Big 12 Conference Roundup - Week 2
Posted Sep 10, 2007

Big 12 conference roundup, standings, player and game of the week

Click on each team for game recaps, thoughts, schedules and more and scroll down for the games, results, players of the week and the conference roundup.

Colorado | Iowa St | Kansas | Kansas State | Missouri | Nebraska
South Baylor | Oklahoma | Oklahoma State | Texas | Texas A&M | Texas Tech

Big 12 Game of the Week
Texas A&M 47 ... Fresno State 45 3OT
In a wild game with several major momentum swings, Fresno State got into the end zone on Bear Pascoe's third touchdown catch of the game in the third overtime, but Tom Brandstater's two-point conversion attempt failed to click to allow the Aggies to escape. The Aggies appeared to have the game won in regulation after Jorvorskie Lane rumbled in for a five-yard score with under two minutes to play, but down 29-22, the Bulldogs went 80 yards in ten plays with Brandstater scrambling before finding Pascoe for a three-yard score with five seconds to play. A&M got a field goal on its overtime possession, and then the fun began as Fresno State appeared to have the ball down at the one as Marlon Moore dove just before getting into the end zone, lost the ball on to the Aggies before crossing the goal line, and then got a reprieve after the play was called back for a roughing the passer penalty. The Bulldogs ended up kicking a field goal, and then the two teams traded short touchdown runs in the second overtime. 

Big 12 Player of the Week
Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford completed 19 of 25 passes for 205 yards and five touchdowns in the 51-13 win over Miami..

Conference Roundup
Baylor … Now that's the way the passing game is supposed to work, getting 423 yards and six touchdowns against Rice. Baylor bombed away on the Owls with Blake Szymanski getting time to throw and find the right receivers to keep the chains moving, but it also helped that the defense was keeping the Rice offense in check so there wasn't any need for the offense to force anything. The running game even had its moments in the blowout win, but this game was all about getting the air attack rolling. 12 different players caught passes as everyone got involved, and with Texas State and Buffalo ahead before facing Texas A&M, there's even more time for fine-tuning.
Colorado … The Buffs are going to have to take a few baby steps before becoming a power again, and it's going to take even longer if they have to rely exclusively on the passing of Cody Hawkins. With no ground game to help out, thanks to the absence of Hugh Charles, Hawkins has to be razor sharp, which he wasn't against Arizona State, and the defense has to be stifling. While it's a bit simplistic to suggest the Buffs wilted in the heat, they definitely appeared to run out of gas.
Iowa State …The Gene Chizik era couldn't start any worse. The offense is turning it over too much, Bret Meyer isn't playing like a senior leader, and the defense isn't doing much of anything to come up with big stops in key moments. There's no excuse for losing to Northern Iowa, and now comes the showdown with Iowa. While the Cyclones can quickly turn things around with a win over the Hawkeyes, to do that, there must be more offensive pop and much better play from the lines.
Kansas … Kansas isn't Oklahoma and needs all the blowout wins it can get. Don't dismiss the blowout over SE Louisiana; it was a key game to empty the bench and get the backups some meaningful playing time. Brandon McAnderson firmly established himself as the main back, even with Jake Sharp getting the carries in the second half, while Todd Reesing had an efficient passing day. Toledo and FIU won't pose much of a challenge if the Jayhawks continue to play this well, so it has to be all about tuning up for Kansas State in a month..
Kansas State … Josh Freeman might not have been razor sharp against San Jose State, but he was good enough in what was a nice step forward for a team that came oh-so-close to beating Auburn. The real find was a running game that was non-existent against the Tigers, as James Johnson was effective on his limited work. He only got 15 carries, but he made something happen every time he touched the ball. DE/LB Ian Campbell got a sack, but he still hasn't been the difference maker at his new position that he was last year. The Missouri State game next week should work out all the problems before dealing with Texas.
Missouri … For the second week in a row, and with the Sun Bowl loss to Oregon State still stinging, Missouri struggled to close things out and, once again, can't seem to put together a full game. Ole Miss ran all over the Tiger defense with BenJarvus Green-Ellis having a field day, while the offense wasn't able to keep its foot on the gas and close things out late. Ole Miss shouldn't be rolling up 534 yards on anyone, so if the Western Michigan and Illinois State games don't see a big improvement for the Mizzou defense, there's reason to be really, really worried with Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas Tech coming up.
Nebraska … Don't read too much into the close call at Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons are good, and this was a battle the team needed to fight through to get to the USC showdown. Even so, it has to be a little bit of a concern that it hasn't clicked yet for Sam Keller and the passing game. Keller wasn't needed against Nevada, but he failed to do much against a Wake Forest secondary that got bombed on by Boston College the week before. The defense had way too many problems with the Wake running game, but it held tough when it had to.
Oklahoma … It's one thing to blow away North Texas. It's another to obliterate Miami. Contrary to how the game looked, Miami's defense is among the most talented in America, but the Sooner offense, humming on all cylinders, had little problems because of one big reason (and it's not Sam Bradford's five touchdowns): the offensive line. The best front five in America has been terrific over the first two games, giving Bradford five days to throw and clearing the way for the ground game. The defense didn't necessarily shut down the Miami attack, but it came close, thanks mostly to the suffocating secondary that never gave the UM quarterbacks anything to look at. With Utah State ahead, it's time to get the backups some work before having to go on the road to face Tulsa and Colorado.
Oklahoma State … Apparently, there's no real quarterback controversy after Bobby Reid got dinged up early against Florida Atlantic and Zac Robinson came in and played a great game, but there's a quarterback controversy. Reid only completed two of five passes against the Owls, while Robinson completed 14 of 20 throws. Granted, WR Adarius Bowman made Robinson look great, but the door is now open if Reid starts to struggle. This was a good chance for several reserve runners to get in, but it would've been nice to have seen the ground game go off and dominate. Even so, 233 yards and two touchdowns is nothing to get upset about.
Texas … Give Texas credit for coming up with the adjustments needed offensively to get past a tough TCU defense. The offensive line might not have been amazing, but it  helped crank out 176 yards and kept Tommy Blake and Chase Ortiz off Colt McCoy's back. As good as this win might have been, the team has to keep progressing over the next few weeks. While the UT offense has been average, Oklahoma has been unbelievable. There's still a month before the Sooner showdown, but until then, Texas has to get sharper on offense. Don't be too fired up about the defense quite yet; TCU was without top RB Aaron Brown.
Texas A&M … The running game should've been able to close out Fresno State, and despite grinding out 318 yards, it almost wasn't enough. The secondary couldn't come up with a key late play, and it couldn't handle TE Bear Pascoe on seemingly every clutch pass. Normally, holding onto the ball for over 34 minutes and converting 11 of 20 third down conversions should lead to an easy A&M victory, but there will need to be more passing to have a chance at the tougher games ahead. That's why the UL Monroe game is vital; Stephen McGee has to quickly find his passing touch after completing just 52% of his passes in the first two games.
Texas Tech… Chalk up the slow start against UTEP to a short week after the SMU win. The Red Raiders adjusted nicely on offense after halftime, but did a better job on defense as the Miner offensive effectiveness stopped when the ground game was stuffed. Even so, it took away too long to put the game away. That won't be a problem against Rice next week as Graham Harrell should be able to throw for 500 yards if he wants to. WR Michael Crabtree is on the verge of Big 12 superstardom after making 27 catches for 294 yards and five touchdowns in two games.

