Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The Big 12 Primer: Week 13
By David Ubben
Everything's a bit earlier this week, thanks to Thanksgiving and some early-week games. My predictions are on the way on Wednesday morning, but here's a look at this week's games (all times ET):
No. 17 Texas A&M at Texas (ESPN/ESPN3, 8 p.m): The Lone Star Showdown takes place with a higher-ranked Texas A&M team for the first time since 1998. Texas will try to win its second consecutive game after losing six of seven in the middle of the season.
Colorado at No. 15 Nebraska (ABC/ESPN3, 3:30 p.m.): Nebraska must win to clinch its second consecutive North title, but it might have to do it with a gimpy starting quarterback in Taylor Martinez. Even if Martinez recovers from the ankle injury aggravated against Texas A&M, the Huskers offense will have to rediscover the efficiency that was there earlier in the season. Colorado, meanwhile, has bludgeoned its way to the brink of bowl eligibility with a 2-0 record under Brian Cabral after coach Dan Hawkins was fired.
Kansas vs. No. 14 Missouri in Kansas City, Mo. (Fox Sports Net, 12:30 p.m.): The Border Showdown boasts a 25-point spread, but Missouri's 25-point victory in 2006 is the only time the spread between the two teams has broached that wide of an outcome.
Kansas State at North Texas (ESPN3, 4 p.m.): Kansas State travels to Denton, Texas, for one of the most remarkably coincidental finishes to a season ever. The Wildcats are playing a second consecutive opponent whose quarterback is the son of a coach fired earlier in the season.
Houston at Texas Tech (Fox Sports Net, 8 p.m.): Texas Tech is already safely bowl-eligible, but the 5-6 Cougars have plenty to do. They knocked off the Red Raiders last year, but an injured Case Keenum isn't on the field this year for Kevin Sumlin's team.
No. 13 Oklahoma at No. 9 Oklahoma State (ABC/ESPN3, 8 p.m.): ESPN's "College GameDay" is making its second stop in the Big 12 this year with a visit to Stillwater. The Big 12 South isn't the only thing that will be decided in this game. All-Big 12 ballots could tip in one direction or the other based on the performances of the pile of offensive talent on the field in this one.
Regular season complete: Baylor (7-5), Iowa State (5-7)