Sunday, September 6, 2015

Week One Pass Fail Report: Big 12

It was largely an up and down week in the Big 12, but there were some positive surprises from the conference that got the boot from the CFB final four last fall. The schedule wasn't exactly stellar, and the one major opportunity the league had to shine fell flat.

BIG 12

PASS: TCU, Baylor, Oklahoma, Kansas State, West Virginia, Iowa State
TCU may have struggled, but the win against Minnesota on the road was a huge victory, considering that Minnesota may have their best team in years this fall. The Frogs have to avoid a letdown now, because this game is their toughest non-conference game this season.
Baylor rolled against SMU after a slow start when the Bears allowed the Mustangs to hang around for a longer period than what seemed comfortable. At the end of the day, it was a very Baylor like performance.
Oklahoma started out slow in a 41-3 win over Akron, but at the end of the day, Baker Mayfield looked like the right choice at QB. The Sooners beef up the schedule with Tennessee coming up, so there could have been some early looking forward.
Kansas State shut out South Dakota, and though it wasn't in overwhelming fashion, K State survived after their rookie QB Ertz suffered a knee injury and was lost for the season.
West Virginia could very well have been an upset victim against a solid Georgia Southern this week, but not only did the Mountaineers win, they crushed the Eagles 44-0, and the defense was a star. That's strange happenings in Morgantown, although welcome.
Iowa State needed to beat Northern Iowa in a big way this week, and they did indeed win, 34-7 over the Panthers. The Cyclones were largely thought to be vulnerable here, and they cruised. Next week, Iowa is on the slate.

FAIL: Oklahoma State, Kansas, Texas Tech, Texas
Oklahoma State won on the road, but they largely struggled to beat Central Michigan as they were heavy favorites this week. The Cowboys weren't focused all night, and they looked lost for the most part.
Texas Tech beat FCS member Sam Houston State, but they largely allowed to allow the Bearkats to do whatever they wanted on offense all night long, and the Red Raiders look like a wreck on defense. That vulnerability will likely get exposed all season long moving forward.
Kansas just loves losing openers against FCS schools, and so they did it again in a 41-38 loss to South Dakota State. The Jackrabbits had a huge lead early, and the Jayhawks did manage to challenge at the end, but this is yet another horrible loss for a Power Five program.
Texas opened up on the road with Notre Dame, and it was largely admirable for doing so, but the Horns largely failed to arrive in South Bend and fell 38-3 to the Irish. Looks like another long year for Charlie Strong on the horizon.

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