Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The Big 12 Primer: Week 14
By David Ubben
Time to take a look at when and where you can see this week's Big 12 games, along with a brief preview. I'll have my predictions up in the morning, and I'll also be revealing which game I'll be attending this weekend.
Until then, lets hear your predictions in the comments.
Iowa State and Texas Tech have completed their regular seasons. All game times are ET.
No. 23 Oklahoma State at Baylor (noon, FX) Art Briles has never beaten Oklahoma State, but he'll get a hot Cowboys team on his home field coming off an emotional overtime loss to rival Oklahoma. Meanwhile, Baylor's riding high on a pair of emotional wins over Kansas State and Texas Tech to take advantage of low odds of making a bowl. Energy levels in this one seem likely to be low, but it'll help decide the Big 12's bowl order.
No. 11 Oklahoma at TCU (noon, ESPN) The Sooners will try to extend the Big 12 race a few more hours in Fort Worth, facing the Frogs for the first time since their national runner-up season back in 2008. Oklahoma's won four consecutive games and seven consecutive Big 12 games, and the Frogs will look to spring an upset and hand Kansas State the Big 12's BCS automatic bid. Landry Jones has thrown for 500 yards in each of his past two outings, but the Frogs' stingy defense will make that much tougher this week.
Kansas at West Virginia (2:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net) The Mountaineers just snapped their five-game Big 12 losing streak. Kansas says that's nothin'. The Jayhawks are heading to Morgantown trying to snap a 20-game losing streak in league play with one more shot to keep it from standing at 21 heading into the 2013 season. West Virginia knocked off Iowa State to reach a bowl last week, and Tavon Austin's playing his best football of the season lately, and finding a niche at running back that the 'Eers wish they'd utilized earlier in the season.
No. 18 Texas at No. 6 Kansas State (8 p.m., ABC) Kansas State's favorite chant, "We Own Texas" refers specifically to the Longhorns, who have lost six of eight games against Kansas State since the birth of the Big 12. That hex even continued through the Ron Prince Era, but this time, it's Texas who can leave a stain on the Wildcats' season. Depending on what happens to OU earlier in the day, a Texas win could strip K-State of any share of the Big 12 title and even knock the 'Cats out of the BCS.