Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The Big 12 Primer: Week 13
By David Ubben
It's a short week because of the holiday, but let's take a look at the Big 12 schedule across the board this week. I'll have my predictions up in the morning, but let's see yours in the comments.
No. 6 Kansas State and Kansas are idle.
TCU at No. 16 Texas (7:30 p.m., ESPN): No Texas A&M anymore, but Texas is keeping its Thanksgiving tradition in-state. The Longhorns plan on playing at home every Thanksgiving, and Gary Patterson sounds excited about the prospect of the primetime game for the Frogs. TCU's looking to improve its bowl status, and the Longhorns have won four in a row and still has BCS and Big 12 title hopes alive.
West Virginia at Iowa State (3:30 p.m., ABC) The Friday after Thanksgiving used to be reserved for Nebraska and Colorado, but they're both gone, and there's a new game in town. Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads was the architect behind the Pitt defense that denied WVU a chance to play for the BCS title in 2007, and the Mountaineers fans remember it. Still, WVU still needs a win to become the eighth bowl-eligible Big 12 team and snap its five-game losing streak.
Baylor vs. Texas Tech at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas (2:30 p.m., FOX) Another old Southwest Conference rivalry is renewed at the nation's best stadium. Last year's game featured more than 100 points, and don't be too surprised if the same thing happens this year. Baylor's defense looked otherworldly against Kansas State, but struggled for much of the season. Texas Tech's defense has struggled in recent weeks, too. Can it rebound and keep Baylor from its sixth win and third consecutive bowl berth for the first time in school history?
No. 21 Oklahoma State at No. 13 Oklahoma (3:30 p.m., ESPN) Bedlam is renewed after last year's debacle in Stillwater. The Sooners will be fired up for this one, and can take a step toward an eighth Big 12 title with a win. Lose, and the ball goes back into Kansas State's court as it closes the season in Manhattan against Texas. Clint Chelf is 2-0 as the Cowboys' starter, but Oklahoma State's offense is looking great with J.W. Walsh's short-yardage package hitting its stride.