Tough start for the Big 12

Some bad losses in the first week of college football

9/2/13 in NCAAF   |   andrewgilman   |   20 respect

Jul 22, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Kansas Jayhawks head coach Charlie Weis speaks to the media during the Big 12 media days at the Omni Dallas Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY SportsWell, at least Kansas didn't lose.
After a first weekend of Big 12 Conference football, it's pretty clear some improvement is necessary.
Oklahoma State's 21-3 win against Mississippi State was nice, but then again, OSU is the preseason pick to win the conference and the Bulldogs aren't exactly Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina or LSU. A fine win, but it was the lone highlight of the weekend for the conference.
And while Kansas didn't lose, the Jayhawks didn't win either. They had the weekend off.
Oklahoma won against Louisiana Monroe, Baylor beat Wofford but past that, there was no sure things for the Big 12.
"You better be careful who you schedule," Texas coach Mack Brown said. His team trailed New Mexico early and led only 14-7 at the half against a team that will be lucky to win three games this year. Texas went on to a 56-7 victory.
Meanwhile, Kansas State fell at home to FCS North Dakota State, 24-21. While Kansas State doesn't have the same sort of team it had a season ago when it won the conference and went to a BCS game, losing at home in August can't be a good sign.
"I've had better days," Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said.
It took all of three-plus quarters for Texas Tech to distance themselves from SMU in its opener and West Virginia trailed early and d
Aug 30, 2013; Manhattan, KS, USA; North Dakota State Bison wide receiver Ryan Smith (4) runs by Kansas State Wildcats defensive end Alauna Finau (94) during the Bisons' 24-21 win at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports
eep into the fourth quarter before getting past William
& Mary. 
"Too many times people underestimate preparation," Kansas coach Charlie Weis said. "Watching those teams win was certainly no surprise. Any time you have that much time to prepare, you better be ready. Anyone can win in a game like that. We had a team meeting an d that was the first thing out of my mouth. For us, because we didn't play, it was a great teaching tool."
Then there was Iowa State. A bowl team a season ago, the Cyclones lost at home to another FCS team – Northern Iowa - 24–21.
Certainly there's no shame in TCU losing against LSU, but as we head to week two, there's little chance for the Big 12 to prove its worth. Oklahoma State goes on the road at UTSA, Texas heads to BYU, and that's about it.
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