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Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy's offense will overpower the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
Two of college football's biggest games in Week 1 feature interconference battles between the Big 12 and SEC. The Oklahoma State Cowboys face the Mississippi State Bulldogs, while the TCU Horned Frogs take on the LSU Tigers.
Both of these games will go in favor of the Big 12.
For the Cowboys, they possess the offensive firepower (45.7 points per game last year) to overcome the Bulldogs, a team that is just average defensively compared to the rest of the SEC. In 2012, the Bulldogs gave up over 23 points per game.
Defensively, Oklahoma State also has a big advantage. Seven starters on defense return to Stillwater in 2013, according to David Ubben of ESPN, for a unit that is expected to improve dramatically in 2013.
Plus, the Bulldogs offense isn't all that great, either. Georgia averaged just 29.5 points per game last year and had the 85th-ranked rushing attack.
As for the TCU Horned Frogs, the return of quarterback Casey Pachall has injected hope that one of the newest teams in the Big 12 can make a run not only at a conference title, but also a national championship.
Like the Cowboys over the Bulldogs, the Horned Frogs have the advantage on both sides of the ball over LSU.
Behind Pachall and wide receiver Brandon Carter, the Horned Frogs will have one of the most prolific offenses in the country in 2013. That will probably be good enough to at least put up a few points against the Tigers, no matter how good LSU's defense is.
Meanwhile, the Horned Frogs have the best defense in the Big 12, with nine returners. That will come in handy against LSU, a team that usually struggles to find a true identify offensively despite being one of the best teams in the country.
The biggest obstacle for TCU will be the loss of defensive end Devonte Fields, who will be suspended for the first two weeks of the season and will therefore miss his team's game against LSU.
Currently, David Ubben of ESPN has both Oklahoma State and TCU grabbing wins in Week 1.
Expect the Big 12 to be 2-0 against the SEC after Week 1.