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Big 12 football: Your weekend primer

Big 12 football: Your weekend primer

A bit on Oklahoma

Well, we’ve spent a week talking about how great Oklahoma is and how bad UCLA is, so naturally it only makes sense UCLA would lay down and Oklahoma will roll. Seems too easy. The Sooners opened with a 63-14 win over FAU and UCLA limped through a 26-17 home loss to Cincinnati. More of the same?¬†Unlikely.

Kyler Murray and the offense are going to score, but UCLA Chip Kelly is going to figure out something for his offense, too. Dorian Thompson-Robinson is going to be really good. He’ll turn the ball over a few times Saturday against the Sooners, but he’ll turn some heads, too.

Take the Sooners (-29.5) to win. But take the points and bet UCLA. OU, 49-21,

A bit on Oklahoma State

One week in, and unlike Oklahoma where we kinda feel like we know something about what’s going in Norman, there are just as many questions in Stillwater.

We’ll feel the same way about the Cowboys after Saturday, too. That’s what happens when you play Missouri State and then South Alabama. Not only does it not make you any better, it makes you start wondering if these guys are any good at all. I suppose it’s important quarterback Taylor Cornelius gets his reps and gets some work in, but does South Alabama really give you the barometer you need?

T&P out to the OSU fans who have paid their season-ticket money for this lineup. Take OSU (-32.5), give whatever points you want. OSU, 52-7.

Against the spread

Mississippi State (-8) comes to Manhattan and takes on a Kansas State team that barely avoided overtime in a win (?) against South Dakota. Meanwhile, Mississippi State has one of the top defense around and is a minor dark horse in the rugged SEC West. K-State shows up for this one. Take the points. You don’t need em, though. K-State 21-20.

An upset

Not a lot to choose from this week in the Big 12 as West Virginia, Baylor and Tech play FCS opponents. TCU is playing miserable SMU and Tulsa is a three-touchdown underdog at Texas. That leaves Iowa State (+4) at Iowa. Not a lot was learned last week as Iowa got past Northern Illinois 33-7 and Iowa State was canceled against South Dakota State.

Two of the past three times these teams have played in Iowa City it’s been decided by a field goal or less. Last year in Ames, was another three-point game. No one’s thinking Iowa is some sort of true contender in the Big 10. No one knows what to think about Iowa State. Take the Clones and the points, Iowa State 18-14.

Will Kansas win this week

If you’re on the season total of “Under 2.5” wins for Kansas this is the game for you. After losing to something called Nichols State last week, it’s going to take a minor miracle for the Hawks to get over that season total. A loss Saturday against a middle-of-the-pack MAC team will mean you can pretty much cash your ticket. Somehow Kansas (+5)¬† is only a getting less than a touchdown. That may tell you more about CMU than it does about Kansas. It tells you Kansas must be worse than awful. CMU 28-20.

Who’s under the most pressure

Gotta be Texas Tom and the Longhorns. Armageddon watch is at level “extreme” after last week’s loss to Maryland. If Texas (-23) somehow implodes against Tulsa in Austin, Herman may not survive the week. Justin Fuente to Texas? Maybe. Hard to swallow it, but Texas bounces back. Tulsa is bad. Give the points – Horns 48-17.

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