2009 CFN Big 12 Week 1 Roundup, Honors & More

Posted Sep 7, 2009

Big 12 2009 Week One Game of the Week, Player of the Week, Roundup & Standings

2009 Big 12 ... Week 1

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    Conf. Overall
Iowa St 0 0 0
1 Kansas 0 0 1 0
1 Kansas St 0 0 1 0
1 Missouri 0 0 1 0
1 Nebraska 0 0 1 0
6 Colorado 0 0 0 1
    Conf. Overall
1 Baylor 0 0 1 0
Ok State 0 0 1 0
1 Texas 0 0 1 0
1 Texas A&M 0 0 1 0
1 Tex Tech 0 0 1 0
6 Oklahoma 0 0 0 1
Players of the Week
9/5 Blaine Gabbert, QB Mis.

Games of the Week
9/5 BYU 14, Oklahoma 13

at Iowa State 34
North Dakota State 17
- Cyclones & Austin Arnaud get first win for Paul Rhoads
CFN Prediction: Iowa State 24-20 

Baylor 24
at Wake Forest 21
Baylor picks off Wake Forest 24-21 
CFN Prediction: Wake Forest 30-24, Line: Wake -1.5

at Kansas 49
 Northern Colorado 3
Kansas & Reesing blow past Northern Colorado 
CFN Prediction: Kansas 58-6

at Kansas State 21
Massachusetts 17
Kansas State sputters in win over UMass 
CFN Prediction: Kansas State 45-13

Missouri 37
Illinois 9 (in St. Louis)
Missouri & Gabbert tear up Illinois 37-9 
CFN Prediction: Illinois 45-31, Line: Illinois -7

at Nebraska 49
Florida Atlantic 3
Nebraska and Helu roll over Florida Atlantic
CFN Prediction: Nebraska 37-13, Line: Neb. -21.5

BYU 14
Oklahoma 13
OU loses Sam Bradford, and then to BYU
CFN Prediction: Oklahoma 45-20, Line: OU -21.5

at Oklahoma State 24
Georgia 10
Oklahoma State pulls off big win over Georgia 
CFN Prediction: Georgia 37-35, Line: OSU -6

at Texas 59
ULM 20
Texas & Shipley rip through ULM in laugher 
CFN Prediction: Texas 52-0, Line: Texas -41

at Texas A&M 41
New Mexico 6
Texas A&M & Johnson destroy New Mexico
CFN Prediction: Texas A&M 34-16, Line: A&M -14

at Texas Tech 38
North Dakota 13
Texas Tech's Potts solid in win over UND 
CFN Prediction: Texas Tech 63-17

at Colorado State 23
at Colorado 17
Colorado fizzles in punchless loss to CSU 
CFN Prediction: Colorado 27-20, Line: Colorado -11

BYU 14 … Oklahoma 13
Max Hall connected with McKay Jacobson for a seven-yard score with 3:03 to play leading the way to a one-point lead, but OU had one last shot. Tress Way's 54-yard field goal attempt fell short and wide, and BYU had the shocking upset. Sam Bradford was knocked out of the game with a shoulder injury, and backup Landry Jones couldn't get the offense moving as Jimmy Stevens connected on field goals from 35 and 22 yards out after BYU tied it at seven on an Andrew George five-yard touchdown grab. OU started off the scoring on an eight-yard Ryan Broyles catch from Bradford. The two teams combined for 22 penalties.

Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert completed 25-of-33 passes for 319 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 39 yards and a score.


Baylor … Baylor 24 ... at Wake Forest 21 ... Baylor committed too many penalties and let Wake Forest back in the game late, but to go on the road and come up with a nice win over a bowl team shows just how far the program has come. The Bears aren't going to power over anyone, but they showed excellent speed on both sides of the ball, and outside of a fumble and the penalties, they didn't make a slew of big mistakes. Robert Griffin was sharp early, but he didn't get his running game going nearly as well as he needs to, but that's nitpicking. With home games against Connecticut, Northwestern State, and Kent State ahead, a 4-0 start is now within reach.

Colorado … Colorado State 23 ... at Colorado 17 ... Where's the offense? That Colorado didn't get blown away by CSU was a shocker considering the Buff O line was destroyed, there was no running game, and Cody Hawkins didn't appear to make any strides from last year. 29 yards of rushing is an embarrassment considering the talent at running back, and after an offseason of excitement about last year's super-recruit, RB Darrell Scott, there was only one carry for one yard. Dan Hawkins had better have some tricks up his sleeve, or this might be the beginning of the end.

