By Wendell Barnhouse | firstname.lastname@example.orgBig12Sports.com Correspondent
Texas and Oklahoma are linked by a common border, a rivalry and their annual game in the Cotton Bowl during the Texas State Fair.
Saturday the Longhorns and the Sooners are linked by playing two high profile games in Week Two of the 2013 season.
Oklahoma will start conference play on the earliest date in school history when West Virginia visits for a 6 p.m. game televised by FOX. Last season, the Sooners won a 50-49 shootout in Morgantown. Texas will be on the road at BYU (6 p.m., ESPN2).
The Mountaineers (1-0) managed just 24 points in a come-from-behind victory over FCS team William & Mary. Oklahoma (1-0) pitched a shutout against Louisiana Monroe and redshirt freshman quarterback Trevor Knight made his first start.
"Once he knew it was his job, he kind of flipped a switch where he was a more vocal guy, took more of a leadership role right away," OU senior center Gabe Ikard said of Knight, who beat out junior Blake Bell for the starting spot. "We understand that he's a redshirt freshman. We don't want him to have to get out of his comfort zone but he's one of those guys, he's always been a leader. At the quarterback position, that's what you want."
Texas (1-0) set a school record for total yards after spending the off-season talking about how it wants its offense to play at a faster pace. The Cougars (0-1) also prefer to play up tempo but its defense has a rough tough reputation. Senior linebacker Kyle Van Noy is an All-American candidate.
"You have to know where he is on every play, and you have to have a plan for him," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "He's that good."
The visit to BYU starts a crucial three-game stretch for Texas. The Longhorns will be at home to face Ole Miss on Sept. 14 and open Big 12 play in Austin against Kansas State on Sept. 21. The Rebels started their season with an impressive Southeastern Conference victory while the Wildcats have five consecutive victories over UT.
"Both of these teams (BYUI and Ole Miss) are as good as we are. Our guys know that," Brown said. "This is great for us to be challenged. We get the tough road trip, which we need. We get the tough SEC game, which we need going into our Big 12 opener."Saturday's gamesAll time CentralOklahoma State at UT-San Antonio
11 a.m., Alamodome, FS1.Records:
Oklahoma State 1-0, UT-San Antonio 1-0.Scouting Oklahoma State:
Sophomore J.W. Walsh is slated to start at quarterback for the 13th-ranked Cowboys. He came on in relief in the opener and sparked a stagnant offense. Oklahoma State's defense was outstanding against Mississippi State. After a 13-play opening drive led to a field goal, the Cowboys held the Bulldogs to 32 plays on their next eight drives. Oklahoma State averaged 7.2 yards per rushing attempt.Scouting UT-San Antonio:
The Roadrunners rallied from a 13-0 deficit on the road to beat New Mexico last Saturday. Junior quarterback Eric Soza, who has been a starter since mid-way through his freshman season, threw for 20 touchdowns and completed 58 percent of his passes in 2012.This and that:
Oklahoma State limited Mississippi State to just two third-down conversions in 16 tries. … Oklahoma State senior running back Jeremy Smith has scored a rushing touchdown in 10 consecutive games. … UTSA coach Larry Coker spent seven seasons as Oklahoma State's offensive coordinator from 1983-89, including the four years that current Cowboys coach Mike Gundy played there.Southeastern Louisiana at TCU
11 a.m., Amon Carter Stadium, FSN.Records:
Southeastern Louisiana 1-0; TCU 0-1.Scouting Southeastern Louisiana:
Junior quarterback Bryan Bennett, who made his first start after transferring from Oregon, was 9 for 15 for 169 while adding 106 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 12 carries. Southeastern Louisiana gained 309 yards rushing, the most since the football program was reinstated in 2003.Scouting TCU:
Senior quarterback Casey Pachall is expected to start but sophomore Trevone Boykin, who came off the bench to spark the offense in the opener, also could play. Sophomore B.J. Catalon, who had a kickoff return for a touchdown, had 233 all-purpose yards and appears ready to emerge as a play maker. No. 24 TCU's defense will face an offense that uses a myriad of formations and personnel packages.This and that:
Southeastern Louisiana is an FCS team and a member of the Southland Conference. TCU lost at home to Northwestern State, an SLC team, in 2001. … TCU hasn't opened a season with consecutive defeats since 1999. … Southeastern Louisiana won its season opener for the first time since 2009. … The Lions are 0-17 against FBS teams since the return of the program in 2003.Buffalo at Baylor
2:30 p.m., Floyd Casey Stadium, FSN.Records:
Buffalo 0-1, Baylor 1-0.Scouting Buffalo:
The Bulls have been struggling to get consistent quarterback play from both Alex Zordich and Joe Licata. In last week's 40-30 loss at Ohio State, Buffalo averaged just 2.1 yards per rushing attempt. One of the Bulls' touchdowns came on an interception return by linebacker Khalil Mack, a senior who nationally is regarded as one of the best at his position.Scouting Baylor:
The Bears had a perfect combination of explosive offense and stifling defense. Junior quarterback Bryce Petty completed 19 of 24 passes for 312 yards in his debut while running back Lache Seastrunk averaged 10 yards per attempt. Baylor was ranked No. 23 in this week's Associated Press rankings; the attention will increase if the Bears can post another lopsided victory.This and that:
Running back Lache Seastrunk has rushed for at least 100 yards in a school-record five consecutive games. He's averaging 9.2 yards per carry during those five games. … In its opener, Baylor had more yards rushing (281) than Wofford had in total offense (233). … The Bulls have lost their only two matchups with the Bears, most recently falling 34-6 at Baylor in 2010.Louisiana Lafayette at Kansas State
