Predictions week 3 for each team
The Big 12 didn’t have a week 2 as hot as it was for the season opener. In week 1, only one of ten programs suffered a loss.
Week 2 challenged several teams in the conference, leading to three programs taking their first loss of the season.
Of the teams that lost their first game, Texas probably had the worst of the bunch. They went to Fayetteville to face an Arkansas team unranked as the nation’s No.15 team, and started running the ball over them over 300 yards, resulting in a 19-point loss.
The game saw head coach Steve Sarkisian switch quarterbacks and reveal what could be a potential weakness for teams to attack in defense. The Texas offensive line performed poorly to say the least.
The Longhorns weren’t the only ranked team to lose, as the No.9 from Iowa State continued to look like one of the most over-the-top teams in the country when losing to the No.10 in the Iowa. Quarterback Brock Purdy had a terrible first two weeks and was even eclipsed by his save in the loss to Iowa.
Turnover issues plagued the Cyclones, as Purdy threw three interceptions and running back Breece Hall escaped his own goal line. It was a tough game for Iowa State, a team that beat northern Iowa by just six points the week before.
Kansas also lost, but it was actually one of the most impressive losses they’ve suffered. Although they ultimately failed to make enough plays to beat Coastal No.17 Carolina, the Jayhawks would go on to score with them in the first half. It really looked like they were upset, but unfortunately they were just overwhelmed.
I correctly predicted nine out of 10 results last week, with Texas losing to Arkansas the only dud. Let’s see how each Big 12 team except TCU who has bye will do in week 3.
Kansas vs. Baylor
These two teams are extremely difficult to read in the first two weeks as Kansas Barley beat an FCS school in Week 1 and then followed that performance up against a ranked team. Baylor also struggled in Week 1, beating Texas State by just nine points, but then blasted Texas Southern by 59.
I have to go to Baylor for this one because it looks like they have a big stable of running backs that they want to release at any time. In each of their first two games, they had at least two 100-yard rushers, not to mention quarterback Gerry Bohanon who really showed up against Texas Southern. Certainly he should perform well against them, it’s all about confidence.
On the other hand, Kansas will likely keep him closer than many realize, but the common denominator of their potential wins this season will be Jason Bean’s ability to play. As well as being the quarterback, he also leads the team in the race.
Prediction: Baylor 35, Kansas 21
Kansas State vs. Nevada
After a good start, the Wildcats found themselves in a very unfortunate, but familiar situation. Their all-round quarterback Skylar Thompson will miss the Nevada game with a knee injury. On the other hand, Nevada have a first-round draft prospect for the 2022 NFL Draft in quarterback Carson Strong. It will be a great showdown for both teams.
Kansas State started the season with a very convincing win over Stanford, but followed it with a weirdly close victory over southern Illinois. Will Howard is nowhere near as dynamic as Thompson. They will have to rely heavily on running back Deuce Vaughn to carry the team. Nevada may very well be causing trouble for the Wildcats this week, and I expect them to.
Nevada’s defense made it very difficult for their opponents to throw the ball to them, which smacks of disaster for Howard. They kept Cal Chase Garbers quarterback to just 177 yards and an average of 4.7 yards. After dropping 14 points, the Wolfpack scored 22 unanswered points in the second and third quarters. Plus, Carson Strong looks like he could be the best quarterback in college football, who can lead this Nevada program to a success they haven’t felt since Colin Kaepernick left. I call for an upset victory for Wolfpack.
Prediction: Nevada 28, Kansas State 14
State of Boise v State of Oklahoma
The Cowboys narrowly escaped anger for two straight weeks, and this could be the week their luck runs out. Boise State are a very good team with an underrated quarterback to Hank Bachmeier looking to lead this Broncos team to a New Years Six bowl game.
The state of Oklahoma managed to push back the state of Missouri in week 1, with no Spencer Sanders available, but almost saw Tulsa make the most of them in week 2. La Tulsa’s defense played a really good game and kept Sanders at a 57% completion rate, and if it hadn’t been for the return of the 98-yard kickoff for a fourth-quarter touchdown by LD Brown, maybe Tulsa could have killed the Cowboys’ momentum. The Cowboys scored 21 points on their own in the fourth quarter and will need to start much faster against a very well-trained Boise State team.
The Broncos are led by Hank Bachmeier, who, unlike Oklahoma State’s top two opponents, is an excellent quarterback who can lead his team to victory. The Broncos have huge aspirations, and after losing their Week 1 lead against UCF, every game is a must for them. Many pundits consider this a guaranteed win at Boise State, and I can’t help but agree. The MWC appear to go 2-0 against the Big 12 in Week 3.
