SEC/Big 12 Challenge, Round 2

The second annual SEC/Big 12 Challenge is off and running. Perhaps you missed the opening shots, a late-night 46-44 Texas Tech win over Auburn in Lubbock on Wednesday night. Bruce Pearl was apologetic about letting down the SEC. The AP story noted that Pearl declined to participate in the postgame handshake line. He might have been upset about his team’s poor showing or perhaps he and Tubby Smith have an old grudge from the days when they were border rivals.

Tennessee gets in the mix Saturday at home against Kansas State.

The Big 12 won the inaugural challenge 7-3. The SEC’s only wins came from Alabama, Missouri and Florida. Since the awkwardly named Big 12 has only 10 teams, four SEC schools have to sit out. Last year Tennessee was one of them. Georgia hasn’t joined in either year.

Here’s the schedule:
Thursday:
LSU at West Virginia
Baylor at Vanderbilt
Arkansas at Iowa State
TCU at Ole Miss

Friday
Texas at Kentucky
Florida at Kansas
Missouri at Oklahoma

Saturday
Oklahoma State at South Carolina
Kansas State at Tennessee