19 For '19 Offseason Topics: No. 17 Every Power Five Team's Letdown Game

19 For '19 Offseason Topics: No. 17 Every Power Five Team's Letdown Game

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19 For '19 Offseason Topics: No. 17 Every Power Five Team's Letdown Game

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Baylor Bears

Letdown/Sandwich Game: at Kansas, Nov. 30
Game Before: Texas
Game After
: None

Talk about waiting to exhale. West Virginia, at TCU, Oklahoma, Texas, and then … at Kansas to close. It’ll be the home finale for the Jayhawks – and almost certainly the season finale – while Baylor should be fried.
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Iowa State Cyclones

Letdown/Sandwich Game: ULM, Sept. 21
Game Before: Iowa
Game After
: at Baylor

ULM will have just enough of a dangerous offense to give Iowa State a nightmare of a time. The Iowa game is always emotional and always a tone-setter, and the Big 12 opener at Baylor comes after dealing with the Warhawks.
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Kansas Jayhawks

Letdown/Sandwich Game: Coastal Carolina, Sept. 7
Game Before: Indiana State
Game After
: at Boston College

There’s no such thing as a letdown game for Kansas – and there’s no real sandwich game on the slate – but after the fun of the opener against Indiana State is over, and with a trip to Boston College to follow, Coastal Carolina should be more pesky than Les Miles might like.
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Kansas State Wildcats

Letdown/Sandwich Game: Bowling Green, Sept. 7
Game Before: Nicholls
Game After
: at Mississippi State

The Bowling Green game is right after the opener for new head coach Chris Klieman against Nicholls, and right before a trip to Mississippi State. The Falcons should get roasted in Manhattan, but they should have enough of an offense to put up a fight.
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Oklahoma Sooners

Letdown/Sandwich Game: at Kansas State, Oct. 26
Game Before: West Virginia
Game After
: Iowa State

The Sooners have the showdown against Texas on October 12th, and follow it up with a visit from former OU QB Austin Kendall and West Virginia to follow. There’s a needed week off coming up, but not before a trip to Kansas State for what will be the third game away from Norman in four weeks.
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Oklahoma State Cowboys

Letdown/Sandwich Game: at Tulsa, Sept. 14
Game Before: McNeese State
Game After
: at Texas

It’s truly a “nothing to lose” game for Tulsa in what should be a spirited fight. If Oklahoma State is as good as it’s expected to be, the Golden Hurricane won’t be anything more than a slight breeze. However, with a showdown at Texas to kickoff the Big 12 season to follow, there can’t be a slip.
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Texas Longhorns

Letdown/Sandwich Game: Louisiana Tech, Aug. 31
Game Before: None
Game After
: LSU

Last year it was Maryland, and in 2017, too. Throw in the 2015 loss to Notre Dame, and Texas has lost three of its last four openers. All of the focus will be on the LSU game in Week 2 of the season, but first, Louisiana Tech will be good enough to pull off a stunner.
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TCU Horned Frogs

Letdown/Sandwich Game: at Texas Tech, Nov. 16
Game Before: Baylor
Game After
: at Oklahoma

TCU will always care about the Baylor game – especially after playing Texas and at Oklahoma State. It’ll also really, really care about going to Oklahoma, and closing things out against West Virginia. In the midst of all of that is the trip to Lubbock.
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Texas Tech Red Raiders

Letdown/Sandwich Game: at Kansas, Oct. 26
Game Before: Iowa State
Game After
: at West Virginia

The big problem for the Red Raiders might be road weariness. It’ll be the fourth road game in a six date run, and it comes just before getting a week off – and then a trip to West Virginia. This is a late October dog day game for Matt Wells’ new club.
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West Virginia Mountaineers

Letdown/Sandwich Game: Iowa State, Oct. 12
Game Before: Texas
Game After
: at Oklahoma

Iowa State is hardly going to be overlooked considering the Mountaineers’ 30-14 loss last year in Ames. But this is about as sandwichey a game as it gets, coming in between Texas and at Oklahoma. It’s also the last home game before a run of three road games in four dates.
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