The Big 12 Primer: Week 11
November, 8, 2012
By David Ubben | ESPNDallas.com
I'll have my predictions up in the morning, and I'll also be revealing which game I'll be attending this weekend. In the meantime, let's hear your predictions in the comments.
Here's what you can expect in this week's full slate of Big 12 action (all times ET):
Kansas at No. 22 Texas Tech (Fox Sports Net, noon): The Jayhawks raced to a 20-point lead against the Red Raiders last year, but by the game's end, this was just another blip on the 18-game Big 12 losing streak. KU is running out of chances to end it, and has looked poor on the road this season. Texas Tech will try to bounce back after last week's painful home loss to Texas.
Iowa State at No. 17 Texas (Longhorn Network, noon): Texas is on track to crack the Cotton Bowl and maybe more if it keeps winning. It cracked a long losing streak to ranked teams a week ago on the road against Texas Tech, but its last win over a ranked team was on the road against Nebraska in 2010. The following week? Iowa State beat Texas in Austin for its first road win over a ranked team since 1990.
West Virginia at Oklahoma State (ABC, 3:30 p.m.): Dana Holgorsen makes his return to Oklahoma State with a team that needs a win worse than any team in the Big 12. WVU still isn't bowl eligible, and West Virginia has fallen all the way to 19th nationally in total offense. Oklahoma State may be forced to start Clint Chelf this week, its third different starting quarterback this season if Wes Lunt can't get healthy.
Baylor at No. 12 Oklahoma (Fox Sports Net, 3:30 p.m.): Baylor beat Oklahoma for the first time in school history last year, but the circumstances are plenty different this time around. There's no RG3 to save the Bears this time, and they'll be traveling to Norman. Last year's 10-win team is a far cry from Baylor's squad this year that's scrambling to make a bowl game. The Sooners' revitalized secondary has given up just three touchdowns through the air. RG3 threw for four in last year's game against OU alone.
No. 2 Kansas State at TCU (FOX, 7 p.m.): Kansas State is still undefeated, but may need style points to keep its lead over Oregon in the BCS standings. Bill Snyder says he doesn't know what a style point is, but his team's been racking them up lately. Three of the last four wins for K-State have come by 30+ points, another came by 14 points. TCU's been streaky all season long, but the Wildcats have been the Big 12's most consistent team.