This week, we are loaded with four big Week 1 questions: what can the Big 12 expect from West Virginia in 2012, should the early performances of Oklahoma and Texas raise concerns, should Oklahoma State play a harder nonconference schedule, and how good will Penn State be this season.
Second, Through the Phog discusses the early struggles of both Oklahoma and Texas in Week 1. Oklahoma struggled in the first half of their game against UTEP while Texas struggled in the first quarter of their game against Wyoming. Should these slow starts raise some concerns or are they just overreactions?
Should we be concerned by with the performances of Oklahoma and Texas or are these overreactions to the first week of the season?
Ricky: The Oklahoma struggles were no surprise. The Sooners always have at least one game early in the season where they struggle for a short time, but come out with a win. Plus, this was just a tune up game for Landry Jones and Kenny Stills to get on the same page in a real football game. On the other hand, Texas should be concerned by their early struggles against Wyoming. This is a year Texas will most likely finish with the fourth best record in the Big 12 (at best). The Longhorns start their conference schedule against Oklahoma State, West Virginia, and Oklahoma then finish their conference schedule with games against TCU and Kansas State. Expect an extremely down year from the Longhorns in 2012.
George: Texas after a down year last season, is still improving with each week. I was very surprised with Oklahoma and their performance vs UTEP. The Sooners returned a great offense led by Landry Jones and another strong defense. That game was a surprise, though I feel the Sooners will get back on track for the rest of the season.
Each week, the staff at Through the Phog will react on the previous day’s games in Big 12 football and other news that happens in the conference. Our current staff includes lead editor George Pike, along with staff writer, Ricky Widmer.