Best Candidates for Big 12 Expansion

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BYU and Colorado State are both great candidates for Big 12 Expansion

With today’s announcement from the Pac 12 that they do not intend to expand, every Big 12 team besides Texas and Oklahoma (who, in case you’re living under a rock, are moving to the SEC) are now in a state of limbo. The Big 12 conference won’t survive past 2025 – unless of course they add some serious College Football schools through expansion. Here’s our list of the best schools for the Big 12 to target to have a chance to stay afloat.

UCF

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Lets get this obvious candidate out of the way. Following their undefeated National Championship season (you can debate that one in the comments), UCF became the de facto leader of the G5. It’s a no-brainer that they offer the most in terms of geography (the Big 12 has already tried to break into Florida via FSU), talent (yes, we remember the winless year, but they’ve won big across decades) and brand. If the Big 12 expands and doesn’t add UCF, people will be scratching their heads.

BYU

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Yes, BYU carries some baggage. The Utah school’s close mormon ties are off putting to some, but they have an extremely loyal and large fan base. Plus, they’re continuously a powerful performer viewed more in lie with the current Big 12 schools in terms of history and on field product. One interesting angle – BYU has a TV station, BYU.tv. The Big 12 is losing their resident TV station with the eventual departure of the Longhorn Network.

Boise State

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Boise is one thing – entertaining. Who doesn’t remember the Statue of Liberty play in which they beat soon-to-be Big 12 ex Oklahoma. Even more recently, the Chris Petersen and Bryan Harsin led offenses terrorized defenses all around the Mountain West. Boise’s play style and personality would fit perfectly in the Big 12 – the roadblock issues are the school’s academics, facilities, size of fan base and budget.

Colorado State

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Did we mention facilities? Yes, Colorado State may not be the first school you thought of for Big 12 candidacy. However, they have one hell of a negotiation point, and that’s their stadium. Colorado State’s Canvas Stadium seats 41,000, less than 5,000 behind the smallest Big 12 stadium, TCU. Few other schools on this list can compete with CSU in terms of the facilities they already have. More seats = more ticket revenue (if filled), which will definitely catch the Big 12’s eye.

Houston

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While the Big 12 already has a few schools in Texas beyond the Longhorns (TCU, Baylor and Texas Tech), adding Houston helps the Big 12 keep 4 teams in its central state. Plus, the local rivalries are certainly intriguing. Houston also has fielded some extremely competitive teams (including a few almost-playoff invaders). The program has been sliding a bit recently with some unsuccessful head coaching searches, but Houston is one of those G5 programs you can rely on to consistently play well enough to glue eyes to the screen. This is the most important thing to the Big 12 right now.

Cincinnati

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Cincinnati is up there with UCF for no brainers on this list. While Cincy hasn’t quite caught the spotlight like UCF did recently, they’ve continuously put a winning product on the field. Cincinnati would be an instant contender in the Big 12, at least finishing in the upper half based on previous performance. Provided Head Coach Luke Fickell sticks around, Cincinnati is probably the most P5 ready school on this list. Plus, they (along with the final school on this list) will ease WVU’s travel burden.

Memphis

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Memphis has had some ups and downs, but they land on this list for a few reasons. They expand the Big 12’s footprint to an important football state they don’t occupy (Tennessee), they play winning football, and their program is trending upwards. A smaller fan base presents an issue, but Memphis will be more appealing to sell tickets for than say, Marshall, who is comparable in terms of performance.

Who do you think should go to the Big 12, should they expand? What do you think happens next? Let us know in the replies or on Twitter @CFBSelect.

Week 12 Top 25

Our Week 12 Top 25 comes out right on the heels of the playoff committees first official college football rankings. Let us know in the replies and on our forum (click the link in the menu) which you agree with more!

BYU falls a few spots, though still undefeated. Perhaps that UW game would help? Florida and Texas A&M remain peripheral SEC contenders, with Oregon and suddenly Top 10 Northwestern shortly behind.

