Predicting the 2012 season: Week 11
Remember, these are preseason predictions. We'll obviously still do week-to-week picks once the season arrives, and they might change between now and then. There are a lot of preseason practices, and a lot of games between now and the end of the season.
There are always teams that disappoint and teams that surprise. But here's how I see the Big 12 shaking out in Week 11.
Belldozer scores three times -- one fewer than he did in last year's loss in Waco -- and Oklahoma wins comfortably.
Texas 38, Iowa State 17: Iowa State's got good linebackers, but they won't do much good racking up tackles four and five yards downfield. Texas wins the battle at the line of scrimmage against an overmatched ISU line, and here come the Horns up the Big 12 standings after early-season losses to West Virginia and Oklahoma. The secondary is a nightmare for the ISU quarterbacks, too. Jared Barnett and Steele Jantz both play, and both throw interceptions.
Texas Tech 37, Kansas 34: Texas Tech hits a scare, and Kansas can smell the first conference win. This one slips through the Jayhawks' fingers with a late hookup from Seth Doege to Jace Amaro. Tony Pierson runs for 157 yards -- a season-high -- but the Red Raiders have enough offense to grab a much-needed win.
Kansas State 27, TCU 21: This thing got physical quick. Casey Pachall and Collin Klein combine for just 30 pass attempts, but Klein, John Hubert and Matthew Tucker all top 100 yards rushing. Waymon James added 85 of his own. K-State's Arthur Brown racks up 18 tackles as the Wildcats get a huge road victory and keep their Big 12 title hopes alive.
West Virginia 34, Oklahoma State 33: Tyler Bitancurt silences the Stillwater crowd with a game-winning kick in a rowdy T. Boone Pickens Stadium. Wes Lunt plays his best game of the season, and shows plenty of reasons why the Cowboys' staff named him the starter, but Geno Smith hits Stedman Bailey three times on the game-winning drive to set up Bitancurt's game-winner.
BIG 12 STANDINGS (after Week 11)
1. Oklahoma: 9-0 (6-0)
2. West Virginia: 8-1 (5-1)
3. Kansas State: 8-2 (5-2)
3. Texas: 8-2 (5-2)
5. TCU: 7-3 (4-3)
6. Oklahoma State: 6-3 (3-3)
7. Baylor: 5-4 (2-4)
8. Texas Tech: 5-5 (2-5)
9. Iowa State: 3-7 (1-6)
10. Kansas: 3-7 (0-7)
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