Big 12: TCU Horned Frogs

The postseason honors keep rolling in for Gary Patterson.

The TCU coach was named the college football coach of the year by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

The annual award is voted on by the nation's 125 FBS head coaches and sports information directors.

Patterson also won the award in 2009, and joins former Penn State coach Joe Paterno (1972, 1994 and 2005) and Oklahoma's Bob Stoops (2000 and 2003) as multiple winners.

Patterson will be honored at the foundation's national awards banquet on Jan. 17 at Yale.

Trevone Boykin's comeback story

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Trevone Boykin's 2014 season has been a storybook written with numbers. Big, fat, gaudy numbers: 3,714 yards passing with 30 touchdowns versus only seven interceptions, and another 642 yards rushing, eight of those carries also ending in touchdowns.

Each chapter has been punctuated by multiple visits to the "SportsCenter" Top 10, from aerial flips into the end zone to a touchdown celebration that started out like a dance, but ended in a handshake. Through it all, he has helped author one of the greatest seasons in TCU history, an 11-1 record, a share of a Big 12 championship, a College Football Playoff near-miss, and a New Year's Eve date with Ole Miss in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. On Saturday night he penned a fourth-place finish in the Heisman Trophy voting and thusly has already started writing his 2015 story, a season he will begin as the likely Heisman favorite.

The Boykin bestseller would be plenty remarkable enough all on its own. But this tale is a particular page-turner because of where it started. With not merely a blank sheet of paper, but a pile of wood pulp that still had to be pressed into that paper.

"Yeah, spring was ... interesting," the 23-year old junior admits. "I never had any doubt that we could pull it off. But yeah, it was a lot."

To read more of McGee's article on Boykin, click here.

2014 All-Big 12 underclassman team

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From Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine to West Virginia placekicker Josh Lambert, the Big 12 was loaded with underclassmen who made an impact on the 2014 season. With that in mind we unveil our second annual All-Big 12 underclassman team (freshmen and sophomores).

The underclassman team is based on 2014 performances, not future potential -- though many on this list have bright futures as well. Number of games played was also a factor, which is a reason why budding true freshman quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Mason Rudolph, who both came on strong only during the final month of the season, just missed the cut.

Without further ado, the ESPN.com 2014 All-Big 12 underclassman team:

Offense
QB: Tyrone Swoopes, Texas
RB: Shock Linwood, Baylor
RB: Samaje Perine, Oklahoma
WR: Corey Coleman, Baylor
WR: KD Cannon, Baylor
WR: Allen Lazard, Iowa State
OT: Adam Pankey, West Virginia
OG: Baylen Brown, Texas Tech
C: Kyle Fuller, Baylor
OG: Daniel Burton, Iowa State
OT: Kent Perkins, Texas
FB: Glenn Gronkowski, Kansas State
AP: Wendell Smallwood, West Virginia

Defense
DE: Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State
DT: Andrew Billings, Baylor
DT: Hassan Ridgeway, Texas
DE: Jordan Willis, Kansas State
LB: Taylor Young, Baylor
LB: Dominique Alexander, Oklahoma
LB: Seth Jacobs, Oklahoma State
CB: Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma
CB: Nigel Tribune, Iowa State
S: Jordan Sterns, Oklahoma State
S: Orion Stewart, Baylor

Special teams
K: Josh Lambert, West Virginia
P: Colin Downing, Iowa State
KR: Alex Ross, Oklahoma
PR: Cameron Echols-Luper, TCU

Big 12 recruiting scorecard

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Here's what's been cooking on the recruiting trail in the past week around the Big 12:

BAYLOR
Total commits: 13
ESPN 300 commits: 3
The latest: Texas Tech's loss could be Baylor's gain. ESPN 300 QB Jarrett Stidham, who decommitted from the Red Raiders over the weekend, visited Baylor on Sunday. Despite all the Stidham speculation, fellow early enrollee QB Chad President has declared he's still solid with the Bears.

IOWA STATE
Total commits: 14
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: The Cyclones added some much needed beef to the middle of its defensive with a commitment from DT Bobby Leath from Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College.

KANSAS
Total commits: 19
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: New coach David Beaty has forged a reputation on being able to recruit Texas, and over the weekend, he delivered four verbal commitments from the Lone Star State. The Jahawks also added tight end Jace Sternberger from Kingfisher, Okla.

