Welcome to another new series here at LGG. Sometimes it’s hard to form strong opinions when so many games are happening. I’m here to help. Here’s one thing we learned about each team in week one.
The first game of the week in the Big 12 didn’t go too well for Bill Snyder and company, as the Wildcats fell to Stanford, 26-13, though the game really wasn’t all that close. We learned that Kansas State has quite a bit of work to do on the offensive line, as they gave up 8 sacks, which just won’t work.
Baylor crushed Northwestern State this week, 55-7, but it’s really hard to take much of anything away from a game like this. Baylor looked good, but aside from Kendall Briles writing CAB on his hands, which shows that Baylor still doesn’t understand, at least to me, nothing too significant happened in this one. At least Baylor didn’t lose to a FCS school like some teams that won’t be named here.
Houston exposed Oklahoma this week, and I think there should be a lot of concern in Norman, especially with Ohio State coming to town in 2 weeks. Oklahoma struggled the whole game, and Houston completely looked like they deserve a Big 12 invitation. We learned that Oklahoma has quite a way to go if they want a return trip to the playoffs at the end of this year.
TCU struggled with FCS powerhouse South Dakota State on Saturday, and showed that their defense still needs quite a bit of improvement. Giving up 41 points and 461 yards to a FCS team is not a good start for the new look Horned Frogs.
Oklahoma State looked great in their 61-7 drubbing of Southeastern Louisiana, but the biggest star was easily Jhajuan Seales, who caught just 3 passes for 61 yards, though two of those catches went for 6 points. Barry J Sanders had an impressive game too, with a touchdown on the ground and nearly another on a long punt return. It was a bad opponent, but Oklahoma State looked promising this week.
A banged up West Virginia team was still healthy enough to wash Missouri in Morgantown, 26-11. The West Virginia passing game looked solid, but it was the backup half back, Justin Crawford, who shined filling in for an injured Rushel Shell, as Crawford went for 101 yards and a score. West Virginia needs a good year this year, and this is a solid start, though they need to keep performing at a high level to face a tough schedule.
I almost teared up when I saw the final score of this one. It might have been a terrible FCS team, but you got a win, and no one can ever take that away from you. Keep your head up Jayhawks, you aren’t going to win many more of those this year, but you got one, and that’s all that matters.
Oh dear god Cyclones, what did you do? Northern Iowa is a FCS school, and Iowa State decided it would be fun to lose to them. The only thing that can really be taken away from this one is that Matt Campbell’s first year in Ames will likely not be a very fun one if you’re a fan of the team.
The Red Raiders took care of business against Stephen F Austin this week, and while not much can be taken away from games against bad competition, one thing really stood out to me in this one: Patrick Mahomes is the best quarterback in the Big 12, and there is not point in arguing this correct opinion. I like Baker Mayfield as much as the next guy, but Patrick Mahomes is the best quarterback in the Big 12. And I don’t just think this because his name sounds a lot like mine, though it certainly doesn’t hurt his case.
I’m not one to buy into hype, especially not in college football, but the statement Texas made was loud and clear on Sunday night against Notre Dame. That statement contained just two words: “We’re Baaaaaaaack“. I don’t know if I can believe it yet, but Texas certainly impressed, breaking in quite a few new players, including the true freshman quarterback, Shane Buechele, who showed a lot of talent in his first college game.