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  1. Week 3 is in the books, and 60% of non-conference play is in the rear-view mirror. While there are still 12 non-league games remaining, they'll be scattered throughout the remainder of the schedule as the round robin battle royale of the nation's most exciting conference kicks into gear. Now is one last opportunity to take stock of where everybody's at, what everybody's doing well, and what everybody needs to improve on as we transition into the next phase of the season--so let's talk about the games! (Thanks so much to @smckenz3 for holding down the fort!) Friday Night South Carolina 31, Baylor 19 Kenny Kick It (Yes He Can): Explosive plays on the ground were the driving factor in South Carolina's win on Friday night. They were led by Kenny Ames, who put up 185 yards on just 23 carries and found paydirt three times--including a 60-yard rush. Quarterback Aidan Peters added 43 yards on 7 carries for himself, meaning the Gamecocks as a team averaged over 7 yards a pop for the game on the ground. It's not like Baylor was dominated up front, though. They got good penetration and had 4 rushing tackles for loss combined from Charles Brock and Ezekiel Sewell--it's just that when they didn't make the initial stop, they were liable to give up massive gains. Red Zone Danger Zone: And explosive plays were a problem on the other end: namely, Baylor lacked them and found themselves stalled out in the red zone too often. After trailing 21-3 at the half, they kicked field goals from the 3-yard line and the 12-yard line in the third quarter and kicked another one from the 19-yard line in the fourth. Turn those red zone field goals into touchdowns, and you're looking at 12 potential extra points in a game that was decided by exactly 12 points. Baylor couldn't muster more than 9 yards on any single run and averaged just 10.9 yards per completion, however, and being unable to take the top off a defense means they can afford to go bend-don't-break as South Carolina did. Sophomore Slump: Two games in, and sophomore backfield duo Caleb Olmsted and Miles Street are both still looking for the flashes of brilliance they displayed at the beginning of last season. Olmsted completed 60.4% of his passes last year with 23 touchdowns and 9 interceptions; this year, he's at 55.9% passing with 3 scores and 3 picks in his first 68 attempts. His 108.2 passer rating on Friday was the third-worst single-game mark of his career and just his second-ever game with more interceptions than touchdowns. His completion percentage of 57.6%, however, is the best it's been in his last five games dating back to last season--but even that's still below his career average. Street, meanwhile, finished with 60 yards on 15 carries--and both of those marks (as well as his 4.0 yards per carry) are his best in his last five games as well, which is itself a problem. He has not had a carry go for 10 yards or more in that span. Getting these two back on track will be paramount if Baylor wants to right the ship. Next Up: Baylor closes its nonconference slate at home against Western Kentucky, who was beaten soundly by Hawaii and Eastern Michigan in their first two games. The Hilltoppers can't be looking forward to facing another green team. Iowa State 24, Iowa 20 I Shall Not Want: Fourteen games into his tenure as the Iowa State starting quarterback, Vaughn Sheppard has arrived. Prior to this game, his career highs were 13 completions, 25 attempts, 146 yards, 1 touchdown, 66.7% passing, 8.0 yards per attempt, and a 155.9 passer rating. He tied his mark for pass attempts and shattered his personal record everywhere else across the board with his 19-of-25, 267-yard, 2-touchdown, 1-interception performance that produced a 184.1 passer rating. It's the highest single-game passer rating by any Iowa State quarterback since Clifford Wilcox in the 2019 Liberty Bowl against Georgia State, and if Sheppard can maintain anything even remotely close then Iowa State's offense has a whole extra dimension to play with. Hands Team: Sheppard's counterpart, Otto Kirkland, didn't have nearly as much fun on Friday. He completed 51.4% of his passes, but he could have been closer to 65.7% if it weren't for the active hands of the Iowa State defense. Redshirt sophomore linebacker Ian Johnson recorded his second career interception, which also happens to be his second in as many games. Redshirt sophomore free safety Antoine Spivey hauled in his first career pick. And even when the Cyclones weren't forcing turnovers, they were batting down passes like one would batten down the hatches--most notably, Paul "Baby Bear' Bryant had 2 passes defended and a sack while strong safety Laurent Daniel added another pass defended with a tackle for loss. Don't Forget Kofi: Star runningback Kofi McCullough was almost--not quite, just almost--an afterthought despite picking up 138 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. But what was noticeable in this game was a level of patience and vision that he didn't show so often his freshman year. Last year, there were moments where he would have gaping maws to run through thanks to the offensive line; this time, he was crunched for time and space and still made big plays happen. Even when he wasn't busting off big runs, he was still getting a few yards at a time and setting up third-and-short situations that Sheppard could convert. Outside of the offensive line play, Iowa State has to be incredibly happy with the offense and incredibly happy with the way they won the Cy-Hawk Trophy. Next Up: Iowa State opens conference play at home against TCU. To call this game a test for the Cyclones would be an understatement. Saturday Morning Kansas State 56, Liberty 9 Julius Caesar: It might be easier to list the career highs reinstated starter Julius Minnow didn't set on Saturday in Lynchburg. Much like Vaughn Sheppard, he didn't just have his best career game--he had his best game by a mile and a half. His career high for completions went from 19 to 27, for yards from 240 to 456, for completion percentage from 70.4% to 87.1%, for passer rating from 167.9 to 253.2. He didn't set the school yardage or touchdowns mark because of Harvey Fagan's legendarily mercurial performance against SMU in 2014, but he did become the first Wildcat to throw for 400 yards or 4 touchdowns in a win. While Liberty is by no means a benchmark for what the rest of Kansas State's schedule will be like, there's nothing like a game of perfect execution to bolster a quarterback's confidence. Murder, She Wrote: And speaking of execution, that's what this was against a program that has yet to win its first game through 14 attempts. This was the largest win in Wildcat history (by a lot) and the 5th-largest beatdown Liberty has suffered so far. They held the Flames to just 122 yards for the game while gaining 573 for themselves. Oswaldo Stevenson took 4 sacks, threw 3 interceptions (to 3 different players), and completed just 7 passes. Kansas State punted just once all game, and it was fair-caught. The Flames scored a couple times in garbage time, but only after the game was long since over. Kansas State basically got to name its score. The Little Things: But part of why this was such a large margin rather than, say, a 20- or 30-point win was because Kansas State did almost all of the little things right. They were strong up front on both sides of the ball. They converted 7 of 8 third downs (87.5%), a conversion percentage that set a new Big XII record and shattered the prior school record of 46.7%. They converted their turnovers into points. When they reached the red zone, they scored touchdowns and not field goals. And even on special teams, Daniel O'Hara took a Liberty punt to the house. Kansas State had more punt return yards (147) than Liberty had offensive yards (122), and that really says everything about this game. Next Up: Kansas State's non-conference ends with a 2-1 start, and they now have a bye before they begin the quest to find four conference wins to make their first bowl game in six years. Their first challenge will be TCU. Saturday Afternoon Texas Tech 52, South Alabama 29 Three Oh Seven: Solomon McLaughlin ran for 307 yards and 5 touchdowns on 30 carries on Saturday. I'm going to repeat that so it has time to sink in: Solomon McLaughlin ran for 307 yards and 5 touchdowns on 30 carries on Saturday. The touchdown count is tied for the second-most in a single game in Big XII history, trailing Trace Buchanan in 2013 but matching Sterling Brown in 2014 and Dylan Stewart in 2017. It's the 12th time a Big XII player has rushed for at least 10.0 yards per carry in a game on a minimum of 10 carries, and the first time since Mohammed Foster in 2018. But the headline stat is the 307 yards, which is a school and conference record with no other qualifiers added. It beat out the 304 yards J.J. Hammond put up way back in 2013. It's a record that will likely stand for quite a while, unless McLaughlin manages to break it again. Feast Or Famine: For as many yards and points as these two teams racked up, they both had a surprising amount of negative plays. South Alabama recorded 7 rushing tackles for loss and a sack--it's just that when they didn't get McLaughlin in the backfield, he was off to the races more often than not. (Even on his 86-yard touchdown carry, he had to slip out of a tackle in the backfield only to find nothing but daylight afterward.) The same was true when Texas Tech was on defense. They recorded 4 rushing tackles for loss, and Curtis Jones accounted for all 3 of the Red Raiders' sacks for the game. While Texas Tech did keep Ray Jay Dougherty contained, they had a