KANSAS STATE
Total commits: 14
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: The Wildcats bolstered their future linebacking corps with a commitment from three-star Louisiana LB Reggie Walker, who had offers from the likes of Florida, Arkansas and Miami. He's a good get, especially because the Hurricanes are trying to flip fellow K-State linebacker commit Mohamed Barry. Still, this was a huge pickup for the Wildcats. K-State also added juco DE Aulelio Olomua last week.

OKLAHOMA
Total commits: 16
ESPN 300 commits: 6
The latest: ESPN 300 DE Ricky DeBerry is expected to make his decision on Friday and the Sooners are a finalist, if not the favorite. Oklahoma assistant Tim Kish did a final in-home visit with DeBerry on Sunday. Oklahoma will have to fend off several big-time programs for DeBerry, including Alabama.

OKLAHOMA STATE
Total commits: 16
ESPN 300 commits: 2
The latest: ESPN 300 running back Ronald Jones, the gem of Oklahoma State's recruiting class, announced Sunday he was reopening his commitment. The Cowboys now desperately need to add a running back to this class, especially in wake of Tyreek Hill's dismissal.

TCU
Total commits: 20
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: Days after reeling in former Baylor 2016 DB commit Keshawn Somerville, TCU landed three-star defensive back Montrel Wilson, who backed out of his pledge to the Bears in October. The Frogs also flipped three-star center Jozie Milton from South Carolina over the weekend.

TEXAS
Total commits: 20
ESPN 300 commits: 9
The latest: This could be a huge week for the Texas defense. ESPN 300 LB Darrin Kirkland Jr., a Texas target and former Michigan commit, will announce his decision later today. Top target and ESPN 300 LB Malik Jefferson is scheduled to reveal his decision on Friday.

TEXAS TECH
Total commits: 12
ESPN 300 commits: 4
The latest: The Red Raiders suffered a major blow over the weekend when quarterback Jarrett Stidham, the cornerstone of Kliff Kingsbury's recruiting class since March who was set to enroll early, revealed he had decommitted from Texas Tech. The pressure will be on the Red Raiders now to get a premier QB in the class of 2016.

WEST VIRGINIA
Total commits: 24
ESPN 300 commits: 3
The latest: The Mountaineers are trying to replace Kevin White with another juco WR in four-star Isaac Whitney. Later this week, Whitney is deciding between the Mountaineers, USC and Washington State, but he visited West Virginia over the weekend, which seems encouraging for the Mountaineers' chances.
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Near the end of Baylor coach Art Briles' news conference Sunday, after he had been asked more than a few times to describe his feelings about the Bears being left out of the inaugural four-team College Football Playoff, he'd apparently had enough.

"We're in a room that feels like we just lost a football game," Briles said. "That to me is a travesty. That's what I hate. We won a big game last night, and we're Big 12 champions. Get happy or get your ass out.

"That's the way I feel. I mean, seriously. I mean, my goodness, somebody ask me about winning. We won. Our guys are good."

On Saturday night, the Bears defeated Kansas State 38-27 to earn a share of the Big 12 championship with TCU, which was a 55-3 winner over Iowa State earlier in the day. It was the second straight season in which Baylor won at least a share of the Big 12 title.

But on Sunday, both teams were left out of the College Football Playoff, as Big Ten champion Ohio State was chosen by the 12-person selection committee for the fourth and final spot.

In the first year of the playoff, the Big 12 is the only Power 5 conference that will be watching from home.

"I'm like everybody else," Briles said. "I certainly would have liked to have been in it, but it didn't work out that way. What am I going to do? Moan and whine we're not in? We'll move on and take it from there. I don't think it makes any difference what I say now."

The Bears and Horned Frogs certainly have every right to be angry. They could each argue they are among the top four teams in the country and deserve a spot in the playoff.

But the Big 12 has only itself to blame. It is the only Power 5 league that doesn't stage a conference championship game and didn't have an outright champion this season. Its two best teams, Baylor and TCU, were further flawed because of relatively soft nonconference schedules compared to Ohio State.

Read the rest of Mark Schlabach's column here.

TCU, Baylor players sound off on Twitter

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For nearly two months now -- ever since Baylor's 61-58 thriller over TCU on Oct. 11 -- the two Texas schools and their fan bases have been going at it in the public sphere in hopes of getting the committee to pick one over the other.

