Texas is off this Saturday, but some of their Big 12 breathren are playing some huge games.
How about Kansas State versus Auburn. The Wildcats play host to the Tigers on Thursday night. Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said his team doesn’t have the scout-team personnel to run Auburn’s dynamic, zone-read offense. Snyder also said the Tigers are more than just zone read.
“I think everybody has moved into some phase of things that Auburn does,” Snyder said Monday. “They have a lot more offense than what people might indicate. Not just zone read. It starts there. They make you have to play that first.”
The Tigers will need to contend with the running of K-State quarterback Jake Waters, who leads the Big 12 in rushing with 96.5 yards a game.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma travels to West Virginia. No one really thought this would be a marquee game coming into the season. But that was before the Mountaineers nearly upset Alabama and added a nice road win over Maryland. Plus, West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett is one of the hottest players in the country. He threw for 511 yards against Maryland. Receiver Kevin White was his favorite target, with 216 yards.
Fourth-ranked Oklahoma will be without Keith Ford, probably the Sooners best tailback, for up to three weeks. Coach Bob Stoops said Ford broke a non weight-bearing bone in his foot in a win against Tennessee.
In 2012, the Sooners and Mountaineers played a 50-49 game, which was won by OU. Last year, it was 16-7 in favor of the Sooners. But Trickett didn’t play in that game.
In other conference news:
Baylor’s offense will get better after the bye week. Coach Art Briles announced that three injured receivers _ Antwan Goodley, Clay Fuller and Corey Coleman _ will be back for the Bears Big 12 opener against Iowa State, Sept. 27.
But the Bears haven’t had many problems with their backups. Freshman KD Cannon has five touchdown receptions in his last two games. He’s averaging 33.6 yards per catch on 14 receptions. To call him a deep threat is an understatement.
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury isn’t sure his rush defense is fixable this season. The Red Raiders allowed Arkansas to rush for 438 yards. The Hogs quarterback completed only six of 12 passes. But he didn’t need to pass.
“It remains to be seen,” Kingsbury said. “They have to grow up fast and play better.”
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy isn’t pleased with his team. He called them “average” more than once on Monday’s teleconference. The Cowboys will be led by transfer quarterback Daxx Garman for the next few weeks. J.W. Walsh had surgery on his foot last week.
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