lot more trouble with the South Alabama quarterback... Undercard Higgins: Rafael Higgins's day was completely overshadowed by the monster performance Solomon McLaughlin was putting on, but 21-of-27 for 280 yards and 3 touchdowns through the air with 22 yards and a rushing touchdown is a strong effort nonetheless. Higgins kept South Alabama right on pace with Texas Tech through the first quarter, but things got away from the Jaguars in the second. The momentum turned into a cascade when Josh Poe, Jr. stripped Dougherty of the ball and Ralph McAdams ran it back the other way for a touchdown right after the Red Raiders had taken a 21-14 lead. Higgins kept firing in the second half where he accounted for two of his four touchdowns, but it was too little too late. That won't stop Texas Tech's defensive coaches from pulling up the film to point out areas for improvement next week. Next Up: Undefeated Texas Tech opens up its conference schedule with a showdown against Oklahoma State. A win would instantly vault the Red Raiders into the tier of conference title contenders. Saturday Evening #6 Oklahoma 26, #10 Missouri 21 RTDB: This fight between top-10 teams was won and lost on the ground. With both quarterbacks mired under 54% passing and interceptions outnumbering touchdown passes for each team, finding a way to move the ball the tough way proved paramount. For Missouri, it came in the form of 124 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries from Aaron Johnson, as well as a one-yard touchdown plunge from fullback Richard Michaud. But Oklahoma turned to their familiar font of football, Maurice White. He finished the day with 164 yards on the ground (topping the 160 he had against Boise State last week) including a 50-yard touchdown scamper to put the game away in the fourth quarter. Throw in Eric Pope's production, and the Sooners finished with 192 yards on the ground. Non-Traditional Scoring Methods: Missouri's offense outscored Oklahoma's offense. But football games are won in all three phases, and in this case Oklahoma found their points in all three phases. Obviously they scored 17 points on the offensive end. But after Eric Pope's touchdown pass to Lucas Dykes put the Sooners ahead, the Oklahoma special teams made their impact known. Missouri punter Ilan Rector didn't sense the punt block team coming in, and his delivery was just slow enough to give Aiden Caldwell time to get his hands on the ball and block it. Caldwell scooped it and took it to the house to put the Sooners up 14-0. That lead slipped away in the second quarter as Oklahoma led 17-14 at the half, but the third quarter would see the defense score as well. This time it was defensive tackle David Kaiser ripping his way through the offensive line and sacking Travis Ricketts in the endzone for a safety. While that alone didn't seal the game, the extra two points meant Missouri couldn't go for a game-tying field goal at the end of regulation and instead finished well short of the endzone on their last drive. Keepaway: Meanwhile, Travis Ricketts and Eric Pope's respective attempts to throw the ball ended up being a game of keepaway against the opposing defense--and not one that the quarterbacks won often enough. Ricketts fired a pass right into the arms of Moises Contreras for his only interception of the day, and Pope couldn't stop Erick Babcock from taking advantage of an imperfect throw--twice. The quarterbacks combined for 281 yards passing on the day with 1 touchdown, 3 interceptions, and 24-of-45 passing. The joy of having Maurice White is that Oklahoma is capable of winning games like that. Next Up: Oklahoma begins conference play with a visit from the Kansas Jayhawks, who have won the last two meetings as part of their 6-2 all-time record against the Sooners. Oklahoma will be the favorite in Norman, but in this series you never quite know. #5 Oklahoma State 42, Northwestern 10 Lakefront Chill: Northwestern came into this game red-hot on the offensive end of the field. They opened with 38 points against Central Michigan thanks to 381 yards and 4 touchdowns from E.J. McGuire, then kept things rolling in a 45-31 shootout win over East Carolina due to another 365 yards and 4 scores from McGuire. When the Evanston E...something-or-other (this man really needs a nickname) found Cory Carradine over top of the defense for a touchdown pass to put Northwestern up 7-0, it seemed like another high-scoring affair was in store. Instead, Oklahoma State settled in like gray clouds over the Cook County sky, and they spent the rest of the day erasing the Northwestern offense. They gave up just 3 points the rest of the way while scoring 7 on Prince Pruitt's pick-six. McGuire finished with 205 yards on 19-of-38 passing with the one touchdown and 3 interceptions. He also had five passes batted down and another one dropped, so not all of it was his fault. No receiver other than Carradine crossed the 40-yard mark for the day. Unstoppable: Meanwhile, Oklahoma State's backfield duo of Ian Baldwin and Amral Brown put together another absurdly efficient game. Baldwin finished 20-of-25 for 240 yards and 2 scores, and Brown had a masterpiece effort of 26 carries for 171 yards and 3 touchdowns. The latter would be one of the great rushing performances of the week if Solomon McLaughlin weren't a thing. The team only had 8 third downs (and converted on half of them), didn't give up a sack or a reported tackle for loss, and after a scoreless first quarter proved to be extraordinarily tough to slow down and impossible to stop. Who Wore It Better: The biggest question opposing teams are going to have to answer about this Cowboy team is whether the passing game or the run game is the bigger threat. So far Oklahoma State hasn't really given any indication that either side of the offense is even vulnerable in the first place, but let's assume these players are still human since that's what they are. A defense that goes all-in on stopping Amral Brown will probably get burned over the top by Baldwin and his receivers, a defense that goes all-in on stopping the air attack will get bruised on the ground, and a defense that splits the difference might get split by both. How do you stop that? That's the question Oklahoma State's betting can't be answered. PSA: Because Evanston is not in Chicago, Northwestern's claim to being Chicago's Big Ten team is false. Because there are more Michigan fans and alumni in Chicago than Northwestern fans and alumni, I would even claim it to be false even from a metaphorical perspective. Please do not spread Northwestern's false claim without this context. Next Up: Oklahoma State stays on the road and heads down to Lubbock, where they'll take on the Fightin' Solomons of Texas Tech. Texas 20, West Virginia 17 Tackett Is Backett: After spending the first two games on the bench in favor of Lucas Beckwith, Kyler Tackett has taken back the reins. The result? A third straight Texas win to open the season, and season highs for the team in pretty much every passing category across the board. Tackett completed 18-of-23 passes for 250 yards and a pair of scores (though he did throw a pick to Lamont Carson). It was his highest passer rating against a conference opponent since the 202.4 he recorded against Kansas late in the 2020 season, and the performance more than likely has won him the starting job for the time being. It can't be comfortable knowing that Beckwith is an option if Tackett slips up down the stretch, and whether Tackett uses that discomfort as an excuse or as motivation will say a lot about how this Longhorn season unfolds. The Ground: In a funhouse mirror image of the Oklahoma-Missouri game, this one was characterized by both teams struggling to move the ball on the ground. West Virginia had just 47 rushing yards on 17 carries, none longer than 7 yards. Bryce Madison just wasn't much of a factor. Surprisingly, so was Simeon Wells: after performances of 129 and 167 yards to open the season, Wells was held to just 97 yards on 23 carries and out of the endzone entirely by the Mountaineer defense. Longhorn fans are certainly hopeful that it's just a coincidence that this happened at the same time as their quarterback switch. The Lake: West Virginia may have fallen just short, but it was everything Martin Lake could do just to keep his team in the ballgame. He completed just 17-of-35 passes, but his efforts went for 211 yards and a pair of touchdowns against one interception nonetheless. Once again Corey Easley (6 for 84 yards, 1 TD, 1 drop) was his favorite target; Christian Nash complemented him with 4 catches for 53 yards and a score as well. Lake found himself under siege often, taking three sacks on the day; his ventures out of the pocket netted 0 yards on 2 carries as well. But when he stood and delivered in the pocket, he was effective and came close to leading a huge fourth-quarter comeback for the Mountaineers. Capture The Flag: This was one of the most penalty-heavy games of the year, with Texas being flagged 12 times for 89 yards and West Virginia committing 10 fouls for a Big XII-record 116 penalty yards. It will go down as the 6th time since this stat was tracked that both teams in a game involving a Big XII team would be flagged 10 times or more in a single game. Next Up: West Virginia will continue to seek its first win of the season when they host Marshall in the Friends of Coal Bowl. Texas gets a bye with their second conference win in hand, and they continue to square off with a conference-dominated slate when they host Iowa State on the other side of the bye. Byes: Kansas (0-2), #4 TCU (1-1)
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    [2022] Week #3 - 1 PM

