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Big 12 football: Your weekend primer

Big 12 football: Your weekend primer

A little bit about Oklahoma State

See, the problem with starting your season with Missouri State and South Alabama is you don’t really know what you have. The Cowboys have a 2-0 record. And they have Taylor Cornelius at quarterback who has led the team two a pair of wins, and they also have an offensive line that seems shaky and a run game that hasn’t been great.

Now, they have a reality check Saturday in Stillwater. If Oklahoma State can win, this season takes on a dramatically different look. Oklahoma State could get to 6-0 or even better – which would be necessary since the back half of the schedule gets a lot tougher. But a loss here to Boise and things could unravel.

Oklahoma State needs Cornelius to establish himself as the starting quarterback and needs Justice Hill to run with a purpose. Neither has happened through two games. We’re about to learn a bunch about OSU that we haven’t got to see through two games.

Count on Hill to get every opportunity to carry the offense, especially since Cornelius is such an unknown. But count on Boise to show up, too. Not sure who the better team is here, and not sure who’s going to be the starting quarterback for Oklahoma State is going to be after this game.

Gimme the team that went for 800-plus yards and a steady starting quarterback – Brett Rypien. Also if that team is getting points, I’ll take it. Boise State, 40-35.

A little bit on the Sooners

Oklahoma leads the all-time series against Iowa State, 74-6-2 and the last time Iowa State won two in a row against Oklahoma was 1960-61 and 1960 was the last time the Sooners lost in Ames, Iowa, so if you’re thinking the momentum in this series has turned, history would probably tell you differently.

Iowa State managed just three points against mighty Iowa while Oklahoma put 49 on UCLA and 63 in its opener against Florida Atlantic. Meanwhile, quarterback Kyler Murray has done a little bit of everything and done it all pretty well. The question heading into this game isn’t Murray or even the Oklahoma defense, which has been much improved from last season. The question that needs answered is how will Oklahoma run the ball. Who knows how good OU will be without Rodney Anderson? Who knows if it will even matter against Iowa State? My guess is it won’t.

Sooners giving 17.5 at the Cyclones seems like a pretty do-able number. Take the Sooners. Give the points. Oklahoma, 38-14. 

Against the spread

Ohio State looks pretty impressive through a pair of games, scoring 129 points – albeit against maybe two of the worst teams in college football, Rutgers and Oregon State. Not saying TCU is great, but it feels like this line should be around three touchdowns, not two. Ohio State (-13) at Jerry World seems like too easy of a pick. The line seems too low. Fade the line. Hold your breath. Ohio State wins, but the Frogs cover. Ohio State 35-24.

An upset

Don’t know how anyone could have much faith in Texas Tech. Houston, is coming off a 45-18 rout of Arizona and you know a bunch of people are gonna think because Tech gave up a bunch of yards and points in a 47-27 loss to Ole Miss in its opener that Houston is the pick here. Don’t count on it. Tech will show up, will force a bunch of turnovers and play inspired. Now, in the next three weeks, when the Raiders play OSU, West Virginia and TCU, they’ll fall apart, but Tech will beat Houston Saturday. Tech is getting a point at home against the Cougars. You don’t need it. Tech wins 44-38.

Will Kansas win this week?

The chance at a two-game winning streak for the Jayhawks is real and it’s spectacular. Rutgers is dreadful. Kansas is hot. Take the Hawks. Give the three points. Kansas, 40-27. 

Who’s Under the most pressure?

Probably appropriate to put Texas and Tom Herman in this spot every week. A loss at home to USC and it could be a meltdown in Austin. Texas stunk against Maryland and then survived against Tulsa. Yes, survived. Yes, against Tulsa. Well, a loss would be some amazing theater, but a win against an average USC team would also cause a tidal wave of Longhorn love. Either way, count on a major over-reaction after this game. It’s gonna be great. Texas (-3.5) will win this one. Longhorns, 30-21.

Last week: 2-4

Overall: 2-4

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