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Tony Adame’s Big 12 Report (Sept. 11)

  • Published Monday, Sep. 10, 2012, at 5:16 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2012, at 7:02 a.m.

Sooners get to watch, wait

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops doesn’t mind having a week off before his team’s nationally-televised showdown with No. 15 Kansas State on Sept. 22 in Norman, Okla., a game that will be nationally televised on Fox (KSAS, Ch. 4) with a 6:50 p.m. kickoff.

“I’m grateful for the extra week,” Stoops said. “Kansas State is a very difficult team to prepare for.”

After struggling somewhat in the first week of the season in a 24-7 win at Texas-El Paso, the Sooners bounced back by smashing Florida A&M 69-13 on Saturday in Norman.

Stoops will give his team Friday, Saturday and Sunday off, and he expects they’ll all tune in to the Wildcats’ game against North Texas on Saturday night.

“Of course I’ll be watching (K-State),” Stoops said. “I just might watch it later, that way I can just watch it without all the commercials.”

Come home, Horned Frogs

TCU plays its inaugural Big 12 game against Kansas on Saturday in Lawrence, and the Horned Frogs have their fair share of connections to the Sunflower State.

Coach Gary Patterson grew up in Rozel and played at Dodge City Community College and Kansas State. Senior lineman Blaize Foltz and younger brother Brady Foltz, a redshirt freshman lineman, are from Rose Hill. Freshman quarterback Tyler Matthews is from McPherson.

Blaize Foltz was an All-Mountain West pick last season in his first year as a starter.

“I know (Blaize) is really going to enjoy having his friends and everyone around to watch him play,” Patterson said. “I don’t think he’ll play any harder because I know he always competes at a very high level, but he’d obviously like to go out with a win.”

Sams the man

K-State backup quarterback Daniel Sams has given Wildcat fans reason to think that life after Collin Klein might not be that bad after all.

Sams has rushed for 108 yards and scored three rushing touchdowns in K-States’s first two games ... on six carries. Playing in mop-up action, he’s yet to attempt a pass. He scored touchdowns on runs of 15 and 11 yards in Saturday’s 52-13 rout of Miami.

“He’s become a far more focused young guy this season,” K-State coach Bill Snyder said. “He’s made vast, rapid improvements and not just in the runs that were successful. I thought he did a good job of how he managed the game and his recognition of what happened on defense.”

Sams’ ability to make plays begs the question of whether there is a way to get him on the field — possibly at the same time as Klein.

“There probably is a away that could happen,” Snyder said. “Whether or not that will take place remains to be seen. He’s trying to develop his capabilities at the position he’s at right now.”

Capital gains

West Virginia plays a neutral-site game on Saturday against James Madison at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. It’s one of three games coach Dana Holgersen has scheduled for the Mountaineers in the D.C. area, a 3 1/2-hour drive from Morgantown, W.Va.

West Virginia plays Maryland in Baltimore next year. They go back to play BYU at FedEx Field in 2016.

“That’s such an important recruiting area for us,” Holgersen said. “We’ve got a guy that just focuses on that area full time. Playing games there is really important to us, to our fan base and alumni.”

Who’s hot

Jake Knott: The Iowa State linebacker was named Big 12 defensive player of the week after his interception with 1:11 left iced the Cyclones’ 9-6 victory at Iowa on Saturday.

John Hubert: K-State’s junior running back is second in the Big 12 in rushing with 258 yards on 25 carries.

TCU’s defense: The Horned Frogs opened with a 69-0 shutout of Grambling State and heralded freshman defensive end Devonte Fields looked like the real deal with five tackles, including three tackles for loss and one sack.

Who’s not

Dayne Crist: The Kansas senior QB and Notre Dame transfer has struggled in two games, and his late interception against Rice set up the Owls’ game-winning field goal.

Oklahoma State: Four turnovers and 167 yards in penalties led to a surprise 59-38 loss at Arizona.

What to watch

Must-see game: Texas at Mississippi

Worth watching: TCU at Kansas

If there’s nothing better to do: North Texas at K-State, New Mexico at Texas Tech, Sam Houston State at Baylor, Louisiana-Lafayette at Oklahoma State

Avert your eyes: Western Illinois at Iowa State, West Virginia vs. James Madison

Power rankings

1. West Virginia (1-0): Mountaineers ready to conquer D.C.

2. Oklahoma (2-0): Week off to prepare for Klein, KSU.

3. K-State (2-0): Tough not to think about Oklahoma.

4. TCU (1-0): First Big 12 stop: Lawrence.

5. Texas (2-0): Big test at Mississippi awaits.

6. Baylor (1-0): Bears play twice in six days.

7. Iowa State (2-0): Cyclones relish underdog role.

8. Texas Tech (2-0): Avoided trap loss at Texas State.

9. Oklahoma State (1-1): Ugly, ugly loss to Arizona.

10. Kansas (1-1): Doesn’t get any easier.

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