As it turns out, it took Sunday's playoff announcement for the two teams to come together as one -- in disgust at the committee's choice of Ohio State as the No. 4 choice.

The players on both sides were understandably hurting in the immediate aftermath, and it didn't take long for them to express their feelings on Twitter.

Baylor reaction
TCU reaction

Big 12 playoff tracker: Dec. 3

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The sixth edition of the College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday night delivered a stunner, as TCU leapt undefeated Florida State into the No. 3 spot. Baylor moved up one spot to No. 6.

Here's a deeper look at what those rankings mean for the Big 12's remaining two playoff contenders:

TCU Horned Frogs
Record: 10-1 (7-1 Big 12)
Playoff committee rank: No. 3
Next big obstacle: Saturday vs. Iowa State
Reason for optimism: Where do we begin? The committee loves TCU so much right now they vaulted the Horned Frogs to No. 3 over the undefeated Seminoles. With Iowa State all that's left, TCU's chances to impress the committee are essentially done. But the Horned Frogs appear to have done plenty already. If TCU wins this weekend, it would take a dramatic reversal by the committee to bump the Horned Frogs out of the playoff.
Cause for concern: There's a scenario that could be problematic for TCU. If Florida State and Baylor win big this weekend -- and fifth-ranked Ohio State struggled -- TCU and Baylor could wind up being ranked next to one another for the first time at No. 4 and No. 5. Would the committee then launch the head-to-head tiebreaker into effect, thus moving Baylor ahead of TCU? It might.
Whom they'll be rooting for this week: Either a Georgia Tech win against Florida State in the ACC title game or a K-State victory at Baylor would all but cement TCU into the playoff.

Baylor Bears
Record: 10-1 (7-1)
Playoff committee rank: No. 6
Next big obstacle: Saturday vs. Kansas State
Reason for optimism: Even though the distance between TCU and Baylor widened, the Bears have cause to be hopeful. The Bears have a chance to deliver another impressive victory against ninth-ranked K-State. If Baylor routed K-State by more than three touchdowns, it would have bigger wins than TCU over the Big 12's other ranked teams (K-State, Oklahoma) plus the head-to-head advantage. With one upset elsewhere, Baylor's positioned also would be strengthened.
Cause for concern: The Bears are running out of time to show the committee they are one of the four best teams in the country. Their nonconference schedule continues to weigh them down. And they haven't been able to close the gap enough with TCU to put the head-to-head tiebreaker into effect. Can they do that all in one weekend?
Whom they'll be rooting for this week: Wisconsin and Georgia Tech. Victories by the Badgers and Yellow Jackets in their conference championship games would almost assure Baylor of a playoff berth. A win by Georgia Tech alone might be enough, assuming the Bears take care of business in Waco.

Big 12 bowl projections: Week 14

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TCU took a giant step toward playoff inclusion Tuesday night as the College Football Playoff committee bumped the Horned Frogs all the way up to No. 3 in the fifth update to the rankings.

Committee chairman Jeff Long has said that Baylor's head-to-head edge over TCU would only come into effect as a tiebreaker if the teams were close in the rankings. With Baylor being three spots behind TCU at No. 6, the Bears would seemingly have a long way to go before pushing that tiebreaker into effect. The good news for Baylor is that its next opponent, Kansas State, moved up three spots to No. 9. That gives the Bears at least a shot at a statement, top-10 victory to give the committee.

Either way, it should be a fun weekend in Fort Worth and Waco.

K-State remains in line for the Valero Alamo Bowl, though the Wildcats could play their way into one of the New Year's Six bowls with a win over Baylor. There's even a scenario in which K-State could emerge onto the precipice of the playoff with a series of upsets. On the other hand, if the Wildcats get blown out in Waco, Oklahoma could still get scooped up by the Alamo Bowl, where the Sooners have never played before.

Oklahoma State remains the only non-bowl team in the Big 12 at the moment that can still play its way to bowl eligibility. But the Cowboys are almost three-touchdown underdogs at Oklahoma this weekend.

