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Big 12 stumbles out of the gates

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Arguably the second strongest conference in college football had a sub-par opening weekend. The Big 12 went 6-3 in their week one matchups, but two of the three losses were to FCS (Division 1-AA) schools.

Defending Big 12 champion Kansas State lost Friday night at home to North Dakota State. The Bison shouldn't have been a surprise to anyone as they won 14 games a year ago on their way to the FCS National Title. 

It's hard to believe that the Bill Snyder-coached Kansas State team wasn't prepared for that game, but all North Dakota State did was convert 10 of 17 3rd downs and rush for 215 yards. 

Saturday, Iowa State gave up 228 rushing yards in a loss at home to Northern Iowa and West Virginia squeaked passed a William and Mary team who only won two games a year ago.

The third loss was easily the toughest game for the conference between #12 LSU and #20 TCU where the Horned Frogs were just beaten by a better team. 

The weekend had some bright spots though, as Oklahoma State took care of business beating Mississippi State, 4 out of the 5 Big 12 Freshman quarterbacks got wins in week one, as well as an unproven Texas Tech team handling SMU at night on the road.

Overall, outside of a handful of games, the conference looked inept and it can't all be blamed on youthful quarterback play. Instead of struggling against the tough competition, the conference forgot to put a defense out against the little guys. For a league that had 9 out of 10 teams go to bowls a year ago, week one was eye-opening. 

Despite all of that, half the conference is still ranked in national polls.

Week 2 in the Big 12 is headlined by a conference matchup between West Virginia and Oklahoma, and Texas traveling to BYU. 

Outside of those two games, the conference looks to have a rather easy schedule, but week one resembled this pattern as well. 

At home, we hope to see more good things from Red Raider freshman quarterback and Week One Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week Baker Mayfield as he takes on Stephen F. Austin.

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