College football’s opening week is almost over, as there are a couple games that have yet to be played. But the Big XII finished up Saturday night. In the first time in a long time, the league has no clear winner going into the season.
Well, after the first couple of games, one thing did come out clear: the predicted bottom of the Big 12 was spot-on. Both Kansas State and Iowa State took losses to FCS schools, which to the Wildcats credit, they lost to the reigning FCS champ who has a great offense. Iowa State just looked like a dumpster fire.
Kansas got the weekend off, so they can’t be included in the in this week’s poor performances that some schools put on the field. Which is fortunate for them, since the bad was really bad.
Kansas State, I honestly can’t say I expected them to come out and dominate all over the field. I have said not to count the Wildcats out of anything due to the fact the Bill Snyder is, well, Bill Snyder. They played a decent team, acclimating a new quarterback, as well as trying to replace some key players. Was I surprised they lost? Sure. I underestimated North Dakota State’s comeback ability.
Iowa State. IOWA STATE! As much as I like the Cyclones and head coach Paul Rhoads, that defense looked atrocious. I hate to say this, but Rhoads has a lot in common with their cross-state counterpart, Iowa head coach, Kirk Ferentz. They both seem like super nice guys and people love and respect them… But they just aren’t getting it done on the field. It is going to be a long season for the state of Iowa in football.
TCU was the other loss, losing to LSU, 37-27. There is no-shame losing to a top 15 team by 10 points when no one was really giving you a chance in the first place.
Texas, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Baylor all rolled in their games. Some being more impressive than others. West Virginia also won, 24-17. But honestly, it was hideous, horrible and they probably should have lost. To William and Mary. A last minute touchdown saved them from putting an “L” on the board.
It was bad on both sides of the ball. A lot have predicted the ‘Eers to only win like four games in 2013, but their fans have been stating otherwise, saying that they were being underestimated. I believed them, then Saturday comes around and I was brought back down to reality.
It’s still early and everyone is still working out the kinks, so I am not getting worked up over much yet. Some in-conference teams start playing next week so that should be a little more enlightenment to what this conference is going to look like in December.