Big 12 Primer Week 12

Baylor is on another bye this week, but there are still six Big 12 teams in action Saturday. This weeks Big 12 slate does not have the heavy hitting matchups that we saw last week, but there are two teams looking for bowl eligibility and a two teams trying to win their second conference game.

#4 TCU @ Kansas – 2:00 pm CT on FS1

This game sets up as an easy win for the rolling Horned Frogs. TCU is playing as well as anyone in the country, as is evidenced by their number four ranking. After a close call at West Virginia, TCU came back with a strong performance against Kansas State. The Frogs are currently a 28.5 point favorite against a three win Kansas team. However, Kansas is coming off its first conference win against Iowa State in which they defeated the Cyclones handily 34-14. It’s not absurd to think that a team playing at home, coming off a confidence-building win, could catch lightening in a bottle. While a Jayhawk win against the Frogs is unlikely, especially after TCU’s big win last week, stranger things have happened in conference play. We all remember what happened to Oklahoma State at Iowa State a few years ago. This is the time of year when top teams have to guard against a let down.

Oklahoma @ Texas Tech – 2:30 pm CT on ESPN

Texas Tech is having a down year. The Red Raiders have only managed one Big 12 win, and it came against Kansas. Tech’s offense is only averaging 28.4 points per game while their defense is giving up an abysmal 41.6 points per contest. Part of Texas Tech’s lack of offense is due to the injuries to two of their quarterbacks, but Davis Webb and Pat Mahomes are expected to be ready for OU. Meanwhile, OU is coming off a 48-14 thrashing at the hands of Baylor. The most intriguing aspect of this game is that Oklahoma will be without their starting QB Trevor Knight who was injured in the fourth quarter against Baylor last week. Cody Thomas will get his first collegiate start Saturday for the Sooners. Will Tech be able to take advantage of the short- handed Sooners at home? It’s not likely, but it is possible that the Sooners could be reeling. However, OU has a great pair of running backs, and Tech has a porous run defense. This game could be closer than some suspect, but OU will most likely try to eat up the clock with Perine and Ross.

Texas @ Oklahoma State – 6:30 pm CT on Fox

If you had told me that Texas and Oklahoma State would be fighting for bowl eligibility in the twelfth week of the season, I wouldn’t have believed you. Unfortunately, that’s exactly where both teams find themselves. After dominating the Big 12 for much of last season, OSU is having a tough year and is currently in a three game skid. The Cowboys did play TCU, WVU and KSU during that stint, but they didn’t exactly put up a fight. Texas started the season slow, and now finds itself on a two game winning streak. The most impressive win came against the then number 23 West Virginia (I was wrong about that one). Texas does not score a lot of points but their defense keeps them in games. A win in Stillwater could propel the Longhorns toward a showdown against TCU on Thanksgiving. This game could go either way. Although Texas is playing well right now, the slight edge to get bowl eligible goes to Oklahoma State only because they are at home and Stillwater is always a tough place to play.

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