Baseball has their LOL Mets meme and after last week's embarrassing performance by Texas I think it's completely reasonable to start up our own LOL Texas campaign. At least until we throw it 60 times against them when they visit Jack Trice Stadium on October 3rd and win 35-3. On to the predictions since the Big XII decided to sneak a Thursday night game on us in week 3.
TCU @ Texas Tech - Thursday 9/12, 6:00 PM CDT - ESPN
Line: TCU -3
Casey Pachall is out and Trevone Boykin steps back in as the man behind center for TCU. Oh, and Devonte Fields is back. Texas Tech is trotting out their early Mike Leach Era offense behind a walk-on quarterback again and I can't be the only one that thinks this is going to implode at some point am I? TCU has made a living off making teams one dimensional and using their athleticism to suffocate opposing offenses and this is a Tech team that throws the ball over 50 times a game.
Granted, TCU didn't look impressive last week until after halftime in a victory over Southeastern Louisiana but after a huge game against LSU to start the season it's pretty easy to believe they looked over a little I-AA school.
TCU's offense gets rolling in this one as Boykin adds that extra dimension on the ground and the party stops for Baker Mayfield and the Tech offense... at least for this week.
TCU 37, Texas Tech 27
Georgia State @ West Virginia - Saturday 9/14, 11:00 AM CDT - Mountaineer Network
Line: WVU -40
For as amazing as West Virginia's offense was in early 2012 they have been equally terrible to start 2013. Dana Holgorsen has opened the quarterback competition up and it comes at a perfect time with Georgia State coming in after losing to I-AA powerhouses Samford and Chattanooga. Woof.
West Virginia 41, Georgia State 0
Tulsa @ Oklahoma - Saturday 9/14, 11:00 AM CDT - ABC
Line: OU -27.5
Blake Bell gets the start for an unimpressive Oklahoma offense. The defense has surprised but at this point it's hard to tell if that's been because of the opponents or legitimate improvement under Mike Stoops. We won't find out here as Tulsa has been less than impressive to start the season and still has Cody Green under center. Here's hoping the Sooners cunt punt these guys into next month and they completely forget about Iowa State's trip to town on September 26th.
Oklahoma 27, Tulsa 7
Iowa @ Iowa State - Saturday 9/14, 5:00 PM CDT - FS1
Line: Iowa -2.5
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Massachusetts @ Kansas State - Saturday 9/14, 6:00 PM CDT - KStateHD.tv
Line: KSU -38.5
Another Big XII team playing another new entrant into the D-I ranks. Daniel Sams added a new dimension to K-State's offense last week and should get more touches this week to hopefully jump start an otherwise stagnant run game. If I'm Bill Snyder I'm wanting to see Jake Waters hold on to the ball, John Hubert finally get some traction, and all guys healthy at the end of this one.
Kansas State 45, UMass 7
Kansas @ Rice - Saturday 9/14, 6:30 PM CDT - CBSSN
Line: Rice -7
Rice is favored in this? Maybe we should start the LOL Kansas campaign too. Rice put up 31 points against a Texas A&M defense that is rebuilding this year but has also had the bye week to focus solely on this game. Kansas started slow last week against South Dakota and looked like a slightly improved version of last year's squad. Jake Heaps better come on fast if Kansas hopes to win more than a few games this year. Believe it or not I have to take Rice if this one turns into a shootout.
Rice 31, Kansas 20
Lamar @ Oklahoma State - Saturday 9/14, 6:30 PM CDT - FSN
Line: OSU -47
The only thing to care about here is which amount is going to be higher: Oklahoma State's points or the number of different ways Oklahoma State fans will come up with to cook Thayer Evans if they ever meet him?
Oklahoma State 70, Lamar 10
Ole Miss @ Texas - Saturday 9/14, 7:00 PM - LHN
Line: Texas -3
Two things need to be asked here. First, is Greg Robinson an improvement? Second, if an SEC school wins on a network no one can see does it actually count?
I think this one is going to be wild and it's a fucking shame no one outside of Texas and Mississippi will be able to see it. No one is going to mistake Ole Miss' defense for that of BYU's and Texas should get back on track offensively because of it. If I'm Major Applewhite I'm slowing the game down and running right at Ole Miss to not only wear them down but to keep the defense off the field. It's hard to blame a lot of these woes on Applewhite and the offense (although some is deserved) because how many different ways can you run your three headed running back attack when your defense lets a variation of the same play beat them like a rented mule?
Oh, to answer that first question, no Greg Robinson isn't an improvement. The only hope Texas has of looking good defensively in this game is because it's a road game at night for all those freshmen on Ole Miss' roster. Can't explain how, but Texas eeks this one out.
Texas 38, Ole Miss 37