    Eric's time to shine! *checks stats* Okay that was just a warmup, it doesn't count.
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    [2022] Week #3 - Saturday Afternoon

    Solomon McLaughlin's 307 single-game rushing yards broke the Big XII conference record that dates back to week 3 of the 2013 season (JJ Hammond's 304 vs. UCLA). He also passed Arturo Pacheco for second place on the Big XII career rushing touchdowns list with his 57th. He is 18 away from Sterling Brown's conference record of 75.
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    How are you doing?

    As a good portion of you know (not everybody, I didn't advertise it widely but didn't keep it a secret), I've spent the last 15+ months working on JB Pritzker's campaign for governor. Campaigns are inherently stressful. It's a job that requires you to throw your whole self into it, first of all--nobody works a campaign for the pay or the job security, but because it's something they believe in. It's a job with an absolute, implacable deadline to convince as many people as possible that your value and your candidate's values match their values. It's a job that requires long hours and mental endurance. It's a job where every piece of news can change your odds of success. And in the end, everything you've done for weeks, months, or close to two years on end can be fully validated or entirely and mercilessly erased on one bad Tuesday night in November. So that's been my baseline level of stress lately. Add on the fact that late in an election cycle you start having to put off things that you want and/or need to do because you don't have the time or mental headspace for them. Add on the need to do my job as well as I possibly can because I know people rely on me and because I'm always putting pressure on myself. Add on the knowledge that there's a lot at stake nationwide that I know I can't do anything about but wish I could. Add on all the residual frustration from the elections in 2014 and particularly 2016 that I never truly got closure from. The fact that I'm doing something that matters, something I'm good at, something that keeps me constantly motivated is great--I regret nothing. But I'm not sure I ever really took stock of how constantly I was feeling on edge. That was my life up through Tuesday night. Ever since I woke up on Wednesday, I've just felt a lot more relaxed. I feel like I can come up for air finally. It feels good.
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    [2022] Week #3 - Saturday Afternoon