College Football Playoff semifinal (Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual): TCU

Goodyear Cotton Bowl: Baylor

Valero Alamo Bowl: Kansas State

Russell Athletic Bowl: Oklahoma

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl: Texas

AutoZone Liberty Bowl: West Virginia

Cactus Bowl: None eligible


Big 12 weekend rewind: Week 14

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Taking stock of Week 14 in the Big 12:

Team of the week: After stumbling in a narrow win over Kansas, TCU had to bounce back to return to the good graces of the playoff selection committee. The Horned Frogs did that and then some in a 48-10 dismantling of Texas in Austin. The TCU defense gave up only one pass longer than 13 yards and forced Texas QB Tyrone Swoopes into five turnovers. The Horned Frogs might not be as prolific offensively as Baylor or as stout defensively as Texas, but they have demonstrated they have the Big 12's best combination of the two.

Disappointment of the week: Texas had a chance to build on its strong finish to the season against the Horned Frogs. Instead, the Longhorns failed to score a touchdown through the first three quarters and suffered their worst loss to TCU in 58 years. It was also the worst home loss for Texas since the infamous "Rout 66" loss to UCLA in 1997. After a rough start to the Charlie Strong era, the Longhorns had their moments in 2014. None, though, came Thanksgiving night.

Big (offensive) man on campus: Patrick Mahomes didn't beat Baylor. But the Texas Tech true freshman quarterback dazzled in a loss. He threw for six touchdowns and passed for 598 yards, which was the third-highest single-game total of any FBS QB this year. Over his final three games, Mahomes threw 14 touchdowns to just two interceptions, suggesting he might be Kliff Kingsbury's long-term answer at quarterback.

Big (defensive) man on campus: TCU linebacker Paul Dawson was a man possessed once again, punishing Texas with a game-high 10 tackles. He also came up with an interception at the end of the third quarter, which set up a touchdown that put TCU ahead 27-3. In the first quarter, Dawson also drilled Swoopes, who threw a pick to safety Sam Carter on the next play. Dawson has had an All-American-caliber season for the Horned Frogs and should be a lock for every all-conference ballot.

Special-teams player of the week: West Virginia place-kicker Josh Lambert finished off a fabulous sophomore season by nailing three field goals in the 37-24 win at Iowa State. He missed a 49-yarder early in the game, but came back to drill a 46-yard try in the third quarter that gave West Virginia the lead for good. The Lou Groza Award finalist finished the regular season with a Big 12-best 27 made field goals.

Play of the week: After Mahomes heaved a 40-yard touchdown to Bradley Marquez with 1:42 to play, the Red Raiders had a chance to tie Baylor and send the shootout to overtime. But Mahomes couldn't find a receiver open on the two-point conversion attempt and instead scrambled back before taking a sack. Texas Tech failed to recover the ensuing onside attempt, effectively ending a wild game in Jerry's World.

Stat of the week: Dating to 2012, Baylor has now won 20 consecutive games in the state of Texas. With the win over Texas Tech, the Bears also secured back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time in school history.

Quote of the week: "I'll fight a man with three children and a nice house any day over somebody that's living out of their car." -- Baylor coach Art Briles, on facing a "desperate" team in Texas Tech

Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 14

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Mississippi State might still be holding on to the coveted No. 4 spot in the College Football Playoff rankings for the moment.

But the gravest threat to the Frogs of Fort Worth and the Bears of the Brazos for playoff inclusion appears to reside north of the Mason-Dixon Line.

The playoff selection committee released its weekly rankings Tuesday night, and TCU held steady at No. 5 despite having the week off. After dispatching Oklahoma State and its plucky true freshman quarterback, Baylor remained ranked seventh.

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AP Photo/Jay LaPreteUrban Meyer and Ohio State are behind TCU in this week's College Football Playoff rankings, but if the Buckeyes win the outright Big Ten title, it could be enough to vault past the Horned Frogs.
But while the Big 12 duo hangs tough in the playoff chase, their playoff future could hinge on sixth-ranked Ohio State.

Unlike Baylor, the Buckeyes have no wins over another playoff contender.

Unlike TCU, the Buckeyes have a loss against an unranked opponent.

And unlike Baylor and TCU, Ohio State does not compete in one of the three best conferences in college football.

But going into the final two weeks of the season, the Buckeyes seem to be the apple of the committee’s eye for the lone playoff spot currently up for grabs.

If the season ended today, Mississippi State would be in the playoff over TCU, Ohio State and Baylor. But following Ole Miss’ 30-0 loss at Arkansas last weekend, the Egg Bowl has lost its luster, robbing the Bulldogs of a chance to boost their relatively thin résumé with a victory over a Top 10 team. Mississippi State has only one victory over a Top 25 team (Auburn) to go along with a nonconference slate of Southern Miss, UAB, South Alabama and Tennessee-Martin. Assuming that Alabama wins the Iron Bowl, Mississippi State would not represent the West Division in the SEC title game, either.

