Some Big 12 quarterback competitions have cleared after week one, others remain works in progress.
By BLAIR KERKHOFF
The Kansas City Star
Teams with fall camp competitions are expected to go with the same starters in the second week, except at Oklahoma State. J.W. Walsh, who engineered the Cowboys’ 21-3 victory over Mississippi State in relief of Clint Chelf, gets the start Saturday at Texas-San Antonio.
Kansas State’s Daniel Sams and TCU’s Trevone Boykin, change-of-pace quarterbacks for starters Jake Waters and Casey Pachall, should continue to see action. West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen didn’t rule out the playing possibility of Clint Trickett, who lost the starting job to Paul Millard.
Texas Tech is set at the moment with Blake Mayfield, the walk-on freshman who lit up SMU last week, and Oklahoma looks for more consistency from Trevor Knight.
• Florida at Miami (Fla.), 11 a.m. Saturday on ESPN: The Gators’ defense had to replace starters but still picked up where it left off last season in a 24-6 victory over Toledo. Florida steps up in class, taking on the Hurricanes, who got 186 rushing yards from Duke Johnson against Florida Atlantic last week.
• Miami (Ohio) at Kentucky, 11 a.m. Saturday on Fox Sports KC: Both teams lost ugly last week, the Wildcats to Western Kentucky, the RedHawks to Marshall. Kentucky looks to shore up a defense against a Miami team that rushed for 74 yards last week.
• Western Kentucky at Tennessee, 11:21 a.m. Saturday on KSMO (Ch. 62): Hilltoppers coach Bobby Petrino looks to start 2-0 against two SEC teams that could have hired him. The last time he faced Tennessee, he was Arkansas’ coach and the Razorbacks won 49-7 in Fayetteville in 2011.
• Alcorn State at Mississippi State, 2:30 p.m. Saturday: Bulldogs quarterback Tyler Russell might not play after suffering a head injury last week. Alcorn was picked to finish last in the SWAC East Division.
• Toledo at Missouri, 2:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU: Tigers coach Gary Pinkel has won eight straight over Mid-American Conference opponents. In last week’s victory over Murray State, Mizzou had two running backs top 100 yards in a game for the first time since 1999: Henry Josey (113) and Russell Hansbrough (104).
• South Carolina at Georgia, 3:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPN: Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell is out for the season after tearing an ACL while celebrating the Bulldogs’ first touchdown last week against Clemson. The winner here gets the inside track on the SEC East race, although Georgia has represented the division in the league title game the last two years after losing this game.
• Alabama-Birmingham at LSU, 6 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU: Biggest development for LSU last week was great play of the offense against TCU. No word from coach Les Miles on whether running back Jeremy Hill will play.
• Sam Houston State at Texas A&M, 6 p.m. Saturday on PPV: The Bearkats, coached by former Central Missouri coach Willie Fritz, are no pushover. They’re ranked No. 4 in the FCS poll and beat Houston Baptist 74-0 in last week’s opener.
• Samford vs. Arkansas (at Little Rock), 6 p.m. Saturday on PPV: Arkansas won’t use a T-shirt launcher for this game after a school marketing intern was injured in a launcher mishap last week.
• Southeast Missouri at Mississippi, 6 p.m. Saturday on PPV: SEMO fans will make the four-hour trip down Interstate 55 for what should be a blowout after the Redhawks lost to Southeastern Louisiana 45-7 last week.
• Arkansas State at Auburn, 6:30 p.m. Saturday on Fox Sports KC: A tester for the Tigers. Arkansas State thumped Arkansas-Pine Bluff 62-11 last week and racked up 672 total yards.
• Austin Peay at Vanderbilt, 6:30 p.m. Saturday: Vandy can measure itself against Tennessee here. The Governors lost in Knoxville 45-0 last week.
• Oklahoma State at Texas-San Antonio, 11 a.m. Saturday on Fox Sports 1: The Cowboys recruit San Antonio and the region, so the two-for-one deal (two games in Stillwater) had appeal to coach Mike Gundy.
• Southeastern Louisiana at TCU, 11 a.m. Saturday on Fox Sports KC: The Frogs have returned a kickoff or punt for a touchdown in six of their last seven games. The latest, a kickoff return by B.J. Catalon last week.
• Buffalo at Baylor, 2:30 p.m. Saturday on Fox Sports KC: A comparison score game. Buffalo lost to Ohio State last week by 20. Can Baylor stretch out that margin, and perhaps jump in the polls?
• Louisiana at Kansas State, 5:30 p.m. Saturday on Fox Sports 1: Something Kansas State isn’t used to, being 0-1. Look for the Wildcats to establish the run better after 41 yards against North Dakota State last week.
• South Dakota at Kansas, 6 p.m. Saturday on Metro Sports: First game on Kansas’ new Jayhawk Network. South Dakota was a 10-7 winner over California-Davis last weekend and has already matched last year’s victory total.
• West Virginia at Oklahoma, 6 p.m. Saturday on Fox (Ch. 4): The Sooners’ defense came up big in a 34-0 victory over Louiaiana-Monroe last week, and the Mountaineers struggled to score, at least by recent standards, in a 24-17 over William & Mary.
• Texas at Brigham Young, 6 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2: The Longhorns needed nearly two quarters to get going last week, but once they did, the result was a school-record 715 yards in a 56-7 victory over New Mexico State.
• Stephen F. Austin at Texas Tech, 6 p.m. Saturday on Fox Sports KC: Will Kliff Kingsbury have a quarterback controversy on his hands? Maybe, if Blake Mayfield continues to play well.