What a wild Saturday it was for the Big 12. Several teams struggled with their opponents, and squeaked out wins, while one major ass-kicking took place in Fayetteville.
We jump right in:
#17 Coastal Carolina 49, Kansas 22 (Friday night)
Kansas hung tough in this game for longer than I anticipated, getting to within six points (28-22) early in the third quarter. 21 unanswered points from Coastal Carolina later, though, and Kansas was dispatched back to Lawrence at 1-1.
Next up: vs. Baylor
#4 Oklahoma 76, Western Carolina 0
Spencer Rattler threw for five touchdowns before sitting down in this one as the Sooners absolutely smacked the hapless Catamounts. This game is actually a pretty nice warmup contest for the Sooner’s next matchup, though.
Next up: vs. Nebraska
#10 Iowa 27, #9 Iowa State 17
This is going to be a tough one for Cyclones fans to swallow. They had Game Day. They had Brock Purdy and Breece Hall. They had a phenomenal defense. And it still wasn’t enough to beat their most-hated rival.
Iowa State’s deficiencies from Week 1 appeared again in Week 2, especially on offense, and now the Cyclones have a real issue on their hands.
Next up: @ UNLV
Arkansas 40, #15 Texas 21
Woo pig, those Razorbacks ran all over the Longhorns to the tune of 333 rushing yards. Fans called the hogs all night as the Razorbacks gave Texas an early welcome present, as the latter prepares to join the SEC.
Meanwhile, Gary Patterson and Zach Evans are somewhere together, watching this film, and drooling. Oh, and Arkansas gets penalized for this, right?
Arkansas has received a 50-yard penalty to start its next game pic.twitter.com/WcqOK0NNEn— Matt Brown (@MattBrownCFB) September 12, 2021
Next up: vs. Rice
Oklahoma State 28, Tulsa 23
I did not expect this game to be close, what with Spencer Sanders returning at QB for the Pokes and Tulsa having just lost to UC Davis. But the Hurricanes gave Oklahoma State everything they could handle and more, and we can add then to the list of Big 12 teams who have big questions on offense.
Next up: @ Boise State
West Virginia 66, Long Island 0
I said it before the game, and I’ll say it again now. I didn’t know Long Island had a football team.
Next up: vs. Virginia Tech
Baylor 66, Texas Southern 0
Gerry Bohanon was very accurate in this one, and the Bears had three guys rush for over 100 yards. Exactly what you’d expect when playing Texas Southern.
Next up: @ Kansas
Kansas State 30, Southern Illinois 23
This was a struggle for Kansas State against an FCS opponent, especially after Skylar Thompson went down with a non-contact injury and didn’t return. Deuce Vaughn ran for three touchdowns to carry the Wildcats, but depending on how long Thompson is down...things could have just gone south for Kansas State.
Next up: vs. Nevada
Texas Tech 28, Stephen F. Austin 22
By the end of this game Texas Tech fans were complaining about Sonny Cumbie and a lack of adjustments on offense.
The worst part of this is Cumbie could have avoided a lot of this just handing the ball off more. I hate coordinators who refuse to do what works.— Viva the Matadors (@vivathematadors) September 12, 2021
Next up: vs. Florida International
TCU 34, Cal 32
Hopefully you’ve read our Quick Thoughts and longer recap of Saturday’s close win over the Bears. After looking around the league, and really around the entire college football landscape, I’m just glad the Frogs won.
Next up: BYE
#7 Cincinnati 42, Murray State 7
Next up: @ Indiana
Houston 44, Rice 7
Next up: vs. Grambling
UCF 63, Bethune-Cookman 14
Next up: @ Louisville
BYU 26, #21 Utah 17
Next up: vs. Arizona State