Four Big 12 teams took their byes this week which left only three conference games. All three ended with the expected result, though maybe a little closer than expected. None of them were very entertaining. Let’s run down the three conference games and take a look at the team of the week, FAU.
Texas Longhorns beat Iowa State Cyclones, 17-7
This Thursday night showcase wasn’t much fun to watch. Only a week after I said that I believed that Matt Campbell’s offense was going to be able to put up points, they managed a single touchdown. It looked many times like Iowa State could break this game open, and each time, they managed to Iowa State again. Every time I start to think that Texas has a legit defense, I remember that they gave up 51 to Maryland. Maybe it was opening game issues, and Maryland is 3-1, but Texas still has a lot to prove when they see Oklahoma, Okie State, TCU and WVU.
Up next: Texas v. KSU, ISU @ Oklahoma
Kansas State Wildcats beat Baylor Bears, 33-20
This one started out just as expected. The wizard built up what seemed to be an insurmountable lead of 20-3 by the half. The Bears came out swinging in the third quarter, held the Wildcats scoreless and trimmed the lead to seven. Didn’t matter, as Bill Snyder and KSU salted it away with two late field goals. This game was a primer for Bill Snyder football. Jesse Ertz attempted 17 passes. Baylor out gained KSU and time of possession was virtually equal. KSU out ran the Bears 225-84, committed fewer turnovers and won the game. I think that Texas will force Ertz to be more of a factor next week.
Up next: Baylor takes their bye, KSU @ Texas
Oklahoma State Cowboys beat Texas Tech Red Raiders, 41-34
I really thought that Oklahoma State, coming off the manhandling by TCU, would whoop up on the Red Raiders. They did not. TTU exchanged punches with the Cowboys all night, and even tied the game up with consecutive fourth quarter touchdowns. With less than ten minutes to play, TTU was level with Oklahoma State. I came into the season thinking that OSU was a legit contender for the conference and even national championship, I’m losing faith now. I think that their offense is exceptional, but maybe not as all-world as many thought, and I’m not convinced that the defense can back them up against some of the truly explosive teams in conference.
Up next: Oklahoma State takes their bye, TTU @ Kansas
Florida Atlantic Owls beat Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, 38-20
The Hooting Musket is an FAU blog in the bye week. Shout out to WVU alums Garin Justice and Clint Trickett on Lane Kiffin’s FAU staff for a good win to start off conference play. While the Owls may only have a 2-3 record, they have played a tough schedule and weathered a hurricane in the mean time. The owls built a 24-6 halftime lead and were in control throughout the second half. Devin Singletary ran in a program record four touchdowns and produced 133 yards. The Owls intercepted MTSU QB John Urzua three times, which allowed them to soar to victory.
Once a Mountaineer, Always a Mountaineer. We have our eyes on you, Garin and Clint.
Up next: MTSU @ FIU, FAU @ ODU
There’s not much to take away from this week in conference. A couple games may have been closer than expected, but all the results were as predicted. Let’s get pumped for TCU.