Big 12 Games this Week
Texas Tech (+1.5) at Texas
Alyssa: Texas. I think Tech has a good chance of beating Texas, but history says otherwise. I agree with what Jared Kaster said in the Monday presser, the more physical team will win.
Jarret: Tech. I said before I was not going to pick Tech over Texas until they proved they could do it, but I have gone back on my word for one simple reason. The Red Raiders are the better team, mostly because they have a huge advantage at the quarterback position.
Joe: Texas. On paper, Tech should win this one. But history says otherwise, and so does Tyrone Swoopes pounding on Tech's still iffy run defense. The Red Raiders lose a heartbreaker, I'm afraid.
Baylor (-1.5) at TCU
Alyssa: Baylor. Coming off that win over Oklahoma State, which I didn’t think was going to happen I have to go with Baylor.
Jarret: Baylor. It doesn't seem to matter who takes the snaps at Baylor, they just keep putting up points. They will again this week in Fort Worth.
Joe: TCU. Assuming Chris Johnson rather than Jarrett Stidham is pulling the trigger for Baylor, and that Trevone Boykin does the same for TCU, I think this matchup will spell the difference. I'm just not sold on Chris Johnson versus Gary Patterson's defense.
Iowa State (+14) at West Virginia
Alyssa: Iowa State. I think West Virginia will win, but I’m taking the Cyclones with the points.
Jarret: Iowa State. I think West Virginia wins, but not by that many points.
Joe: Iowa State. In most cases, when the Cyclones have lost this season, the losses have been pretty close. Moreover, I predict Iowa State will be playing with more of an edge because of the coaching shakeup in Ames.
Kansas State (-20) at Kansas
Alyssa: Kansas State. Like I have all season, betting against Kansas.
Jarret: Kansas State because they are playing KU.
Joe: Kansas. I'll probably hate myself for deviating from the Raiderpower formula of always picking whoever Kansas is playing, but KSU is really limping into the home stretch, and in a rivalry game, 20 points is a shade too much. I believe the Jayhawks come out and play inspired--by their standards--football.
Oklahoma State (+7) at Oklahoma
Alyssa: Oklahoma. I had such a hard time with this one, but I think Baker Mayfield will be able to pull this one off.
Jarret: Oklahoma. I wanted to take the Cowboys and the points, but just couldn't do it as the Sooners are rolling and have the home field advantage.
Joe: Oklahoma. When Baker Mayfield is in the lineup, there are very few teams better than OU. I believe he returns for this one. Furthermore, the Cowboys were quite unimpressive against Baylor. Maybe the Bears exposed a few things that Bob Stoops will exploit.