As for the G5, Cincinnati jumps back to #5. Coastal jumps up to #13, and Marshall sits at #17. Louisiana and Tulsa remain in our college football rankings at #21 and #22 respectively. Again, let us know what you think in our forums HERE.

Top 25:

1Alabama (17)425
2Notre Dame405
3Ohio State390
4Clemson367
5Cincinnati350
6Texas A&M333
7Florida328
8BYU309
9Oregon288
10Northwestern263
11Miami (FL)254
12Indiana236
13Coastal Carolina210
14Georgia208
15Oklahoma190
16Iowa State174
17Marshall172
18USC125
19Wisconsin114
20Texas68
21Louisiana68
22Tulsa63
23Oklahoma State61
24Auburn58
25North Carolina33

Others Receiving Votes:

Washington12
San Jose State8
Kent State5
Liberty4
West Virginia1
Missouri1

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Week 11 Top 25

This week’s College Football Top 25 doesn’t bring many shake ups – the biggest change are some G5 teams shifting down while continually dominant P5 teams rise to the top. Clemson jumped back in the playoff picture after, along with BYU, hopping Cincy. The Bearcats have fallen down to 6th. Texas A&M and Florida are the SEC teams lurking further in the Top 10, with Wisconsin and Indiana biting at their heels as well. Georgia also hopped Coastal Carolina and Marshall to get back to #14 in our college football poll.

Notable re-entrants in our College Football rankings are Louisiana at 23 and Auburn at 25. Will either of these teams be able to stay in our rankings once again? Let us know what you think about this and the rest of the rankings in our forums, HERE.

Top 25:

1Alabama424
2Notre Dame398
3Ohio State392
4Clemson380
5BYU351
6Cincinnati328
7Texas A&M320
8Florida313
9Wisconsin275
10Indiana271
11Oregon263
12Miami (FL)219
13Oklahoma State207
14Georgia200
15Coastal Carolina191
16Marshall183
17Northwestern134
18Liberty127
19Oklahoma112
20Iowa State105
21USC83
22Tulsa75
23Louisiana55
24Texas43
25Auburn20

Others Receiving Votes:

North Carolina19
San Jose State12
UCF9
Appalachian State3
Memphis3
Virginia Tech1
Boise State1
SMU1
Washington1

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Week 10 Top 25

Oh boy…this might be one of our biggest shake ups yet.

In this weeks College Football Top 25, Alabama stays #1. Beyond that, almost everything has shifted. Most notable is Cincinnati entering out Top 4 – this is the first G5 team we’ve had in our Top 4 this season and the first ever in the history of this poll.

Notre Dame jumps up to #2 in our poll after upsetting a DJ Uiagalelei led Clemson. Trevor Lawrence will be back soon, but it’s an outright lie to say the QB change was the only thing that lost them this game. The Tigers have dropped to #5.

Florida kicked Georgia down all the way to #15 with their upset, as Texas A&M, BYU and Indiana continue creeping up the Top 10 hoping no one notices. Check out our full poll below and let us know your thoughts in our forums, HERE.

College Football Top 25 Poll

College Football Top 25 Poll:

1Alabama (17)449
2Notre Dame (1)422
3Ohio State418
4Cincinnati376
5Clemson369
6Texas A&M351
7BYU351
8Florida313
9Oregon288
10Indiana277
11Miami (FL)263
12Oklahoma State254
13Wisconsin215
14Coastal Carolina205
15Marshall183
16Georgia179
17SMU127
18Liberty127
19Iowa State118
20Oklahoma107
21Northwestern85
22USC71
23Army54
24Texas41
25Tulsa38

Others Receiving Votes:

Louisiana35
Purdue33
Auburn17
North Carolina17
Appalachian State9
San Jose State6
UCF5
Washington5
Washington State5
Nevada5
Arkansas4
Kansas State2
Virginia Tech2
Boise State2
Wake Forest2
Kentucky1
NC State1

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Week 9 Top 25

This week’s College Football Top 25 is the first in which every team from every conference is eligible. College Football is truly back! And along with it – TEXAS IS BACK! (At the 25 slot in our poll). Other re-entrants include Oklahoma and, as they start their season, Oregon. Now that we finally have all teams included, how do you feel about this college football poll picture? Who’s too high? Who’s too low? Let us know on Twitter or in our College Football forums!

