The Big 12 Primer: Week 10
October, 31, 2012
By David Ubben | ESPNDallas.com
Here's where you can find this week's games. My predictions will be up in the morning, and I'll also be revealing where I'm headed this weekend.
Let's hear your predictions in the comments.
No. 12 Oklahoma at Iowa State (noon ET, ABC) The Sooners already have a pair of losses to teams in the top three of the BCS. This week they travel to Ames to face an Iowa State team looking to earn its sixth win and qualify for a third bowl game in four years. Iowa State will be playing without linebacker Jake Knott, the Big 12's leading tackler who likely won't return after undergoing surgery on his shoulder on Monday.
TCU at No. 21 West Virginia (3 p.m. ET, FOX) The Big 12's two new members go head to head in Morgantown, and both have already taken a pair of lumps in Big 12 play. Both teams have dealt with impactful injuries, and both teams enter with two-game losing streaks. TCU's defense will be a tough assignment for a West Virginia offense that's inexplicably stalled since starting 5-0.
No. 23 Texas at No. 18 Texas Tech (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC) Texas Tech will debut its "Lone Star Pride" uniforms against their Lone Star rivals. Texas is missing linebacker Jordan Hicks and running back Malcolm Brown, but superstar freshman Johnathan Gray has earned his first start after his first 100-yard game last week against Kansas. The Red Raiders are likely out of the Big 12 race, but the winner of this game may find themselves in the Cotton Bowl at season's end.
Kansas at Baylor (3:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Net) The Big 12's lone winless teams in league play meet in Waco. Somebody's got to get in the win column by day's end. The difference? Baylor's gone four games without a win. Kansas has gone 17. The Jayhawks lost a heartbreaker a week ago to Texas, but Baylor's high-flying offense hasn't been able to keep up with a porous defense that leaves its margin of error small.
No. 24 Oklahoma State at No. 2 Kansas State (8 p.m. ET, ABC) Kansas State remarkably has yet to face a team this season with more than one conference loss. Oklahoma State is only the latest. The Cowboys lost a tight game to Texas early this year that has cost them a possible spot in the top 15-20. A win here, though, and the defending Big 12 champions are suddenly a factor in the league title race. A win for K-State means one step closer to a possible BCS National Championship Game bid.