Sooners & Mountaineers Highlight A Near Full Weekend Of Big Twelve Football

Brett Deering

After a lackluster start to the football season, the Big Twelve features some favorable match-ups this weekend along with a conference clash between the Sooners and Mountaineers. Here's the conference rundown for week two.

Saturday, September 7th

11:00 - SE Louisiana at TCU: The SE Louisiana Lions opened their season with a 45-7 win home win over SE Missouri State. Now they face a TCU team that is looking to rebound following a tough season opening win against LSU. Look for the Frogs to pick-up their first win of the season here, and do it in convincing fashion.

Subplot: TCU doesn't quite seem settled at quarterback which is a bit shocking. Both Casey Pachall and Trevone Boykin played against LSU and neither was able to establish themselves as a clear leader over the other.

11:00 - #13 Oklahoma State at Texas San Antonio: I still can't figure out how OSU ended up playing this one away from Stillwater but I do know that the Pokes will have even more confidence in J.W. Walsh after they plow over the Roadrunners.

Subplot: Mike Gundy said that Walsh is the quarterback now, after giving Clint Chelf the nod for the opener last weekend, and team chemistry now comes to the forefront. On the outside things appear to be fine but the true test is when a bit of adversity shows up.

2:30 - Buffalo at #23 Baylor: The Bulls could actually give the Baylor defense their first challenge of the season. Last week they scored 20 points at Ohio State and there's not a lot of people lining up to put the Bears' defense ahead of the Buckeyes. The flip-side of this is that Baylor could end up scoring 100 points against Buffalo.

Subplot: The Bears stepped into the Top 25 after a 69-3 win over Wofford last weekend. This week is their opportunity to solidify themselves and move up in the rankings.

5:30 - Louisiana-Lafayette at Kansas State: This is a huge game for Kansas State! After stumbling out of the gate last weekend, the Wildcats must score a home win on Saturday. The Cajuns suffered a 20-point loss at Arkansas last Saturday and should be just what KSU needs to put their season back on track.

Subplot: Kansas State struggled to gain yards on the ground last weekend as well as to prevent North Dakota State from chewing up yards on the ground. Both of those have to change or its going to be a long season in Manhattan.

6:00 - #15 Texas at BYU: The Longhorns rolled an awful New Mexico State team last weekend and the Cougars dropped a 19-16 decision at Virginia. Texas is on the road for the first time this season but there's way too much defense on their side of the field for BYU to make a game of this.

Subplot: For all of the preseason touting that he received, Texas quarterback David Ash turned the ball over twice last week. He's got to prove that he can protect the football before the Longhorns get into the meat of their season.

6:00 - West Virginia at #16 Oklahoma: The first conference game of the 2013 Big Twelve season takes center stage as the game of the week this week. Both teams scored home wins last Saturday and yet both experienced various struggles on offense. As entertaining as last season's offensive shootout was between these two teams, it may be the defenses taking center stage this year.

Subplot: Trevor Knight proved that he could consistently make big plays with his feet last but now he's got to prove accuracy with his arm.

6:00 - South Dakota at Kansas: The Jayhawks won their season opener last season before dropping eleven games in a row. They've got a solid opportunity to snap their current losing streak in this year's opener. The best part is that Kansas fans can purchase a ticket to the game for as little as $5.

Subplot: Its a JUCO revolution in Lawrence as Charlie Weis went to the junior college ranks to fill multiple holes in his roster. How quickly they can mesh together and develop chemistry is going to be a crucial part of the Jayhawks' success in 2013.

6:00 - Stephen F. Austin at Texas Tech: The Lumberjacks put up 40 points in a losing cause against Weber State last weekend. They'll need to triple that in order to have a chance of keeping up with Texas Tech this weekend.

Subplot: Walk-on freshman Baker Mayfield turned in the most impressive performance of any Big Twelve quarterback last season, and he's supposed to be a backup. He's not going to make it easy for Michael Brewer to take the reigns of the offense once he's healthy.

Big Twelve Week Two Power Rankings

1. Oklahoma State (1-0, last week #1)

2. Oklahoma (1-0, last week #2)

3. Texas (1-0, last week #4)

4. Baylor (1-0, last week #5)

5. TCU (0-1, last week #3)

6. Texas Tech (1-0, last week #7)

7. West Virginia (1-0, last week #9)

8. Kansas State (0-1, last week #6)

9. Kansas (0-0, last week #10)

10. Iowa State (0-1, last week #8)

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