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Thursday, October 18, 2012
Big 12 game predictions: Week 8

By David Ubben

A rough week of picks for me last week, but we're back again. I'm headed to Morgantown for Kansas State at West Virginia, and I couldn't be more excited for my first game at WVU.

Once again, all 10 Big 12 teams are back in action. Let's get to the picks!

Last week: 2-3 (.400)
Overall: 33-10 (.767)

Oklahoma State 34, No. 24 Iowa State 30: I honestly have no idea what to expect from Oklahoma State's quarterback spot, but I think this is the week Wes Lunt returns. The Iowa State defense gives the Cowboys a whole lot of trouble, but Joseph Randle gets back on track and the Cowboys earn their best win of the season.

No. 17 Texas Tech 31, No. 23 TCU 27: This was the toughest pick of the week. I'm not quite sure what to think of either team just yet, but I'll buy another strong performance from the Texas Tech defense, which gives Trevone Boykin a lot of trouble. TCU's defense plays well, too, but the Red Raiders get another huge win on the road.

No. 4 Kansas State 37, No. 13 West Virginia 34: This was my second-toughest pick of the week. My confidence in it? Not very high. Still, I'm taking the Fightin' Bill Snyders to dominate the clock and the line of scrimmage in this game, although WVU gets a whole bunch of quick scores. West Virginia has little to no shot to slow this running game, and the Wildcats one again win a tight one. This is also my game of the week. Come back later today for a video looking deeper into the game.

No. 9 Oklahoma 51, Kansas 10: There's no rainstorm this time. Nobody in the Big 12 has looked better than Oklahoma the past two weeks, and nobody in the Big 12 has looked worse than KU. A quarterback switch won't affect this outcome much. The Sooners' power running game provides a balance that wasn't there last year when OU struggled early in Lawrence. This one gets ugly.

Baylor 44, No. 25 Texas 38: David Ash says he's playing, but can he stay on the field? It's hard to believe he'll be full strength, too. Nick Florence bounces back from a rough outing against TCU, and the Bears take advantage of the Jackson Jeffcoat loss, double-teaming Alex Okafor with a strong offensive line. Big game for Terrance Williams and Tevin Reese.