Saturday, November 30, 2013
Big 12 primer: Week 14
By Brandon Chatmon
Texas has held up its end of the bargain with a Thanksgiving win over Texas Tech, now Baylor must do its part to make the last game in Floyd Casey Stadium for, at the very least, a share of the Big 12 title. TCU hopes to spoil the party with a win over the Bears, the Sunflower Showdown brings some intrigue, and Iowa State and West Virginia try to finish strong.
Here are a few storylines in the Big 12 for Week 14.
Kansas State at Kansas 11 a.m. CT (FS1): The Wildcats saw their four-game winning streak snapped by Oklahoma last weekend as the Sooners took the Wildcats' running game out of the mix. Expect the Jayhawks defense to take a similar approach, although receiver Tyler Lockett has the skills to single-handedly win the game for KSU with his playmaking ability and KU's offense might not be able to keep up. The Jayhawks played one of their worst games of the season last week, skating around the frozen turf at Jack Trice Stadium in a 34-0 loss to Iowa State. How KU responds in a rivalry game it is expected to lose could say a lot about the progress of Charlie Weis’ program.
No. 9 Baylor at TCU, 2:30 p.m. CT (ESPN2): The Bears can make their game with Texas a battle for a share of the Big 12 title with a win over the Horned Frogs. The injury bug has hit Baylor hard and could combine with the TCU defense slow BU’s explosive offense for the second straight week. The Horned Frogs have the talent and depth in the secondary to mimic the aggressive, one-on-one defensive game plans used by Oklahoma State and Oklahoma to challenge the Bears' passing game. But Baylor knows a loss gives critics the ammunition to question everything the Bears accomplished before the Cowboys destroyed them last week and will be looking to prove the blowout loss was a one-game aberration. And Bryce Petty could start fighting his way back into the Heisman conversation if he has an exceptional rebound game against a quality TCU secondary.
Iowa State at West Virginia, 3 p.m. CT, (FS1): The Mountaineers thought they were bowl-bound before Kansas, that’s right, Kansas ended their bowl hopes in WVU’s last outing on Nov. 16. Then Iowa State hammered the Jayhawks last weekend. So, the Cyclones cruise right? Tread carefully ISU, Milan Pusker Stadium isn’t an easy place to win. The top reason to watch this one is the potential matchup between two of the Big 12’s most overlooked stars in ISU linebacker Jeremiah George and WVU running back Charles Sims. Both seniors will be looking to finish their careers with a impressive final game.