Committee chairman Jeff Long stressed Tuesday night that “conference championships will be a tiebreaker factored in at the end of the season.” And if Mississippi State, TCU, Ohio State and Baylor are all as close in the minds of the committee as Long has suggested, Mississippi State, based on that tiebreaker disadvantage, would be the odd dog out.

That brings us back to the Buckeyes.

The committee seems to be giving Ohio State a pass for its 35-21 loss in Columbus on Sept. 6 to 5-6 Virginia Tech. Long even quashed the premise that Virginia Tech constituted a bad loss for Ohio State. (He must have missed the Hokies’ 6-3 double-overtime loss to lowly Wake Forest over the weekend.)

With the committee inexplicably overlooking the Virginia Tech loss, the Buckeyes seem to be in prime position for the fourth spot. Ohio State is ranked ahead of Baylor, and if both teams won out, there’s no reason to believe that would change. Sure, the Bears have No. 12 Kansas State next weekend. But the Buckeyes potentially would have No. 14 Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game. Beating the Badgers at a neutral site would seemingly offset a Baylor victory over K-State in Waco.

The Buckeyes would still have to jump TCU. But if a victory over Wisconsin alone weren’t enough to catapult Ohio State past the Horned Frogs, the addition of the Big Ten title in a 13th game probably would. Sure, TCU would technically be co-champs of the Big 12. But the committee would likely favor a sole champion of one conference over a co-champ of another that would also have a tiebreaker problem with the other co-champ.

All of this, of course, is just speculation with games still to be staged. Much can still happen in these final two weeks.

Oregon could lose the Civil War and Alabama could lose the Iron Bowl. Florida or Georgia Tech could beat Florida State and Wisconsin could topple the Buckeyes.

Heck, Minnesota could still even win the Big Ten title, which would be quite the early Christmas present for the folks in Fort Worth.

So both Baylor and TCU remain very much alive in the playoff hunt.

But Big 12’s biggest roadblock to the fourth playoff spot lies not in Starkville.

But rather, smack in the heart of Ohio.

Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 13

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TCU, BaylorMCT via Getty Images, USA TODAY SportsWill TCU and Baylor both be on the outside looking in when the four playoff teams are decided?
TCU and Baylor supporters have bickered back and forth the past few weeks about which of the two most deserves a spot in the national semifinals.

But the fourth edition of the College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday night confirmed a sobering possibility: instead of either/or for the Big 12, it could be neither/nor.

After a near-fatal trip to Kansas, the Horned Frogs fell one spot to No. 5 in the rankings; Baylor remained stuck in the mud at seventh, still weighed down by its pillowy nonconference schedule.

And so, the primary playoff storyline for the Big 12 is no longer which of the two longtime foes will represent the Big 12 in the playoff, but rather whether the league will have representation in college football's biggest bash at all.

Earlier Tuesday, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said during a radio interview with SiriusXM that he still prefers the Big 12's path to the playoff without a conference championship game. But that path also could leave the league in the cold when the four teams are finally determined.

Without a championship game, neither TCU nor Baylor could possibly catch Mississippi State, which currently owns the coveted No. 4 spot, and still has the all-time biggest Egg Bowl looming in two weeks against eighth-ranked Ole Miss.

Without a championship game, TCU might be unable to stave off the budding Buckeyes, either. And Baylor might not be able to pass Ohio State, which surged past the Bears to No. 6 this week. Ohio State also still has the Big Ten championship game, which could feature a top-10-ranked Wisconsin on the other side.

With a championship game of their own, TCU and Baylor could finally settle their bickering on a neutral site, while giving the winner a monster victory that not only would trump wins against Ole Miss, Wisconsin or anyone else for that matter, but catapult the victor into the playoff.

Without a championship game, the Horned Frogs are left hoping the committee will reward them for beating unranked Texas in Austin on Thanksgiving night. And without a championship game, Baylor is left praying Kansas State will keep winning to set up the possibility for a marquee triumph the final week of the season.

But if Tuesday’s rankings were any indication, neither potential victory figures to be enough.