Note: For the first time this season, all College Football teams are eligible for our poll.

Top 25:

1Alabama (14)398
2Clemson (1)379
3Ohio State370
4Notre Dame347
5Cincinnati313
6Georgia310
7Texas A&M291
8BYU288
9Florida256
10Wisconsin228
11Miami (FL)219
12Oklahoma State213
13Indiana201
14Coastal Carolina (1)192
15Oregon175
16Marshall170
17SMU116
18Boise State113
19Liberty101
20Iowa State100
21Oklahoma79
22Tulsa49
23Army45
24Northwestern38
25Texas31

Others Receiving Votes:

Michigan29
USC27
Purdue25
Louisiana20
Auburn15
North Carolina15
Kansas State15
Virginia Tech11
UCF6
NC State3
San Diego State3
Wake Forest2
Penn State1
Arizona State1

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Week 8 Top 25

This is our last weekend without every conference in our college football poll! And we have a new number one…Alabama. We added the B1G last week and we’ve already seen quite they shake up in their positions. After falling to Indiana, Penn State began falling in our poll too. Wisconsin climbed a bit after unveiling their fancy new passing offense (though we may not see it again soon with the COVID positives) as well as Michigan after stomping out Minnesota. See the full college football poll below!

Note: We are only including teams set to play the next weekend. This means the Pac 12 and MAC are currently not included in the poll.

Top 25:

1Alabama (7)319
2Clemson (6)318
3Ohio State296
4Notre Dame279
5Oklahoma State272
6Cincinnati252
7Georgia242
8BYU236
9Wisconsin212
10Texas A&M194
11Michigan188
12Florida184
13Miami (FL)166
14Kansas State151
15North Carolina147
16Marshall125
17Indiana114
18Coastal Carolina96
19Boise State73
20SMU65
21Penn State60
22Iowa State58
23Liberty54
24Tulsa28
25Army25

Others Receiving Votes:

Oklahoma14
Memphis14
Minnesota7
Virginia Tech6
Arkansas5
Northwestern5
Appalachian State4
Louisiana4
NC State3
UCF2
Boston College2
Purdue2
Wake Forest2
Texas1

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Week 7 Top 25

It’s a big week – or should we say B1G week? With both the Big Ten and Mountain West Conference set to return to play this weekend, they are now officially included in our Sidelines Sports Net poll. Ohio State finds its place inn the Top 4 and Penn State rounds out the Top 10, with 3 other B1G teams making appearances. However, no MWC teams made the cut (though 2 received votes).

As far as movers and shakers, perhaps the biggest story of the week is UNC’s fall from grace. We also have G5 starlets Cincinnati, SMU, Marshall and Coastal holding their ground even with the new additions. Check out the full poll below and let us know what you think on Twitter @Sidelines_SN and in our forums!

Top 25:

1Clemson (11)419
2Alabama (5)412
3Notre Dame390
4Ohio State337
5Oklahoma State336
6Cincinnati310
7Georgia297
8Texas A&M283
9BYU281
10Penn State258
11Florida251
12Miami (FL)236
13SMU221
14Wisconsin170
15Iowa State164
16North Carolina150
17Kansas State149
18Virginia Tech130
19Marshall122
20Coastal Carolina (1)104
21Michigan94
22Minnesota89
23NC State57
24Memphis28
25Oklahoma22

Others Receiving Votes:

West Virginia22
Liberty19
Tulsa19
Arkansas18
Army17
Missouri16
Boise State12
Air Force12
UAB12
Auburn11
Tennessee9
Louisiana9
Kentucky3
Iowa2
South Carolina2
UCF1
Indiana1

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Week 6 Top 25

Did the SEC get exposed this week, or did they showcase their top to bottom strength? Regardless, we now have 4 SEC teams in our Top 10, the most of any conference – but, only 1 other in the 25! Oklahoma rejoined us this week as well as new entrants BC, Tulsa and NC State. Will any of these newcomers stick around? Let us know in the replies, forums and on Twitter @Sidelines_SN!