    It's not only scorigami, but it also is the 4th time a team has won with exactly 11 points scored (8th time overall that a team has scored exactly 11, win or loss). Wins: Ole Miss 8-11 Tennessee (2013 week 12) Purdue 11-10 Indiana (2014 week 13) California 11-3 Ohio (2018 week 7) Kent State 9-11 Louisville (today) Losses: Alabama 14-11 Arkansas (2015 week 10) Air Force 11-20 Navy (2016 week 5) Iowa State 11-55 West Virginia (2020 week 14) Georgia Tech 35-11 North Carolina (2021 week 14) So every time a team has scored 11 points in a game, it has been an act of scorigami.
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    [2022] Week #3 - Saturday Afternoon

    Kent State-Louisville: great game or greatest game ever? Solomon McLaughlin: great runningback or greatest runningback ever?
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    [2022] Week #3 - Saturday Morning

    Oops, that was supposed to be yards per attempt
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    [2022] Week #3 - Saturday Morning

    Kansas State set school records for: Margin of victory (47, passing last year's 32-point win over West Virginia) Points scored (56, passing the 51 scored in 2014 in a loss to SMU) Passer rating (253.2, passing Marshall Newman's 229.5 against Iowa State in 2016) Completion percentage (87.1%, passing Marshall Newman's 84.2% in the same game) Yards per pass attempt (14.7, passing Marshall Newman's 13.2 also in the same game) 3rd down conversion percentage (87.5%, passing the 46.7% Kansas State converted against BYU week 1 of this season)--this is also a Big XII record
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    [2022] Week #3 - FNF

    Not sure who's in more early trouble: Baylor or Kansas. Olmsted and Street really haven't made the progress you would hope they would have made after starting off so well in their debuts as freshmen. Massive day for Vaughn Sheppard, though. First 200-yard game by an Iowa State quarterback since August Blank in week 3 of the 2020 season and first 2-touchdown passing game for the school since Blank the week before. First time a QB has done both in the same game since Clifford Wilcox mashed Oregon State in 2019, and just the 5th time an Iowa State quarterback has gone for 200 & 2 against a P5 opponent. Sheppard had a rough freshman year, but this is far and away the best effort he's put together in his career and being able to do so makes Iowa State a completely different team.
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    [2022] Week #3 - TNF

    With Charlotte's win, UNLV now owns the longest losing streak in the country with 15 straight defeats. Liberty and Georgia Southern are at 13 apiece. Purdue's active 9-game winning streak is the longest in the country. Nobody else is sitting on a streak of more than 6 (Texas A&M, Michigan State, BYU)
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    [2022] Injured Reserve

    Chicago Bears place WR Aaron Pagliei 6-3 185 5 Florida [Speed] [-1] 82 on injured reserve. He suffered a Severe Achilles Rupture in week 2 and is out for the season.
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    2018 Midterm Pick 'Em

    Link to pick 'em: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdUt5lTOLobTRqbktOQMZoTYtY7pt6dxdIbAfUsUKDu5L_J8Q/viewform?usp=sf_link The rules: For every Senate and gubernatorial race that's expected to be competitive, you can make a pick indicating who you think will win, and at what level of confidence between "lean," "likely," and "solid." If your pick is correct, you get 1 point if you picked lean, 2 points if you picked likely, and 3 points if you picked solid. But if you get it wrong, you lose 1 point for lean, 2 points for likely, and 3 points for solid. There's also a category for longshots, where you may opt to make a high-risk bet worth 5 points if you're correct or -5 points if you're wrong. This is optional. You may pick as many or as few races as you want. Anything you don't pick is 0 points. For the House, pick how many seats you expect Democrats to control. If you get it right, you get 50 points. If you're off by 1 seat in either direction, you get 49, and each additional seat you're off by costs 1 extra point. (There is no floor on this, by the way--if you're off by 52 seats, for example, you wind up with -2 points for this question.) All picks must be submitted before 6:00 PM ET tomorrow (Tuesday, 11/6) as that's when the first polls begin to close. Please keep this thread civil and preferably nonpartisan. If you are eligible to vote but have not done so yet then please make a plan for when and how you will cast your ballot tomorrow. If you have any questions, either quote or @ me in this thread to ensure I get the notification. I can't guarantee I'll be able to respond, but I'll try.
  13. This is the sixth time these two teams have met, but only the second in the 24-team era (let alone the 32-team era). They last met in 2019, a 42-17 Rams win; the Rams are 4-1 overall in the series. These two teams have played almost opposite schedules so far. The Rams lost close to a pair of teams that could both make the playoffs, and the Saints destroyed a pair of teams that might both pick in the top ten. (The fact that they've cruised to victory is meaningfully different from merely winning both games.) The Rams have one of my favorite defenses and the Saints have one of my favorite offenses, so this ought to be a fun one.
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    [2022] Week #2 - Saturday Evening

    Good game. But also no.
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    [2022] Texas Post Week 2 Press Conference

    Storm Stopper, Big XII Network. Is Lucas Beckwith's job as starting quarterback in any danger through two weeks?
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    [2022] Week #2 - Saturday Afternoon

    And the squeaky wheel shouldn't get all the grease, so I'll also add that Oklahoma was impressive just about everywhere. Air-ic Pope showed up!
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    [2022] Week #2 - Saturday Afternoon

