This game has Big 12 and playoff implications. If Kansas State wants to stay in the hunt for the Big 12 title, they have to win out. If Baylor wants a shot at the playoff, they need K-State to be undefeated going into the last game. Both agendas hinge on tonight’s game. As we’ve seen throughout the season, Morgantown is tough place to play with a rowdy crowd. The Mountaineers handed Baylor its lone loss and took TCU to the wire in Morgantown. However, WVU is coming off a bad loss at Texas and could be reeling. K-State meanwhile has had two weeks to prepare for WVU after a bad loss at TCU. Kansas State is a disciplined team that doesn’t make many mistakes on defense. That defense will have its hands full defending Kevin White. In addition, K-State cannot allow itself to get too far behind, because they are not a quick scoring type of offense. The Wildcats are very methodical, much like their coach. If KSU can eat up clock with their offense and play sound defense, they could leave Morgantown with a W. I expect this game to be low scoring and close, which plays into the hands of K-State. But as we have seen, West Virginia is never out of it with their passing attack.
Who Will Win? Staff Picks: Kansas State (7 Votes) WVU (1 Vote)
Kansas @ #21 Oklahoma – 11:00 am CT on FS1
Oklahoma jumped back into the Top 25 this week after beating Texas Tech in Lubbock. Oklahoma took control of that game on the ground in the second half. Kansas is coming off two impressive games. They beat Iowa State and gave TCU all they could handle last week, losing by only four points. Unfortunately for Kansas, this week’s game is in Norman, not Lawrence like the last two. While the Jayhawks are getting better as the season goes on, it is a tall order for them to beat OU in Norman even if Cody Thomas is their starting QB. Kansas is playing with more confidence right now, but I expect a steady dose of the run game from OU again. Kansas will likely keep it close early, but this one could get out of hand late. But, I’m sure that’s what everyone thought about Kansas’ matchup with TCU too.
Who Will Win? Staff Picks: Kansas (0 Votes) Oklahoma (8 Votes)
Texas Tech @ Iowa State – 2:30 pm CT on FSSW
This matchup features two teams at the bottom of the Big 12 standings. Both teams have a grand total of ONE conference win between them. Tech beat Kansas and Iowa State is winless. This is likely Iowa State’s last chance to get a conference win, since their final two games are against WVU and TCU. Texas Tech is looking for a win to gain some momentum going into their matchup with Baylor in Arlington. To be honest, neither team is very good this year and neither team is meeting expectations either. Iowa State has seemed like a team on the cusp the last few seasons and Tech has routinely been good football team. This game has little impact on the conference at all and certainly won’t help boost anyone’s resume. With neither team able to get bowl eligible, this game will be about who has the most pride, and who wants to finish the season strong.
Who Will Win? Staff Picks: Texas Tech (3 Votes) Iowa State (5 Votes)
Oklahoma State @ #7 Baylor – 6:30 pm CT on Fox
The Baylor Bears are in a position where they have to win out and they have to win big if they want a shot at the playoff. Style points are key. Apparently so is game control (thanks a lot committee). The Bears are coming off arguably their best game of the year against Oklahoma, where they took it to the Sooners in Norman. Baylor will need to take that momentum into the rest of the season if they hope to impress the committee. Oklahoma State is looking to spoil the party. The Cowboys have two games to get bowl eligible and would love to go ahead and get that out of the way. Don’t let the 28.5 point line fool you, OSU historically plays the Bears tough. In addition, the stormy weather could make it even more interesting. However, the Cowboys aren’t sure who their starting quarterback will be. Daxx Garman is suffering from concussion like symptoms. In addition, the Bears have had two weeks to prepare and are hoping to prove doubters wrong. They know what’s at stake, and they smell blood in the water. This game could get out of hand early in favor of the Bears, and that’s exactly what Baylor needs and wants. The Bears are hoping to rack up those style points.
Staff Picks Coming Later