Prediction: Boise State 33, Oklahoma State 28
Texas Tech vs. CRF
Texas Tech didn’t have the exit they were hoping for against Stephen F. Austin, but they did get a win nonetheless. That’s thanks to their rushed offense, which racked up 190 yards and three touchdowns. Their defense had a very poor performance as they gave up 375 yards of total attacking and will need to improve before they jump into the Big 12.
Quarterback Tyler Shough is yet to put on a fantastic performance that Red Raider fans thought they were getting in every game. He did well through two games, but is still looking for that breakout game. It might be the game for him to do it, as the CRF should be a walk in the park for Texas Tech.
The CRF beat a poor Long Island team, then lost to what turns out to be a spirited Texas State team in overtime. Their quarterback, Max Bortenschlager, has done well and his experience can cause problems for Texas Tech’s lackluster defense. The Red Raiders need offense to get off to a good start for what would be the first time, as they have scored a total of 14 points in the first two quarters of the past two weeks. I think this is the escape game Shough needs and the program is waiting for.
Prediction: Texas Tech 45, CRF 28
West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech # 15
Beating a ranked team would obviously bode well for West Virginia, who suffered a heavy loss in Week 1 to Maryland, but Virginia Tech has other plans.
West Virginia beat Long Island last week, winning 66-0, but that was highly anticipated as Long Island was a Division I school for about 10 minutes. There’s not much to take in the resounding victory, as everything is likely skewed due to less competition. This showdown will assess how good West Virginia is and how much it has the potential to be.
Virginia Tech is one of the hottest teams in college football and has beaten the then-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels in the past. Braxton Brumeister was all this program needed, as his leadership appears to be off the charts, and he’s a very dynamic quarterback who can beat you in the air or on the ground. The Hokies are yet to establish their running game, as no one has amassed over 55 yards in the first two weeks, but this could be the week their running game takes it up. Leddie Brown was a bit of a disappointment for West Virginia, putting a ton of pressure on Jarret Doege.
Prediction: Virginia Tech 25, West Virginia 21
UNLV vs. Iowa State
The Cyclones weren’t the team everyone expected of them. After narrowly escaping north of Iowa, the state of Iowa was unable to hang on to Iowa.
Iowa State hasn’t seen any offensive performance from anyone yet, so this UNLV game couldn’t have come at a better time. Quarterback Brock Purdy is yet to register a touchdown and has thrown three interceptions in two games, and running back Breece Hall is yet to go 100 yards and is currently averaging 3.5 yards per carry. Given their frustration at this point, I would expect the Cyclones to absolutely destroy UNLV. It would be terribly disturbing if they didn’t.
UNLV has no consistency as a quarterback and his defense has been constantly on display. The Cyclones absolutely need to find a rhythm before they dive into the Big 12 game.
Prediction: Iowa State 45, UNLV 10
# 3 Oklahoma vs. Nebraska
The Sooners play in what many describe as a huge game, but Nebraska is one of the least proven and least consistent teams in college football. After a scary Week 1 that almost saw Tulane upset the Sooners, Oklahoma beat West Carolina Hell by 76 points in Week 2.
While Oklahoma should have no problem beating Nebraska, it will still give them a chance to beat an old rival and what was once a powerhouse. Spencer Rattler needs to keep playing like he did against West Carolina to erase the taste of his poor performance against Tulane. It will also be a huge test for the Oklahoma defense, as containing Adrian Martinez is no easy task.
For Nebraska to win, they need Adrian Martinez to have the game of their life. If he struggles, there’s really no chance for Nebraska.
Prediction Oklahoma 55, Nebraska 18
Texas versus rice
Texas had a hectic two-week season as they knocked out a ranked team from Louisiana and then rocked their world to Arkansas. This game should be no problem in Texas.
The Longhorns are making a change to the quarterback as Casey Thompson is now the guy after he was able to produce a few touchdowns against Arkansas. The offensive line has been by far the worst group for Texas, and playing against an idle Rice team should probably help the Texas offensive line feel what it’s like to keep a defense out of the way. back field.
Steve Sarkisian will likely feed Bijan Robinson a lot, as he was essentially neutralized against Arkansas due to the bad offensive line. The Longhorns defense also needs a rebound after giving up more than 400 yards of total attacking to Arkansas.
Rice is outclassed against Texas, but on the bright side, they’ve found their quarterback of the future in Luke McCaffery. Other than that, they’re playing Texas at the worst possible time. The Longhorns are probably playing angry and will vent their frustrations on the owls.
Prediction: Texas 45, Rice 10