Our series of preseason picks for every single Big 12 game of 2014 continues today with Week 2. This week should be fairly devoid of much drama, with the exception of one big ballgame in Austin.
Oklahoma 48, Tulsa 17: The Sooners travel up I-44 for their first road test and have little trouble. Trevor Knight, who was injured and benched for last year's 51-20 win over Tulsa, comes out firing and gets plenty of help from the Keith Ford-Joe Mixon duo. Oklahoma's suffocating first-string defense gives up just 7 points.
Kansas State 27, Iowa State 24: The first Big 12 game of the season goes to the Wildcats, who have to hold on tight in the fourth to escape Ames with a 'W.' K-State's unproven running backs struggle, but Jake Waters-to-Tyler Lockett gets the job done.
Oklahoma State 42, Missouri State 6: J.W. Walsh gets a confidence-boosting blowout following the loss to Florida State. The FCS Bears just can't keep up with the speed of OSU's deep receiving corps and the uncatchable Tyreek Hill.
Kansas 31, Southeast Missouri State 10: They won't get much easier than this for the Jayhawks, a season opener against an FCS team that went 3-9 last season. New OC John Reagan makes a solid first impression and Nick Harwell finds the end zone in his KU debut.
Baylor 70, Northeastern State 14: One of the great mismatches in all of FBS this season plays out a lot like the Bears' nonconference games of a year ago: The starters exit early in the third quarter and BU still hits the magic 70-point number.
Texas 24, BYU 9: Charlie Strong forces his defense to watch a highlight reel from BYU's 40-21 blowout win in 2013, a ploy that delivers results: The Longhorn defense comes out angry and does not give up a TD to the fleet-footed Taysom Hill or any other Cougar.
West Virginia 28, Towson 20: WVU follows up a loss to Alabama with a scare against last year's FCS championship runner-up. The Mountaineers are lucky Terrance West went pro early (2,509 rushing yards, 41 TDs in '13) or else this might've been a loss.
Texas Tech 45, UTEP 20: Playing a 10 p.m. CT game in El Paso ain't fun -- ask Oklahoma's 2012 team -- but Davis Webb will put up enough yards and points to make this a fun nightcap and RB/LB Kenny Williams pulls a Myles Jack with a rushing TD and a fumble recovery TD.
Current Big 12 standings
1. Kansas State -- 2-0 (1-0)
2. Baylor -- 2-0
3. Oklahoma -- 2-0
4. Texas -- 2-0
5. Texas Tech -- 2-0
6. Kansas -- 1-0
7. TCU -- 1-0
8. Oklahoma State -- 1-1
9. West Virginia -- 1-1
10. Iowa State -- 1-1 (0-1)