The Big 12 Primer: Week 7
It's time for our weekly look at when and where you can find every game in the Big 12 this week. I'll have my predictions up in the morning, and I'll also be revealing which game I'll be attending.
Until then, let's hear your predictions in the comments:
No. 6 Kansas State at Iowa State (noon, FX): Farmageddon goes back to Ames after a hiatus in Kansas City and a game in Manhattan a year ago. Iowa State loves to play giant killer, and it'll get a good chance in this one. Bill Snyder and Collin Klein knocked off the Cyclones 30-23 a year ago and will try to set up a huge showdown in Morgantown next week. Jared Barnett helped ISU beat No. 2 Oklahoma State in Ames last year, and after taking over for Steele Jantz, how will he look in his second start?
No. 15 Texas vs. No. 13 Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas (noon, ABC): A century of tradition continues in the Cotton Bowl with Texas and Oklahoma going head to head. Both already have home losses and its the first matchup with neither team in the top 10 since 1999. The loser would have two losses just two weeks into October, but Landry Jones will get a tough test against a Texas defense hungry to prove itself. Meanwhile, how will David Ash look against the best defense he's faced all season?
Oklahoma State at Kansas (3:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net): This game was 35-7 after the first quarter last year, but Charlie Weis turned heads this week by holding a practice on Sunday without his seniors, who were sent to lift weights and run. Is he already looking to the future? Oklahoma State, meanwhile, is waiting on Wes Lunt's knee to heal and until then, it's J.W. Walsh's offense.
No. 5 West Virginia at Texas Tech (3:30 p.m., ABC) West Virginia has looked like the Big 12's best team through six weeks, but haven't played an entire season without a loss to an unranked team since 2003. Texas Tech is trying to bounce back from a lopsided loss to Oklahoma at home, but the improving Texas Tech defense will get the toughest test of their young season when Heisman frontrunner Geno Smith rolls into town with two of the best receivers in the country, Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin. Running back Andrew Buie proved WVU could be more balanced, but could Shawne Alston return this week?
TCU at Baylor (7 p.m., Fox Sports Net) TCU and Baylor played a classic last year, but TCU is officially moving on after Casey Pachall disenrolled from school and sought treatment at an inpatient facility. Baylor might be one of the most underrated teams in the league. After a seven-point loss on the road to West Virginia, BU dropped out of the top 25. Doesn't seem fair, does it? Look for Nick Florence and Co. to prove a little something on Saturday.
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
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.