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Thursday, October 27, 2011
Predictions: Big 12 Week 9

By David Ubben

Thanks for the memories, Oklahoma.

I was on track for my third consecutive perfect week of picks until the Sooners lost in the nightcap. Oh, well. It's been a solid run in recent weeks, and one I think will continue this week.

On to the picks!

Last week: 3-1 (.750)

Overall: 39-10 (.796)

No. 16 Texas A&M 41, Missouri 24: Winner gets to stay in the SEC West, right? The Tigers, by way of a blowout, didn't get the full Kyle Field treatment last season. That will change this year, and the Tigers, with a young quarterback, aren't nearly as well suited to deal with it. A steady diet of Christine Michael and Cyrus Gray will be too much.

No. 3 Oklahoma State 44, Baylor 30: This will be fun to watch. Missouri didn't quite have the firepower to keep up with Oklahoma State's offense. Baylor does. But finally, will slowing the Bears (44.3 points a game) get the OSU defense a little respect? I doubt it. But this will be eight wins for the Pokes.

No. 9 Oklahoma 27, No. 8 Kansas State 24: This will be a fascinating game, and further validation that K-State's defense is legit, but it's also my pick of the week. Come back later Thursday for a video of me explaining the pick.

No. 24 Texas 41, Kansas 20: The Longhorns have struggled this season when they've faced elite offenses and elite defenses. They've thrived when they face neither. Kansas fits the bill, and won't be leaving Austin with a win. Another big day for Malcolm Brown, who has NFL back written all over him.

No. 20 Texas Tech 38, Iowa State 27: No ugly losses for this Texas Tech team, and no worries for the oft-hyped "hangover" following a big win. Texas Tech doesn't need any help remembering what happened in Ames last year. Seth Doege's march, no matter how awesome he plays, continues to be quiet.