Big 12 Football Preview: Week Six

All ten Big 12 teams are in action this week as conference play swings into high gear with five league games.

SHOWING UP

The league claims that nine of the league's ten teams have seen at least 90% of their stadiums filled during the first month of the season, but that figure includes some rounding. Oklahoma State is actually at 89.7% capacity through its three home games.. Only Kansas (72%) falls well short of the threshhold. Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Texas Tech are listing home attendance figures in excess of their listed capacity.


FLAGGED

Through the first month of the season, Texas Tech is by far the most penalized leage team. The Red Raiders have drawn 46 penalties on the season (ten more than next-worst Baylor) and have been assessed 422 yards in walk-offs -- an average of 105.5 yards per game. That's like giving the opponent a 100-yard rusher in each contest.


TOP SPOTS

Five of the league's ten teams hold down a Top 25 ranking nationally in total offense, while another five holds similar positioning among the country's Tip 26 defenses.


ALSO RECEIVING VOTES

One voter in the Amway Coaches Poll was impressed enough with Texas' 23-0 shutout of Kansas to elevate the Longhorns into his top 25. West Virginia alo received just one vote in the poll this week after garnering three the week before, again demonstrating the power of "Bye" as an opponent.


PICKS

  • Iowa State plays its opponents tough. It just doesn't have the consistent offense to score with the league's higher output attacks. Combined with a road trip, that's enough to send the Cyclones to a loss against Oklahoma State.

  • Baylor - Texas? See the reasoning above and apply it to the Longhorns. The second quietest grouping of 100,000 people you'll ever find (Michigan is #1) won't be enough to throw off the Bears' offense.

  • TCU has quietly produced a 3-0 record,including a defensive throttling of Minnesota, which in turn whacked Michigan last week. Is a home venue enough for the Frogs to pull an upset against Oklahoma? All the signs are there, but the pick is for the visiting Sooners.

  • Kansas will likely play hard for its new interim head coach, and the Jayhawks have to have some hoping in facing the only school that Charlie Weis managed to beat in the Big 12. The only problem is that this year's West Virginia team is nothing like the squad of a year ago. The Mountaineers are the choice.

  • Texas Tech put up a strong effort against Oklahoma State last week, and again has plenty of offensive firepower. Kansas State hasn't shown quite the fundamental soundness of previous teams just yet, although it won't be a surprise to see that develop. Going against some obvious factors, the Red Raiders are the upset selection.



    Baylor

    4-0 / 1-0
    at Texas
    Sat Oct 4
    3:30 PM E / 2:30 PM C
    ABC
    In his Baylor career, Art Briles has an even record against five Big 12 teams heading into 2014 games: UT (3-3), TTU (3-3), K-State (2-2), TCU (2-2) and WVU (1-1).

    Senior quarterback Bryce Petty has 12 career 300-yard passing games, one behind Robert Griffin III’s school record.


    Iowa State

    1-3 / 0-2
    at Oklahoma State
    Sat Oct 4
    12:00 PM E / 11:00 AM C
    Fox Sports 1
    Quarterback Sam Richardson threw for 212 yards and two touchdowns against Baylor. The junior also ran for a 47-yard score, the Cyclones’ longest rushing touchdown this season.

    Cyclone linebackers Jevohn Miller and Luke Knott both put up career high tackle numbers. Miller recorded 17, while Knott tallied 15, including one tackle for loss.


    Kansas

    2-2 / 0-1
    at West Virginia
    Sat Oct
    4:00 PM E / 3:00 PM C
    Fox Sports Net
    Jayhawk linebacker Ben Heeney registered 10 tackles, including nine solo stops, on Saturday against Texas. Heeney also had 1.5 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery. It was the 14th double-digit tackling effort of his career.

    Senior punter Nick Pardula averaged 41.3 yards on six punts, with a long of 51 yards. That punt gave him 34 career punts of 50 yards or more in his second season as a Jayhawk.


    Kansas State

    3-1 / 1-0
    vs Texas Tech
    Sat Oct 4
    7:00 PM E / 6:00 AM C
    ESPNU
    The Wildcats scored 42 unaswered points on six-consecutive drives at one point in their commanding 58-28 win over UTEP to close out the non-conference slate.

    K-State special teams blocked a punt, while also getting 143 punt return yards from senior wide receiver Tyler Lockett. That is the second-highest single game mark in school history.


    Oklahoma

    4-0 / 1-0
    at TCU
    Sat Oct 4
    3:30 PM E / 2:30 PM C
    Fox
    Oklahoma owns the nation’s second-longest active win streak at eight games. OU has outscored its foes by a 346-162 margin (43.3-20.3 ppg) in those eight victories.

    CB Zack Sanchez has six interceptions over the eight-game win streak, including one in each of his last five contests. The Sooners have forced 15 INTs and thrown only six during the span.


    Oklahoma State

    3-1 / 1-0
    vs Iowa State
    Sat Oct 4
    12:00 PM E / 11:00 AM C
    Fox Sports 1
    Cowboy quarterback Daxx Garman threw for 370 yards and four touchdowns on 17-of-30 passing in OSU’s win over Texas Tech. Garman also ran for a score in the second start of his collegiate career.

    The Cowboys are 13-2 in their last 15 games against Big 12 opponents at Boone Pickens Stadium with Iowa State visiting this week.


    TCU

    3-0 / 0-0
    vs Oklahoma
    Sat Oct 4
    3:30 PM E / 2:30 PM C
    Fox
    TCU has won 10 of its last 11 games following an open date. The Horned Frogs’ 56-0 win over SMU was the most lopsided in a series that has seen 94 installments.

    Trevone Boykin accounted for six touchdowns (four passing, two rushing) against SMU. The junior threw for 280 yards on 23-of-36 passing, along with 62 rushing yards.


    Texas

    2-2 / 1-0
    vs Baylor
    Sat Oct 4
    3:30 PM E / 2:00 PM C
    Fox Sports 1
    Texas has won 15 of its last 16 Big 12 openers and recorded a shutout in Conference action for the first time since 2011.

    With four interceptions last Saturday at Kansas, the Longhorns’ defense has totaled nine on the season, after registering 10 picks all of last season.


    Texas Tech

    2-2 / 0-1
    at Kansas State
    Sat Oct 4
    7:00 PM E / 6:00 AM C
    ESPNU
    Sophomore quarterback Davis Webb racked up 374 yards and four touchdowns on 35-of-54 passing against Oklahoma State in just over three quarters of action.

    Texas Tech put up 506 yards of offense in its Big 12 opener. The Red Raiders went over the 500-yard mark twice in conference play last season.


    West Virginia

    2-2 / 0-1
    vs Kansas
    Sat Oct
    4:00 PM E / 3:00 PM C
    Fox Sports Net
    Clint Trickett leads the Big 12 in total offense with 1,580 yards (395 yards/ game) and pass yards a game (400.0).

    In the Dana Holgorsen era, WVU has produced 27 games with 400 or more yards of total offense, 16 games with more than 500 yards and eight games with more than 600 yards.


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