Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The Big 12 Primer: Week 12
By David Ubben
We're back again with a quick look across this week's Big 12 schedule. I'll have my picks up in the morning, and I'll also reveal which game I'm headed to for Saturday.
Until then, let's hear your predictions in the comments.
Let's take a look:
TCU and Texas are idle. All times are ET.
No. 23 Texas Tech at No. 24 Oklahoma State (3:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net): Last year's 60-point loss will be fresh in the Red Raiders' minds, but OSU has won three of its last four games, and all by at least three touchdowns. The Red Raiders needed double overtime to survive Kansas last week, but while Tech's Seth Doege leads the nation with 34 touchdown passes, the Cowboys are playing musical chairs with three different QBs. Two have been hurt, but both are back healthy and trying to unseat local cult hero Clint Chelf.
No. 12 Oklahoma at West Virginia (7 p.m., FOX): The de facto Big 12 title game, this is not. It is intriguing, though, and the Sooners will make their first trek to Morgantown and try to stay on track for another BCS bid. The Mountaineers' four-game losing streak is their longest in over a decade, but Oklahoma's odd season continues. It's suffered multiple home losses at home for the first time under Bob Stoops, but both came to undefeated teams.
Iowa State at Kansas (7 p.m., Fox Sports Net): Iowa State is hungry for its third bowl game in four years, but Kansas' powerful running game won't make it easy. James Sims has emerged as the Big 12's best back and has six consecutive games with at least 100 yards. The Cyclones are looking for improvement at quarterback, but don't have anywhere to turn beyond Steele Jantz and Jared Barnett's inconsistencies. KU's 19-game Big 12 losing streak might be on the line once again.
No. 1 Kansas State at Baylor (8 p.m., ESPN): Kansas State earned its No. 1 ranking for the first time in school history, but now comes the hard part: Playing with that bulls-eye on its back. Baylor has just one Big 12 win, and it came over last-place Kansas. The Wildcats have nine consecutive wins over teams from Texas, but SI cover boy Collin Klein will be an interesting sidebar to watch, too. Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel is applying heat in the Heisman race. Can Klein bounce back from a below-average performance against TCU to win back a few votes?