Big 12 Primer Week 10

This is the biggest week in the Big 12 so far this season. Two of the matchups have major playoff and conference implications, and we will get a better understanding of who is truly at the top of the conference.

#12 Baylor @ #15 Oklahoma – 11 am CT on FS1

Baylor has never won in Norman, but they have won two of the last three times the teams have met. This is a must win for both teams who are on the wrong side of the top 10 of the CFP rankings. Baylor must win out to have a shot at the playoff and a win in Norman would go a long way in improving their resume. Although Oklahoma has lost two games this year, they were both to current top ten teams TCU and Kansas State, and they were by a total of five points. It could easily be argued that OU is the best two-loss team in the country. It won’t be easy for Baylor to come out of Norman with a win, and it could be another shootout in the Big 12 ending on the final drive.

Iowa State @ Kansas – 2:30 pm CT on FSSW

This is the battle of two (2-6) teams. Neither team has recorded a Big 12 win this season. The winner will obviously change that. Kansas is having another rough season, having already fired their coach. Iowa State seems like a team that is on the verge of becoming a consistent noisemaker in the conference. The Cyclones have been in a majority of their games this season but have not been able to finish the job. In a game that Iowa State should win, a dominant performance could help propel them into their game next week against Texas Tech.

#12 West Virginia @ Texas – 2:30 pm CT on FS1

This game is interesting because it will show us if West Virginia is actually the team that beat Baylor and took TCU down to the wire. Texas is down this year with a 4-5 record, but they have played better at home this season (besides BYU). It will be fun to see the much-improved Clint Trickett go against the Texas defense, which has been their strength this year. Although Tyrone Swoopes has played better in recent weeks, Kevin White and the Mountaineer offense will likely score too many points for the Longhorns to keep pace with.

#7 Kansas State @ #6 TCU – 6:30 pm CT on Fox

There are a few teams fighting for the top spot in the conference and a spot in the playoff. This game not only has conference implications, but the loser is likely out of the playoff picture (for the moment), because the loser will have two losses. K-State comes into Fort Worth undefeated in conference play and playing great defense allowing only 18.6 points per game. However, the Wildcats have not faced an offense that is clicking like the Trevone Boykin led Horned Frogs are right now. TCU is second in the nation (behind Baylor) in scoring, averaging 48 points per game. Something has to give. This game could end up being a lower scoring defensive battle though. Both teams have the capabilities to get stops. It will likely be a hard fought game, with the winner coming out as the favorite to win the Big 12 and represent the conference in the playoff.

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