The yearlong wait for college football finally arrived over the weekend, and what a weekend it was. The Big 12 went 6-3 for the weekend despite Kansas State and Iowa State starting the season with a loss.
Texas started off their season with a blowout. Up against New Mexico State the Longhorns crushed 56-7 on their home turf. UT was consistent with finishing drives against their opponent and as a result couldn’t be stopped from scoring touchdowns. David Ash’s experience is finally starting to peak through so there’s plenty more to look forward to in the upcoming weeks.
TCU versus LSU was the game to watch. It started with quarterback Casey Pachall but an interception in the third quarter led to a touchdown from LSU. The quarterback switch was then made to sophomore Trevone Boykin. He was on his way towards earning the title of a savior having lead a 10-play, 77-yard touchdown that pushed the Horned Frogs back within seven points. In the end, TCU couldn’t get the momentum going finishing the game 27-37. Considering they were up against a bigger and more talented team, it shows promise that they are still in contention for the Big 12 title by season’s end.
The Baylor Bears had a cakewalk against FCS team Wofford College; the offense was unstoppable leading to a 69-3 win. The offense was so good that the 692 yards gained were the third most in a single game in school history. The offense was operating with ridiculous efficiency even considering it was quarterback Bryce Petty’s first game as a starter. Petty had some trouble points but a great running good should help him transition into a consistent player.
The Oklahoma Sooners needed to show they could still be a strong team after losing its star quarterback Landry Jones to the pros. Oklahoma ran for 305 yards and held the Warhawks to 166 total yards dominating and crushing Louisiana Monroe 34-0. The player to watch was quarterback Trevor Knight, the redshirt freshman, who beat out junior Blake Bell for the starting position. He threw for three touchdowns, and although he struggled with accuracy he still made enough good plays to win the game.
The rest of the weekend was a pretty standard start for the Big 12. Iowa State’s offensive line struggled against Northern Iowa resulting in the first loss of the season 28-20. Kansas State performed as expected. Looking to be the disappointing team of the season, they followed through in its opening game losing 24-21 against North Dakota State. K-State really should go back to the drawing board and figure out ways to run the ball because they struggled mightily against a subpar defense..
Oklahoma State showed more aggression on their defense after nearly half of Mississippi State’s offensive plays ended in zero or negative yards. The Cowboy’s have a shot of winning their second Big 12 title with new defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer. Texas Tech showed a fantastic story building with quarterback Baker Mayfield who had an incredible run. The freshman accounted for five touchdowns in a 41-23 victory over SMU. He was certainly at ease completing 15 of 18 passed for 175 yards at touchdowns in the fourth quarter alone. Finally, there’s West Virginia who completed a win 24-17 over William & Mary. This game was not at all a clear indication of what’s to come but their game with OU this weekend will leave a much better feel.
Week 2 looks to be rather unexciting except West Virginia going up against Oklahoma. Texas will have a big nonconference game as they travel up the road to BYU.
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Written by Pamela Maldonado