GAME OF THE WEEK | TEXAS at No. 4 SOUTHERN CAL, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Fox
Texas fell from the rankings with a loss to Maryland on Week 1, though the Longhorns’ initial spot at No. 23 was undeserved coming off a 5-7 finish that required a coaching change. Their bounce-back last week, a 56-0 shutout of San Jose State, was encouraging. The matchup with USC will, of course, spark memories of the 2005 national championship the Longhorns captured by edging the Trojans 41-38 behind Vince Young in the Rose Bowl. Oh, how the Horns have fallen.
OTHER KEY GAMES
No. 9 OKLAHOMA STATE at PITTSBURGH, 11 a.m. Saturday, ESPN
Dangerous WR James Washington is averaging a tidy 30.4 yards per grab for the Pokes. WR Marcell Ateman is back in form after missing last season with an ankle injury, providing QB Mason Rudolph another experienced target. Pitt (1-1) held the ball 38 minutes last week, but was susceptible to big plays in a loss to Penn State.
IOWA STATE at AKRON, 11 a.m. Saturday, CBS Sports Network
Second-year ISU coach Matt Campbell is familiar with Akron from his days in the MAC. He also realizes a win is vital to build momentum for the Big 12. The Cyclones are 1-5 in their last six outcomes decided by seven points or less. They allowed five TD drives to Iowa of 76 yards or greater. Akron (1-1) is 7-for-7 on red zone scores.
SMU at No. 20 TCU, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPNU
The Horned Frogs have maintained a firm grasp of the Iron Skillet, winning this metroplex rivalry five straight years and nine of the last 10. After stuffing Arkansas last week, TCU must turn its attention to Courtland Sutton. The SMU receiver scored four touchdowns last week as the Mustangs (2-0) toppled North Texas.
ARIZONA STATE at TEXAS TECH, 7 p.m. Saturday, FSN
The Sun Devils won a 68-55 shootout last year. ASU is reeling from a 30-20 home loss to San Diego State. The Sun Devils are allowing 450.5 yards on average. RB Kalen Ballage returns after tying an NCAA record with eight TDs in last year’s clash. Tech QB Nic Shimonek passed for 384 yards in the opener against Eastern Washington.
BIG 12 POWER RANKINGS | SOONERS SURGE TO TOP OF LIST by beating ohio state
Baker Mayfield stakes claim to playoff push. Riley can coach.
2. OKLAHOMA STATE
Cowboys incorporating RB Justice Hill into ultra-deep receiving corps.
Convincing win vs. Arkansas features trademark Patterson defense.
4. KANSAS STATE
Traveling into SEC country excites both Wildcats and their fan base.
5. WEST VIRGINIA
Mismatch with Delaware State precedes Big 12 opener at Kansas.
6. TEXAS TECH
Struggling Arizona State provides chance for Tech to gain confidence.
7. IOWA STATE
OT heartbreaker against Iowa a game Cyclones must learn to win.
Longhorns bounce back with easy win, though trip to USC daunting.
Restoring enthusiasm is on Jayhawks as they face another MAC foe.
Matt Rhule probably didn’t realize his challenge was this tough.