Big 12 Primer Week 14

This week TCU faces its final test, Baylor looks to gain style points, and Kansas State looks to keep their conference title hopes alive.

#5 TCU @ Texas – Thursday 6:30 pm CT on FS1

This is TCU’s final test of the season. They go into Austin after a lackluster showing against Kansas two weeks ago. The Longhorns on the other hand have reached bowl eligibility by rattling off three straight wins. Texas is arguably playing its best football of the season right now. During that three game stretch Texas is only giving up 12 points per game. That is well below their season average of 21 points per game. The Longhorns defense has been strong all year and really hinges on their strong front 7 and the speed on the outside. They could cause problems for Trevone Boykin if they can put pressure on him. The speed on the outside could also allow them to keep him contained. TCU is hoping to get back to their prolific, point scoring ways. Their only question on offense is the health of B.J. Catalon. It will be interesting to see their mindset coming into this game after a close call at Kansas. I expect this game to be close because of Texas’ ability to slow down spread offenses. Since it is Texas’ final conference game, they will likely come out looking to prove something, and take some momentum into their bowl game. It will definitely be a fun one on Thanksgiving Day.

Staff Picks: TCU (3 Votes) Texas (4 votes)

West Virginia @ Iowa State – 11:00 am CT on FS1

Iowa State has not lived up to their expectations this year. They have not beaten a conference opponent this season. While they do play better in Ames, they will have their hands full with the likes of Kevin White. The Cyclones are giving up an average of 37.4 points per game and WVU is scoring an average of 32.8 points per game. Those statistics set up for a lopsided Mountaineer win. In addition, West Virginia is trying to improve their bowl resume in their final game of the season. However, this game could be closer than some might suspect since it is the Cyclones final home game and the Mountaineers may be without QB Clint Trickett. Iowa State is always upset minded in Ames, and this game will be no different.

Staff Picks: WVU (7 Votes) Iowa State (0 Votes)

#7 Baylor v. Texas Tech (At AT&T Stadium) – 2:30 pm CT on ESPN2

Texas Tech is down this year and the (4-7) Red Raiders cannot get bowl eligible since this is their last game. Therefore, this is Tech’s bowl game. There is definitely no love lost between these two schools and Tech always comes out firing against Baylor. Last season Tech jumped out to a 20-7 lead before getting beat up by a final score of 63-34. Many Red Raiders have this game circled on the calendar and believe they let the game last year “slip through the cracks.” While the Red Raiders are out for revenge, the Baylor Bears are looking to improve their playoff resume. Style points will be key for the Bears. Texas Tech is giving up 40.6 points per game. Baylor brings in the number one offense in the country, scoring 50 points a game. If Baylor is looking to impress the committee with style points, this is the game to do it. Because of the history between these schools, this game could either be a shootout or a blowout. Neither type of game would surprise me, but if Baylor wants a bump by the committee, they better hope for the latter.

Staff Picks: Coming Soon

Kansas @ Kansas State – 3:00 pm CT on FS1

Although this is an in-state rivalry, it features two teams at opposite ends of the standings. While Kansas only has one conference win, K-State is still fighting toward a possible conference championship. The Jayhawks have played better recently but they looked like their old selves last week against Oklahoma, losing that game 44-7. Playing in Manhattan won’t be any easier. Kansas State has lost two games all year. They lost to Auburn and TCU. The Wildcats are looking to gain some momentum going into their final game against Baylor, which could end up as the conference championship game. Once again the K-State defense is sound and waits for other teams to make mistakes. On the other side of the ball Jake Waters has been great under center. He threw for 400 yards last week against WVU. Kansas on the other hand has been less than prolific on offense, and Samaje Perine gashed their defense last week to the tune of 427 yards. If K-State sticks to what they do, they should go into Waco next week hoping for a shot at the title belt.

Staff Picks: Kansas (0 Votes) Kansas State (7 Votes)

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