In this space each week, we'll rehash the previous week's game predictions. It could be ugly some weeks, others could be quite sweet on my end.
Either way, we'll examine the carnage every week. This week? A whole lot of hits and misses.
Here's how I did in Week 9:
Overall: 42-16 (.724)
My pick: Oklahoma 30, Iowa State 17
Actual score: Oklahoma 35, Iowa State 20
Hindsight: Sometimes picks go basically exactly like you thought. This was one of those cases. Iowa State's defense didn't make it easier on the Sooners, and I expected it to be close early, with the Sooners pulling away late.
My pick: West Virginia 41, TCU 38
Actual score: TCU 39, West Virginia 38 (2 OT)
Hindsight: I thought I had this pick in the bag on multiple occasions, and even wondered if I could hit it on the number, a feat I've pulled of several times but not yet in 2012. Alas, the Frogs wouldn't have any of that. I suspect WVU thought it had it in the bag late, too. I knew this game would come down to the wire, but a couple plays will decide these. TCU made the plays to win.
My pick: Texas Tech 38, Texas 24
Actual score: Texas 31, Texas Tech 22
Hindsight: This was my biggest miss of the week. Texas hadn't looked like the team we expected it to look like all season long. That changed on Saturday, and the timing was perfect. Meanwhile, Texas Tech was the poorly timed victim. Kudos to the Longhorns for proving me wrong and making me believe in them a little longer.
My pick: Baylor 31, Kansas 28
Actual score: Baylor 41, Kansas 14
Hindsight: Everybody knew Baylor's offense had this capability, but a second-half shutout? Even against Kansas, I never, ever saw that coming. Really impressive stuff. I figured KU would be able to run the ball and keep the ball out of Baylor's hands to make the game interesting. Nope.
My pick: Kansas State 47, Oklahoma State 31
Actual score: Kansas State 44, Oklahoma State 30
Hindsight: Like the Oklahoma game earlier in the day, this one went pretty much exactly how I thought it would. Oklahoma State would be able to move the ball but wouldn't be able to stop Kansas State's running game. Too much K-State late and way too many turnovers. K-State did what K-State does.