Sure, while the committee is pummeling Baylor in the rankings for its nonconference schedule, Mississippi State seems to be getting a free pass for a creampuff out-of-conference slate that comprised the fearsome foursome of Southern Miss, UAB, South Alabama and Tennessee-Martin.

And sure, while TCU is getting punished for its fourth quarter in Waco, Ohio State's embarrassing home loss to Virginia Tech seems to be getting swept under the rug because it happened in September in redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett's second career start.

But one of the 12 committee members I am not.

Meaning TCU and Baylor could require losses from those ranked above, below and in between. Either from Alabama or Oregon or Florida State. Or from the Bulldogs or Buckeyes. Yet if the final month of college football has taught us anything over the years, it's that no one is safe. Especially when pressure begins to mount.

Alabama still has the tricky Iron Bowl and the SEC title game either against Missouri or Georgia, the latter sure to provide a formidable roadblock.

The Ducks have the Civil War at plucky Oregon State, then the conference title game against whomever emerges out of a convoluted Pac-12 South.

And the serendipitous Seminoles have Florida, which will at least be galvanized to send Will Muschamp out with a memorable win.

If Kansas can almost beat TCU, then any of those underdogs can win, too. So it's no time for the Bears or Horned Frogs to panic. Not yet, at least.

It is time, however, for both to put aside the bickering. The rankings showed it's no longer about TCU or Baylor, but rather, without a conference championship game, whether either will be in the playoff at all.

Coaches add to Baylor-TCU rivalry 

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Here’s a subplot of the current playoff debate in the Big 12 between TCU and Baylor that has not been widely discussed: Gary Patterson and Art Briles do not care for one another.

When I visited with Patterson in his office in September, he talked at length about there being no beef with Briles, or really anyone in the Big 12 -- the league in which his TCU program has now resided for three seasons.

But other coaches tell me that, as friendly as Patterson tries to be in conference meetings, he still can rub his peers -- Briles, in particular -- the wrong way.

The friction provides another layer to the drama of the initial College Football Playoff stretch run, with TCU three spots ahead in the committee’s rankings despite the Bears’ head-to-head win on Oct. 11.

The Big 12 has said it would consider Baylor its champion, should both teams win out.

Big 12 Week 12 predictions

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We’re all picking Texas, TCU and Oklahoma…

Why Texas will win: Oklahoma State and Texas are trending in opposite directions. After a rough start, the Longhorns have quietly improved, especially along an offensive line that is beginning to pave running lanes for Johnathan Gray and Malcolm Brown. The OSU Cowboys, meanwhile, have seemingly regressed offensively the past month, due largely to their inability to protect quarterback Daxx Garman, who himself has struggled to check down against the blitz. Bowl qualification will be on the line in this one. And the Longhorns will grab it. Texas 29, Oklahoma State 13 – Trotter

Why TCU will win: Gary Patterson has worked hard this season to make sure his players don't slack off, don't get too high, and don't look ahead. That won't change this week – if anything, being ranked No. 4 will only make him hammer that harder. The Frogs will be focused and motivated to score a lot of points this week for the old résumé. I have them beating KU by the same margin Baylor did. TCU 56, Kansas 10 – Olson

Why Kansas will keep it close: The Jayhawks have confidence, momentum and an underrated defense. KU will put up a bigger fight than most expect, especially with TCU playing its eight straight game without a bye. There are plenty of reasons to think Clint Bowen’s crew can hang around. TCU 44, Kansas 24Chatmon

Why Oklahoma will win: With Alex Ross, Keith Ford and Samaje Perine in the backfield, the Sooners will run, run and run some more against the Red Raiders. Tech will struggle to do anything about it. And Oklahoma should be ready to respond after being embarrassed on its home field by Baylor. Oklahoma 42, Texas Tech 24Chatmon

Why Texas Tech will keep it close: The Red Raiders are coming off a bye week, which has given them extra time to prepare for Oklahoma while giving QB Davis Webb the chance to heal from an ankle injury. Oklahoma historically has struggled at Tech, and who knows what mental state the Sooners will bring to Lubbock this time after getting waxed by Baylor last weekend. If the Red Raiders don’t self-destruct with turnovers and penalties -- and I realize that’s a big if -- they’ll have the chance to hang around an Oklahoma team that might be suffering a hangover. Oklahoma 35, Texas Tech 27 – Trotter

Season records:
  • Trotter: 55-6
  • Chatmon: 53-8
  • Olson: 52-9

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