Big 12 opens virus-delayed 25th season with only 7 games

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Some things to watch in the Big 12 Conference during the delayed opening weekend of the league’s 25th season, with just seven teams set to play their only non-conference games at home this weekend after three games were postponed because of the coronavirus:

GAME OF THE WEEK

No. 23 Iowa State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette. Like so many teams playing this fall, this wasn’t the season-opening matchup either team planned. The Cyclones, with junior quarterback Brock Purdy after he led the Big 12 with 306 yards passing per game last season, will open against an FBS opponent for the first time under fifth-year coach Matt Campbell. They had been scheduled to play FCS team South Dakota. The Ragin’ Cajuns won a school-record 11 games last season, and return senior quarterback Levi Lewis (3,050 yards passing, 26 touchdowns), along with two running backs who combined for 1,967 yards rushing and 27 TDs last season, part of single-season school records of 3,604 yards rushing and 42 TDs.

BEST MATCHUP

A rematch, which Kansas unexpectedly gets to play at home. Coastal Carolina, which beat the Jayhawks 12-7 last season in coach Les Miles’ second game, is again making the trip to Lawrence since the Big 12 required its teams to play their lone non-conference games at home …

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