Thursday, July 25, 2013
Predicting the 2013 season: Week 9
By David Ubben
Last season we began this exercise. Here's how we did last season. Not terrible, but certainly some room for improvement.
We'll move forward again this offseason by making preseason picks for every single game on the Big 12 schedule. By the end of it, you'll see our full projections for each team in the Big 12 in 2013.
More Big 12 predictions for 2013.
TCU 23, Texas 21: Another year, another Horned Frogs victory. The Fort Worth fans storm the field at Amon G. Carter after a defensive battle that knocked the Longhorns from their perch in the top five and from the ranks of the nation's undefeated teams. The primetime win also pushed Baylor and Oklahoma State to the top of the standings and gave the Frogs their most satisfying result yet as Big 12 members.
Baylor 34, Kansas 17: The Bears struggled early to stop the Jayhawks running game, but Bryce Petty mounts a second-half comeback to take control, even though it was less dramatic than the one Robert Griffin III completed the last time Baylor had to play in Lawrence.
Kansas State 31, West Virginia 21: K-State's quarterback run game baffled the WVU defense just like it did last season, and slowed down the WVU offense in the best way possible: Keeping them off the field. A couple failed red zone trips had WVU wondering if this trip to Manhattan could have ended differently.
Oklahoma 44, Texas Tech 38: Texas Tech exorcized some demons in Norman with a therapeutic win back in 2011, but the Sooners' defense locks down late to slow a furious fourth-quarter comeback and climb a few spots in the standings after a difficult start in league play.
Oklahoma State 38, Iowa State 27: Oklahoma State's first trip back since the last time it played in Ames is much simpler. No overtimes or gut-punch losses were on the schedule this time around. Jeremy Smith goes for 135 yards and two scores to give the Cowboys a convincing victory and a solid grip on first place in the Big 12.
Current Big 12 standings
1. Oklahoma State -- 7-0 (4-0)
1. Baylor -- 7-0 (4-0)
3. TCU -- 7-1 (4-1)
4. Texas -- 6-1 (3-1)
5. Oklahoma -- 4-3 (3-2)
6. Texas Tech -- 5-3 (2-3)
7. West Virginia -- 4-4 (1-4)
8. Kansas State -- 4-3 (1-3)
9. Iowa State -- 2-5 (0-4)
9. Kansas -- 2-5 (0-4)