Note: We are currently only ranking teams set to play the following weekend. Thus, we are not yet including the Big Ten, Pac 12, MWC or MAC.

Top 25

1Clemson (16)448
2Alabama (1)428
3Georgia (1)419
4Notre Dame393
5Oklahoma State358
6Cincinnati355
7North Carolina351
8BYU303
9Florida277
10Texas A&M265
11Miami (FL)251
12SMU250
13Louisiana203
14Tennessee198
15Kansas State194
16Iowa State192
17Auburn181
18Virginia Tech140
19Marshall138
20Coastal Carolina79
21UCF70
22NC State65
23Oklahoma55
24Tulsa50
25Boston College45

Others Receiving Votes:

West Virginia28
UAB21
Army20
Texas13
LSU10
TCU10
Pittsburgh9
Liberty7
San Diego State7
Memphis4
Houston4
Iowa2
Kentucky2
Arkansas2
MIssouri2
Appalachian State1

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Week 5 Top 25

Two blood weeks in a row? We knew this College Football season would be different, but boy are we getting a show this year. Many thought there couldn’t be any bigger shakeups than last weeks poll, but this has been our most tumultuous week yet. We have teams like Coastal Carolina making their first appearance (above UCF, no less) and both OU and Miss State fall out of the poll (’twas a very short stay for Mike Leach’s bulldogs).

Let us know what you think in the replies, the forums and on Twitter @Sidelines_SN!

Note: We are only ranking teams that plan to play the next week. This means no Big Ten, Pac 12, MWC or MAC yet.

Top 25

1Clemson (13)517
2Alabama (6)507
3Florida471
4Georgia (1)463
5Notre Dame429
6Miami (FL)426
7Oklahoma State366
8North Carolina359
9Cincinnati357
10BYU335
11Tennessee315
12Virginia Tech260
13SMU234
14Auburn230
15Louisiana179
16LSU163
17Iowa State151
18Kansas State137
19Texas107
20TCU106
21Marshall96
22Texas A&M89
23Coastal Carolina (1)82
24UCF73
25Pittsburgh49

Others Receiving Votes:

Tulsa47
Mississippi State38
UAB31
Army24
West Virginia23
Oklahoma22
Memphis17
Louisville13
Appalachian State12
Ole Miss9
Virginia5
Baylor4
Arkansas4

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Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 3

By Andrew Sheridan, @SidelinesKState

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The Big 12 returned this past weekend in full force as all ten teams took the field for the first time in the same weekend this season. Coming off of two questionable weeks of non-conference play, conference-play started with a bang as the #3 ranked Oklahoma Sooners fell at the hands of K-State for the second straight season, this time in Norman. I mean, what more could you ask for to start a wild season in a wild conference? Elsewhere around the Big 12, Iowa State took care of business as they gave a visit to TCU in Ft. Worth. Max Duggan saw the field in the second half of that game, but wasn’t able to produce quite enough to make the difference the Horned Frogs needed. In Stillwater, the Cowboys handed West Virginia their first loss of the season as Shane Illingworth grabbed his first start at QB for Oklahoma State. Further south, Texas traveled to the land of tortillas where they were upse… wait, Tech blew their 15 point lead with two minutes to go? Seriously?! Alright, let’s try this again. Further south, Texas traveled to the land of tortillas and snatched a victory from the jaws of defeat coming back from 15 down to grab the win in overtime! Finally, in Waco, Baylor opened their season against a FCS squ… hold on a minute. Baylor played Kansas. So yeah, Baylor opened their season against a FCS squad and handled them to start with a win.

