Every Big 12 team except TCU plays on Saturday, Sept. 6. The first conference game of the season kicks off at 11 a.m. when Kansas State travels to Iowa State.
Big 12 Football Weekly Honors
Offensive Player of the Week: Trevone Boykin, TCU, QB, Jr.
Defensive Player of the Week: Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State, DE, So.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Mario Alford, West Virginia, KOR, Sr.
Last week: TCU 48, Samford 16
Trevone Boykin got the start in the pocket for the Horned Frogs’ new-look offense. He completed 29-of-41 passes for 321 yards. Overall, TCU racked up 555 total offensive yards, including 200 yards on the ground by eight different rushers.
Kansas State at Iowa State
11 a.m. (FS1)
Last week: Kansas State 55, Stephen F. Austin 16
Quarterback Jake Heaps completed 19-of-28 passes for 223 yards and four touchdowns, a career high. Defensively linebacker Elijah Lee, the first freshman in two years to start a season opener, had KSU's first sack of the season.
Against Iowa State: KSU won last year's game 41-7 in Manhattan. Overall, Bill Snyder has won all five games against Iowa State since his return to Kansas State in 2009. In their six-game win streak, the Wildcats have won each game by an average of 10.5 points.
Last week: North Dakota State 34, Iowa State 14
The Cyclones scored a pair of touchdowns before the Bison put up 34 unanswered points to clinch the victory. Cyclone running back Aaron Wimberly scored both touchdowns and a total of 38 yards.
Against Kansas State: The Cyclones lead the all-time series 49-44-4. Iowa State is looking for its first conference opener win since beating Kansas 45-3 in 2002. However, the Cyclones are without their leading wide receiver, Quenton Bundrage, who tore his ACL in the season opener. He will be out the rest of the season.
Oklahoma at Tulsa
11 a.m. (ABC/ESPN2 reverse mirror)
Last week: Oklahoma 48, Louisiana Tech 16
The trio of running backs - Alex ross, Keith Ford and Samaje Perine - combined for 183 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively Oklahoma held Louisiana Tech to just 245 yards, including 54 rush yards on 29 attempts.
Against Tulsa: The Sooners are 7-0 against Tulsa under Bob Stoops, winning by an average margin of 37.3 points. OU won the last meeting 51-20 in 2013. Oklahoma’s secondary gets the chance to dominate this weekend as Tulsa has a decent quarterback with explosive receivers.
Oklahoma State vs. Missouri State
2:30 p.m. (FSN)
Last week: No. 1 Florida State 37, Oklahoma State 31
Oklahoma State gave No. 1 Florida State all it could handle in the closest margin of victory for a preseason No. 1 team since 1990, the last time a preseason No. 1 team lost its season opener. Tyreek Hill showed off his speed as he racked up 278 all-purpose yards in his debut, the most in school history for a player making his debut. He averaged 12.6 yards per touch. Defensively, Oklahoma State’s line went up against a Seminole offensive line with five senior starters and limited FSU to 3.4 yards per rush.
Against Missouri State: The Cowboys haven’t lost to an FCS team since 1949. Oklahoma State holds a 6-0 advantage over Missouri State, winning the last game 57-13 in 2008. Overall, OSU has won 18 straight home openers.
Kansas vs. SE Missouri State
Last week: Bye
Against SE Missouri State: Kansas has won three consecutive season openers. Montell Cozart will start under center after playing in seven games and starting three last season. Coach Charlie Weis wants to see a better completion percentage from his quarterback, but said Cozart was “confident and borderline cocky,” something Weis liked in his starter. Defensively, the secondary is the strength. Overall, Kansas returns nine starters on defense. The Jayhawks have never played SE Missouri State.
Baylor vs. Northwestern State
6:30 p.m. (FSN)
Last week: Baylor 45, SMU 0
The Bears’ win over SMU was their first defensive shutout against an FBS opponent since 1995. Quarterback Bryce Petty injured his back in the first half and didn’t return in the second half. He is listed as day-to-day. Defensively, Baylor recorded a school record with nine sacks.
Against Northwestern State: Baylor is 3-0 against Northwestern State and won the last game 68-13 in 2009. NSU is coming off a loss to Missouri State 34-27.
Texas vs. BYU
6:30 p.m. (FS1)
Last week: Texas 38, North Texas 7
The Longhorns showcased their defense, allowing 94 total yards to North Texas, including only 15 passing yards. Furthermore, Texas picked off four passes, UT’s most interceptions since 2009. To put that in perspective, the Longhorns recorded 10 interceptions a year ago.
Against BYU: Texas is looking for revenge after falling to BYU 40-21 in Provo last year. BYU lit up the Longhorns for a total of 550 rush yards, averaging 7.6 yards per carry. While the defense will focus on not letting lightning strike twice, the offense will be without quarterback David Ash who had concussion-like symptoms after the season opener. Sophomore Tyrone Swoopes will start. The Longhorns are also without their starting center, Domic Espinosa, who broke a bone in his right ankle last week and is out for the season.
West Virginia vs. Towson
Last week: Alabama 33, West Virginia 23
What questions surrounding Clint Trickett starting as WVU’s quarterback quickly evaporated as he helped keep his team in the game. Out of the Mountaineers’ 393 total yards of offense, 365 of them came through the air. Defensively, safety Karl Joseph recorded a career-high 18 tackles. That number also tied for the most among FBS players in Week 1.
Against Towson: West Virginia is 14-0 against foes from the FCS. The Mountaineers are also 3-0 under coach Dana Holgorsen in home openers. Towson brings an 11-game, road-winning streak after reaching the FCS national championship game in 2013. The Tigers dropped their season opener, 31-27, to Central Connecticut last week.
Texas Tech at UTEP
10 p.m. (FS1)
Last week: Texas Tech 42, Central Arkansas 35
Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said after the game that he and his team underestimated their opponent. The Red Raiders got off to a slow start, and the Bears controlled the clock with a successful run attack. However, receiver Bradley Marquez came through for Texas Tech with 10 catches for 184 yards, the most by a Red Raider in a season opener since Darrin Moore in 2011. The Red Raiders also had a 300-yard passer (Davis Webb), 100-yard rusher (DeAndre Washington) and 100-yard receiver (Marquez) for the first time since 2011.
Against UTEP: If the Red Raiders underestimate the Miners, they will lose. While neither team was impressive week one defensively (that is, until UTEP forced three turnovers in the fourth quarter), the offenses will be on display late Saturday night. Miner quarterback Jameill Showers was at Texas A&M until he lost the competition for starting quarterback to Johnny Manziel. UTEP also has a solid run game that features tailback Aaron Jones who rushed for 237 yards last weekend.