Big 12 Football: What to expect from the conference in Week 3
This week brings to the fans week three of the NCAA Football schedule. For the Big 12, this week is also an action packed one as every team will be playing. There are many questions that should be answered by the time this week is up. Below is your slate of week 3 Big 12 football games.
West Virginia vs. Delaware State
Delegate State comes into this week with a clean slate. As a team who has yet to even play its first game of the season, Delaware State looks to knock off a team that handily beat ECU. The score to that game was 56-20. Will Delaware State be able to handle the offense, and for that matter, the defense of WVU?
Up next for the Big 12 slate of games, Iowa State University takes on the Akron Zips. Akron took on and defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff just last week. The final score of that game was 52-3.
As stated above, Akron defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 52-3. On the other side of the field, Iowa State lost to the University of Iowa in overtime, 44-41. The offenses of both sides look to be clicking on all cylinders. The defensive side, however, looks to be a different story. Each team in the battle for Iowa went back and forth like a championship boxing match. Will Iowa State be able to shake off last game? An even better question, can Akron score more than 50 points again?
Kansas State vs. Vanderbilt
Kansas State will go on the road this week to take on Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt will have an interesting challenge this week, as Kansas State looks to keep its early success going. Both the offense and defense have been hot for K-State. If Vanderbilt is not well prepared, this game could get ugly early.
The University of Kansas vs. Ohio
The University of Ohio will play host to the Kansas Jayhawks this week. Kansas, who was soundly defeated last week by Central Michigan, will need to put in a better effort this week if they want to win. Kansas was beaten by a score of 45-27. On a positive note, they did have time to work out any kinks in practice. However, one question remains. Will fans see another upset?
Oklahoma State vs. Pittsburgh
Oklahoma State has done a very nice job of letting college football fans know that they are real. The same can be said for the Okie State Cowboys this year. Rolling into the game this week against Pittsburgh, the Cowboys come in at 2-0. The offense of the OSU Cowboys looks strong as ever, and the defense is a show of its own. Pittsburgh will have a challenge on its hands, but anything is possible.
Tulane vs. Oklahoma
Tulane comes into this game as the heavy underdog. The gut feeling in this game goes in favor of Oklahoma. Before play even began, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield planted the Sooner flag into the Ohio State field, and that could have been taken as a hint as to what would happen. Oklahoma doubled up on Ohio State. The final score there was 31-16. Oklahoma’s offense is rolling and the defense is coming off yet another good game. Tulane needs to be flawless to stand a chance.
Texas Tech vs. Arizona State
Texas Tech has shown that they are a tough team already. Sitting at 1-0 on this young season, Texas Tech looks to continue its success against an Arizona State squad who is just now playing its first game. Texas Tech won their first game 56-10. The Red Raiders should have no problem putting away ASU early if they are clicking perfectly.
TCU vs. SMU
The Horned Frogs of TCU come into this game outscoring opponents 91-7. After defeating the Arkansas Razorbacks 28-7 last week, TCU looks to make quick work of the Southern Methodist University Mustangs. Kenny Hill should have no problem picking apart the defense of this team in their opening game. However, the key to the Horned Frogs going 3-0 is for the offense to be methodical.
Baylor University vs. Duke
To say that Baylor has been in a slump already, well, it seems a bit of an understatement. A team with some decent talent sits 0-2 on this young season. For their game Saturday, the Bears will take on Duke who will be playing its first game. Duke has been building its football program to be pretty good. Does Duke have what it takes to defeat the slumping Baylor Bears? From the looks of the last two games, it’s possible if not probable.
Texas Longhorns vs. USC Trojans
The looks of this game bring back many memories of the 2006 Rose Bowl. During that game, Texas overcame the challenge of USC in a nail biting fashion. While these two teams are the polar opposite of each other, both teams are still trying to find the success they had back then. With the Longhorns winning big last week, it’s probably a safe bet to expect a show from both.