5:30 p.m., Bill Snyder Family Stadium, FS1.Records:
Louisiana Lafayette 0-1, Kansas State 0-1.Scouting Louisiana Lafayette:
Junior quarterback Terrance Broadway is a threat running and passing; he set a school record for total offense with 3,611 yards last season. Wide receiver Jacob Maxwell is the top receiving threat. The Ragin' Cajuns lost their opener to Arkansas and allowed 292 yards on the ground. Louisiana Lafayette generated just 274 yards in total offense against the Razorbacks.Scouting Kansas State:
In the season-opening loss, over one third of the Wildcats' offensive plays gained zero or negative yards. Kansas State has a veteran offensive line and it must create more room to allow the running game to operate. Junior quarterback Jake Waters was solid in his debut but expect to see more of sophomore QB Daniel Sams.This and that:
Since 1990, K-State has won 65 of its 73 (.890) regular-season nonconference games under Snyder, including winning 56 of 59 (.949) at home during that stretch. … The Ragin' Cajuns are coming off back-to-back 9-4 seasons and they've won the New Orleans Bowl each of the last two seasons.South Dakota at Kansas
6 p.m., Memorial Stadium, Jayhawk Network.Records:
South Dakota 1-0, Kansas 0-0.Scouting South Dakota:
The Coyotes opened by winning a defensive struggle at home. South Dakota limited UC Davis to 267 yards but could produce just 286, gaining 225 of that on the ground. The offense relies on redshirt freshmen running backs Trevor Bouma and Jordan Roberts. Senior linebacker Tyler Starr anchors the defense. Scouting Kansas:
The Jayhawks were last in the Big 12 in passing offense last season. They hope that junior quarterback Jake Heaps, a transfer from BYU, will provide a boost. Kansas has a deep and talented group of running backs. The defense is trying to adjust to an influx of new players, many from the junior-college ranks. This and that:
Last season, KU won its opener against South Dakota State. The Jayhawks have lost 11 in a row and hope to snap the streak against South Dakota. … The Coyotes equaled their 2012 win total last week with a 10-7 home victory over UC Davis. … South Dakota's last - and only meeting - with KU came on Oct. 26, 1900 (yes, 1900), when the Jayhawks rolled to a 42-0 victory in Vermillion, S.D.West Virginia at Oklahoma
6 p.m., Gaylord Family -Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, FOX.Records:
West Virginia 1-0, Oklahoma 1-0.Scouting West Virginia:
The Mountaineers expect to start junior Paul Millard at quarterback for the second consecutive game, but Clint Trickett, also a junior, should also see action. In the opener West Virginia's offense had more success running the ball than throwing it. Running back Charles Sims, who transferred from Houston, led the way with 120 yards on 23 carries. Scouting Oklahoma:
Redshirt freshman Trevor Knight will start at quarterback. In the Sooners' opener, he gained 103 yards rushing. Oklahoma is utilizing the zone read more than it has in the past. The Sooners' defense was dominant in the shutout of Louisiana Monroe, allowing just 166 yards in total offense and recording OU's first shutout since 2010.This and that:
Oklahoma did not have a pass completion longer than 18 yards in the opener. … The last time West Virginia played in Norman was 1982 and the Mountaineers scored a 41-27 upset. … Last season in Morganton, the Sooners scored a late touchdown for a wild 50-49 victory. … Under coach Bob Stoops, OU is 74-1 at home when scoring 30 or more points.Texas at BYU
6 p.m., LaVell Edwards Stadium, ESPN2.Records:
Texas 1-0, BYU 0-1.Scouting Texas:
After a slow start, the Longhorns set a school record for total offense in the season opener. Junior quarterback David Ash had a career-high 434 yards in total offense and matched his career high with four touchdown passes. UT's defense forced nine New Mexico State punts and limited the Aggies to just five third-down conversions in 18 attempts.Scouting BYU:
The Cougars offense is led by sophomore quarterback Taysom Hill and receiver Ross Apo, a Texas native who originally committed to UT before deciding on BYU. The offense pushes the pace – the Cougars ran 93 plays in an opener played in a downpour. BYU's defense is rugged and led by senior linebacker Kyle Van Noy.This and that:
Texas has won 11 straight non-conference road games since a 27-24 loss at Stanford on Sept. 16, 2000. … BYU has dropped six straight games against Top 25 opponents. One loss was by three points and three were by a single point. … The Cougars lost their opener at Virginia in a game that was delayed by lightning over two hours.Stephen F. Austin at Texas Tech
6 p.m., Jones AT&T Stadium, FSN.Records:
Stephen F. Austin 0-1, Texas Tech 0-1.Scouting Stephen F. Austin:
The Lumberjacks have a potent offense. They rolled up 564 total yards in a season-opening 50-40 loss at Weber State. Senior quarterback Brady Attaway is adept at running his team's spread offense and threw for 450 yards and four touchdowns. His top receivers are senior Mike Brooks and junior D.J. Ward.Scouting Texas Tech:
Walk on freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield had a record-setting, historic game in the season opener. He's expected to start in the home opener but freshman Davis Webb also could see playing time. Texas Tech's defense was impressive in the victory at SMU, particularly in pressuring the quarterback.This and that:
The last time these teams met (2001), Kliff Kingsbury was the Red Raiders' quarterback and threw for five touchdowns in a 58-3 victory. … Texas Tech unveils the new 100-foot-by-38-foot video board at the north end of its stadium. ... Stephen F. Austin is 2-13 against FBS teams since 1988. … Texas Tech has won its last 20 home openers. … A new 100-foot-by-38-foot video board at the north end of its Jones AT&T Stadium will make its debut.