Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Big 12 game picks rewind: Week 13
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.
Either way, we'll examine the carnage every week.
Record: 3-1 (.750)
Overall: 52-19 (.732)
My pick: Texas 23, TCU 21
Actual score: TCU 20, Texas 13
My pick: West Virginia 38, Iowa State 34
- Hindsight: I knew this trip would be tough on the Longhorns, but I believed they'd be able to weather it and wear down a young TCU team with a solid running game. Nope. Kudos to TCU's defense, which just may have overtaken Oklahoma as the Big 12's best, and gave Texas fits all night.
Actual score: West Virginia 31, Iowa State 24
My pick: Baylor 41, Texas Tech 37
- Hindsight: This was about what I expected. Sam Richardson had some success against a susceptible West Virginia defense, but the Mountaineers just had too much firepower. WVU didn't control the game like I expected, but made plays to make the final result right on with what I picked.
Actual score: Baylor 52, Texas Tech 45 (OT)
My pick: Oklahoma 31, Oklahoma State 24
- Hindsight: Same thing here. Baylor nearly won this game 48-45 with a game-winning field goal, but a defensive stop in overtime gave them a high-scoring, seven point win. I thought Baylor would respond well to last week's win. It got outplayed early, but the gutsy Bears finally won a close game. So many of them have gone the other way this year.
Actual score: Oklahoma 51, Oklahoma State 48 (OT)
- Hindsight: I really thought both of these defenses would play better, even thought there wasn't a ton of terrible defense. The high scores were more great offense than terrible defense. Still, it was one of the toughest picks of the week, and I went with the Sooners to get it done, basically because of home field and the series history. Amazing what OSU has done with its QB injuries. Clint Chelf played well.