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Big 12 viewer's guide: Week 14

November, 28, 2014
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Baylor and Kansas State each face one final hurdle before a head-to-head matchup at McLane Stadium on the final Saturday of the season that could garner plenty of headlines. Meanwhile, West Virginia and Iowa State look to snap significant losing streaks.

Here are the storylines to watch in the Big 12 during Week 14:

West Virginia at Iowa State, noon ET (Fox Sports 1): Neither team brings much momentum into this game with the Cyclones on a four-game losing streak and the Mountaineers on a three-game slide. Those downward trends won't sit well with Dana Holgorsen or Paul Rhoads. ISU watched its first Big 12 win slip out of its hands against Texas Tech a week ago, so the Cyclones could be entering this game with more momentum than previous weeks. Intrigue will join WVU on the plane to Ames, Iowa, with Skyler Howard's performance against Kansas State putting a spotlight on the quarterback spot for Holgorsen’s squad. Even if starter Clint Trickett is healthy, Holgorsen might not hesitate to turn to Howard if Trickett struggles.

No. 7 Baylor versus Texas Tech in Arlington, Texas, 3:30 pm ET (ABC): The Bears can't seem to get the traction they need to rise in the College Football Playoff rankings. But BU needs to win, and win impressively, if it hopes to keep its name in the conversation for another week. The Bears have minimal room for error. Tech enters the game after its first win since mid-October against ISU a week ago. The Red Raiders would love to play spoiler for the Bears while creating a little momentum heading into the offseason if they're able to finish the regular season with a two-game win streak which includes a win over the nation's No. 7 team.

Kansas versus No. 12 Kansas State, 4 p.m. ET (Fox Sports 1): The final home game for all-purpose threat Tyler Lockett could inspire the senior to do something special at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The Wildcats have plenty to play for with a Big 12 title still within reach. Meanwhile, KU interim coach Clint Bowen could strengthen his résumé even further with a win over the in-state rival Wildcats. And the Jayhawks' sloppy showing at Oklahoma should give KU plenty of motivation to show they're better than they played against the Sooners a week ago.

Big 12: Who will transform today?

November, 23, 2012
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Tavon Austin did quite the transforming act last week, shape-shifting into the Big 12's best running back for a week.

Iowa State did a little transforming into a bowl team last week. This time, it's West Virginia's turn, at the expense of the Cyclones. The Mountaineers have come close twice along the way to a five-game losing streak.

Last week, Landry Jones played the part of a hero, finding Kenny Stills for a game-winning touchdown with 24 seconds to play. Earlier this year, a trick play and a gutsy two-point conversion sent TCU into the postseason, instead of West Virginia.

It's finally the Mountaineers' turn. They'll transform into a bowl-eligible squad later today after rediscovering their offense last week and a brand new offensive weapon in Austin out of the backfield.

This year hasn't been easy for the Mountaineers. Most of the guys on the team have never lost five games in a row. But it won't get any worse, and there's no way WVU is going to slide all the way out of bowl eligibility. West Virginia wasn't as good as many, myself included, believed. The offense wasn't as consistent as it needed to be and the defense provided zero margin for error. The step up in Big 12 offenses compared with Big East offenses has clearly proved to be too much.

Still, this week, even though WVU will be on the road, the streak finally snaps. Geno Smith looks like he's found his vibe a bit, and with Stedman Bailey and Austin looking back to their normal selves, it's time for West Virginia to break through and finally win a tight game again.

Then, it'll finally be time to celebrate a bowl game.

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