Thursday, December 6, 2012
Big 12 game picks rewind: Week 14
By David Ubben
The season is complete, and we'll look more at my preseason predictions vs. the postseason results before the bowls begin. But first, let's recap my picks from last week.
How'd I do in the final week of the season?
Last week: 3-1 (.750)
Overall: 55-20 (.733)
My pick: Oklahoma State 44, Baylor 34
Actual score: Baylor 41, Oklahoma State 34
My pick: West Virginia 51, Kansas 21
- Hindsight: I figured this would be a shootout, but Oklahoma State forgot its pistol early on, falling behind 24-3. That's where this game turned, and I was definitely surprised. The Pokes have played so well offensively all season, and ran it up early a week ago against Oklahoma, a far superior defense. Credit the Baylor D. It's played well in some big spots this year, and the Bears are heading to the Holiday Bowl because of it, instead of sitting at home for the holidays.
Actual score: West Virginia 59, Kansas 10
My pick: Oklahoma 27, TCU 21
- Hindsight: I really thought this would be closer early on and Kansas' running game would slow it down and make it interesting. Really surprised. It looked like KU really had no interest in playing.
Actual score: Oklahoma 24, TCU 17
My pick: Kansas State 31, Texas 20
- Hindsight: This was pretty much what I expected. Defensive battle from start to finish, but Oklahoma controls it late simply because it has the better passer. I knew TCU would have trouble moving the ball consistently and it did, but the Sooners gave up a TD on a defensive bust for an 80-yard bomb and an interception that forced the Frogs to go just seven yards before reaching the end zone.
Actual score: Kansas State 42, Texas 24
- Hindsight: Late Texas mistakes made this one suffer the snowball effect. The Wildcats had two touchdown drives of fewer than 40 yards. Kansas State controlled the final quarter and a half of this one, but that first half was definitely shaky in Manhattan.