Iowa State …  at Iowa State 34 ... North Dakota State 17 ...  It might just have been a win over North Dakota State, but Paul Rhoads has already won a third of what Gene Chizik was able to come up with during his time in Ames. The defense might not have been a rock against the run, and that's going to be a major problem against Iowa next week, but Jesse Smith got in on everything with a 15 tackle game with a key forced fumble. Grant Mahoney showed that he's going to be a major weapon with his 50-yard field goal and his miss coming from 57 yards away, but the excitement has to be over the way Austen Arnaud played showing a good command and a nice connection with Marquis Hamilton that has to continue to keep up with the high octane attacks in Big 12 play.

Kansas … at Kansas 49 ... Colorado State 3 ... It was a true warm-up game but the Jayhawks were in midseason form. Todd Reesing was sharp and showed off his mobility to go along with his passing arm, while the defense never let Northern Colorado into the game. Jake Sharp further cemented himself as the team's top back with a strong game, while Toben Opurum looked quick and good in mop-up time. Now comes a step up in play against UTEP, but it's not a big jump. It'll be important to get the backups as much work as possible, and they'll get their chance against the mediocre Miners.

Kansas State … at Kansas State 21 ... Massachusetts 17 ... The running game came up with 225 yards and there was pop to the passing game, but mistakes and inefficiency let UMass get back in the game and made it a lot closer than it should've been. There will be another chance to tune up with Louisiana-Lafayette coming up next, but QB Carson Coffman has to be a bit more effective. He hit on enough big plays, but he barley completed more than half of his passes and he didn't keep the chains moving until the final drive that closed out the game. Bill Snyder has a lot of work to do, but there are signs that this might not be a disaster of a season. There's good speed and just enough athleticism on defense to get by against the average offenses.

Missouri … Missouri 37 ... Illinois 9 ... Any more questions about whether or not Missouri could reload? The running game didn't do as much as it should've, Derrick Washington was held in check, but Blaine Gabbert has the makings of a superstar with a mature presence, a nice, live arm, and the mobility to make linebackers respect the run. This wasn't just a blowout, this was a statement that this underappreciated team is going to come out roaring. Now it has to show some consistency, while the defense has to continue to be as tough against the pass as it was against the loaded Illini receiving corps.

Nebraska … at Nebraska 49 ... Florida Atlantic 3 ... Zac Lee might not have been perfect in his debut, but he was solid enough to keep the Florida Atlantic defense from teeing off on the ground game. Once the offensive line got into a lather, Roy Helu and the ground game got rolling and the game was over. It doesn't matter that it was just against FAU; averaging 8.1 yards per carry is impressive. With Arkansas State up next, the Huskers have to work a bit more on the passing game and make it a little bit crisper before dealing with Virginia Tech.

Oklahoma … BYU 14 ... Oklahoma 13 ... Oklahoma wasn't just without All-America tight end Jermaine Gresham, but it completely lost its fire after Sam Bradford's shoulder got crunched. Even so, the defense came up with a good enough performance to get the win, even if the offense didn't do anything once Bradford left. There were too many penalties, not enough pressure on Max Hall, even with four sacks, and the team held on to the ball for just 22:58. Basically, OU lost its stars, and the rest of the team didn't pick up the slack.
Oklahoma State … at Oklahoma State 24 ... Georgia 10 ... Good teams are often able to win even with things aren't going well. The running game was stuffed, Dez Bryant, two touchdown grabs and all, was thrown off his game by the physical Georgia defenders, and Zac Robinson had some awful stretches, but the defense was phenomenal, allowing just 257 yards. The D was popping, with the secondary coming up with big shot time and again, and Georgia was never able to get into a rhythm. Going forward, OSU has to cut down on the penalties, committing 15 for 106 yards, and it has to be a bit more patient on offense. If the defense is going to play like this, the O won't have to crank out 50 points a game.

Texas … at Texas 59 ... ULM 20 ... 7 for -3. That might be one of the most important stats to come out of the easy layup of a win. Those are Colt McCoy's rushing stats, and it shows how there's going to be a de-emphasis on his running. The offense was able to stretch its legs a little bit and McCoy was solid, but the offensive line wasn't consistent, even though it wasn't bad. There was a nice overall balance, backup QB Garrett Gilbert got in some work, and the running game looked great, helped by the emergence of D.J. Monroe, who also looks like a potential star kick returner.

