The Big 12 Primer: Week 5
My predictions will be up, as always, first thing tomorrow morning. For now, though, here's your look at when and where you can find this weekend's game, along with a few brief thoughts.
Let's hear your predictions in the comments (all times ET):
No. 7 Kansas State, Kansas and No. 16 Oklahoma are all off this week.
Baylor at No. 9 West Virginia (noon, FX): Prepare for a shootout? These two squads have played decent nonconference schedules compared to the rest of the Big 12 and combine to average 98 points a game. The Big 12's two best receiving corps go head to head, and quarterbacks Nick Florence (Baylor) and Geno Smith (West Virginia) are more than qualified to let the pass-catchers shine here. Keep an eye on Terrance Williams and Tevin Reese for Baylor, but WVU's Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey are even better. West Virginia's first-ever Big 12 game should be a fun one, and Morgantown will be hopping all weekend.
No. 15 TCU at SMU (7 p.m., Fox Sports Net): The Battle for the Iron Skillet has never had any Big 12 relevance until now. The old Southwest Conference rivalry is renewed in Dallas for the first time since the Frogs nabbed a coveted spot in the Texas-based BCS league. SMU brings the bragging rights into this one, though. The Mustangs upset TCU in Fort Worth last season, but this year, June Jones' squad has been blown out by two other old Southwest Conference rivals: Baylor and Texas A&M.
Texas Tech at Iowa State (7 p.m., Fox College Sports): Last week, the teacher (Bill Snyder) got the best of his pupil (Bob Stoops) for just the second time ever when K-State beat Oklahoma. This week, Tommy Tuberville will try to duplicate Snyder's feat and beat his former defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads for the first time as Texas Tech coach. The Red Raiders are leading the nation in total defense after finishing 114th in 2011. How long can they keep it up? We'll find out as conference play starts for the Red Raiders.
No. 12 Texas at Oklahoma State (7:30 p.m., FOX): Oklahoma State has beaten Texas in Stillwater just once in the school's history, and Texas went 4-7 that year (1997). The Cowboys host Texas after beating the Horns in Austin in 2010 and 2011, but all eyes will be on Oklahoma State's starting quarterback, whoever it is. Wes Lunt's knee is mobile again, but is he healthy enough to reclaim his status as starter? J.W. Walsh showed he was capable when he came in for Lunt in a win over Louisiana-Lafayette. Meanwhile, Oklahoma State's defense will get a test from an improving, balanced Texas offense.
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Play Podcast Kirk Herbstreit joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss Bob Stoops' recent comments about the SEC and the pending college football playoff, what appears to be an unpredictable Big 12 in 2013, how the Aggies will handle expectations and more.
Play Podcast Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin talks about the improvements being made to Kyle Field, what those improvements will to for the program, the success of last year, Johnny Manziel's offseason and the expectations for the Aggies in 2013.
Play Podcast Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo talk about Texas A&M's decision to expand its stadium and say although the Aggies had a fantastic year, the school must also be careful not to overextend its resources based on a single hot stretch.
Play Podcast Baylor head coach Art Briles joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss what kind of player the Cowboys are getting in Terrance Williams.
Play Podcast Arlington and Texas A&M product Luke Joeckel, the potential No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Richard Durrett to discuss the draft, coaches and advice from his dad.
Play Podcast Florida Gulf Coast athletic director Ken Kavanagh joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss his school's Cinderella story and playing in the Sweet 16 at Cowboys Stadium.
Play Podcast Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby joins Fizsimmons & Durrett to discuss Cowboys Stadium as a venue, the state of Big 12 basketball, the new 2014 college football format, why there's no hurry to have a Big 12 football championship and much more.
Play Podcast Jay Bilas joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the remaining 16 teams in the NCAA tournament, the intrigue surrounding the Northwest Region and the excitement over FGCU, even though a similar story happens every year.