Thursday, November 15, 2012
Big 12 game predictions: Week 12
By David Ubben
I'll be heading south to Waco this week for another Kansas State game. The new BCS No. 1 travels to Baylor to face the Bears, which are still fighting for bowl eligibility. Should be a good one.
Without further ado, let's get to the picks!
Last week: 4-1 (.800)
Overall: 46-17 (.730)
TCU and Texas are idle.
No. 24 Oklahoma State 44, No. 23 Texas Tech 31: Oklahoma State has quarterback issues, but it's solely regarding personnel, not production. Tech is again leading the Big 12 in total defense, but this is the highest-ranked offense Tech will have faced all season. Joseph Randle gets back with a big game, and Clint Chelf keeps the train rolling. This is my game of the week, so come back later today for a video looking further into the matchup.
No. 12 Oklahoma 47, West Virginia 27: Oklahoma's defense is the Big 12's best against the pass, and the Sooners' secondary gets the job done. Like WVU's past four opponents, Landry Jones takes advantage and earns Big 12 Player of the Week honors with a huge night. He tops 350 yards through the air, and WVU's offense can't keep up with the defense. Oklahoma's BCS hopes truck onward.
Iowa State 27, Kansas 20: So close yet again, but Iowa State needs this win even more than KU. The Cyclones have put themselves on the doorstep of the postseason, not needing a mammoth upset like last season to reach a bowl. ISU takes advantage of the opportunity and gets it done against KU, despite giving up major yardage on the ground.
No. 1 Kansas State 44, Baylor 20: What pressure? Kansas State picks off Baylor's Nick Florence twice, and the Wildcats turn in another great performance to get within a win of the BCS title game. The Kansas State faithful travel in force to Floyd Casey Stadium. Collin Klein bounces back with another Heisman-worthy stat line to add to his lead in the race while Johnny Football beats up on Sam Houston State.