10) Kansas Jayhawks | 0-2 (0-1) | Last Week: 8/8

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Last Game: @ Baylor, 14-47 L

To nobody’s surprise, Kansas lands in last place once again. The Jayhawks were able to score first against the Bears but weren’t able to find the endzone again until mid-fourth quarter, but by that time, Baylor had already scored forty straight points. Pooka Williams scored both of the Jayhawks’ touchdowns on a pair of runs that went for 16 and 21 yards. Outside of those runs/scores, Pooka only carried the ball twelve other times for a combined 39 yards. Once again, the Kansas coaching staff failed to utilize their strongest asset in Pooka Williams as much as they should have. Pooka only received 12 carries in game one which he turned into 67 yards. Kansas will need to rely more on Pooka throughout the season if they hope to have more success on offense. Defensively, the Jayhawks looked mediocre at best as Charlie Brewer and Co. went for 34 points offensively. Finally, the Kansas special teams unit needs lots of work as they allowed two returns for touchdowns this past weekend. Kansas must improve all the way around if they have any hope at even winning a game throughout the season.

Next Game: vs. #17 Oklahoma State – Oct. 3 | 2:30 PM | ESPN

9) West Virginia Mountaineers | 1-1 (0-1) | Last Week: 3/8

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Last Game: @ Oklahoma State, 13-27 L

West Virginia opened their Big 12 slate with a loss to Oklahoma State for the 6th straight year. Relatively, the Mountaineers kept the score pretty close. The offense was able to move the ball but unfortunately had difficulty pointing points on the board. The Mountaineers actually outgained the Cowboys and won the game in nearly every category except rushing yards and the most important category: points scored. Jarret Doege tossed the ball around nicely for the Mountaineers accounting for 285 yards through the air and a touchdown. Running back Leddie Brown also surpassed the 100 yard mark for the 2nd straight game as he rushed for 104 yards. The Mountaineer defense showed a heavy weakness when it came to defending the run. West Virginia allowed 203 yards on the ground on Saturday with 103 of those yards coming from LD Brown including a 66-yard TD run in the second quarter. Chuba Hubbard tacked on another 101 yards for the Cowboys. West Virginia will need to improve all around as a team if they hope to compete with a strong-looking Baylor team who just whipped Kansas to start their season.

Next Game: vs. Baylor – Oct. 3 | 11:00 AM

8) TCU | 0-1 (0-1) | Last Week: Unranked

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Last Game: vs. Iowa State, 34-37 L

TCU with Max Duggan versus TCU without Max Duggan are two entirely different teams. QB Matthew Downing started the game for the Horned Frogs and while he didn’t necessarily have a bad game, he didn’t look great either. Downing threw for 159 yards on 21 attempts while only connecting on 11 of those. Downing also finished the game with 11 carries for -1 yard, so that’s not great. Despite a very mediocre offensive performance in the first half, TCU only entered the half down nine to the Cyclones. Max Duggan took over the Horned Frog offense in the second half. Almost immediately, the offense flowed better and simply looked more comfortable. Duggan finished with 241 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception on 19 attempts. Unfortunately for the offense, the defense wasn’t able to secure the same momentum and allowed three scores in the second half. On the bright side, Brock Purdy did have a great toss straight to La’Kendrick Van Zandt for a 24 yard fumble return. TCU travels to Austin to take on the Longhorns next weekend in what should be a fantastic duel between Sam Ehlinger and Max Duggan.

