Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Big 12 game picks rewind: Week 12
By David Ubben
In this space each week, we'll rehash the previous week's game predictions. It could be ugly some weeks, others could be quite sweet on my end.
Either way, we'll examine the carnage every week. This week? Decent level of correct picks. Poor level of accuracy.
Here's how I did in Week 12:
Record: 3-1 (.750)
Overall: 49-18 (.731)
My pick: Oklahoma State 44, Texas Tech 31
Actual score: Oklahoma State 59, Texas Tech 21
My pick: Oklahoma 47, West Virginia 27
- Hindsight: Really thought Oklahoma State would win this convincingly, but by 38 points? Wow. I was really, really impressed. Do you know how hard it is to pass up a team on my Big 12 Power Rankings with both a worse record and a loss in the head-to-head matchup? Oklahoma State's done it to Texas, and the reason is performances like this.
Actual score: Oklahoma 50, West Virginia 49
My pick: Iowa State 27, Kansas 20
- Hindsight: Tavon Austin at running back? Wish I'd known that before Saturday. Oklahoma's offense did what I thought it would do, but I never thought the Mountaineers would give the Sooners defense this kind of trouble. What a performance from Austin. A shame it came in a loss.
Actual score: Iowa State 51, Kansas 23
My pick: Kansas State 44, Baylor 20
- Hindsight: You never know what you're going to get on Saturdays. Never thought Sam Richardson would get in the game, and even if he did, four touchdowns in the second quarter? Come on, y'all. ISU hadn't scored 51 points on the road since 1923. That was against Washington U in St. Louis. Ha. The 51 points on the road in a conference game were the most in ISU history.
Actual score: Baylor 52, Kansas State 24
- Hindsight: Pretty hard to believe my eyes in this one on Saturday night. Like Iowa State and Oklahoma State last year, I thought this was the one game down the stretch I had no doubt about. K-State would take care of business. On paper, K-State was a poor matchup for Baylor and had played so well all season, while Baylor hadn't. Well ... that's why we play the games. Swing and a miss on the pick.