The Big Twelve conference isn't looking so great right now. Things have gone so poorly through the first two weeks of the season that an actual comparison could legitimately be made to the old Big East. Yes...it really is that bad!
The latest example of just how bad things are is the Texas Longhorns. Preseason Big Twelve favorites by many, and BCS championship bound by a few predictions, the Longhorns were completely run over by BYU in Provo. All excuses aside, this is as bad as it gets for Texas and a horrible reflection of the Big Twelve. There wasn't a team that received more published hype that the Longhorns leading up to the season, and Mack Brown himself had declared Texas football as being back. Then the debacle in Provo happens and the Longhorns are exposed as an absolute fraud and the already struggling Big Twelve is lumped in with them.
Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz has been offered as a sacrifice but the heat is cranked on Mack Brown with no more room for error. My opinion is that removing Diaz only puts Brown that much closer to the firing line and there's no shortage of pitchforks and torches among the angry mobs in Austin.
#24 TCU 38 - SE Louisiana 17: The Frogs rebounded nicely, following their season-opening loss to LSU, but it came at the expense of quarterback Casey Pachall who had been selected as the preseason All Big Twelve quarterback. Pachall will miss up to eight weeks following surgery to repair a break in his non throwing arm.
#13 Oklahoma State 56 - UTSA 35: Oklahoma State's offense is humming! The Cowboys put up over 600 yards of offense and that was with them letting up in the second half. You have to question the defense a little though after surrendering more than 500 yards and 35 points.
#23 Baylor 70 - Buffalo 13: The Bears could have actually named their score here. Be afraid Big Twelve defenses, be very afraid!
Kansas State 48 - Louisiana-Lafayette 27: The Wildcats may have answered a few questions on offense with quarterback Jake Waters throwing for 278 yards but turnovers and defensive struggles still reared their ugly heads.
#16 Oklahoma 16 - West Virginia 7: The Sooner defense looks legit and the rushing attack is as strong as its been in several years. Oklahoma has eclipsed 300 yards rushing two weeks in a row now but the passing game has stalled out. With Trevor Knight on the bench with an injury, Blake Bell gets the start this Saturday against Tulsa.
BYU 40 - #15 Texas 21: All you need to know about this one is that BYU ran the football 72 times for 550 yards. I'm not sure that a defensive coaching change is going to rectify the problems.
Kansas 31 - South Dakota 14: James Sims averaged 5.9 yards per carry and crossed the goal line twice to lead the Jayhawks to their first win since last year's season opener.
Texas Tech 61 - SF Austin 13: The story in the Big Twelve so far this season has been Tech freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield. A walk-on true freshman, Mayfield has passed for 780 yards and 7 touchdowns, with no interceptions, through the first two games of the season.