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Predictions: Big 12 Week 4

9/22/2011

Oh, yes. It's time to celebrate. A week after enduring the worst week of predictions ever in my tenure as Big 12 blogger, I follow it up with the best ever. It was a perfect week on the Big 12 Blog, rebounding from what could have been a questionable start.

I'll be in College Station this weekend, which should come as no real surprise, but I'm excited for what should be an unbelievable atmosphere with two great teams.

Let's get to the picks.

Off: Iowa State, Texas, Kansas

Last week: 10-0 (1.000)

Overall: 20-5 (.800)

No. 8 Texas A&M 34, No. 7 Oklahoma State 31: This is my pick of the week. Come back later today for a video of why I picked it.

Miami 27, Kansas State 14: Collin Klein has to be a better passer. He hasn't shown tons of promise through two weeks, and the Hurricanes' defense is the first one that will expose it. The Wildcats will be able to move the ball with the zone read, but the lack of balance costs them on the road against a pretty good team.

No. 17 Baylor 51, Rice 13: We get it: Baylor's pretty good. The Bears' only good nonconference game is out of the way, and they took care of business. Now, it's cupcake time. The only interesting thing in this one will be what RG3's stat line looks like.

Texas Tech 47, Nevada 17: In another year (like 2010), this could have been a great game. Not so this time. The Wolfpack aren't of the one-man variety, but Tech's offense is too strong. Nevada can't keep up.

No. 1 Oklahoma 42, Missouri 24: This one will be close early, but Missouri took its best team into Norman and couldn't finish within single digits. When the schedule softens and the team jells, the Tigers will get on a late-season roll. But now? The Sooners are too good on both sides of the ball. Only turnovers make this a single-digit game.