Big 12: Broderick Green

Big 12 viewer's guide: Week 13

November, 21, 2014
Nov 21
Lesson learned.

Last weekend appeared like it would have minimal impact on the race for a College Football Playoff berth, with TCU visiting Kansas and Baylor sitting at home during a bye week. Instead, KU gave TCU everything it could handle and the Horned Frogs ended up dropping out of the CFP rankings top four despite a win.

This weekend, Baylor faces a similar scenario as the clear favorite over Oklahoma State, which is in the midst of a four-game losing streak.

Here are the storylines to watch in the Big 12 during Week 13:

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AP Photo/Alonzo AdamsCody Thomas will get his second start at QB this weekend for Oklahoma.
Kansas at No. 21 Oklahoma, noon ET (Fox Sports 1): The Sooners returned to the Top 25 after a 42-30 road win over Texas Tech last Saturday, but it has been a while since Bob Stoops' squad looked like one of the nation’s elite. Redshirt freshman quarterback Cody Thomas will get his second start and a second opportunity to show he should be in OU’s future plans. Meanwhile, the Jayhawks are coming off a strong performance, albeit a loss, against TCU. KU’s offense is more explosive with Eric Kiesau handling the play-calling duties and could make enough plays to put another ranked team on upset alert.

Texas Tech at Iowa State, 3:30 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Networks): Both teams badly need a win with one conference victory combined between the Red Raiders and Cyclones. Texas Tech showed plenty of fight in the loss to OU and has the better offense of the two with either Patrick Mahomes or Davis Webb at quarterback. But the Red Raiders also have an ugly trend of shooting themselves in the foot with turnovers and penalties. The Cyclones are coming off a bye week with a renewed focus on righting the ship after a blowout loss to KU in their last game. In a lot of ways, the 2015 season starts now for the Red Raiders and Cyclones with players on both teams looking to solidify themselves as key playmakers of the future.

Oklahoma State at No. 7 Baylor, 7:30 p.m. ET, (Fox): There is no shortage of reasons for Baylor to want to win -- and win impressively. Not only did Oklahoma State hammer Baylor 49-17 in 2013, but the Pokes have been the biggest thorn in the Bears' side in the entire conference in recent years, having won four of the past five meetings. Combine Baylor’s pursuit of a College Football Playoff berth and desire to impress the committee with Oklahoma State’s recent struggles and it could be an explosive night at McLane Stadium.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jerrod Johnson hooked up with Jeff Fuller for a perfect deep ball down the left sideline for a 31-yard touchdown in the final seconds of the first half, a much-needed answer to an Arkansas touchdown that followed an unspecified injury to Von Miller, trimming Arkansas' lead to 21-14.

Stat of the half: Arkansas' two most-used running backs on Saturday, Knile Davis and Broderick Green, have broken big runs and have 94 yards on just 10 carries. Davis set up Arkansas' first touchdown with a 45-yarder, and Green had a 23-yarder late in the half. Texas A&M has to limit those runs in the second half to erase the deficit.

Best player in the half: Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett. He's tossed three touchdown passes, including a perfect deep ball to Cobi Hamilton that put Arkansas up 14-7.

The other best player in the half: Texas A&M defensive back Terrence Frederick. He intercepted Mallett to set up Texas A&M's first touchdown, and recovered a fumble on Arkansas' botched fake field goal in the second quarter.

What Texas A&M needs to do: Keep the offensive balance (20 runs, 19 passes) that was absent against Oklahoma State, and keep feeding Christine Michael (12 carries, 56 yards, TD) while continuing to soften up the secondary with intermediate passes that can set-up deep balls like Johnson's to close the half. He was pressured a little less in the second half, and used his legs (five carries, 41 yards) to escape that pressure and turn possible sacks into first downs. On defense, keep doing what it's doing. The Aggies are tackling well, and though they've left receivers open more often than they'd like, they've limited their yards after catch.