Next Game: @ #9 Texas – Oct. 3 | 11:00 AM | FOX

7) Texas Tech | 1-1 (0-1) | Last Week: 7/8

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Last Game: vs. Texas, 56-63(OT) L

To be completely honest with you, I thought there was no way Texas Tech would even remotely compete in this game following the performance we saw against Houston Baptist. However, I am happy to admit that I was very wrong. Texas Tech should have won this game, but a ferocious 15 point comeback by the Longhorns with two minutes remaining took away the opportunity for the Red Raiders to start 2-0 and 1-0 in conference play. Once again, Texas Tech’s downfall was their defense, who allowed 63 points as well as 262 passing yards and 214 rushing yards. Tech also had issues with turnovers as Alan Bowman threw 3 interceptions, including a crucial interception just before halftime that led to a Texas touchdown. Despite the three interceptions, Alan Bowman still had a great game as he threw for over 330 yards and 5 touchdowns. Tech RB SaRodorick Thompson ran for 104 yards and 2 touchdowns to help the Red Raider offense put up 56 on the Longhorn defense. Texas Tech travels to Manhattan this week to face a K-State team coming off their first AP Top 3 road win in school history.

Next Game: @ Kansas State – Oct. 3 | 2:30 PM | FS1

6) Iowa State | 1-1 (1-0) | Last Week: 6/8

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Last Game: @ Baylor, 14-47 L

Two weeks following a disappointing season-opening loss to Louisiana, Iowa State began Big 12 play with a hard-fought victory over TCU. Offensively, Iowa State looked settled behind veteran QB Brock Purdy and breakout RB Breece Hall. Hall had a fantastic game as he ran for 155 yards and 3 touchdowns on only 18 carries. Brock Purdy threw for 211 yards and a touchdown with only 5 incompletions but did toss a fumble straight to a TCU defender resulting in a Horned Frog touchdown. On the defensive side of the ball, the Cyclones looked shaky, especially in the second half when Max Duggan entered the game, as they allowed 400 passing yards. Iowa State’s rush defense did well though as they only allowed 99 yards on 44 attempts, resulting in about 2.3 yards per carry. Iowa State did enough to grab their first victory of the season, but will need to put together a stronger performance next week as they host an angry Oklahoma team if they hope to grab win number two.

Next Game: vs. #18 Oklahoma – Oct. 3 | 6:30 PM | ABC

5) Oklahoma Sooners | 1-1 (0-1) | Last Week: 2/8

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Last Game: vs. Kansas State, 35-38 L

What is it about Chris Klieman and K-State? For the second straight year, Oklahoma was out-coached and outplayed by the Wildcats. Last season, K-State jumped to a big lead in the second half and the Sooners nearly made the comeback only to fall short on a controversial onside kick. This season, the Sooners looked to be easily in control leading by as much as 21 with two minutes left in the 3rd quarter. So what happened? Spencer Rattler looked strong and comfortable to start the game, throwing 17/19, 181 yards, and 3 touchdowns in the first half. He looked a bit uncomfortable as K-State put more pressure on him which caused some loose and inaccurate throws. Rattler finished the game with 387 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions including the game-sealing interception on Oklahoma’s final drive. Oklahoma once again came away with 0 takeaways in the game, causing more frustration among the coaches and fans. Oklahoma travels to Ames this weekend in hopes of righting the ship and putting themselves back in the win column, but Iowa State is always a tough test, so Rattler will need to remain composed from beginning to end.

Next Game: @ Iowa State – Oct. 3 | 6:30 PM | ABC

4) Baylor Bears | 1-0 (1-0) | Last Week: Unranked

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Last Game: vs. Kansas, 47-14 W

Five cancellations later, Baylor finally opened their 2020 season with a dominant win over the Jayhawks. Trestan Ebner put on a show for the Bears as he had not one but two kick-returns for touchdowns along with two more touchdowns. His first score came from the goal-line on a one yard touchdown run. Ebner didn’t stop there though, as late in the second quarter, Ebner brought in an 18-yard pass from Brewer for six. During the second half, Ebner would return two kickoffs for touchdowns, including one that went for 100 yards! Overall, the Bears looked comfortable as they began play here in 2020. Baylor did not outgain Kansas by great amounts (352 to 328 total yards), but Baylor’s 3rd down defense was on fire as they were able to hold Kansas to only 4 3rd-down conversions on 16 attempts. Baylor travels to Morgantown this weekend to face West Virginia in what should hopefully be a better test of what Baylor is capable of. Can first year coach Dave Aranda start his tenure 2-0 with wins against the Jayhawks and Mountaineers?

