Our series of preseason picks for every single Big 12 game of 2014 continues with Week 7. The first battle between Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and Texas coach Charlie Strong highlights the week.
at Texas Tech 44, West Virginia 24: Lubbock, Texas, remains unkind to Dana Holgorsen and the Mountaineers as WVU drops its third straight game to the Red Raiders. Tech’s defense forces three WVU turnovers and quarterback Davis Webb adds another three touchdown passes to his season total and strengthens his resume in the race to earn All-Big 12 first-team quarterback honors.
Oklahoma State 31, at Kansas 21: Things seem to be going in the right direction for the Cowboys who respond to the surprising loss to Texas Tech with back-to-back wins over Iowa State and Kansas. Tyreek Hill is OSU’s star of the day with three total touchdowns in three different ways (rushing, receiving, kick return).
Oklahoma 20, Texas 13 (Dallas, Texas): OU rebounds from its loss to TCU with a hard-fought, physical win over the Longhorns. Both teams, having recommitted to the run after early losses, come in with a focus on winning the physical battle and running the football. Big plays are scarce and big hits are plentiful in a Red River Rivalry that is decided by an early fourth-quarter touchdown run by Sooners running back Keith Ford.
at Baylor 42, TCU 28: This game continues to rise on the queue of Big 12 rivalries after TCU takes an early lead but the Bears rally with 35 unanswered, turning McLane Stadium into a house party in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. For the second straight year, Gary Patterson is not amused by the Bears' antics.
at Iowa State 37, Toledo 27: The Cyclones grab win No. 2 thanks to a two-touchdown performance from tight end E.J. Bibbs, who has been one of the few bright spots of the Cyclones season to this point. Toledo keeps this one close heading into the fourth quarter but a Bibbs touchdown and an interception from cornerback Nigel Tribune secure the victory for Paul Rhoads’ team.
Current Big 12 standings
1. Baylor -- 6-0, 3-0
2. Kansas State -- 4-1, 2-0
3. Oklahoma -- 5-1, 2-1
4. Texas Tech -- 5-1, 2-1
5. Oklahoma State -- 4-2, 2-1
6. TCU -- 4-1, 1-1
7. Texas -- 3-3, 1-2
8. West Virginia -- 2-4, 1-2
9. Kansas -- 2-4, 0-3
10. Iowa State -- 2-4, 0-3