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Big 12 Week 2 Preview

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Can the Big 12 have another undefeated showing in week two? Well, with a few more respectable opponents on the slate, it won't be nearly as easy.

That being said, there will only be one underdog in the Big 12 this week, with Iowa (1-0) being favored over Iowa State (1-0).

The Cyclones are coming off an impressive home win against Tulsa, while the Hawkeyes are coming off a slightly less impressive win against Northern Illinois. The game will be played on Iowa's home turf, which could mean bad news for Iowa State. The home team has won seven of the last eight matchups, and Iowa State hasn't won in Iowa City since 2002. The Hawkeyes also lead the all-time series 39-20.

Iowa will have to find a way to throw the ball, as James Vandenberg was held to just 129 yards passing and no touchdowns against Northern Illinois, and Iowa State was successful in limiting Tulsa's passing game. If that happens again this week, the Cyclones could very well come away with the mild upset in this rivalry.

Other teams, like No.18 Oklahoma State (1-0), will be favored when they take the field this weekend, but it will be much more of a challenge than what they saw in week one.

The Cowboys have gotten a lot of attention for their 84-0 embarrassment of Savannah State, which was simply overmatched in every aspect of the game. The points total was impressive, the passing game was impressive, and most of all, the running game was impressive, but you can't look too far into that.

This week, Oklahoma State will go on the road to take on Rich Rodriguez and the Arizona Wildcats (1-0), a team that needed overtime last week to take down Toledo. Despite only scoring 24 points, Arizona did put up over 600 yards of offense and could be a dangerous test for the Cowboys.

No.21 Kansas State (1-0) will also go from playing an FCS team to going up against a BCS opponent this week. The Wildcats will welcome Miami (1-0) to Manhattan for a rematch of last year's meeting. In that game, Kansas State traveled to Miami and escaped with a four-point win. This week will have to be a cleaner performance for the Wildcats if they'll win two in a row, though.

Missouri State gave Kansas State a game for three quarters before Collin Klein and the offense finally took off and put the game away. The Hurricanes got off to a slow start, as well, falling behind Boston College by 14 before taking off and burying the Eagles, 41-32. Miami is flying under the radar this year, but if Kansas State plays a complete game, there's no reason the Wildcats shouldn't come away with a win.

Even Kansas (1-0), which started the Charlie Weis era off with a win over South Dakota State, will have to be careful not to take Rice (0-1) lightly. The Jayhawks may have won, but it wasn't what you'd call an inspired effort, and the Owls were able to hang with UCLA for part of the game last week.

Kansas is the better team, though, and should be able to get its second win of the season. If the Jayhawks do come away with a victory, it will already give them the same amount of wins they had all of last season.

The rest of the conference should have no problem in week two.

Week one wasn't the season debut that #5 Oklahoma (1-0) was looking for, but the Sooners got the win over UTEP, which is all that matters, and will follow that up with a game against FCS member Florida A&M.

The Rattlers lost their season opener to Tennessee State and should provide little resistance to Oklahoma. Landry Jones came into the season as a Heisman contender, but the team's lackluster offensive performance against UTEP has quieted a lot of his hype, at least for the time being. He still threw for 222 yards and two scores, and should have some big numbers against Florida A&M this weekend.

No.17 Texas (1-0) also earned a win last week, and got what it possibly needs more than anything else this season- ball protection from the quarterback. The Longhorns earned a win over Wyoming, and David Ash didn't turn the ball over once.

This week, they'll face New Mexico (1-0), who is coming off of a win, too. Wyoming is a better team than the Lobos, though, and Texas should have no issue improving to 2-0.

Texas Tech (1-0) played a dominant game at home against Northwestern State last weekend, and now hits the road to play Texas State (1-0), one of two new members of the WAC. The Bobcats seemed like a sure win at the beginning of the season, and the Red Raiders probably still will go into San Marcos and get a win, but with a win over Houston last week, Texas State is actually getting votes in the AP Poll in just its second week of FBS play. Despite that, it seems highly unlikely that Texas Tech will give Texas State two straight upsets.

The only other game this weekend involves No.20 TCU, who will be playing its season opener. The Horned Frogs were one of the few teams that had a bye week in week one, and now they get to open their season at home against Grambling State (0-1).

This will be TCU's first game as a Big 12 member, and once again, there should be no reason that it isn't a success. Grambling State will likely be overmatched, and TCU has been dominant in home openers, winning ten straight.

Baylor (1-0) and No.9 West Virginia (1-0) each have their first bye weeks this weekend, with the Bears playing Sam Houston State next week, and the Mountaineers taking on James Madison.

Once again, few teams in the Big 12 will truly be testing themselves this weekend, though there are a few exceptions. Despite that, if Iowa State can pull the upset and everyone else can do what they're supposed to do, it will be impressive if this conference can get through two weeks of play without a single loss.

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