- David Ubben, College Football
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Plenty of good games across the board this weekend. Here are my picks:
No. 6 Kansas State and Kansas are idle.
Overall: 49-18 (.731)
No. 16 Texas 23, TCU 21: A couple of maturing defenses make it tough for both offenses in the Thanksgiving showcase, but the Longhorns make the plays late to nip TCU. Johnathan Gray earns tough yards in the fourth quarter to keep the clock running, and the defense forces a pair of turnovers against quarterback Trevone Boykin.
West Virginia 38, Iowa State 34: The Tavon Austin Experience is coming to Ames. Now with more touches and a brand-new position. The running back is surely a weapon WVU wishes it had discovered earlier this season. More touches for Austin is absolutely a good thing. Iowa State will figure this one out pretty quickly. He's dangerous, and Iowa State does not have the speediest defense in the league.
Baylor 41, Texas Tech 37: This was by far the toughest pick of the week, but I'll show a little faith in Baylor, even though it might come back to bite me. I was buying the Bears earlier in the season, but that Iowa State loss soured me. I'm back on board after seeing what the defense can do and the offense when it's at its best. Texas Tech is a much different challenge than K-State, but the defense makes enough plays to get the win and reach bowl eligibility.
No. 13 Oklahoma 31, No. 21 Oklahoma State 24: I wanted to pick Oklahoma State in this one. Nobody in the league has been playing better than the Pokes this past month and a half. Couldn't do it. The Sooners remember too much about last year's game and won't lose another game in Norman this year. Landry Jones goes out in style at Owen Field against the Pokes' defense, which is quietly making big strides in recent weeks.