North Overall Home Away
Kansas 2 0 114 7 W2 2 0 0 0
Missouri 2 0 78 59 W2 0 0 2 0
Nebraska 2 0 72 27 W2 1 0 1 0
Kansas State 1 1 47 37 W1 1 0 0 1
Colorado 1 1 45 61 L1 1 0 0 1
Iowa State 0 2 27 47 L2 0 2 0 0
South Overall Home Away
Oklahoma 2 0 130 23 W2 2 0 0 0
Texas Tech 2 0 94 40 W2 1 0 1 0
Texas A&M 2 0 85 52 W2 2 0 0 0
Texas 2 0 55 26 W2 2 0 0 0
Oklahoma State 1 1 56 41 W1 1 0 0 1
Baylor 1 1 42 41 W1 1 0 0 1
Saturday, September 8
12:00 PM at Oklahoma 51 ... Miami 13
CFN Prediction:
OU 24-13   OU -10
12:00 PM Nebraska 20 ... at Wake Forest 17
CFN Prediction: Neb 31-20  Neb. -7.5
3:30 PM at Texas A&M 47 ... Fresno State 45 3OT
CFN Prediction:
A&M 31-20  A&M -17
6:00 PM Missouri 38 ... at Ole Miss 25
CFN Prediction: Mizzou 27-17  Miz -5.5
7:00 PM at Texas 34 ... TCU 13
CFN Prediction:
Texas 17-10  Texas -10.5
7:00 PM Northern Iowa 24 ... at Iowa State 13
CFN Prediction:
ISU 27-23
7:00 PM at Baylor 42 ... Rice 17
CFN Prediction:
Baylor 28-14   BU -6
7:00 PM at Kansas 62 ... SE Louisiana 0
CFN Prediction: KU 55-10
7:00 PM at Texas Tech 45 ... UTEP 31
CFN Prediction:
TT 34-16   TT -16
7:05 PM at Oklahoma State 42 ... Florida Atlantic 6
CFN Prediction:
OSU 45-14   OSU -23
7:05 PM at Kansas State 34 ... San Jose State 14
CFN Prediction: KSU 27-10   KSU -16.5
10:15 PM at Arizona State 33 ... Colorado 14
CFN Prediction:
ASU 37-17   ASU -14

Past Big 12 Games of the Week
Sept. 1 -
Colorado 31 ... Colorado State 28 OT
Sept. 8 -
Texas A&M 47 ... Fresno State 45 3OT

Past Big 12 Players of the Week
Sept. 1 -
Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford
Sept. 8 - Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford


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