Here’s a preview of Week 13 in the Big 12 (all times ET):
Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Texas Tech at Texas, FS1: The Red Raiders are going to put up points. Tech averages 3.14 points per drive and 7.09 yards per play, ranking No. 6 among FBS teams in both categories. Yet the Longhorns rank second in the Big 12 at 5.17 yards per play allowed in conference games, making it a solid matchup of offense against defense. The outcome could be decided when Texas runs the ball. The Longhorns average 234.86 rushing yards per game in Big 12 play while Tech has allowed 260.88 rushing yards per game. If Texas can keep Patrick Mahomes and the explosive Red Raider offense on the sideline, it may take a step towards bowl eligibility.
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Baylor at TCU, ESPN: How many different reasons do you need to tune in? These teams don’t like each other. Big 12 title implications abound for the second straight season. A College Football Playoff spot could be up for grabs for Baylor. And TCU still has an eye on a New Year’s Six bowl. Unfortunately, neither team is at full strength, but the intensity and desire to win the Revivalry is stronger than ever. In other words, get your shopping done early.
Iowa State at West Virginia, FS1: Paul Rhoads' swan song will be interesting, particularly since the Cyclones are undefeated at Milan Puskar Stadium thanks to a 52-44 overtime win in 2013. West Virginia has a 8-4 regular-season record in its sights after a strong bounce back after a winless October. It’s been a unique year for West Virginia’s offense with Dana Holgorsen’s team ranking second in the Big 12 at 254.71 rushing yards per game in conference action. Meanwhile, the Cyclones look like they’ve found a quarterback of the future in Joel Lanning, who has 820 passing yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions during four games as a starter.
Saturday, 4 p.m.
Kansas State at Kansas, FS1: Kansas' hopes of a win during David Beaty’s first season come down to his initial Sunflower Showdown. The Jayhawks were taking clear steps forward until a 49-0 thrashing at the hands of West Virginia on Saturday. Meanwhile, Kansas State kept its bowl hopes alive with an improbable 38-35 win over Iowa State, the largest comeback in school history. Don’t expect a lot of explosive offense with Kansas (4.04) and Kansas State (4.79) alongside each other at the bottom of the conference in yards per play in Big 12 games.
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Oklahoma at Oklahoma State, ABC: Bedlam rarely disappoints. Oklahoma State shocked the Sooners with a last-second win in Norman a year ago, while the Sooners stole the Cowboys’ Big 12 title dreams in Stillwater in 2013. These two teams have become accustomed to playing each other with a conference title on the line, and this year is not any different. Oklahoma can win the Big 12 with a victory while Oklahoma State’s title dreams remain alive with a win. The Cowboys will have to recover quickly from their first loss, while Oklahoma hopes to solidify its reputation as college football’s hottest team.