Big 12 Primer Week 15

It’s the final week of the regular season, and there is a lot on the line. The Big 12 Title is up for grabs and so is a spot in the College Football Playoffs. What more could you ask for?

Iowa State @ #3 TCU – 11:00 am CT on ABC

TCU is looking for its first Big 12 title (or co-title), and they have the 2-7 Cyclones coming to Fort Worth. TCU was recently ranked number 3 by the committee and is looking to wrap up the season with only one loss. While the committee has liked the Frogs all season, a slip up at home would certainly doom their playoff hopes. Coach Patterson said his team is focused and ready to go. I have been touting Iowa State all season as a team on the brink, but they haven’t looked like that this year. Although they haven’t won a conference game this season, they do have a penchant for the dramatic. Just a few seasons ago they ruined Oklahoma State’s title hopes and dreams. Will that happen this week? Unlikely. But, if TCU thinks that Iowa State is just going to just roll over and die they are mistaken. The Cyclones love that David role and Coach Rhoads will have them ready to play.

Staff Picks: Iowa State (3 Votes) TCU (5 Votes)

Oklahoma State @ #20 Oklahoma – 2:30 pm CT on FS1

Bedlam is upon us. This is one of those rivalry games where the unexpected typically happens. Last season the Sooners ended OSU’s Big 12 title and BCS hopes. This season Oklahoma enters the game as the favorite at home in Norman. While there are no titles on the line, state bragging rights are surely up for grabs. Both teams will likely head into the game without the QB’s they started the season with. The main story line is that Oklahoma State is fighting for bowl eligibility. The Cowboys have 5 wins and are looking to go to a bowl for the ninth straight season. They haven’t missed a bowl since Mike Gundy’s first year as coach. Oklahoma hopes to end that streak Saturday and improve its own bowl resume. Either way, I expect OU to continue to rely on Samaje Perine and for OSU to push the ball downfield and try to get Tyreek Hill out in space. Expect this game to be a back and forth, and fun to watch. It rarely let’s us down.

Staff Picks: Oklahoma State (0 Votes) Oklahoma (8 votes)

#9 Kansas State @ #6 Baylor – 6:45 pm CT on ESPN

This is the biggest game in Baylor history. Not only is it for a second straight Big 12 title, but it’s also for a shot to get into the first ever College Football Playoff. Add the fact that College Gameday is in Waco and the atmosphere should be electric. The Bears come in off a shootout against Texas Tech in which they lost QB Bryce Petty. From all the early reports, Bryce should be ready to go Saturday. Baylor is looking to start fast and finish strong so that they can make their case to a committee that has, up to this point, ignored their win over TCU. If there was ever a chance to do it, it’s against the number 9 Kansas State Wildcats. K-State has been outstanding this year, only dropping games to Auburn and TCU. The Wildcats are very solid on offense behind the arm and legs of Jake Waters and the outstanding play of Tyler Lockett. K-State is also very sound on defense. Coach Snyder always has a defense that plays within itself and doesn’t make mistakes. No question, this is a heavyweight fight with a big prize on the line. If you love football, you should be glued to your screen Saturday night at 6:45 because it’s going to be a show.

Staff Picks: Coming Soon

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