The one game I got wrong had me punching the coffee table. Hindsight makes it easy to say Houston was the right call, but wasn't the evidence there beforehand? It wasn't just Houston's upset of Oklahoma State that was convincing, it was the way they outscored the Cowboys 21-0 to rally and win. Underdog teams don't do that -- the script almost always has them running out to a lead and seeing if they can hold on. Houston got punched in the mouth, and it responded.
And that had just been its most recent big win under coach Kevin Sumlin. The man has a Mike Tomlin demeanor on the sideline, and he just doesn't lose when the spotlight's on him. Nevertheless, I bet against the Cougars, and I got burned.
That was the final game out of 10 Big 12 contests this weekend, most of which went as planned. Nebraska and Kansas State get kudos for exceptional performances after losses -- signs of great coaching.
Week 2 record: 9-1
Overall record: 31-11, 1-0 Big 12 Conference
Missouri 31, Nevada 21 (Friday): Nevada's not terrible, but if Missouri were good, they would have made the Wolfpack look terrible. Final verdict on Missouri: middling.
Texas A&M 56, UAB 19: The Aggies got off to a slow start but piled it on UAB. Then they got unexpected good news that will likely improve their standing at the end of the season (see Baylor below).
Kansas 38, Southern Miss 28: Didn't expect the Jayhawks to be tied entering the fourth, and they needed most of their 433 yards to pull out the win. Running back Jake Sharp was injured, but it was the defense that looked sluggish in KU's final nonconference game.
Kansas State 49, Tennesee Tech 7: I really, honestly thought the Wildcats would win by 10 or 15. They hadn't done much this season offensively, and Carson Coffman still isn't impressing as K-State's quarterback, but the running game was solid and Brandon Banks' two kickoff returns for touchdowns provided a spark.
Texas 64, UTEP 7: Another week, another big win rolled out by Texas. If Tim Tebow's concussion forces him out of multiple games, Colt McCoy has to be the Heisman frontrunner.
Texas A&M 56, UAB 19: The Aggies got off to a slow start but piled it on. Next up is Arkansas, a border state representative in a similar rebuilding mode as TAMU.
Baylor 68, Northwestern State 13: There's no amount of points or margin of victory that could make this game good for Baylor. Robert Griffin suffered a season-ending knee injury over the weekend and is out for the season. And thus, the big jump Baylor was expected to take is stuck in the mud.
Oklahoma 56, Grambling 6: Another mindless blowout for which there is little to say except: that was expected.
Iowa State 31, Army 10: I really thought Iowa State's defense played well in this game. Army's not a good team, but they're not miserable, either, and they threw a couple different quarterbacks with different strengths at the Cyclones. Pitching a second-half shutout was a strong performance for a team that's mostly looking to improve as the season goes on.
Nebraska 55, Louisiana-Lafayette 0: Nebraska scores its first shutout since 2006 over a team that beat Kansas State earlier this season. The Huskers are currently third nationally in points per game allowed, trailing only Oklahoma and South Florida. And I think Virginia Tech's melee of Miami illustrates how good the Huskers might actually be.
Houston 29, Texas Tech 28: Case Keenum is the real deal. Houston's the real deal. If you didn't catch that last scoring drive of the game, you missed a beautiful series. Keenum threw for 435 yards but ran a quarterback draw four yards for a touchdown and the win over Houston's former Southwestern Conference foe.