Texas A&M … at Texas A&M 41 ... New Mexico 6 ... This is how the Aggies were supposed to be by the end of last year. Jerrod Johnson, at least for one week, justified the coaching staff's pick of him as the No. 1, while the defense was more productive and aggressive than it was throughout last year. Christine Michael was terrific as the team's new star runner, averaging 8.5 yards per run showing off an impressive burst. If the offense can continue to be this explosive, and if Johnson can continue to spread it around and get big plays out of several targets, then this should be a hot start with Utah State and UAB to follow before facing Arkansas.

Texas Tech… at Texas Tech 38 ... North Dakota 13 ... It's going to take a little while before Taylor Potts is perfect, but he was good enough in his first shot as the main man. However, all head coach Mike Leach wants is steady play without too many mistakes, and Potts threw three picks. That was fine against North Dakota, but Potts will have to be sharper in next week's layup against Rice to be fully prepared for the showdown against Texas. The defense got decent defensive pressure in the backfield against the Fighting Sioux, but it has to be more consistent and will have to make more big plays.

Saturday, Sept. 5
Baylor at Wake Forest
Colorado at Colorado State
North Dakota State at Iowa State
Northern Colorado at Kansas
Massachusetts at Kansas State
Illinois vs. Missouri (in St. Louis)
Florida Atlantic at Nebraska
BYU vs. Oklahoma (in Arlington)
Georgia at Oklahoma State
UL Monroe at Texas
New Mexico at Texas A&M
North Dakota at Texas Tech

Friday, Sept. 11
Colorado at Toledo

Saturday, Sept. 12
Iowa State at Iowa
Kansas at UTEP
Kansas State at UL Lafayette
Bowling Green at Missouri
Arkansas State at Nebraska
Idaho State at Oklahoma
Houston at Oklahoma State
Texas at Wyoming
Rice at Texas Tech

Saturday, Sept. 19
Connecticut at Baylor
Wyoming at Colorado
Iowa State at Kent State
Duke at Kansas
Kansas State at UCLA
Furman at Missouri
Nebraska at Virginia Tech
Tulsa at Oklahoma
Rice at Oklahoma State
Texas Tech at Texas
Utah State at Texas A&M

Friday, Sept. 25
Missouri at Nevada

Saturday, Sept. 26
Northwestern State at Baylor
Army at Iowa State
Southern Miss at Kansas
Tennessee Tech at Kansas State
UL Lafayette at Nebraska
Grambling State at Oklahoma State
UTEP at Texas
UAB at Texas A&M
Texas Tech at Houston

Thursday, Oct. 1
Colorado at West Virginia

Saturday, Oct. 3
Kent State at Baylor
Kansas State vs.
Iowa State (in KC)
Oklahoma at Miami
Arkansas vs. Texas A&M (in Dallas)
New Mexico at Texas Tech

Thursday, Oct. 8
Nebraska at Missouri

Saturday, Oct. 10
Baylor at Oklahoma
Colorado at Texas
Iowa State at Kansas

Kansas State at Texas Tech

Oklahoma State at Texas A&M

Saturday, Oct. 17
Baylor at Iowa State
Kansas at Colorado
Texas A&M at Kansas State
Missouri at Oklahoma State
Texas Tech at Nebraska
Oklahoma vs. Texas (in Dallas)

Saturday, Oct. 24
Oklahoma State at Baylor
Colorado at Kansas State
Iowa State at Nebraska
Oklahoma at Kansas
Texas at Missouri
Texas A&M at Texas Tech

Saturday, Oct. 31
Nebraska at Baylor
Missouri at Colorado
Iowa State at Texas A&M
Kansas at Texas Tech
Kansas State at Oklahoma
Texas at Oklahoma State

Saturday, Nov. 7
Baylor at Missouri
Texas A&M at Colorado
Oklahoma State at Iowa State
Kansas at Kansas State
Oklahoma at Nebraska
UCF at Texas

Saturday, Nov. 14
Texas at Baylor
Colorado at Iowa State
Nebraska at Kansas
Missouri at Kansas State
Texas A&M at Oklahoma
Texas Tech at Oklahoma State

Thursday, Nov. 19
Colorado at Oklahoma State

Saturday, Nov. 21
Baylor at Texas A&M
Iowa State at Missouri
Kansas at Texas
Kansas State at Nebraska
Oklahoma at Texas Tech

Thursday, Nov. 26
Texas at Texas A&M

Friday, Nov. 27
Nebraska at Colorado
Saturday, Nov. 28
Texas Tech at Baylor

Kansas vs. Missouri (in KC)
Oklahoma State at Oklahoma

Saturday, Dec. 5
Big 12 Championship Game