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2010 CFN Big 12 Week 1 Roundup

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Posted Sep 7, 2010


2010 CFN Big 12 Week 1 Recaps, Standings, Roundup, & More.


2010 Big 12 ... Week 1

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

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North
    Conf. Overall
1 Colorado 0 0 1 0
Iowa St 0 0 1 0
1 Kansas St 0 0 1 0
1 Missouri 0 0 1 0
1 Nebraska 0 0 1 0
6 Kansas 0 0 0 1
South
    Conf. Overall
1 Baylor 0 0 1 0
1 Oklahoma 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
Players of the Week
9/4 RB Kendall Hunter, OSU.

Games of the Week
9/4 OU 31, Utah St 24
Scoreboard

Thursday, Sept. 2

at Iowa State 27 ... Northern Illinois 10
- Iowa State Runs Past Northern Illinois 
CFN Prediction: NIU 20-13  Line: ISU -3.5

Saturday, Sept. 4

Colorado 24 ... Colorado State 3 (in Denver)
- Colorado Breezes Past The Rams 
CFN Prediction: Colorado 26-21   Line: CU -12.5

at Nebraska 49 .... Western Kentucky 10
- Nebraska & Martinez Blow Past The Hilltoppers 
CFN Prediction: Nebraska 45-0  Line: Nebraska -37

at Oklahoma 31... Utah State 24
- Oklahoma & Murray Survive Scare Against USU 
CFN Prediction: Oklahoma 48-3  Line: Oklahoma -31.5

at Baylor 34 ... Sam Houston State 3
- Baylor & Griffin Just Fine In Easy Win 
CFN Prediction: Baylor 48-10  Line: No Line

Missouri 23 ... Illinois 13 (in St. Louis)
- Missouri Wakes Up To Slip Past Illinois
CFN Prediction. Mizzou 37-26   Line: MU -13

Texas 34 ... Rice 17 (in Houston)
- Texas Sluggish In Win Over Owls 
CFN Prediction: Texas 44-13   Line. Texas -28.5

at Kansas State 31 ... UCLA 22
- Kansas State & Thomas Run Wild On The Bruins 
CFN Prediction: UCLA 23-17  Line: UCLA -2

at Oklahoma State 65 ... Washington State 17
- Oklahoma State & Hunter Destroy Wazzu 
CFN Prediction: Oklahoma State 38-16  Line: OSU -14.5

at Texas A&M 41 ... Stephen F. Austin 7
- Texas A&M Has No Problems With SFA
CFN Prediction: Texas A&M 55-20  Line: No Line

North Dakota State 6 ... Kansas 3
- Kansas Suffers Disastrous Loss To NDSU 
CFN Prediction: KU 37-14   Line: No Line

Sunday, Sept. 5

at Texas Tech 35 ... SMU 27
- Texas Tech Hangs On To Get By SMU 
CFN Prediction: Texas Tech 37-21   Line: Texas Tech -13.5
GAME OF THE WEEK

at Oklahoma 31 … Utah State 24
What Happened: Oklahoma got all it could handle from a plucky Utah State team as DeMarco Murray had to get a hard fourth down and a 63-yard touchdown dash to help the team pull away in the third quarter, but the offense failed to score in the fourth. Aggie QB Diondre Borel, who threw for 341 yards, connected with Xavier Martin for a 31-yard touchdown pass late in the third, and he had his chances late in the game before Jamell Fleming came up with a game-sealing interception. Murray also ran for a one-yard score and Landry Jones connected with Ryan Broyles on scoring plays from 12 and 21 yards out on the way to a 21-0 lead, but the Aggies kept fighting back going on a 17-point run to make it a battle before Murray’s big dash. OU only outgained the Aggies by one yard, 422 to 421.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Oklahoma State RB Kendall Hunter ran 21 times for 257 yards and four scores in the win over Washington State.

CONFENCE ROUNDUP

Baylor… All that matters is that Robert Griffin took a couple of big shots and lived to keep on going. The Baylor offense had few problems ripping up Sam Houston State, and the defense didn’t have to break a sweat against a rebuilding attack. There were too many penalties – 10 for 103 yards – and Griffin missed on a few makeable throws, but it was an easy blowout win to get all the rust off. Now it’ll be interesting to see if Griffin is turned loose more as a runner against Buffalo next week, or if the coaching staff will try to protect him a bit with TCU coming up in two weeks.

