Week 2 Big 12 - Ok St vs. UTSA & More

Posted Sep 5, 2013

Week 2 Fearless Prediction - Big 12 Oklahoma State vs. UTSA & More

SE Louisiana (1-0) at TCU (0-1) Sept. 7, 12:00, FSN

Why You Should Give A Hoot: TCU battled hard against LSU and had nothing to show for it in a 37-27 loss, and now it's time to tune things up before kicking off the Big 12 season at Texas Tech. SE Louisiana rocked out of the gate with a 45-7 win over SE Missouri State thanks for former Oregon quarterback Bryan Bennett's 106 rushing yards and three touchdowns. This is a decent Lion team that should push for a top three finish in the Southland, but TCU isn't going to take it lightly.

Why SE Louisiana Might Win: The running game could be dangerous enough to push the good Horned Frog defensive front. Bennett was the star of the show last week against SE Missouri State, but former Wyoming Cowboy Kody Sutton did his part with 87 yards and a score as part of a 309-yard rushing day from the attack. It's just good enough to keep the clock rolling and keep control of the game.

Why TCU Might Win: TCU's defense isn't going to let Bennett run wild. While Bennett can throw a little bit, he's at his best on the move. The Horned Frogs got powered on by LSU for 197 yards, but there wasn't a lot of dancing going on. TCU will have a few problems with the more physical attacks, but it should be able to handle the quicker ones.

Who To Watch Out For: Will Devonte Fields play? TCU's star pass rusher is at the top of the depth chart, but it's still not a sure thing if he'll play. Suspended for the opener for breaking team rules, there's a chance he'll get on the field to get him some live reps before dealing with Texas tech five days later.

What Will Happen: TCU's defense won't have any problems keeping Bennett and the Lions under wraps, while the offense will use both Trevone Boykin and Casey Pachall under center to try finding the hot hand.
Prediction: TCU 45 … SE Louisiana 6
Line: TCU -42.5 o/u: 53
Must See Rating: (5 Olbermann – 1 Total Divas) …

Oklahoma State (1-0) at UTSA (1-0) Sept. 7, 12:00, Fox Sports 1

Why You Should Give A Hoot: Oklahoma State opened with a very impressive win over the weekend. Relatively speaking, so, too, did UTSA for that matter. The Cowboys roughed up Mississippi State in Houston, 21-3, showcasing more defense and general physicality than the program is accustomed. The win also provided a boost to the Big 12, which struggled as a whole in Week 1. UTSA is thrilled to be hosting Mike Gundy's team in the Alamodome, a treat for the locals that usually only happens during the bowl season. The up-and-coming Roadrunners began life as a Conference USA member by rallying to beat New Mexico in Albuquerque last weekend.
Why Oklahoma State Might Win: The Cowboys can score. They always will under Gundy. It turns out they can play some defense, too. Oklahoma State kept Mississippi State out of the end zone on Saturday, a major achievement for coordinator Glenn Spencer's D. The undersized UTSA O-line will have an especially rugged time of containing DT Calvin Barnett, DE Tyler Johnson and linebackers Shaun Lewis and Caleb Lavey.
Why UTSA Might Win: The Roadrunners have two key components needed to author a shocking, put-us-on-the-map victory, a veteran coach and a veteran quarterback. UTSA is led by Larry Coker, who won a national championship and spent a number of years coaching in Stillwater. Coker's quarterback is gutsy senior Eric Soza. Soza led his team back from a 13-0 deficit last week, throwing two touchdown passes, while leading the team in rushing.
Who To Watch Out For: The trip to San Antonio gives Oklahoma State a chance to get its offense back on track. The Cowboys were uncharacteristically inept at reaching the end zone at Reliant Stadium.

- Gundy finally has his starting quarterback, sophomore J.W. Walsh, who's at his most dangerous when he leaves the pocket and starts improvising.

- Oklahoma State's top priority this week will be to get the passing game humming. Walsh and Clint Chelf were ineffective at maximizing the talents of receivers Josh Stewart, Tracy Moore and Charlie Moore.
What Will Happen: UTSA is weaving a very interesting story in San Antonio, but this is a step up in competition that's well beyond the Roadrunners' ability. Oklahoma State will combine more pop and execution on offense with that improved defense to advertise its versatility and might to future recruits from this region of Texas.
Prediction: Oklahoma State 48 … UTSA 13
Line: Oklahoma State -26.5 o/u: 60
Must See Rating: (5 Olbermann – 1 Total Divas) … 2

Buffalo (0-1) at Baylor (1-0) Sept. 7, 12:00, ESPN

Why You Should Give A Hoot: Baylor had a nice and easy scrimmage against Wofford in the opener, getting the passing game rolling early and coming up with big play after big play in the 69-3 win. Not exactly extending themselves, the Bears get two weeks off to get ready for ULM, and then the Big 12 world starts against West Virginia. Buffalo could provide a little bit of a challenge with a good defense – at least better than it showed last week - and enough pop on offense to give Ohio State a wee bit of a push. Next week comes the layup against Stony Brook, but first a good showing against the Bears would be nice.

Why Buffalo Might Win: Don't get too hung up on Ohio State's big day on the ground; this is a good, sound UB defense with a strong linebacking corps that has the potential to do far more. The offense didn't exactly get going against the Buckeyes, but Branden Oliver is a special back who'll test a Bear defensive front that was soft last year and has a prove-it factor going into this season.

Why Baylor Might Win: Go ahead and get hung up on Ohio State's big day on the ground against Buffalo. Jordan Hall and Braxton Miller each busted off big runs, while the Buckeye passing game had its share of good midrange plays, averaging 12.4 yards per catch. Playing Wofford isn't exactly the best indicator, but Baylor has the backs to crank out big play after big play while the quarterbacks combined to complete 23-of-28 passes for 411 yards and three touchdowns.

Who To Watch Out For: Lache Seastrunk looked like he's ready to have a really, really big season. He only carried the ball 11 times against Wofford, but he was unstoppable with touchdown runs from seven and 23 yards out on the way to 111 yards. Also fantastic was new starting quarterback Bryce Petty, who played pitch-and-catch completing 19-of-24 passes for 312 yards and two scores.

What Will Happen: Buffalo will hang around for a little while, but it won't have the firepower to keep up. Oliver will gash the Bear defense for well over 100 yards, and the UB offense will look fine, but the combination of Seastrunk and Petty will be too much.
Prediction: Baylor 38 … Buffalo 23
Line: Baylor -27.5 o/u: 68
Must See Rating: (5 Olbermann – 1 Total Divas) … 2