Big 12 Preview: Week Twelve

The weekend schedule will help separate some of the top teams in the league, and also could spell the end of bowl hopes for two schools scrambling to reach the .500 mark.

SHOWDOWN AT THE TOP

THe top three teams in the current Big 12 standings still have to face each other. Texas and Oklahoma State start that string of games this weekend. Of the ten remaining games for the top three teams, seven will come against ranked opponents.


FILLING THE BILL

Since going to a 10-team lineup the Big 12 has over-qualified bowl teams each season – nine bowl teams in 2012 (contractually had eight spots) and eight bowl teams in 2011 (contractually had seven spots).

As of now, the league has five qualified teams, and three more could do so. TCU has the toughest road to cover, as it would have to knock off Baylor to play in the postseason.


PICKS

  • West Virginia plays Kansas in the least-watched game of the year to date. WVU does have a shot at a bowl, but it must get by the Jayhawks, who have lost 27 consecutive league games. The beaten-up Mountaineers are a slim pick.

  • Oklahoma will take out its frustrations on Iowa State, but that's about all the satisfaction the Sooners can get either this week, or the rest of the way in the league.

  • TCU, like West Virginia, must win to stay in bowl contention. K-State can lock up its bowl slot with a win. The Wildcats appear to be improving the most over the past couple of weeks, and should hold serve at home to knock the Horned Frogs out of it.

  • Texas returns home with a chance to put more distance between itself and Oklahoma State, which must win in order to keep its conference title hopes alive. The Longhorns are on a roll, but the Cowboys are a bit overlooked, and appear to be the better team. They get the nod on the road.

  • Baylor and Texas Tech meet in Arlington, with the former still rolling and the latter on a three game skid. Tech has some weapons, but not enough to gun down the Bears, who are riding a magical season.


    BAYLOR
    8-0 / 5-0
    vs. Texas Tech
    Sat 11/16
    7:00 PM E / 6:00 PM C
    FOX
    Baylor's 8-0 record in the 2013 season is the best in program history. The Bears' 5-0 conference mark is also a program best.

    With 459 yards of total offense against OU, the Bears have had at least 400 yards of total offense in 35 straight games dating back to 2011. The 35-game streak is the nation's longest active streak.


    IOWA STATE
    1-8 / 0-6
    at Oklahoma
    Sat 11/16
    12:00 PM E / 11:00 AM C
    FOXSports1
    The Cyclones have two kickoff returns for touchdowns (West, Nealy) in the same season for the first time since 1963.

    RB DeVondrick Nealy's 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against TCU is the second-longest in school history.


    KANSAS
    2-7 / 0-6
    vs West Virginia
    Sat 11/16
    12:00 PM E / 11:00 AM C
    Fox Sports Net
    The Kansas defense held Oklahoma State scoreless in the third quarter, marking just the second time this season the Cowboys did not put points on the board in the third frame.

    The Jayhawk offense collected a season-best rushing yardage (202) in Big 12 play. KU topped its last high of 185 yards against Oklahoma on Oct. 19.


    KANSAS STATE
    5-4 / 3-3
    vs TCU
    Sat 11/16
    3:30 PM E / 2:30 PM C
    Fox Sports Net
    The Wildcats recorded their 37th-straight victory when leading at the half, which is the fourth-longest active streak in the nation.

    QB Daniel Sams rushed 11 times for 81 yards and two touchdowns. He entered the school's top-five list for rushing yards by a sophomore, a mark that now stands at 675.


    OKLAHOMA
    7-2 / 4-2
    vs Iowa St
    Sat 11/16
    12:00 PM E / 11:00 AM C
    FOXSports1
    Oklahoma has recorded multiple safeties in the same season for the first time since 2010. Since Bob Stoops' first season in 1999, no team in the country has more safeties than OU's 19.

    LB Frank Shannon recorded a game-high 15 tackles, including 12 solo and 2 TFLs, for his second game of the season with 15 tackles or more.


    OKLAHOMA STATE
    8-1 / 5-1
    at Texas
    Sat 11/16
    3:30 PM E / 2:30 PM C
    FOX
    In its last three games, Oklahoma State has held Iowa State, Texas Tech and Kansas to a combined 0-for-29 on third-and-long situations (seven yards or more).

    Justin Gilbert has six touchdowns on kickoff returns in his career. He's the Big 12 career leader in that category.


    TEXAS
    7-2 / 6-0
    vs. Oklahoma St
    Sat 11/16
    3:30 PM E / 2:30 PM C
    FOX
    Texas is 6-0 in Big 12 play for the fifth time under Mack Brown (previously in 1999, 2005, 2006, 2009).

    Texas has scored 30 or more points in six consecutive games, the longest streak since 2009.


    TCU
    4-6 / 2-5
    at Kansas St
    Sat 11/16
    3:30 PM E / 2:30 PM C
    Fox Sports Net
    Trevone Boykin had five carries and scored touchdowns on three, a career single-game high. He has six rushing touchdowns this season.

    Prior to allowing Iowa State's kickoff return to start the second half, TCU had the nation's longest streak (135 games) of not allowing a kickoff return for a TD.


    TEXAS TECH
    7-3 / 4-3
    vs. Baylor
    Sat 11/16
    7:00 PM E / 6:00 PM C
    FOX
    Senior Eric Ward (11 receptions, 107 yards) moved past Michael Crabtree into fourth place on the school's all-time career receptions list. Ward has 237 career catches.

    Junior Jace Amaro (nine receptions, 67 yards) has had nine consecutive games with at least eight receptions.


    WEST VIRGINIA
    4-6 / 2-5
    at Kansas
    Sat 11/16
    12:00 PM E / 11:00 AM C
    Fox Sports Net
    Nick O'Toole had four punts of 50 yards or more against Texas, and this season has 11 punts of at least 50 yards.

    West Virginia blocked a punt for a safety for the first time since 2000.


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