    Texas and Baylor got everything they could handle, dang. Difference is Texas had a Simeon Wells (the time to buy his stock has passed, he's trading really high) and Baylor didn't. Baylor really needed to not lose this game at home, though, and the lack of outstanding production across the offense is alarming.
  18. Saturday Afternoon Army (0-0) at Baylor (0-0) (-9.5) Across the country, there are just five games remaining between teams who have yet to make their entrance into the 2022 season. The only one of those games involving a Big XII team takes place in Waco, as Baylor looks to start things off on the right foot against Army. This will be our second first look at the Baylor linebacker trio of Thomas Morton (48 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack, 2 INT, 2 PD, 1 FF), Zachary McHale (30 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 PD, 1 FF, 1 FR), and of course true sophomore standout Garrett Powers (42 tackles, 4 TFL, 2 sacks, 2 INT). Baylor's strength across the middle of the defense didn't translate into the defensive success they would have liked, but this opener will be more of an opportunity to press that advantage. The Bears face an Army offensive line that has a few experienced pieces but little to no depth and not much upper-shelf talent outside of center Rocco Mullin. Defensive tackle Ezekiel Sewell will be important as a result: he can eat up the gaps on either side of Mullin to allow the linebackers to flow straight into the backfield. There, they'll meet an inexperienced Black Knight backfield. Sophomore Nigel Royal was the starter last year, though he finished with 864 rushing yards on a tick under 4.0 yards per carry as Caleb Leggett's partner in the backfield. Leggett's gone now, and redshirt freshman Vince LaRue is starting in his stead. Baylor has to be prepared for his mobility, but they might not necessarily need to be as worried about a secondary with 3 new starters considering that Army can't consider wide receiver to be a strong point. On the other side of the ball, Army has to be worried about some of the same things. Caleb Olmsted prefers to throw the ball (even if it's on the run), but he's no statue in the pocket and left end Nathaniel Woodson (11.5 sacks, 11 TFL last year) will need to be on his game if he wants to hit home. He'll be matched up against Baylor right tackle Brendan Kiser, which isn't to the Bears' favor--maybe having tight end Marquise Rolle in as an extra blocker or a chip man would be prudent. Army's got a good mike linebacker in Cooper Siegel (38 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 PD, 1 FF last year), but I like Baylor's chances getting the ball out to the perimeter where the Black Knights are significantly weaker. Get Miles Street the ball with blocking to the outside (preferably away from Woodson), get Lamont Wilder the ball in space, and Army's not going to have an answer. Baylor doesn't need to do anything particularly special to win this one; they're more talented, and their strengths align pretty well with Army's weaknesses. But this will be a good test of how well the Bears can press their advantages going forward. Baylor 27, Army 13 Boise State (0-1) at #5 Oklahoma (0-0) (-17.5) There are sky-high expectations for the Sooners this year, ranked 5th in the nation before having played a game. In order to rise to the challenge, however, Oklahoma will first need to take to the ground. That hasn't been a problem ever since Maurice White stepped onto campus: he's had three straight 1500-yard seasons and with 4831 yards he sits just three or four games behind Sterling Brown's Big XII record of 5239 rushing yards. White last year matched his career high with 17 rushing touchdowns and set a new career high with 5.3 yards per carry, and that's at minimum a good starting place. Boise State won't be the easiest team to pound the ground against due to outside linebackers Jaiden Pitts and Javiorius McNeil squeezing everything in tight. McNeil in particular shone last year, recording 34 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and 4 tackles for loss. But just as Baylor has the advantage going outside, Oklahoma has an advantage on the inside. They're strong enough on the interior of the offensive line, but defensive tackle Lawrence Lemon is the only interior defender to worry about. Most of Micah Wahl's tackles come a few yards upfield, and I'm sure Boise would rather an opponent go after corner Malachi Coles than target either safety. The more the defense has to collapse in on White, the more room is created for Eric Pope and his receivers. Lucas Dykes, Rangi Salanoa, and Aiden Caldwell are all very talented receivers who haven't had much chance to shine in a run-dominant offense--but Oklahoma started to open things up more as last season went on and there's no reason to expect much different. Boise State really lacks secondary depth. That's a mismatch, and Oklahoma should learn just how much they can push that just as Washington State did in a 49-23 win two weeks ago. On defense, it's about stopping the Cannons. Ian "Neo" Cannon had an up-and-down debut, completing 61.5% of his passes with two touchdowns and two turnovers. The Broncos do have decent receivers, led by Major Linton, Jayson Geary, and tight end Atamu Niumatalolo. None of them put up huge numbers, but playing in the same offense as Roman Green wasn't conducive to that. Getting anything from Devin Cannon on the ground would be hugely beneficial--he only gained 62 yards on 18 carries in the opener, but he got almost no help from the offensive line. It's hard to see that changing against a powerful Sooner defensive front. Center Ari Powers has to contend with defensive tackle David Kaiser. Right tackle Paul Ramirez has to contend with left end Jeremiah Melvin. Those are the Broncos' two best linemen, and even they can't be happy with their matchups. Oklahoma should be able to take ownership of the trenches on both sides, and they should parlay that into advantages basically everywhere else on the field in a big win. #5 Oklahoma 35, Boise State 14 UTSA (1-0) at #23 Texas (1-0) (-8) On consecutive Friday nights, one quarterback in the state of Texas struggled and another quarterback in the state of Texas shined. And while Lucas Beckwith and Justin Radford performed under wildly different circumstances, seeing Beckwith's floor and Radford's ceiling makes this game perhaps a bit more interesting than it has a right to be. Let's start with Radford, a second-year starter from Lubbock. He threw for 2,762 yards last season, amassing 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He's got mobility within the pocket, though he only rushed for a single touchdown last year and lost 2 fumbles. In game one of year two, though, he looked invincible. He tore up Bowling Green's defense (yes, yes, I know) for 340 yards and 5 scores on 27-of-42 (64.3%) passing. He looked a lot for his true wide receivers as opposed to tight ends or runningbacks: Tyler Hansen's steady hands caught 9 passes for 105 yards and a score, and freshmen Nicolas Robertson and Jermon Bailey caught 2 touchdown passes each en route to 80-yard games. A Texas secondary thinned somewhat by Damani Jeffries's departure will be critical, though you'd expect Devon Braxton to be able to handle himself with Makai Turner and Jaylin Dickens providing assistance from the safety spots. The pressure in the pocket that Radford will face is going to be a whole different level as well: Tristan Priest, Zion Gaines, and Jamal Robinson should be able to manhandle the UTSA offensive line and disrupt quite a lot before it can get started. If Radford can pull off a repeat performance under those circumstances, then there's a whole lot else to worry about. If not, then Texas will still need Lucas Beckwith to turn in a better passing performance than his 14-of-27, 146-yard effort in the win over Kansas. Beckwith showed off his rushing chops with a 22-yard scamper and a touchdown run, but a quarterback's first choice has to be the air. He couldn't find top receiver Shaun Lyles often, and Texas truly isn't deep at receiver. UTSA has a pretty solid defense all-around, though at positions like mike linebacker and strong safety they come in a little weaker. That, of course, means that runningback Simeon Wells is also going to get his due. Coming off of a career-best season of 1594 yards on nearly 5.5 yards per carry, Wells wants to be known as the Big XII's best runningback as a senior. He put up 129 yards on 23 carries against Kansas, albeit with a lost fumble. Take care of the ball, and the rest of those kinds of numbers would be enough to get the Roadrunners a-runnin'. Quarterback play is the wild