Colorado … A win is a win is a win, and for Dan Hawkins and Colorado, an easy victory over Colorado State means everything. It’ll get harder next week at California, but the defense showed this week that it could step up and stuff a mediocre running game while confusing and picking off CSU’s Pete thomas three times. The running game didn’t work well, netting just 115 yards, but Tyler Hansen kept the mistakes to a minimum and got the points on the board early so the team could go into cruise control. Against the Bears, there will have to be more explosion and fewer penalties after committing ten for 104 yards.

Iowa State … Iowa State did a good job of keeping a dangerous NIU team under wraps with a swarming defense that forced takeaways and kept RB Chad Spann to just 80 yards. The offense showed how dangerous it can be when the stars are making big plays with Alexander Robinson tearing off a few big dashes and Austen Arnaud looking strong despite throwing two picks. The offense might not have been consistent and it took too long to put the game away, but this was a double-digit win over a team that might end up winning the MAC.

Kansas … All can be quickly forgiven with a win over Georgia Tech next week, but after a total gag against North Dakota State to open up the Turner Gill era, Kansas needs to show it can score. The quarterback play wasn’t miserable, but Kale Pick and Jordan Webb failed to put points on the board and failed to keep the chains moving. The running game managed a pathetic 96 yards, and there was never any flow to the attack with the short passes going nowhere. This was as disastrous as a KU could’ve ever envisioned, and it shows how wide open several jobs still are on offense.

Kansas State … Daniel Thomas is being considered a top NFL draft pick, and he looked the part as the workhorse for the KSU offense against UCLA. Carson Coffman only threw for 66 yards, but he didn’t make any mistakes and he connected on 11-of16 passes to help keep the chains moving. This might not have been the prettiest performance, but it was a good win over a name team, and it was a home win the program had to have. If possible, Thomas needs to rest for most of the Missouri State game to be ready for Iowa State.

Missouri … It wasn’t the explosive performance the Mizzou might have wanted, but Blaine Gabbert did a good job of getting the offense moving in the second half and De’Vion Moore did a decent job of taking over the ground game. DE Aldon Smith came up with an All-America-type performance making several big plays and forcing Illinois to pay attention to him all game long. With McNeese State up next week, there's time to sharpen everything up.

Nebraska … To nitpick, the defense that was looking to make a statement after some key losses wasn’t exactly frothing at the mouth and gave up a few too many rushing yards, but whatever. The offense has a start to build around in Taylor Martinez, who spun, juked, and raced his was into looking like a great blend of an old-school Husker running quarterback combined with decent passing skills. There were a few fumbles and the D gave up 155 rushing yards to Bobby Rainey, but it was a good opening day and one to build on for Martinez. “T-Magic” will need to get through the rough spots at some point, but the rest of the team is in place to pick him up.

Oklahoma … Uhhhhh, Oklahoma. You do know that was Utah State at home, right? The secondary decided to take the night off after the first 20 minutes, but it came back just in time to finish with three interceptions with Jamell Fleming finally putting it away. DeMarco Murray might have been sensational and he might have come up with a career-high 218 yards, but he’ll last about ten more minutes if he has to run 35 times a game. Lost in the close call was a fantastic first half by Ryan Broyles, who looked every bit the Biletnikoff candidate that he is. To beat Florida State, Landry Jones has to be much, MUCH sharper after completed an awful 17-of-46 throws.

Oklahoma State … The Dana Holgorsen offensive system worked out of the box as Oklahoma State was able to do whatever it wanted to against the hapless Washington State defense. Kendall Hunter is back to his old form after having so many problems last year with an ankle injury, while a new star emerged for the passing game with Justin Blackmon coming up with a huge performance. QB Brandon Weeden appeared in total command of the attack, and he’ll get another game of tuning up facing Troy next week. Wazzu might not be that good, but for an offense with so much turnover, the start couldn’t have been better.

Texas … Considering it was the opening game of the year for a rebuilding team coming off a national title loss, Texas didn’t appear to be too interested in making any sort of a statement. The offense did what it needed to early on, but even with the running backs handling most of the offensive workload QB Garrett Gilbert wasn’t exactly sharp. On the plus side, the goal of balancing out the offense and spreading out the wealth worked with Tre Newton, Cody Johnson, and Fozzy Whittaker combining for 41 carries and Gilbert only running twice. One concern could be the kicking game with Justin Tucker missing two of four field goal tries.

