Preseason camp has not begun, so making predictions might seem like folly. Some of our annual Big 12 season predictions in the past have been on the money, while others have been way off base. But why should that stop us?
Over the next couple of weeks we will be making predictions for every Big 12 game this season. We continue our predictions with Week 2:
Oklahoma State 41, Central Michigan 21: One week after throwing three touchdown passes, Mason Rudolph has another huge game for the Cowboys, throwing for four touchdowns as Oklahoma State improves to 2-0. Chris Carson has a solid game in his own right, rushing for 77 yards and a score, giving Oklahoma State fans hope the Cowboys will have a solid 1-2 running back punch with Carson and Barry Sanders Jr.
West Virginia 45, Youngstown State 17: The Mountaineers' defense is outstanding, forcing three turnovers, including a pair of returns for a touchdowns. Safeties Dravon Askew-Henry and Jeremy Tyler each return turnovers for a score as West Virginia rolls to an easy win.
Kansas 42, Ohio 35: That’s right, Kansas is sitting alongside reigning Big 12 champion Oklahoma after two games. David Beaty’s team earns its first winning streak of his Kansas tenure thanks to another solid showing from sophomore quarterback Ryan Willis, who throws a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to cement the win.
Baylor 59, SMU 24: The Bears' running game leads the way with over 300 rushing yards against the Mustangs. Shock Linwood and Johnny Jefferson each surpass 100 rushing yards while adding two rushing touchdowns each as Baylor improves to 2-0 under Jim Grobe.
TCU 24, Arkansas 17: One of the best games of September features a team that loves to run (Arkansas) against a team that refuses to allow teams to run (TCU). But the difference is TCU’s KaVontae Turpin, who returns a punt for a touchdown and converts a short pass into a 68-yard score, as the Razorbacks don’t have an answer for one of the Big 12’s most dynamic playmakers.
Texas 38, UTEP 10: The Longhorns’ running game shines in the first win of Charlie Strong’s third season. D'Onta Foreman and Chris Warren III combine for 275 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the first three quarters and the Longhorns' first-team defense does not allow a point in the win.
Oklahoma 66, Louisiana Monroe 17: The Sooners score on their first four possessions, essentially stamping out any hope of a Warhawks upset prior to Ohio State visiting Oklahoma Memorial Stadium the next weekend. The headliner is backup quarterback Austin Kendall, who passes for over 200 yards as the Sooners aim to get him some game time before the season gets really going.
Iowa 27, Iowa State 20: Matt Campbell’s first Cy-Hawk experience is a bad one after a late Cyclones fumble results in an Iowa last-second, game-winning touchdown. The fumble overshadows an otherwise solid showing from Joel Lanning, who accounts for over 300 yards before a fourth-quarter botched snap leads to the Cyclones’ first loss under Campbell.
Texas Tech 56, Arizona State 52: The most entertaining game of the weekend goes down to the wire after Patrick Mahomes rallies the Red Raiders from a double-digit, fourth-quarter deficit. Mahomes leads Tech to three fourth-quarter touchdowns, capped off by a short swing pass to Justin Stockton for the game-winner. But, obviously, Tech's defense still needs work.
Week 2 standings
1. Baylor -- 2-0
2. Kansas -- 2-0
3. Oklahoma -- 2-0
4. Oklahoma State 2-0
5. TCU -- 2-0
6. Texas Tech -- 2-0
7. West Virginia -- 2-0
8. Iowa State -- 1-1
9. Texas -- 1-1
10. Kansas State -- 0-1