Baylor easily got through its nonconference schedule with three lopsided victories in 13 days before taking a break.
Big points and yardage totals are the norm whenever Oklahoma State and Texas Tech get together.
The Wildcats face another test this Saturday when UTEP (2-1) and Aaron Jones, the nation’s fourth-leading rusher at 183 yards per game, visit Manhattan to close out non-conference play.
The preliminaries are almost done in the Big 12, with the Red Raiders and Longhorns among seven teams that have already completed their non-conference schedules only three Saturdays into September.
Three weeks after nearly knocking off No. 1 Florida State, a team that was supposed to be rebuilding is ranked No. 24. The Cowboys (2-1) host Texas Tech on Thursday in their Big 12 opener.
Texas Tech defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt has resigned for unspecified personal reasons.
Conference play will begin picking up this week, but there will also be some key non-conference match-ups as well. Defending SEC champion Auburn heads to Kansas State for a Thursday night match-up. This could be the Big 12’s last chance to leave a huge impression on the selection committee.
The Horned Frogs, Mountaineers and Cyclones each beat a fellow power conference team on Saturday — and West Virginia and Iowa State did it on the road.
Quarterback Seth Russell, filling in for injured senior starter Bryce Petty, threw for 438 yards and five touchdowns. Freshman KD Cannon had 223 yards receiving and three scores for a team missing three senior receivers.
It’s been 23 years since Texas Tech and Arkansas faced off in what was the two teams’ final pairing before the Razorbacks joined the Southeast Conference.
Two years ago, Tyrone Swoopes was the can’t-miss prospect and quarterback of the future for the Texas Longhorns.
Baylor coach Art Briles prefers to avoid certain labels for players not necessarily considered first-teamers in the eighth-ranked Bears’ fast-paced, big-play offense.