Some things to ticker during the opening play of the play successful the Big 12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 21 Texas vs. No. 23 Louisiana-Lafayette. A caller epoch begins for Texas adjacent earlier its aboriginal determination to the SEC, with caller manager Steve Sarkisian, new starting backmost Hudson Card and preseason AP All-America moving backmost Bijan Robison. The Longhorns had winning records and won vessel games successful each of manager Tom Herman’s 4 seasons, but it has been 12 years since they won a Big 12 title. Sarkisian is coming disconnected a nationalist title arsenic Nick Saban’s violative coordinator astatine Alabama past season. His archetypal crippled arsenic Texas manager comes astatine location against a Sun Belt squad that opened past twelvemonth with a 31-14 triumph astatine then-No. 23 Iowa State, which went connected to beryllium the Big 12 runner-up and decorativeness successful the Top 10. The Ragin’ Cajuns transportation a seven-game winning streak into their archetypal crippled ever arsenic a Top 25 squad against different ranked team.
Kansas State plays Stanford successful a matchup of Power Five teams featuring breakout moving backs astatine AT&T Stadium successful North Texas, tract of the Big 12 rubric crippled and a College Football Playoff semifinal this season. Deuce Vaughn was K-State’s apical rusher and receiver arsenic a freshman past season, and 1 of lone 3 players nationally with astatine slightest 600 yards rushing and 400 yards receiving. Austin Jones ran for 550 yards and a Pac-12 precocious 9 TDs successful a six-game season, and his 21 catches were the second-most for Stanford.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
No. 7 Iowa State made its archetypal Big 12 rubric crippled past play and present has its highest ranking successful schoolhouse history. The Cyclones are 1 of 4 Big 12 teams opening astatine location against FCS teams, against Northern Iowa. The others are Oklahoma State (vs. Missouri State); TCU (vs. Duquesne) and Kansas (vs. South Dakota connected Friday night). ... Both Big 12 moving backs that averaged much than 100 yards a crippled past play are back. National rushing person Breece Hall averaged 131 yards per crippled for Iowa State. West Virginia’s Leddie Brown ran for 101 yards per game. ... Baylor opens astatine Texas State successful its archetypal regular-season non-conference crippled successful 715 days, since a triumph astatine Rice connected Sept. 21, 2019. The Bears had aggregate attempts astatine non-conference games canceled due to the fact that of COVID-19 issues past twelvemonth successful manager Dave Aranda’s archetypal season.
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Tulane opened arsenic a astir four-TD underdog against second-ranked and six-time defending Big 12 champion Oklahoma. And that was adjacent earlier the crippled got moved this week to Norman from New Orleans successful the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. The Green Wave volition beryllium the designated location squad and volition clasp each nett proceeds from summons income astatine the stadium that seats much than 86,000. Capacity astatine Tulane’s location stadium is 30,000.
Transfer backmost Tyler Shough takes implicit arsenic the caller backmost astatine Texas Tech. The 6-foot-5 inferior threw for 1,703 yards and 16 TDs successful 7 games past play to assistance pb Oregon to its 2nd Pac-12 title crippled triumph successful a row. He had backed up NFL first-round draught prime Justin Herbert earlier that.