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We don't make the final decisions about where we spend our fall Saturdays, but I'm walking week by week through the 2013 season and forecasting where I'd like to be each week of the season. Circumstances change as games happen of course, but here's how I'd project the season. Road nonconference games count. Let's move on with the next week.
Here's the Week 3 schedule in the Big 12:
TCU at Texas Tech (Thursday)
Oklahoma State vs. Lamar
Iowa State vs. Iowa
Texas vs. Ole Miss
Kansas State vs. UMass
Oklahoma vs. Tulsa
Kansas at Rice
West Virginia vs. Georgia State
My pick: TCU at Texas Tech
What a great week of games in Week 3 in the Big 12. I hate missing out on what could be another classic in Ames, Iowa, with a fantastic atmosphere, and I'd love to see Texas take on Ole Miss' headline-making recruiting class early on in its career. I've done two games in one week a few times before, and this week might be a good time to do it, following up on my first pick with a trip north to Ames to see a great in-state rivalry.
If we're picking one game, though, I've got to go with a great Big 12 rivalry that's picked right back up where it left off when TCU joined the Big 12 last season. There's no love lost between these two programs, and they played a classic a year ago, with Seth Doege clinching the triple-overtime win with his seventh touchdown pass of the game. These should be two great teams with a ton to prove in this game, but depending on how TCU's game with LSU goes, the onus might be on Tech a bit more in this one.
TCU could re-establish itself as a Big 12 front-runner with a solid win in Lubbock if it loses the Cowboys Stadium opener, but the impact of the win over Tech would be lessened a bit if the Frogs knock off LSU in the season opener.
Tech, meanwhile, will be completely untested before this game. If TCU beats LSU in the opener, this one will be gigantic. TCU might be as high as a top-five team, but even with a loss, the Frogs are likely to be a top-20 team while Tech is probably just outside the Top 25. The Kliff Kingsbury era would get a huge start with a win over the Frogs, who many (yours truly included) consider one of the Big 12 title favorites.
Tech fans can create some of the best atmospheres in the entire Big 12, and you can believe they'll have a ton of energy in this one for the first big test for Kingsbury and the Red Raiders. I'd love to be there to see it.
Honorable mention: Iowa State vs. Iowa, Texas vs. Ole Miss