It's Gallagher vs. Cole in the Big 12 football picks showdown!
Who knows how to pick football games better, the lifelong Big 12 fan, Gallagher Martin or the cagey veteran who has been around football for 45 years but is new to Big 12 football, Matt Cole? The battle begins this week as Martin and Cole will go head-to-head picking all Big 12 games(and possibly a few others) throughout the season. Below are the picks for week one:
Tulsa at No. 10 Oklahoma State
Gallagher- Oklahoma State is my pick to win the Big 12, I don’t expect any upsets on Thursday night. 48-20 OSU
Matt- Oklahoma State opens with a big win to set the tone for the season. 52-10 OSU
No. 21 Virginia Tech at No. 22 West Virginia
Gallagher- This game is being played on a neutral site which only adds to the uncertainty. This one feels 50/50 to me. 32-29 VT
Matt- I am an ACC guy so, along with Florida State beating ‘Bama Saturday, I have to go with VTech at the neutral site. 45-41 VT
Maryland at No. 23 Texas
Gallagher- Maryland made a bowl game last year and should be even better this year. I think they can give Texas a game, but I like the Longhorns at home. 27-20 Texas
Matt- Difference in the game is where they are playing. Going with the home team. 20-14 Texas.
Eastern Washington at Texas Tech
Gallagher- Texas Tech is bad this year and the Kansas football team should be smelling blood in the basement of the Big 12. Tech better be ready for Eastern Washington, who beat 8-win Washington State last year. 45-41 TTU
Matt- Somebody has to get upset in week one and Texas Tech is that team. Kliff Kingsbury will be lucky to make it through the season and the seat with got hot right away. 38-28 EWU.
UTEP at No. 7 Oklahoma
Gallagher- Oklahoma lost a lot of offensive production to the NFL last year but they are still a legitimate College Football Playoff contender. 50-7 OU
Matt- UTEP had a losing record in a bad conference and got slammed by Texas last year. Sooners roll. 56-14 OU.
SE Missouri State at Kansas
Gallagher-I don’t feel 100 percent safe in this pick, but I think Kansas is trending upwards. 27-13 Kansas
Matt- Rock Chalk Jayhawk, at least for one week. 31-17 KU.
Central Arkansas at No. 20 Kansas State
Gallagher- With a favorable schedule, Kansas State should contend for the Big 12 title with home games against Oklahoma and West Virginia. 45-14 KSU
Matt- I didn’t even know there was a Southland Conference. Over by halftime if the ‘Cats are for real. 49-17 KSU.
Northern Iowa at Iowa State
Gallagher- I feel obligated to make at least one upset pick if you consider a team beating Iowa State an “upset.” Northern Iowa probably has a team full of Iowa State rejects, so expect them to give the Cyclones their best shot. 27-24 Northern Iowa
Matt- Can the Cyclones lose this game two years in a row? I don’t think so. Ugly 21-17 ISU.
Jackson State at TCU
Gallagher- TCU is a serious sleeper in the Big 12. I don’t think the Frogs are getting the hype they deserve. 55-10 TCU
Matt- Frogs leap in the end zone early and often in this one, then cruise in the second half. 63-21 TCU.
Liberty at Baylor
Gallagher- This year’s Baylor team is a mystery to me; only time will tell how good they are. 63-7 Baylor
Matt- Who remembers Turner Gill? Baylor has permanent coach and are a year out from distractions. They’ll have to throttle back to not embarrass Liberty. 56-10 BU.