Predictions: Big 12 Week 13

November, 23, 2011
11/23/11
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An interesting week of picks for yours truly last week. I never saw the weekend's biggest upset coming. I didn't think Iowa State had any chance. I was wrong.

I didn't pick the Baylor upset, but I went along with most and picked K-State to "upset" Texas. The kicker: I picked the 17-13 final score on the nose. I'll take that. Haven't done it in a while.

Time to do it again.

On to this week's picks!

Last week: 2-2 (.500)

Overall: 50-17 (.746)

Off: Oklahoma State, Kansas State

THURSDAY

Texas A&M 27, No. 25 Texas 13: Sticking with my preseason fearless prediction on this one. I've never heard of a stress fracture being "day-to-day" like Cyrus Gray's shoulder apparently is, but Ryan Tannehill is capable of making enough plays to win this one on his own. Texas is getting healthier, but it doesn't have the personnel to take advantage of A&M's biggest weakness: pass defense.

SATURDAY

No. 9 Oklahoma 44, Iowa State 17: The Sooners beat Iowa State by 52 in Norman last year, but this one will be a little closer. Iowa State's defense has quietly been pretty big-time the past few weeks, holding Texas Tech to seven points, Kansas to 10 and Oklahoma State to just 24 in regulation. No team had done that in 22 games. Oklahoma adds late points to win this one, but the Cyclones make it interesting.

Missouri 31, Kansas 21: Say goodbye to this rivalry, but it's a little close for comfort for the Tigers, who require a bit of a James Franklin takeover in the second half to get some breathing room from a sloppy first half. Missouri gets the win and bragging rights for a long while, and Kansas gets to stew all offseason about ending its year on a 10-game losing streak.

No. 18 Baylor 41, Texas Tech 30: I've got a bad feeling about a desperate Texas Tech team with a lot on the line. Baylor's not exactly unbeatable (see: Kansas game), but a solid game -- and a win -- means staying in the Heisman race for RG3. Maybe that doesn't mean much to the man himself, but he has a team that will rally around him and do it for him. Great offensive performance, and a defensive performance that's good enough.

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