Previewing the Big 12: Week Four

Big 12 conference play will start this weekend for several teams, including two of the four ranked squads. Here's a look at each Big 12 game on Saturday.

Kansas (0-2) at Rutgers (1-2)

11 p.m. on Big 10 Network

Rutgers isn’t great, but Kansas might be the worst team in the power five. The Jayhawks lost perhaps their only opportunity for a win in their first game against South Dakota State. Rutgers lost at home to Washington State, but the Cougars aren’t anywhere close to as bad as Kansas. ESPN currently has Rutgers as two-touchdown favorites. That may be a little high, but the Jayhawks are really bad. If David Beaty can continue to develop Montel Cozart, KU should consider that a win.

West Virginia (2-0) vs. Maryland (2-1)

2 p.m. on Fox Sports 1

West Virginia has quietly been very effective this season. QB Skyler Howard threw for 359 yards and two touchdowns in the opener against a very solid Georgia Southern squad. However, WVU’s calling card this season will be defense. There’s a legitimate argument that the Mountaineers could have the best defense in the Big 12. Maryland’s two wins are to Richmond and USF this season. The Terrapins got destroyed week two 48-27 against former Baylor assistant Dino Babers and his Bowling Green squad. West Virginia should take care of business easily.

No. 24 Oklahoma State (3-0) at Texas (1-2)

2:30 p.m. on ESPN

The first Big 12 game of the season will be an important one for both programs. Texas finally found a spark last week as QB Jerrod Heard went for a school record 527 total yards against Cal in a loss. On the other side, heralded QB Mason Rudolph has been fine if not spectacular at this point. The Cowboys need a statement to legitimize themselves in the top 25 and a game against Texas would be the perfect opportunity. This game could go down to the last drive, but Oklahoma State should find a way.

No. 3 TCU (3-0) at Texas Tech (3-0)

3:45 p.m. on FOX

This has been one of the most popular upset picks of the week and for good reason. The Horned Frog defense has been decimated with injuries and suspensions as of late, while the Texas Tech offense has been humming. To add intrigue, this game will be taking place on Tech’s home turf in Lubbock under the batteries and tortillas. Much of how this game plays out depends on how the TCU defense has adjusted. Ultimately, this game will come down to Trevone Boykin vs. Patrick Mahomes. Right now, I think Boykin is just better. And ultimately, I think that will be reflected in the final score.

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