Week 12 Big 12 Picks

RaiderPower.com senior writer Joe Yeager and publisher Jarret Johnson pick this weekend's Big 12 games against the spread. Joe has opened up a four-game lead over Jarret. Four Big 12 teams are off this week so there are only three conference games.

No. 4 TCU (-28) at Kansas 2 p.m. on FOX Sports 1

Joe: Kansas will doubtless play some spirited football following their upset of Iowa State, but that won't be anywhere near enough to compete with a TCU team eyeballing a national championship. The Frogs will cover this spread by a substantial margin.

Jarret: The Jayhawks were impressive last week, but I am going to take TCU and that explosive offense to win by more than four touchdowns. The Horned Frogs average 550.3 yards per game, good enough for No. 3 in the FBS, and I can't see any way Kansas, who ranks No. 94 in yards allowed per game at 437.5, slows down that train. TCU has to keep impressing if it wants to keep that fourth and final playoff spot. They'll be ready for the Jayhawks, who might actually relax a bit after picking up a rare Big victory. I expect a slaughter.

Texas (-2.5) at Oklahoma State 6:30 p.m. on FOX

Joe: Texas and Oklahoma State are teams headed in the opposite directions, and while Texas is playing for a possible bowl berth, the Cowboys are playing for a whole lot of nothing. OSU will score precious little against the Horns who will cover with relative ease.

Jarret: The classic case of two teams going in opposite directions. UT has won two straight, including an impressive 33-16 triumph over West Virginia. Okie State on the other hand has dropped three consecutive contests. This is the dreaded obvious game which Vegas usually makes a killing on, but I can't see how I can take Oklahoma State in this one. Texas is just average at best, but the Cowboys are a mess right now. I think the Longhorns take care of business in Stillwater. UT has rushed for a combined 468 yards the past two weeks as the one-two combo of Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray is really starting to gain traction.

Oklahoma (-17) at Texas Tech 2 p.m. on ESPN

Joe: Trevor Knight's absence could possibly be bad news for Tech insofar as it will force the Sooners to focus on Samadje Perine and OU's formidable rushing attack. By the second quarter, that attack should gain traction and begin gouging the Red Raiders badly. On the other side of the ball, Tech may well have their first two quarterbacks ready, which will give the Tech offense some spark. So will legs that have rested for two weeks. OU 43 TTU 32 At least the Red Raiders cover.

Jarret: Many Vegas books won't even offer odds on this game due to the quarterback situations at each school. OU announced Thursday that redshirt freshman Cody Thomas will make his first collegiate start Saturday as regular starter Trevor Knight will not play due to an injury suffered last week against Baylor. Tech will likely get back starter Davis Webb (though that hasn't been confirmed), who missed last week with a sprained ankle. I don't care who starts at quarterback for each school I think if the Sooners are interested they will be able to put up tons of points on a Tech defense ranked No. 117 in the FBS in yards allowed per game and No. 121 in scoring defense.

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