Big 12 Preview: Week Four

Four league teams take a late September break, while K-State and Texas become the fifth and sixth teams to begin league play.

FLAG FEST

Texas Tech is both committing the most penalties per game and seeing its opponents flagged at the highest rate. Through three contests, the Red Raiders have committed 28 infractions for 275 yards, but have seen opponents marched backward 32 times for 293 yards.


DEFENSE DOMINATED?

Seven league teams are giving up an average of 19.3 or fewer points per game. At least part of the reason for this is obviously the quality of competition, but the feeling around the league is that defenses are a bit more capable this year.


MUSICAL CHAIRS

Twenty-one quarterbacks have seen action for Big 12 teams through the first three weeks of the season. Iowa State is the lone team in which one QB has taken every snap. Five teams have started QBs that did not start in the season opener.

Squads may be finding the range with their throwers, however, as six quarterbacks have recorded 300-plus passing yardage games.


NOT SO STRONG

There could be a mad scramble for both the league title and conference positioning this year, but the league did itself no favors with three out-of-conference losses last week. Mississippi is a respectable club, but defeats at the hands of Iowa and Rice only hurt the Big 12's stature. It's not hard to imagine four or five Big 12 teams at the 6-6 or 7-5 mark this year.


PICKS

  • A critical game with a CUSA school? That's the case for Kansas, which has to beat Louisiana Tech to avoid a second consecutive embarrassing loss to a mid-major. The Bulldogs aren't nearly as good as Rice, which downed the Jayhawks last week, so we're giving KU one more chance. Lose this one, though, and it's straight loss predictions for the rest of the year.

  • WVU and Maryland battle for interconference respect. It's tough to get a gauge on either team, as their combined wins have come against clearly inferior opponents, while West Virginia's loss to Oklahoma was hardly shameful. Maryland, by dint of its passing attack, gets the slight edge in their home state.

  • Baylor will get its best test of the year against UL-Monroe, but expect the Bears to continue to roll. Oklahoma ground ULM into submission with a punishing run game, but BU can move the ball through the air as well. That won't leave much of an angle for ULM to play.

  • Texas Tech will extend its perfect record against Texas State in its last laugher of the season. With a conference win already to its credit, the Red Raiders have a leg up on most of the league, and could easily be 6-0 when they travel to West Virginia in mid-October.

  • K-State holds a recent advantage against Texas, but has some issues at quarterback. Texas apparently has issues everywhere. Still, do the Wildcats have enough offense to expose the Longhorns' shaky D? We're calling it UT in another close one.


    BAYLOR
    2-0 / 0-0
    vs. UL-Monroe
    Sat 9/21
    4:00 ET / 3:00 CT
    FOXSports1
  • With six consecutive victories dating back to last season, the Bears currently hold the third-longest active winning streak in the country.

  • QB Bryce Petty and Baylor's starting offense have 17 drives in 2013 with 14 touchdowns, one field goal and two fumbles.

  • IOWA STATE
    0-2 / 0-0
    Open Date
    Next Game
    9/28 vs. Tulsa
  • WR Quenton Bundrage had career highs in receptions (7) and touchdowns (3) vs. Iowa. He had his longest career reception (67 yards) and his first career 100-yard game (146 yards).

  • QB Sam B. Richardson had a career-high 260 yards passing and his third career game with at least three touchdown passes.

  • KANSAS
    1-1 / 0-0
    vs. La. Tech
    Sat 9/21
    12:00 PM ET \ 11:00 AM C
    FOXSports1
  • Junior LB Ben Heeney had a career-high 18 tackles at Rice, the sixth double-digit tackle effort in his career.

  • QB Jake Heaps' 77-yard touchdown pass to Tony Pierson was the longest of each of their careers. It was also the longest passing play by the Jayhawks since 2007.

  • KANSAS STATE
    2-1 / 0-0
    at Texas
    Sat 9/21
    8:00 PM ET / 7:00 PM CT
    ABC
  • DB Kip Daily had two interceptions and returned the first for a touchdown. The Wildcats have returned an interception for a touchdown in both of their last two games.

  • K-State sold-out each of its first three home games, setting a three-game total attendance record of 159,382.

  • OKLAHOMA
    3-0 / 1-0
    Open Date
    Next Game
    9/28 at Notre Dame
  • QB Blake Bell completed 27-of-37 passes for 413 yards and four touchdowns - all career highs vs. Tulsa. Bell's 437 yards of total offense (413 pass, 24 rush) was the ninth-highest total in OU history.

  • Oklahoma is one of just five AP Top 25 teams that own 3-0 records with all three of those victories coming against FBS opponents.

  • OKLAHOMA STATE
    3-0 / 0-0
    Open Date
    Next Game
    9/28 at West Virginia
  • With their 59-point effort against Lamar, the Cowboys have eclipsed the 50-point mark 25 times during Mike Gundy's tenure as head coach.

  • Saturday's attendance of 59,061 set a Boone Pickens Stadium record, surpassing the previous high of 58,895 against Kansas State in 2011.

  • TEXAS
    1-2 / 0-0
    vs. Kansas State
    Sat 9/21
    8:00 PM ET / 7:00 PM CT
    ABC
  • Jaxon Shipley posted six receptions for 83 yards against Ole Miss. He now has 122 career receptions, moving from 12th to 10th on Texas' career receptions list.

  • Kendall Saunders posted a career-high 147 all-purpose yards on 55 receiving yards and 92 kick return yards.

  • TCU
    1-2 / 0-1
    Open Date
    Next Game
    vs. SMU
  • The Horned Frogs have scored in 258 consecutive games for the thirdlongest current streak in the nation and eighth in NCAA history. TCU was last shutout at Texas on Nov. 16, 1991.

  • Trevone Boykin had a career-high 101 yards rushing on 20 carries vs. Texas Tech. His previous-best was 77 yards at Texas last season.

  • TEXAS TECH
    3-0 / 1-0
    vs. Texas State
    Sat 9/21
    7:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM CT
    Fox Sports Net
  • Junior running back Kenny Williams gave Texas Tech a 7-0 lead on the first possesion of the TCU game when he hauled in a 50-yard touchdown pass from Baker Mayfield. The TD reception was the longest of his career - his previous career long was a 24-yard reception.

  • For the second straight week, Jace Amaro tallied a career high in catches as he f nished the night with nine. He led all receivers in the game with 97 yards.

  • WEST VIRGINIA
    2-1 / 0-1
    vs. Maryland
    Sat 9/21
    3:30 PM ET / 2:30 PM CT
    ESPNU
  • In his first career game, redshirt freshman Ford Childress f nished 25- 41-1 for 359 yards and three touchdowns.

  • Daikiel Shorts' opening quarter 21-yard touchdown reception was the first of his career. He also snagged a 23-yard scoring catch in the fourth quarter; it was the longest catch of his career.

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