College football is back, and so is Pete’s Picks vs. Gallagher’s Gambles. Week one is usually one-sided because Big 12 teams always play low-tier teams, however while we make our picks, we also preview on how each team will perform this coming season. There are a few games that could be intriguing such as Oklahoma vs. Houston, and our game of the week Oregon vs. Auburn. Here are our football picks.

Oklahoma State at Oregon State (Friday)

Gallagher- No, I don’t know who the quarterback will be for Oklahoma State, but expect to see 2017-2018 Texas Gatorade Player of the Year Spencer Sanders and fifth-year senior transfer Dru Brown both see significant time. Tylan Wallace is one of the best receivers in the country, and Chuba Hubbard is one of the best running backs in the Big 12. I think Oklahoma State has too much talent for an Oregon State team that is coming off a 2-10 season. 44-28 Oklahoma State

Peter- I expect a big year for Gallagher’s Oklahoma State, but I still have concerns about their quarterback situation. Spencer Sanders was a stud in high school and has impressed oaches all camp, while Dru Brown is more experienced as he produced some pretty good numbers while he played at Hawaii. I think the quarterback battle is still up for grabs, and I expect both quarterbacks to see the field against Oregon State. 38-10 Oklahoma State

Indiana State at Kansas

Gallagher- Pooka Williams will miss this game. Even with Pooka I’m not sure Kansas wins. I know they have a fancy new coach and have signed some pretty good recruits, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Kansas lose this game. I’ll roll with the Jayhawks, but wouldn’t be surprised by any outcome. 24-14 Kansas

Peter- So it begins; the Les Miles era. Pookah Williams might be out, but they have depth in the running game. I expect big game from Khalil Herbert. He’s no slouch.He’s just as shifty and elusive as Williams is. KU is still figuring out their quarterback situation between Thomas MacVittie and Carter Stanley. Miles will change the culture for the Jayhawks, but Rome wasn't build in a day. Will the Rock Chalk crowd be patient enough while Miles build a winning culture in Lawrence? 27-20 Kansas

Northern Iowa at No. 24 Iowa State

Gallagher- Expectations are high for Iowa State and rightfully so. Brock Purdy is perhaps the best quarterback in the conference and Iowa State arguably has the best defense in the Big 12. We’ll see how the Cyclones handle expectations for a change. 38-7 Iowa State

Peter- I’m a big fan of Brock Purdy after breaking out his freshman year as a freshman when he threw for 2250 yards and 16 touchdowns. However, what really stands out for the Cyclones is their smash mouth defense. They will definitely put that in display against Northern Iowa. 41-3 Iowa State

James Madison at West Virginia

Gallagher- I’m not necessarily putting West Virginia on upset alert here, but the Mountaineers will struggle this season and James Madison is no slouch. I’ll play it safe with my pick, but West Virginia would be wise not to overlook the Dukes. 27-20 West Virginia

Peter- West Virginia has plenty of question marks going into this season, especially after Dana Holgorsen left to Houston. Most importantly, can Austin Kendall, a grad transfer from OU, fill Will Grier’s shoes? They will beat James Madison, but the Dukes will give them trouble early on. 31-20 West Virginia

Montana State at Texas Tech

Gallagher- I’m curious to see how first-year head coach Matt Wells will do with Texas Tech. For what it’s worth, he should start his Texas Tech career 1-0. 56-17 Texas Tech

Peter- Matt Wells left his mark at Utah State and even developed an NFL prospect in Jordan Love. He might do the same for Alan Bowman. The offense is the least of my worries because Wells is an offensive minded coach. However, can he or his coaching staff clean up the Red Raiders’ defense? I’m sure the fans in Lubbock are a little tired of Tx Tech giving up 31.1 points a game and being ranked in the bottom of the defensive category. 45- 21 Texas Tech

Nicholls at Kansas State

Gallagher- Nicholls went on the road and beat Kansas in overtime to open up last season, so the Colonies should have confidence that they can do the same against Kansas State. However, there’s a decent-sized difference between Kansas and Kansas State football, so I think the Chris Klieman era gets off to a good start. 34-17 Kansas State

