There is always some confusion about these nonconference posts, so let me be crystal clear: These are not my predictions. I made mine today.
This post is taking a look at picks from from other bloggers on our network who cover other conferences.
Here's how they see this weekend's nonconference games involving Big 12 teams playing out:
ACC blogger Heather Dinich:
Kansas State 31, Miami 24: K-State will control the clock and drive Al Golden nuts. Miami will be in this game, but Kansas State will be too much for the Canes’ defense, which allowed BC 542 total yards last week. K-State had 324 yards rushing in last week’s 51-9 win over Missouri State.
My take: Sounds about right for me. Kansas State is not going to score quick, but the Wildcats will control this game.
Pac-12 bloggers Kevin Gemmell and Ted Miller:
Kevin: Oklahoma State 45, Arizona 28. A nice win for the Wildcats last week, but the defense probably isn't ready yet for a high-powered offense like the Cowboys'.
Ted: Oklahoma State 35, Arizona 30. I suspect the Wildcats have a better shot than many suspect, playing at home against a freshman quarterback, with Matt Scott giving Arizona a significant advantage behind center. That said, the Wildcats' track record in two previous meetings as well as a questionable front seven makes it difficult to pull the trigger on an upset pick.
My take: Not sure I buy the idea that Matt Scott will give Arizona an advantage at quarterback, though he did complete 30-of-46 passes for 387 yards last week. He's not putting up those kinds of numbers against Oklahoma State's set of cornerbacks, Brodrick Brown and Justin Gilbert.
Big Ten bloggers Adam Rittenberg and Brian Bennett:
Adam Rittenberg: Similar to last week, I'm tempted to pick against the Hawkeyes, but the game isn't in Ames and although Steele Jantz's presence strikes fear in all who love the Black and Gold, Iowa will contain him enough in this game. Micah Hyde records a pick-six against Jantz and James Vandenberg rebounds with two touchdown passes. Iowa fills one of those empty trophy cases. ... Iowa 24, Iowa State 20
Brian Bennett: Another wild shootout, but this one goes the Hawkeyes' way. Vandenberg throws for 300 yards and Damon Bullock puts together another 100-yard game as Iowa hangs on for the Cy-Hawk Trophy. ... Iowa 35, Iowa State 31
My take: Like Brian and Adam, I really think the Cyclones have a great shot, and will be in this one late. Ultimately, though, I think Iowa hangs on late at home.