Next Game: @ West Virginia – Oct. 3 | 11:00 AM | ABC

3) Kansas State Wildcats | 1-1 (1-0) | Last Week: 5/8

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Last Game: @ Oklahoma, 38-35 W

Last Friday, K-State officials were unsure the Wildcats would even be able to travel and play against the Sooners due to many players being out for COVID reasons. Thankfully for the Wildcats, they were able to put together a roster and traveled to Norman. Against all odds, the Wildcats upset a top-5 Oklahoma team for the second straight season. Oklahoma led 35-14 late in the 3rd quarter and looked to be in full control of the contest, but after a couple big plays, including a 78 yard pass to Justin Garnder to set up a Wildcat touchdown, K-State was on the comeback trail. Following that score which cut the lead to 35-21, the Wildcats defense forced a Sooner fumble which led to another K-State touchdown. Once again, K-State’s defense came in clutch as they forced a punt which AJ Parker would end up blocking to set the Wildcats up with great field position. Kicker Blake Lynch would later make a career long 50-yard field goal to take the lead and the win. Senior QB Skylar Thompson came up with one of his best performances yet throwing for 334 yards, a touchdown, and running for 3 more scores. True freshman RB Deuce Vaughn ran for 45 yards and a touchdown as well as hauled in 4 receptions for 129 yards. K-State put together one of the best team efforts we have seen in this young season, and the Wildcats will hope to use this momentum to carry them through the rest of their Big 12 schedule.

Next Game: vs. Texas Tech – Oct. 3 | 2:30 PM | FS1

2) Texas Longhorns | 2-0 (1-0) | Last Week: 1/8

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Last Game: @ Texas Tech, 63-56(OT) W

Sam Ehlinger led the comeback for the Longhorns with two touchdowns in the final three minutes of regulation last Saturday as Texas came back from 15 down to send the game to overtime. Ehlinger would connect with Joshua Moore for the second time that game in overtime to put Texas ahead. Sam Ehlinger finished the game with 5 touchdowns, 262 yards, and an interception on 40 attempts. It was a miraculous finish for the Longhorns as the game looked all but over after Texas Tech scored a 75 yard touchdown run with 3:13 left in the fourth quarter. Cameron Dicker had one of the most perfect onside kicks you’ll ever see late in this game to contribute to the comeback. Quite honestly, I’m still not sure how Texas managed to win this game. This game had to have hurt badly for Tech fans and can’t have felt great for Longhorn fans either. Yes, Texas won, but boy did they look exposed and mediocre doing it. Texas hosts TCU next weekend in what will likely be Max Duggan’s first start of the season. TCU upset the Longhorns a year ago. Will Texas get revenge or can TCU do it again?

Next Game: vs. TCU – Oct. 3 | 11:00 AM | FOX

1) Oklahoma State Cowboys | 2-0 (1-0) | Last Week: 4/8

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Last Game: vs. West Virginia, 27-13 W

LD Brown opened the scoring for the Cowboys last Saturday as he raced 66 yards down the field for the opening score of the game. The Oklahoma State defense would make it 14 only two minutes later as they returned a Mountaineer fumble 56 yards for six. Shane Illingworth started his first career game as Spencer Sanders was still out due to the injury he picked up last week. Illingworth performed well in his debut start throwing for 139 yards on 21 attempts. The name of the game for the Cowboys on Saturday was their ground game as both LD Brown and Chuba Hubbard went for over 100 yards each. Chuba remains as Oklahoma State’s primary back but still hasn’t quite come to be what we knew him as last year. Chuba will need to have another strong year this year if the Cowboys hope to run the table and win the Big 12 especially if QB Spencer Sanders isn’t at 100% with his health. The Cowboys should have no issues next week as they travel to Lawrence, but beware, the Cowboys have struggled against Kansas before, and Kansas is still looking for win number one!

Next Game: @ Kansas – Oct. 3 | 2:30 PM | ESPN

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