Previewing the Big 12: Week Eight

We are now right in the middle of Big 12 play and starting to learn some truths about teams. This week's schedule should bring more clarity. Here's a first look at this weekend's action.

Kansas State (3-3, 0-3 Big 12) at Texas

11 a.m. on Fox Sports 1

Kansas State has three losses in Big 12 play, but the Wildcats have played three of the top four teams in the Big 12 at this point (Oklahoma State, TCU, Oklahoma). After losing 55-0 last week to the Sooners, Bill Snyder and his staff will almost certainly be out for revenge against an inconsistent Texas team. The Longhorns had a bye week after their program-changing win over Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry in Fair Park, but still struggles to have consistent performance on both sides of the ball. Against a team that prides itself in execution on both sides of the ball, Texas may be in trouble.

No. 17 Oklahoma (5-1, 2-1 Big 12) vs. Texas Tech (5-2, 2-2 Big 12)

2:30 p.m. on ABC/ESPN2

Oklahoma had a bad loss to Texas a few weeks ago, but bounced back with a dominant 55-0 win on the road against Kansas State. QB Baker Mayfield threw for 282 yards and five touchdowns before being sat down in the second half. However, this is an opportunity for Texas Tech to prove it is legit. Both Red Raider losses this season were to teams currently ranked in the top four of the AP poll (No. 2 Baylor, No. 4 TCU). Texas Tech would like nothing more than to beat Mayfield, its former quarterback, and potentially enter the national polls.

No. 14 Oklahoma State (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) vs. Kansas (0-6, 0-3 Big 12)

2:30 p.m. on Fox Sports 1

Oklahoma State has gone down to the wire in every game it has played this season, but the fact is it has emerged from the stretch unscathed. The Cowboys beat Texas and Kansas State by a combined five points and went to overtime two weeks ago on the road against West Virginia. This week should be a little different with a home game against a reeling Kansas squad. The Jayhawks showed some promise last week against Texas Tech, but eventually fell due to mental errors and missed opportunities. It will be hard to replicate that performance against a disruptive Oklahoma State front that ranks among college football’s leaders in tackles for loss.

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