Texas A&M … The Aggies weren’t always sharp and perfect against Stephen F. Austin, but the offense was almost perfectly balanced and the outcome was never in question. It was target practice for Jerrod Johnson as he got plenty of time to throw, and there was plenty of room for Christine Michael and the Aggie runners to work through. Everything worked. A&M held the ball for over 37 minutes, didn’t get caught up in silly mistakes (with only three penalties to 11 for SFA), and got the backups some work in the fourth. If the team plays like there, there won't be any problems until the Oklahoma State game at the end of the month.

Texas Tech… This wasn’t exactly the way the Tommy Tuberville era was supposed to start. The passing game was fine with 359 yards and a good showing early on, but the attack stalled late and allowed SMU to get back into the game. The defense came up with just enough stops needed to get by, with Brian Duncan having a field day coming up with three sacks, but there’s a lot of work to be done before the Mike Leach era will be forgotten. The Red Raiders need an easy blowout win for Tuberville’s sake, and that will come against New Mexico before hosting Texas.

Saturday, September 11
1. Florida State at Oklahoma
2. Georgia Tech at Kansas
3. Iowa State at Iowa
4. Colorado at California
5. Troy at Oklahoma State
6. Louisiana Tech at Texas A&M
7. Idaho at Nebraska
8. Texas Tech at New Mexico
9. Wyoming at Texas
10. Buffalo at Baylor
11. Missouri State at Kansas State
12. McNeese State at Missouri

Saturday, September 18
1. Texas at Texas Tech
2. Nebraska at Washington
3. Iowa State vs. Kansas State (in KC)
4. Kansas at Southern Miss
5. Air Force at Oklahoma
6. Tulsa at Oklahoma State
7. Baylor at TCU
8. Hawaii at Colorado
9. San Diego State at Missouri
10. FIU at Texas A&M

Saturday, September 25
1. UCLA at Texas
2. Oklahoma at Cincinnati
3. Georgia at Colorado
4. UCF at Kansas State
5. Baylor at Rice
6. Miami Univ. at Missouri
7. New Mexico State at Kansas
8. Northern Iowa at Iowa State
9. South Dakota State at Nebraska

Thursday, September 30
2. Texas A&M at Oklahoma State

Saturday, October 2
1. Oklahoma vs. Texas (in Dallas)
3. Colorado at Missouri
4. Texas Tech at Iowa State
5. Kansas at Baylor

Thursday, October 7
1. Nebraska at Kansas State

Friday, October 8

6. Oklahoma State at Louisiana-Lafayette

Saturday, October 9

2. Colorado at Missouri
3. Arkansas vs. Texas A&M (in Dallas)
4. Texas Tech vs. Baylor (in Dallas)
5. Utah at Iowa State 

Saturday, October 16
1. Texas at Nebraska
2. Oklahoma State at Texas Tech
3. Missouri at Texas A&M
4. Kansas State at Kansas
5. Iowa State at Oklahoma
6. Baylor at Colorado

Saturday, October 23
1. Oklahoma at Missouri
2. Nebraska at Oklahoma State
3. Texas A&M at Kansas
4. Texas Tech at Colorado
5. Kansas State at Baylor
6. Iowa State at Texas

Saturday, October 30
1. Missouri at Nebraska
2. Texas Tech at Texas A&M
3. Colorado at Oklahoma
4. Kansas at Iowa State
5. Oklahoma State at Kansas State
6. Baylor at Texas

Saturday, November 6
1. Oklahoma at Texas A&M
2. Missouri at Texas Tech
3. Texas at Kansas State
4. Nebraska at Iowa State
5. Colorado at Kansas
6. Baylor at Oklahoma State

Saturday, November 13
1. Oklahoma State at Texas
2. Texas Tech at Oklahoma
3. Kansas at Nebraska
4. Kansas State at Missouri
5. Iowa State at Colorado

Saturday, November 20
1. Nebraska at Texas A&M
2. Oklahoma State at Kansas
3. Missouri at Iowa State
4. Kansas State at Colorado
5. Oklahoma at Baylor
6. Florida Atlantic at Texas
7. Weber State at Texas Tech

Thursday, November 25
1. Texas A&M at Texas

Friday, November 26
4. Colorado at Nebraska
 
Saturday, November 27
2. Oklahoma at Oklahoma State
3. Missouri vs. Kansas (in KC)
5. Houston at Texas Tech

Saturday, December 4
Big 12 Championship (in Arlington)