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Around the Big 12: 2020 Big 12 Champs . . . Arkansas State?

Week “Four” opened up Big 12 conference play and the emergence of SEC football for the year (anyone else just love Mike Leach in central time?). The Big 12 saw a disappointment from the Mountaineers, a stunner from Kansas State and the first offensive blowout that can only come from the Big 12 in Texas-Texas Tech.

Let’s take a look:

Kansas State at Oklahoma: If you could only look at the text messages coming and going on my phone, 90% of them were filled of mild expletives at Oklahoma’s new quarterback Spencer Rattler getting rattled by the 0-1 Kansas State Wildcats. Going into the game, Oklahoma was projected to be the conference’s top tier, the team to beat. Kansas State stunned the Sooners in Norman, winning 38-35 in a game that came down to the wire.

Texas at Texas Tech: There’s always one game early on in conference play that makes the internet go haywire about “Big 12 defenses” and lack thereof. Enter Texas at Texas Tech. Unranked Texas Tech was winless going into the game, having fallen to the Sun Belt two weeks prior. The comeback game for the Red Raiders went to overtime where the Heisman-hopeful Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger managed to lead his team to victory, making Texas and Oklahoma State the only two undefeated teams in the conference.

Iowa State at TCU: The Horned Frogs hosted the Cyclones for their season-opener in Fort Worth, welcoming the winless Iowa State team to town for Big 12 play. The Cyclones came off a stunning loss in Ames two weeks prior, where the Sun Belt started their tour of victory across the Big 12. The Cyclones were able to rebound from their season opening loss, find a rhythm early and carry it on throughout all four quarters in Fort Worth.

Kansas at Baylor: The Baylor Bears opened their season at home welcoming the Kansas Jayhawks to Waco. The Bears were finally able to play after having to cancel their game versus Dana Holgorsen’s Houston Cougars the week prior due to COVID-19 test result numbers. Les Miles and the Jayhawks scored two touchdowns in the loss, putting them at 0-2 for the season. The Bears opened their season under new head coach Dave Aranda (former defensive coordinator for the National Championship winning LSU team last season).

The Mountaineers play the Baylor Bears in Morgantown this coming Saturday, kicking off at noon.

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