Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The Big 12 Primer: Week 7
By David Ubben
It's time for our weekly look at when and where you can find every game in the Big 12 this week. I'll have my predictions up in the morning, and I'll also be revealing which game I'll be attending.
Until then, let's hear your predictions in the comments:
No. 6 Kansas State at Iowa State (noon, FX): Farmageddon goes back to Ames after a hiatus in Kansas City and a game in Manhattan a year ago. Iowa State loves to play giant killer, and it'll get a good chance in this one. Bill Snyder and Collin Klein knocked off the Cyclones 30-23 a year ago and will try to set up a huge showdown in Morgantown next week. Jared Barnett helped ISU beat No. 2 Oklahoma State in Ames last year, and after taking over for Steele Jantz, how will he look in his second start?
No. 15 Texas vs. No. 13 Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas (noon, ABC): A century of tradition continues in the Cotton Bowl with Texas and Oklahoma going head to head. Both already have home losses and its the first matchup with neither team in the top 10 since 1999. The loser would have two losses just two weeks into October, but Landry Jones will get a tough test against a Texas defense hungry to prove itself. Meanwhile, how will David Ash look against the best defense he's faced all season?
Oklahoma State at Kansas (3:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net): This game was 35-7 after the first quarter last year, but Charlie Weis turned heads this week by holding a practice on Sunday without his seniors, who were sent to lift weights and run. Is he already looking to the future? Oklahoma State, meanwhile, is waiting on Wes Lunt's knee to heal and until then, it's J.W. Walsh's offense.
No. 5 West Virginia at Texas Tech (3:30 p.m., ABC) West Virginia has looked like the Big 12's best team through six weeks, but haven't played an entire season without a loss to an unranked team since 2003. Texas Tech is trying to bounce back from a lopsided loss to Oklahoma at home, but the improving Texas Tech defense will get the toughest test of their young season when Heisman frontrunner Geno Smith rolls into town with two of the best receivers in the country, Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin. Running back Andrew Buie proved WVU could be more balanced, but could Shawne Alston return this week?
TCU at Baylor (7 p.m., Fox Sports Net) TCU and Baylor played a classic last year, but TCU is officially moving on after Casey Pachall disenrolled from school and sought treatment at an inpatient facility. Baylor might be one of the most underrated teams in the league. After a seven-point loss on the road to West Virginia, BU dropped out of the top 25. Doesn't seem fair, does it? Look for Nick Florence and Co. to prove a little something on Saturday.