Peter- There’s no doubt Kansas State is not going to lose to Nicholls two years in a row. That will be a bad start for Chris Klieman. The offense has been inconsistent last year, and they no longer have Alex Barnes to lean on in the backfield and his receivers don't have a lot of experience. It’s Skylar Thompson’s team now, lets see how he will handle this young offense. 24-12 Kansas State

Stephen F. Austin at Baylor

Gallagher- Charlie Brewer is one of the better quarterbacks in the conference, and Matt Rhule had a nice rebound season with Baylor last year. It will be interesting to see how the Bears fair this year. 45-20 Baylor

Peter-Baylor led the conference in sacks allowed. As good Charlie Brewer is, imagine how better he could’ve been if he had a better pass protection. 38-21 Baylor

Louisiana Tech at No. 10 Texas

Gallagher- I feel like a broken record, but I’m not sold on Texas. Sam Ehlinger is legit, and one of the top three quarterbacks in the Big 12 heading into the season, but a top-10 ranking seems biased and sounds overrated. At least Maryland isn’t on the schedule for the Longhorns this season. 41-10 Texas 

Peter- I like Texas, and I think the Longhorns are going to have a big year led by Sam Ehlinger. However, the Longhorns will not be taken seriously enough if they don’t beat Oklahoma and be a playoff contender. I give them a shot . 52-17 Texas

 Arkansas-Pine Bluff at TCU

Gallagher- TCU had a rough 2018 season but still managed to finish 7-6. Jaleon Ragor is one of the best receivers in the country, but I’m not sure Hays-native Alex Delton can lead the Horned Frogs back to 10 win seasons which they have been accustomed to. I think Gary Patterson is the best coach in the conference, so I don’t expect TCU to regress this season. 31-7 TCU

Peter- I can’t get a good read on this year’s TCU team.  Gary Patterson is a no nonsense coach. The Horned Frogs do have their quarterback and K-State transfer Alex Delton, and Patterson will keep his defense in check. My question is can Patterson make TCU an above average team again instead of being in the middle of the pack? 28-10 TCU

 Houston at No. 4 Oklahoma (Sunday)

Gallagher- Jalen Hurts will get most of the attention, but I’m curious to see how the Sooners will replace four of their five starting offensive line from last season. Still, Oklahoma is the team to beat in the conference until proven otherwise. This should be a fun matchup with former West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorson coaching at Houston now. 44-31 Oklahoma

Peter- What I’m paying close attention to is Oklahoma’s defense. As amazing the offense has been with Kyler Murray, and I expect nothing less from Jalen Hurts, their defense was nothing but a pure tragedy. Lincoln Riley had to fire his defensive coordinator in the middle of the season because of it. The Sooners’ defense will be tested as they take on Houston’s dynamic quarterback D’Eriq King, who could be Heisman sleeper in some people’s eyes. Making Oklahoma’s defense look silly could look good on King’s resume. 38-28 Oklahoma.

No. 11 Oregon vs. No. 16 Auburn (Arlington)

Gallagher- If Justin Herbert wants to insert his name with Tua Tugovalioa and Trevor Lawrence in the Heisman race, a week one win over Auburn would be a good start. Oregon is starting a first-round draft pick at quarterback while Auburn is starting a true freshman at quarterback. Oregon has the better offensive line, but Auburn has the better defense. I could see this game going either way, but my gut says Oregon. 24-20 Oregon

Peter- Justin Herbert is your NFL's prototypical quarterback, but he is unproven. If Herbert outperforms Auburn’s aggressive defense, then he’s legit, but he’s going to need a lot of help if he wants to make it out alive. Bo Nix won the starting job for Auburn and the pressure will be on him playing in his first primetime game at 19-years old. Not sure where his head is at, but I’ll be intrigue if he outplays Herbert. This game could be a coin flip. 27-20 OT Auburn