So this is what beast mode on a high school team looks like.
We now live in a world where a defending BCS conference champion is playing a high school team to begin their season. Seriously, look at #9 in the photo to the right. He's lean, his pads are huge, and he actually appears to have a neck. Is this what T. Boone wanted when he donated $20 trillion to Oklahoma State? Did he have images of taking candy from a baby by throwing oil money at it? Now let's get on to the preview of this week's game where the competition is... wait, there's three D-IAA teams on the schedule and New Mexico? Dammit.
Last Week: 9-0
EA Sports Last Week: 7-2
Miami (FL) vs Kansas State - 11:00 AM CDT - FX
This was the game that started it all last year with Kansas State stopping Jacory Harris short on the goal line and setting the theme for the Wildcats in 2011. This year the Hurricanes come to Manhattan and the result will likely be worse. Kansas State returned a lot of talent and despite their slow start last week are still a very solid team. Al Golden has Miami headed in the right direction but will take awhile to restore them to former glory. Close game but never really in doubt that it goes Kansas State's way.
Kansas State 27, Miami 17
Iowa State vs iowa - 2:30 PM CDT - BTN
Here is my preview from yesterday. Please keep flaming away.
Rice vs Kansas - 2:30 PM CDT - FSN
Dayne Crist didn't have an earth shattering debut for the Jayhawks last week but the running game appeared to gel after showing brief flashes of talent last season. Rice hasn't been the same since Tom Herman and his NFL talent left. Probably closer than it should be, but Kansas gets their second win of the year.
Kansas 31, Rice 20
Grambling State vs TCU - 6:00 PM CDT - FSSW
TCU opens up their first year in the Big XII by hosting Grambling State, which is that school known for that one coach and playing that one non-Notre Dame game on NBC at the end of every season. That's all I got. Casey Pachall and staff debut their new palace by thumping Grambling.
TCU 49, Grambling State 10
Texas Tech vs Texas State - 6:00 PM CDT - ESPN3
The trendy upset pick for the weekend all because of Texas State thumping a Houston team without Case Keenum, Kevin Sumlin, or Kliff Kingsbury. A school who fired their offensive coordinator after one game is probably a school that made a bad coaching hiring when Sumlin's replacement, which means Houston is awful. Just plain awful.
As much as I would like to say the same about Tech (just wait until October rolls around) I can't say they're awful right now and they thoroughly thumped Texas State last year after trailing at halftime. This is the first home game for Texas State since joining Division I, so there will be some emotion that will help, but Tech will wear them out while David Ubben creams himself again.
Texas Tech 45, Texas State 24
Florida A&M vs Oklahoma - 6:00 PM CDT - FSN PPV
Pay-per-view? Really? I envision homes in Oklahoma not even knowing what DirecTV or Dish Network is and still having those monstrous satellites in their back yards and ordering pay-per-view that way.
As for the game? If Oklahoma could run or pass with any consistency I'd probably predict a walloping in the 50s, but not happening here.
Oklahoma 38, Florida A&M 0
New Mexico vs Texas - 7:00 PM CDT - Longhorn Network
Bob Davie leaves his cushy ESPN announcing job to go take the head coaching gig at New Mexico. His reward for that? Road games at Texas and Texas Tech in back to back weeks. The Longhorns are looking to get their mojo going on offense after a slow start against Wyoming. David Ash was better last week, but not the level he'll need to be if Texas wants to win the Big XII.
Texas' defense again shines and Ash muddles through another game.
Texas 31, New Mexico 6
Oklahoma State vs Arizona - 9:30 PM CDT - PAC 12 Network
This is the potential upset everyone needs to watch out for. Sure, Oklahoma State may have played a Class A team last week, but they've had more intense scrimmages in fall camp. Rich Rod's Wildcats have a long way to go to match his historical success at West Virginia, but the time of this game, at this point in the season is a game to watch out for. Especially with a true freshman quarterback with only a quarter's worth of work under his belt. In the end though, Arizona's defense can't hold on.
Oklahoma State 35, Arizona 31
EA Sports NCAA Football 13 Predictions
Miami (FL) vs Kansas State: This one is close early with Kansas State leading 10-0 at halftime but two long drives in the 3rd quarter lengthen KSU's lead and two more touchdowns are tacked on in the 4th for a 38-0 Wildcat win. KSU amasses 326 yards and four touchdowns on the ground and are led by John Hubert with 143 yards and and a touchdown while Collin Klein adds 95 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Iowa State vs iowa: For the second week in a row the Cyclones are routed and lose this one 35-13. Oh how I hope we don't actually see this happen.
Rice vs Kansas: Rice strikes first on a punt return for a touchdown in the 1st quarter but a 21 point outburst in the 2nd helps pwoer Kansas to a 28-17 victory over the Owls. Dayne Crist has a much better performance in his second game going 23-35 for 326 yards and two touchdowns. James Sims goes for 141 yards on the ground and another score as well.
Grambling State vs TCU: Stop me if this sounds familiar. TCU scores twice in the first quarter and four times in the second and leads 42-3 going into halftime. Another 42 points in the second half amounts to 84 points overall and the Horned Frogs open their first year in the Big XII by winning 84-3. WON'T SOMEBODY PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?!
Texas Tech vs Texas State: Texas State scores on the opening drive of the game, but only with a field goal, and that turns out to be their only score of the game. Texas Tech is up 42-3 at halftime but shows mercy in a 56-3 win. Seth Doege throws for over 300 yards and adds three touchdowns but is also the leading Tech rusher with 57 yards on the ground and another three touchdowns. For those scoring at home, that's six of Tech's eight touchdowns that Doege accounted for.
Florida A&M vs Oklahoma: Oklahoma wins 63-10. This stuff is more exciting when they aren't playing D-IAA teams.
New Mexico vs Texas: Texas runs out to a 17-7 lead in the first quarter buoyed by an 81 yard touchdown pass from David Ash to Marquis Goodwin. After that no one scores until Texas tacks on a late field goal in the 4th to make it 20-7. The 81 yard touchdown pass allows Ash to top 200 yards passing but he still throws two interceptions. Joe Bergeron and Malcolm Brown combine for 157 yards on 31 attempts.
Oklahoma State vs Arizona: The upset pick of the week turns into an actual upset as Arizona downs Oklahoma State 17-14 with a field goal by kicker John Bonano with 12 seconds left in the game. Both teams score touchdowns in the first but no one scores again until Arizona takes the lead early in the 4th. Wes Lunt only manages 131 yards on 14-30 passing and the rest of the offense sputters with Joseph Randle only accumulating 86 yards on the ground.