Wall's World - Week Five

Each and every week, CN's Grant Wall picks all of the Big 12's games of the weekend. While Iowa State faces UNI on Saturday, the rest of the Big 12 is jumping into conference play. Find out what Wall thinks will happen this week right here at CycloneNation.com.

While the Cyclones catch a breather this week, the rest of the Big 12 jumps right into conference play.


I know it's early, but right now I'm sitting at 40-7 in my weekly picks. That's a winning percentage of 85 percent. Or to put that number in perspective, my winning percentage is about equal to the completion percentage of quarterbacks against Iowa State this season.


And now the picks!


Northern Iowa at Iowa State


Iowa State has to get things going now. Right now! If the Cyclones don't pick up their play on both sides of the football, they will be embarrassed all Big 12 season long. Their offense is way too talented to struggle this much and their defense has to step up and make a play. If things don't get going this week, there's a chance they never will.


THE PICK – Iowa State


Sam Houston State at Texas


The Longhorns end their non-conference slate against Sam Houston State in what will be a cupcake for the defending national champions. While Texas isn't as good as they were last season, they are still a very good team and will be representing the Big 12 in a BCS game.


THE PICK – Texas


Kansas at Nebraska


The Huskers have looked really good against mediocre opponents, but were out of their league at USC. This might be the story of their season, a good team that has the tendency to take plays off and shoot themselves in the foot. Look for the Huskers to win the Big 12 North but to lose at least one game they should win.


THE PICK – Nebraska


Colorado at Missouri


Missouri cracked the top-25 for the first time in several years, an amazing thing considering they had four years of Brad Smith, one of the most athletically gifted players in some time. Once he left the Tigers suddenly look like a legitimate contender for the Big 12 North. This just shows how bad a coach Gary Pinkel is. He wasted Smith and his talent, losing easy games each year. Now Chase Daniel is the quarterback and has Missouri playing its best ball in years. Fortunately for them, even Pinkel can't blow a game against a completely inept Colorado team that will be lucky to win twice this season.


THE PICK – Missouri


Texas Tech at Texas A&M


Both these teams have already experienced up and downs this season. Tech was held to just three points against TCU but responded by hanging 62 on Southeast Louisiana last week. Tech is a good team that had a chance to make an early statement against the Horned Frogs but failed. A&M is undefeated but haven't played well yet. Their four wins so far are nice but getting three more could be a challenge. They have a tough schedule and aren't good enough to steal games from the better teams in the conference.


THE PICK – Texas Tech


Kansas State at Baylor 


K-State played Louisville tough last week losing just 24-6. But then consider Louisville was playing without their starting quarterback and running back and the performance doesn't look quite as good. They just aren't a good team and will once again miss a postseason bid. Baylor has started 1-3, certainly disappointing to a team that fell just short of a bowl bid last season. This is one of the few games remaining on their schedule that they should win and the Bears dearly need this game to keep their spirits up.


THE PICK - Baylor

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