Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Gather around my Big 12 friends. The first week is over and here are the games noted for the upcoming week. Here's my list of the games in terms of fan appeal.
A ranking of four stars indicate must-see football. Three-star games are definitely worth the investment in time. Two-star games bear a quick glimpse or two for occasional score updates, but little more. And one-star game are indications that your time might be better invested in some “honey-dos” for your spouse or introducing yourself to the kids.
Here's a list of the games for this week. All games are considered to be played Saturday, unless otherwise noted.
Houston at Oklahoma State (3: 30 p.m. ET): The streaking Cowboys will have to rebound after their huge victory over Georgia against the underrated Cougars. Oklahoma State blistered Houston for a 300-yard passer/200-yard receiver/200-yard receiver in last season’s 56-37 victory. But the Cougars led 16-7 early in that game.
Colorado at Toledo (ESPN, 9 p.m., Friday): Can the Buffaloes rebound after their embarrassing season opener against Colorado State? It won’t be easy because they are playing on a short work week against Toledo.
Iowa at Iowa State (noon): Paul Rhoads gets his first taste of the Cy-Hawk Rivalry. The Cyclones have played well recently, winning seven of the last 11 games in the series. The Hawkeyes have been the betting favorite in the last eight games, winning four of them. And Iowa State will be in the role again Saturday afternoon.
Kansas at UTEP (7:30 p.m.): Earlier this summer, I thought Trevor Vittatoe and the Miners might be able to spring an upset over the Jayhawks. UTEP’s loss to Buffalo changed my opinion, but the Jayhawks still might be facing more of a tussle than many are thinking on their visit to the Sun Bowl.
Texas at Wyoming (3:30 p.m.): I still can’t believe this is Texas’ marquee non-conference road game. The Longhorns will be playing at high elevation, but shouldn’t slow down against Dave Christensen’s team.
Idaho State at Oklahoma (7 p.m.): This one is only interesting to see Landry Jones’ first career college start and how the Oklahoma defense plays as it carries the team.
Bowling Green at Missouri (7 p.m.): After being hailed as the greatest defense since the ‘75 Steelers, how will Missouri’s unit respond to their recent plaudits? And remember Gary Pinkel is 0-2 in games against his old buddies from the Mid-American Conference while coaching at Missouri, including a 51-28 blowout in his most recent game against the Falcons in 2002.
Kansas State at Louisiana-Lafayette (7 p.m.): Weird things happen to teams that venture into Cajun Field, where heat and humidity cause opponents to wear down late in the game. The Wildcats can’t play as poorly on special teams as they did in the opener and win this game.
Rice at Texas Tech (7 p.m.): This game would have been a lot better last season. But now, we will be treated to two rebuilding teams in a game that could last four hours because of their passing offenses.
Arkansas State at Nebraska (2 p.m.): Don’t be fooled by the Red Wolves’ 61-0 thumping of Mississippi Valley State. Jerry Rice is long gone from his old school. This one is for Cornhusker fanatics, only.