Peeking ahead to Week 14 in the Big 12
November, 26, 2012
By David Ubben | ESPNDallas.com
Let's take a look at (try not to cry, y'all) the final weekend of the season in the Big 12.
- I'll start with the Sooners, who could erase a whole lot of drama by losing in the early game to TCU. Do that, and Kansas State automatically wins the BCS automatic bid, and the Sooners' Big 12 title hopes would be left to Texas. If Oklahoma wins, though, it could turn a national title season into a forgettable finish for K-State later in the evening. Oklahoma memorably lost to TCU at home back in 2005, but makes its first trip to Fort Worth this week to close the regular season.
- The Frogs, meanwhile, close their regular season with games against the Big 12's two biggest brands: Texas and Oklahoma. That's got to be fun for them. Big 12 dreams coming true. Winning makes it a lot more fun, too. Can TCU make it 2-for-2?
- The nightcap should be a good one. Kansas State has a mysterious hex on the Longhorns, but this one's simple: K-State is the better team. Win, and it goes to the BCS and wins the Big 12, possibly outright. Lose, and whatever happens in Fort Worth earlier in the day could make it an even more painful loss. K-State had two weeks to get over its loss to Baylor that knocked it out of the BCS title game driver's seat and may have cost Collin Klein the Heisman Trophy. There's still a lot of work to be done, and Texas will be angry, albeit banged up after a physical loss to TCU.
- Last week's wins by West Virginia and Baylor sucked a lot of the drama out of this week for teams hunting for bowls. Nine Big 12 teams are in, and nobody will be sweating it out to close the season. West Virginia should be able to reach seven wins against Kansas, but the Jayhawks could take advantage of a soft West Virginia run defense and make it interesting. There's a big difference in ending the season with a win or extending a Big 12 losing streak to 21 games.
- Not much to play for but bowl placing in the season finale in Waco. Oklahoma State's had Baylor's number the past couple of years. Nobody else gave RG3 more trouble throughout his career, and Nick Florence will try to end that trend. Worth noting: Both of the past two butt-kickings Baylor endured at the hands of OSU came in Stillwater. Waco might be a little different. After winning two consecutive games to reach bowl eligibility, the Bears surely feel they can beat anyone. We'll see if they're right this week.
Here's the full schedule (all times ET):
- Oklahoma State at Baylor, noon, FX
- Oklahoma at TCU, noon, ESPN
- Kansas at West Virginia, 2:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net
- Texas at Kansas State, 8 p.m., ABC