Wednesday, October 26, 2011
The Big 12 Primer: Week 9
By David Ubben
Time for a glance at this weekend.
I'll have my predictions up in the morning, and I'll also reveal which game I'll be attending on Saturday. Until then, let's hear your picks in the comments.
Here's when and where you can expect this weekend's games (all times ET):
Missouri at No. 16 Texas A&M (Noon, FX): Call this one the SEC Bowl. The two likely future members will go head-to-head in College Station on the same field at the same time. Last season the Tigers' rolled to 6-0 with a three-touchdown win over the Aggies. This year, though, Texas A&M is looking to keep its Big 12 title hopes alive, while Missouri is trying to get back into bowl contention.
Baylor at No. 3 Oklahoma State (3:30 p.m., ABC): Two of the league's top passers will make this afternoon showdown a must-see. Robert Griffin III and Brandon Weeden both have a case as the best QB in the league, and both have two of the Big 12's best receiving corps. Expect big points in this one, but Oklahoma State is trying to stay on track in a new role as the Big 12's resident national title contender.
No. 9 Oklahoma at No. 8 Kansas State (3:30 p.m., ESPN): Oklahoma's loss to Texas Tech last week lessened national enthusiasm for this game, but there's no such occurrence in Manhattan. The undefeated Wildcats are double-digit underdogs, but K-State has thrived in that role this year. This contrast of offensive styles and speeds should be fascinating.
Kansas at No. 24 Texas (7 p.m., Longhorn Network): These two teams are on a combined 2-18 streak in conference play, but a win in this one would keep Texas on track for the postseason, or help Turner Gill quiet some of his critics in Lawrence. Texas' David Ash and Case McCoy sound likely to split snaps again, while Kansas' Jordan Webb is relishing in his role as the full-time starter for the first time this season.
Iowa State at No. 20 Texas Tech (7 p.m., Fox Sports Net): Texas Tech is looking to carry the momentum over from its mammoth win against Oklahoma last week, but Iowa State is trying to crawl out of a hole created from a four-game losing streak. Last week, the Red Raiders defense took on the experienced Landry Jones. This week? Iowa State's Jared Barnett will get his first career start.