The Big 12 comes out of college football’s opening week a little bit better than last year, and that includes Iowa State’s loss to the best FCS program in the country.
Here’s the latest standings in the Big 12:
- Baylor Bears 1-0
- Kansas State Wildcats 1-0
- TCU Horned Frogs 1-0
- Oklahoma Sooners 1-0
- Texas Longhorns 1-0
- Texas Tech Red Raiders 1-0
- Kansas Jayhawks 0-0
- Oklahoma State Cowboys 0-1
- West Virginia Mountaineers 0-1
- Iowa State Cyclones 0-1
Overall, the Big 12 had a very predictable weekend. Baylor came through with a complete throttling of SMU and looked like they picked up exactly where they left off a season ago. They were also the only team to not give up any points in the first weekend.
All the other teams that were supposed to win, minus Iowa State, came out with a victory. The only surprise was Texas Tech’s close call against Central Arkansas, squeaking by with a 42-35 victory. The other wins by Kansas State, TCU, Oklahoma, and Texas were no contest.
Despite both Oklahoma State and West Virginia losing their big matchups, both came away with their heads held high. Both teams were in it until the very end and considering they are supposed to be in the bottom half of the conference, they did a great job competing with two teams that many people believe will be in the College Football Playoff — that should help if a Big 12 team finds themselves in contention to reach the playoff at the end of the year.
The biggest loser was of course Iowa State, but it’s not as bad as the nation is making it out to be. North Dakota State can probably beat over half of the FBS teams out there, and they had the perfect gameplan to take down the Cyclones.
Next week, Texas Tech will try to rebound with an interesting really late road game at UTEP (10 PM kickoff), Texas will host BYU, and the first Big 12 matchup will get underway between Kansas State and Iowa State.