card, but Wells is Texas's equalizer. Or really, he's their scale-tipper. I expect the Longhorns to use him to control the pace of the game, squeeze out the lead once they have it, and carry them to the win if Beckwith slips up. Maybe UTSA puts a charge into them, but Texas ought to take this one home. #23 Texas 27, UTSA 19 Saturday Evening Texas Tech (0-0) (+11.5) at Temple (1-0) The last season-opening game on the Big XII calendar is in Philadelphia as Texas Tech heads east to take on Temple. Both teams return talented runningbacks but lose incumbent quarterbacks, which is where the story of this game begins. The Owls have to feel good about their quarterback situation after one game, as Eli Siegel melted the ice caps right out from under the Youngstown State Penguins: 21-of-25 through the air for 375 yards and 4 touchdowns with 51 yards on the ground. Texas Tech's situation is a total unknown, as redshirt sophomore Donald Garrett's first pass of the game will also be the first of his college career. Chase Shapiro was quite often more of a conduit for handing the ball off to Solomon McLaughlin, a role Garrett should be able to pull off--but those third-and-long situations and those play-actions provide great potential and great responsibility. Shapiro wasn't a positive on those plays, but for the most part he also wasn't a negative. In the meantime, Solomon McLaughlin is going to get his attempts and he's going to get his yards. But whether he gets 110 yards with a fumble or 160 yards and two touchdowns is the difference between an anemic Tech offense and a productive one. Temple's got a great secondary and a front seven that's good enough against most opponents. But Texas Tech will be testing that defensive front every down, and inside linebacker Jordan Stallings will be the man to watch. He had 58 tackles (2 for a loss), 3 interceptions, and 5 passes defended last year. If Texas Tech's strong interior line led by Charlie Becker can get into that second level and wall him off, McLaughlin will run roughshod. For fans of the trench wars, though, the battle to watch is going to happen when Temple is on offense. The Owls have one of the best offensive lines in the country. But Texas Tech's defensive line is elite as well: Curtis Jones returns after recording 54 tackles, 12.0 sacks, 7 tackles for loss, and a forced fumble; Kahau Tupa'i returns to eat gaps in the middle, and incoming junior college transfer Samir Sample might be the best pure pass rusher on the defense. The best way to dismantle a young backfield is to put them under pressure, and the best way to make them shine is for their protection to hold up and give them receivers like tight end Garrett Taylor to be a safety valve. Runningback Julian Childs is the X-factor here. He slashed Youngstown State to pieces to the tune of 209 yards and 3 scores on the ground--which is miles ahead of what Childs was able to do last year. As a freshman, he averaged just over 80 yards per game on 4.6 yards per carry with 8 rushing touchdowns all year next to Jordan North. Which is more representative of what he'll be able to do this year? I usually prefer to defer to larger sample sizes. I think both offenses will have their struggles to adapt, but I think Texas Tech's defense from front to back is a better matchup. Give me the Red Raiders on the road. Texas Tech 16, Temple 14 Kansas (0-1) (+8.5) at #11 Missouri (1-0) For the first time since a 24-23 win in 2018, the Kansas Jayhawks will head east across the state border to take on Missouri in Columbia. This is the earliest these two teams have met; the series has recently shifted from a season-ending event to a near-kickoff showdown. Both teams come in with some points of pride and some question marks through one game. For the Jayhawks, it's pretty simple: their defense looked really good against Texas, and their offense looked really bad. They gained just 159 yards, including a mere 9 on the ground. Christian Graham completed exactly half of his passes with a touchdown and an interception. They gave up two sacks--but they also got one sack back, forced two turnovers, and Jamari Callahan recorded a safety. Missouri's situation was a bit more nuanced. Travis Ricketts's debut was up-and-down with 15-of-26 passing for 170 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. However, the Tigers ran the ball well with 150 rushing yards between Ricketts and junior tailback Aaron Johnson. The defense was aggressive with a pick and four sacks--and three of them came from true freshman DeMarcus Cannon, who had one of the best debuts we've ever seen. However, Corey Easley made play after play and the Mountaineers racked up 28 points. The bad news for Kansas is that they don't have an Easley, not even close. They do have tight end Jaime Bautista, but he's never been a big-play threat. The Jayhawk offensive line is young and not likely to be able to handle the pressure Missouri can bring from all seven positions in the front seven. There also isn't any part of the secondary that isn't dangerous. The Jayhawks will either need Graham to be pinpoint accurate or hope that runningback Andre Black was saving up all his energy for this game. They'll also need the defense to be at its best. Missouri's offense is still pretty good across the board, though it doesn't have the top-end talent that it did last year. The Tigers gave up 3 sacks against West Virginia, though they still converted 6-of-13 third downs. Kansas will look to bring pressure just the same way--if you have Jamari Callahan, Noah Urlacher, Albert Duke, and Abdoul Mayo on the same defensive line then of course you do. But their safeties are an upgrade over West Virginia's, and they'll have to hope that can make a difference. I don't think it'll be enough of one, though. Kansas's offensive problems are a bear to overcome; you can't struggle to run, catch, and block and still expect to win games. I expect Missouri to hold serve at home. #11 Missouri 24, Kansas 14 #22 Rice (1-0) at #4 TCU (0-1) (-8) An unstoppable force meets an immovable object in Fort Worth to close the Big XII slate for the week as Eric McLean and the Rice Owls make the four-hour drive up to take on TCU. McLean is coming off of an historically productive season, throwing for 4,195 yards and 46 touchdowns against 9 interceptions on 65.5% passing. He then began his senior campaign by torching Eastern Michigan's defense to the tune of 535 yards and 7 touchdowns on 32-of-43 passing in a 52-28 win. With Deontray Clay and Darius Watkins joined by freshman tight end Jordan Cunningham, McLean has playmakers all over the field to throw to. Tackle A'Shawn McNair and guard Raphael Brannon also anchor an offensive line that held up well against EMU. That's a lot of different ways to make sure McLean succeeds, but TCU is one of the few defenses that ought to be equipped to account for all of them. Against Auburn the TCU defense was able to pursue into the backfield, recording a sack and three tackles for loss. Jasiah Pickens and Kwon Shaw are man-eaters in the middle, and you have to like Aidan McAlister and pass-rushing linebacker Chance Herring against the much weaker right side of the Rice line. Then there's Elliot McElmore who can make plays in coverage or come up against the run, and there's a lot of pride in this secondary led by Roman Blackmon and William Cooper at corner. They weren't able to stop Marcus Black and Auburn, but that offense was not nearly as one-dimensional as Rice's usually is. (This could be the one day Rice decides to run, you never know.) I think this is advantage TCU, but let's assume it's a draw. How will TCU's offense fair against Rice's defense? The Eastern Michigan game gives a blueprint: establish the run, throw the ball accurately, and play the more disciplined game. The first two aren't really TCU's modus operandi: they don't run the ball very often (we don't know yet how capable Martin Gifford is of doing so), and Felix Luck is a career 60% passer. Their young offensive line will have to hold up against a solid Rice front. Vincent Schultz at defensive tackle is young but talented, and linebackers Bruce Rice and Andres Arriaga are both talented and experienced. The Frogs should like their matchup against the Rice secondary, but it's not an overwhelming advantage. If Rice can fill gaps, let the linebackers make plays, and at least keep the TCU passing game under control then their defense will give them a chance to let McLean win this game. But TCU has a ton of little advantages all over the field, they're playing at home, and I expect them to grind out a tough one. #4 TCU 28, #22 Rice 17 Byes: Iowa State (0-1), West Virginia (0-1), #6 Oklahoma State (1-0)
  19. stormstopper

