the tweets about the Big 12 being dead were scheduled. And OU played like they usually do when being bet (-7.5) against.
Ohio State has DUDES up front on the defensive line and waiting for handoffs but a quarterback that would probably only start for lower tier Big 12 teams — at least with how he played on Saturday night.
Mayfield’s favorite target, Mark Andrews, went down in the first half but the yards still piled up. Baker took over in the second half and the Big 12 has found a pulse on the national scene.
Ain’t that right, Obo?
— cookie taste tester (@tylerbirsch) September 10, 2017
Gundy was pretty captivated by the big game.
Mike Gundy on turtle hunting. 🐢🚫 pic.twitter.com/iGMD3YveuS
— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 11, 2017
Final Score: Oklahoma 31, Ohio State 13
Charlotte @ Kansas State
K-State, in true Snyder fashion, slowly bled out a lesser foe with a slow, methodical rushing attack and pouncing when they made mistakes. Outrushing Charlotte 304-19, the Cats ran away with it from the start.
The Wildcats are sort of the opposite of OSU offensively — playing a game of how many offensive players can run into the end zone, a counter to the Cowboy’s passing attack.
Nobody could cool off the SnyderCats today, not even the Charlotte waterboy.
Come on Charlotte bro pic.twitter.com/NLREVgyfnf
— Pete Cohlmia (@PeteCohlmia) September 9, 2017
Final Score: Kansas State 55, Charlotte 7
TCU @ Arkansas
TCU continued their upstart trend while Gary Patterson’s defense stifled the fledgling Hog offense. Austin Allen, the veteran Arkansas QB, was held to
an SEC-record high 138 yards on nine of 23 attempts. Minutes into the second quarter, the Frogs seized the lead for good on a four-yard run by Kyle Hicks.
An early-trend has been TCU not counting on Kenny Hill to win them games but in more of a game management-role. We’ll see how it plays out, Cotton. The Frogs were glad to avenge the double OT loss to the Hogs in Funky Town last year.
Final Score: TCU 28, Arkansas 7
Iowa @ Iowa State
The Cy-Hawk game is always a treat, one of the less lopsided in-state rivalries in the country (at least of late). And one featuring some colorful characters.
OK so it's not Harvard vs Yale pic.twitter.com/xnaWMvNMJV
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) September 8, 2017
In a back-and-forth affair, ISU’s Jacob Park looks exactly like Con Air Nick Cage and threw for nearly 400 yards and four touchdowns. One of those TDs went for 74 yards with 4:36 left in regulation, a hopeful dagger that missed its mark. Iowa tied it up with 1:09 left and off to overtime it went.
Starting for Iowa State at quarterback: Nic Cage in Con Air. pic.twitter.com/Qsi3AG7o2X
— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) September 9, 2017
In OT Iowa sneaked in a touchdown after Iowa State hit a thirty-yard field goal.
Final Score/Overtime: Iowa 44, Iowa State 41
East Carolina @ West Virginia
The high-flying aggressive offense the Mountaineers fielded against Virginia Tech on Labor Day was in full action again — but this time against a severely-undermatched foe. Think OSU-Tulsa in the opener.
New WVU quarterback and Florida-transplant Will Grier threw for 352 yards and five touchdowns while Chicago Bear Kevin White’s little brother Kyzir had two picks. Dana’s tribe had it put away by halftime, up 49-3.
— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) September 9, 2017
Final Score: West Virginia 56, East Carolina 20
San Jose State @ Texas
Texas took care of business against a squad that was outmanned, particularly against the run game. Its 250-pound running back Chris Warren ran like Bevo in the running of the bulls over the undersized SJSU defense, and true freshman Sam Ehlinger started at quarterback for an injured Shane Buchele. He went for 15 of 27 for 222 yards, throwing more errantly than Buchele but ran more comfortably (7 rushes for 48 yards).
Herman isn’t in a pickle with Ehlinger vs. Buchele — not exactly a Cardale Jones vs. Braxton Miller vs. JT Barrett situation. If he ekes out 8 wins led by either of those guys at this point in their careers, it’ll be super impressive.
Unfortunately, the OSU-USA crowd was bigger than the Texas crowd. JK…. sort of.
Texas and San Jose State kickoff pic.twitter.com/hKaLK2McwQ
— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) September 9, 2017
Final Score: Texas 56, San Joes 0
Central Michigan @ Kansas
Poor Kansas. Central Michigan had a QB transfer in from Michigan, and dude (Shane Morris) is going to ROLL the MAC. He threw for 467 and five scores — torching the Jayhawk secondary.
A CMU receiver went for 168 and three scores — James Washington may go off like Adarius Bowman against Kansas come Senior Day in November.
Elsewhere, KU-transfer QB Montell Cozart carved up Wazzu in some Pac 12 AfterDark. Can you imagine what new KU offensive coordinator Doug Meacham could have done with this guy?
— Mountain West (@MountainWest) September 10, 2017
Final Score: CMU 45, Kansas 27
UT-San Antonio @ Baylor
Two days after Christmas — nine months ago — Baylor went for 515 yards of offense. Now UTSA, a conference rival of Old Dominion, stalled the offense to 274 yards and 10 points. The offensive line is depleted, and all the stars from their last two recruiting classes are at Texas, OU and Texas A&M.
UTSA rode a veteran, dual-threat quarterback to some solid play while Baylor’s grad transfer QB Anu Solomon was less than stellar. Baylor travels to Duke next week, not a good year to start playing Power Five ball in the non-con.
Baylor's offense hit a wall faster than any program in my lifetime. From 70 to 0 in enough time to give you whiplash. pic.twitter.com/fi1pddABfo
— David Ubben (@davidubben) September 10, 2017
If it’s any consolation for the Bears, this guy seems like a really quality, stand up guy. There’s no reason the non-sleazy Bears can’t make it back to the middle of the pack in a couple of years.
— Tyler Bouldin (@tylerbouldin) September 10, 2017
Final Score: UTSA 17, Baylor 10