    [2022] Week #2 - Saturday Morning

    A safety in each direction in Arizona State-Ohio State. I wonder if that's the first time it's happened; I know two safeties by the same team has. I feel really bad for anyone who had Toledo -29. What a backdoor cover. What a rushing performance by William's III.
  20. stormstopper

    [2022] Week #2 - FNF

    E.J. McGuire is really gonna try and set some records this year.
  21. Thursday Night Kansas State (0-1) (-7) at Louisiana-Lafayette (0-1) Take two. Neither the Wildcats nor the Ragin' Cajuns got off to the start they wanted to last week, albeit to wildly different degrees. Kansas State struggled to stop the run or move the ball through the air consistently and couldn't hold a halftime lead against BYU; Louisiana-Lafayette had serious problems in all three phases of the game in a runaway loss to Virginia. Louisiana is a better team than what they showed in that game; they're too talented to consistently get blown out like that. They have some good pieces on defense in particular: sophomore defensive end Thomas Newsome, junior outside linebacker Jeff Evans, and safety duo Kelly Cordero and Dustin Nowak would all be right at home on a Power 5 team and may eventually find their way onto an NFL roster. But Virginia had a knack for putting all of them in positions where they couldn't make plays, and that's one thing Kansas State should be able to replicate. Working the boundaries and isolating the cornerbacks against Kansas State's more athletic wide receivers should be viable. Letting freshman slot receiver Jermaine Jordan cross and cross across a defense that doesn't stretch sideline-to-sideline should be viable. It'll be an important test for Kansas State to run the ball as well; Isaiah Clinton put up nearly 200 yards rushing by himself, and Jaiden Givens is coming off of his best career game by yards per carry (5.2). At the very least, this type of game calls for Kansas State to put every aspect of its offense through its paces just to get a baseline measurement in favorable circumstances. Its defense might not have that luxury: Louisiana-Lafayette didn't opt to run the ball more than a bare minimum. Raymond Herrera carried the ball 4 times; Emory West threw it 39 times. Given that West only completed 17 passes for 180 yards and committed three turnovers, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Ragin' Cajuns seek more balance. And given that Kansas State looked a lot better against the pass than the run against BYU (granted, the opposing quarterback was Jabari Sneed), they'd be wise to do so. But without much receiver depth beyond Michael Snowden and certainly with as little offensive line depth as the Ragin' Cajuns enjoy, it's hard to see them being able to maintain a consistent offensive attack against the Wildcats. It might not be 55-3, but Kansas State's more talented just about across the board and should be able to snag this one. Kansas State 38, Louisiana-Lafayette 10
  22. Every Big XII team held a lead at the half of week 1, a week in which the conference as a whole went 1-3. That sentence illustrates the promise and the problems that each of these teams face. Iowa State led 14-0 at the half in Raleigh but fell apart in the third quarter. West Virginia led 21-17 at the half and even at the end of the third quarter in Charlotte but couldn't quite hold off a tough Missouri rally. Kansas State held a 7-0 halftime lead in Denver against BYU, the largest halftime lead they've ever held in a season opener, but fell behind before the fourth quarter started and couldn't catch back up. Only Oklahoma State could parlay their first-half momentum into a win, and that's why they're a title contender. That said, everybody else in the nation's most exciting conference saw a flash of something they'll need to hang onto no matter what their goals are for the season. Let's talk about the games. Thursday Night NC State 31, Iowa State 24 High Ko-five: Although Vaughn Sheppard was more involved with the offense to start the season in throwing for a career-high 146 yards on 13-of-23 passing, it was runningback Kofi McCullough who was the star of the show. He rushed for 140 yards for the fifth time, rushed for multiple touchdowns for the fifth time, and averaged at least 6.0 yards per carry for a game for the (you guessed it) fifth time as well. The only downside was that he also lost his fifth career fumble, one of the two strips that linebacker Solomon Mahan was able to pull out of the Iowa State offense. McCullough's tough running and some strong play by the defense (linebacker Ian Johnson earned Big XII DPOTW honors with a pick, a pass defended, and 6 tackles) put the Cyclones in a commanding position with a 14-0 halftime lead. It was not to last. Two-Way Clay: Freshman Demetrius Clay was given the opportunity to shine on both ends of the field, and he wasted no time in doing so. On offense, he was one of Vaughn Sheppard's favorite targets, catching 4 balls for 42 yards and scoring the team's one and only receiving touchdown for the day. But on the other side, he lined up at defensive end and found himself getting in the face of Jacob Eubanks on more than one occasion. In one of those cases, he beat his blocker around the edge and pursued Eubanks for his first career sack. If Clay can continue to perform this well at both positions, he's going to have quite the special career. Third Quarter Wind Shear: After taking a 14-0 lead, Iowa State had to be feeling confident. They entered this game at 19-1 when leading by 14 points or more at the half. However, that's when Jacob Eubanks happened. The senior signal-caller had an unconscious third quarter, throwing for three touchdown passes and leading a field goal drive to completely turn the tide in a 15-minute span. (This is where Mahan's strip of McCullough for a turnover proved important.) The Wolfpack outscored the Cyclones 24-3 in the third quarter to take a 24-17 lead, and Keith Harley's early fourth-quarter touchdown run would put the game all the way out of reach. Next Up: Iowa State (0-1) is off for week 2, but week 3 brings on their in-state showdown with Iowa. It's the return game from last year's 16-13 loss in Iowa City and the first time the Hawkeyes will make the trip to Ames. Saturday Morning #9 Missouri 30, West Virginia 28 Easley Does It: J.C. who? Corey Easley looked very much like he belonged as a member of West Virginia's lineage of receiving talents in his debut. He was Martin Lake's go-to option and then some, hauling in 9 catches for 117 yards and 2 touchdowns. That's 45% of the team's receptions, 56.8% of its passing yardage, and 100% of its touchdowns that were his responsibility. He's the second Mountaineer after Elias Langston and the sixth-ever Big XII player to record 100 or more receiving yards and 2 or more receiving touchdowns on his first career statsheet appearance. Get excited, West Virginia fans. Cannonball: The Mountaineers should be less excited, though, by the amount that Bryce Madison and Martin Lake had to run for their lives in the backfield. Part of that was because DeMarcus Cannon had about as good of a debut as anyone's ever had, racking up 3.0 sacks and 2 tackles for loss in addition to 5 tackles. In fact, most of it was because of that. Victor Grace and Kaz Hadley also combined for a sack--but 4 sacks given up and even more pressures and quarterback hurries are a problem, and this young offensive line will need to grow up in a hurry if it wants its backfield to stay upright. Near Light: Despite being massive underdogs, West Virginia held a lead into the fourth quarter and came within a stone's throw of knocking off last year's national runners-up. It was no accident, either: they got pressure in the backfield, sacking Travis Ricketts three times and recording three more tackles for loss. They moved the ball well, particularly through the air. They had actual quarterback play: no West Virginia quarterback threw for two touchdowns in any game last year, and Martin Lake did it in one try on Saturday. They finished their drives in the endzone and stalled Missouri in the red zone. They looked every bit like a dangerous team. Next Up: After the close call, West Virginia doesn't get much of a break. They have a week 2 bye, but then it's off to Austin to take on a Longhorn squad that will likely be coming into this one undefeated. Saturday Evening #6 Oklahoma State 37, UCLA 21 Bees?: There are four major contributors for Oklahoma State whose names you're going to hear over and over again this season: Baldwin, Barfield, Bridges, and Brown. Three of the four put up massive performances (Bridges being the exception but we can forgive him), and the offense was unstoppable as a result. Ian Baldwin put up the highest passer rating by a Big XII quarterback so far in this young season (179.6), throwing for 296 yards and 2 scores on 26-of-32 passing. It's in fact his highest rating since a 181.9 against that other Pac-12 team from Los Angeles. Samuel Barfield was his favorite target, catching 9 passes for 122 yards and a score. And Amral Brown was his complement, bowling his way to 155 yards and a pair of scores on 24 carries. Don't Bend, Do Break: On defense, Oklahoma State was about as opposite of bend-don't-break as you can get. They came after Aaron Harden, sacking him three times. Khalil Goodson and Prince Pruitt each picked him off as well. They held him to 20 of 40 through the air, but they also surrendered three passing touchdowns when they couldn't get home. In the long run, though, a quarterback who's only completing half his passes isn't likely to throw three touchdown passes. This is a strong enough defense on all levels that they can afford to take risks, because they'll come out ahead more often than not. Hang Onto the Dang Ball: In another universe, we would be talking about Oklahoma State's fumble-itis costing them the game. In this universe, though, Ian Baldwin and Amral Brown's respective fumbles were recovered by the offense and allowed their drives to stay alive. It's just the second fumble of Baldwin's career and obviously the first for the newcomer Brown, but there's no easier way to change the momentum of a game than to fumble the ball away. They'll need to work on that in practice this week. Next Up: Oklahoma State also goes on a bye for week 2, and they'll pick things back up in northeastern Illinois as they take on E.J. McGuire and the Northwestern Wildcats week 3. Saturday Night BYU 24, Kansas State 14 Keep Swimming: In his first appearance since the 2019 season, redshirt senior Julius Minnow was...uninspiring. He finished the game 15-28 for 160 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. By passer rating, his 106.2 ranks 13th out of 16 career games. One school of thought would be that having spent two years on the bench should be reason for him to be prepared to jump in at a moment's notice, and another school would be that having spent two years on the bench means he might need time to get a feel for the role again. Working through adversity has been a theme of his career, and that's just something he's going to have to keep doing if this game is any indication. Cleanup on Aisle 5280: This was not the prettiest or most disciplined of games. Both teams completed fewer than 60% of their passes with an interception. Both teams missed field goals (Kansas State missed two). And both committed a lot of penalties. Kansas State was flagged 10 times, costing the Wildcats 108 yards. BYU racked up a dozen infractions, though they were "only" penalized 103 yards in response. Since penalties have been tracked, it's the third time that a Big XII team and its opponent have been charged with at least 100 yards' worth of penalties in a single game. Run Differential: With Julius Minnow struggling and Jabari Sneed being Jabari Sneed, the run game proved to be crucial and BYU proved to have an advantage. Adarius Galloway ran for 109 yards on 18 carries, scoring twice including on a breakaway 39-yard run down the boundary to give BYU their first lead of the game in the third quarter. But Kansas State should be encouraged as well: Jaiden Givens's 89 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries is a step forward from last year. The 5.2 yards per carry is a career-high, the 89 yards is just five short of another career-high, and the touchdown is the 7th of his career. He doesn't need to be all-world; he just needs to be good enough to make the defense respect the run. Next Up: The Wildcats are the only Big XII team with a week 1 game who isn't on bye next week. They're right back in action on Thursday as they head down to Lafayette, Louisiana to take on the Ragin' Cajuns. Byes: Kansas (0-1), #5 Oklahoma (0-0), Baylor (0-0), #4 TCU (0-1), #24 Texas (1-0), Texas Tech (0-0)
  23. stormstopper

    [2022] Big XII Week 1 POTW

    I actually really want this to happen now.
  24. stormstopper

    [2022] Big XII Week 0 POTW

    I'm gonna go with...that shows the power of teamwork?
  25. stormstopper

    [2022] Week #1 - SNF

    I was definitely hoping to see more on offense. But very encouraged that we were able to keep pressure up on defense, cause chaos, force turnovers and TFLs, and do it against both the pass and the run. We're gonna need every bit of that coming up...
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