Big 12 Football Preview: Week Seven

A final non-conference game, a usually big showdown and one that tops even that traditional contests highlights a busy week in the Big 12 conference.

STOPPING THE RUN

Even in the pass-happy Big 12, stopping the run is a priority, and those teams most successful at it are seeing results in the win column. The top five teams in rushing defense have a combined record of 21-3. The bottom five check in at 10-15. At the division line, there's an appreciable gap. Number five Oklahoma State allows just 113.6 rushing yards per contest, while number six West Virginia gives up 171.8.


LAST CALL

Either Texas or Oklahoma will claim the Big 12's only neutral site win of the regular season when they face off against each other in Dallas. The Longhorns, Oklahoma State and West Virginia all dropped previous netural site games this year.


TOP TO BOTTOM

The Big 12 is tough top to bottom on an annual basis. Since 2011 when round-robin play began, nine lower-ranked teams have defeated a higher-ranked Big 12 opponent. Last season the Big 12 was the only power conference in which every team had a win in league play. This year, three teams (Kansas, Texas Tech and Iowa State) are still looking for their first conference win.


PICKS

  • The bounce back from a loss factor usually doesn't cut a lot of ice, but something says that Oklahoma will be seething after its loss to TCU last week - not to mention its upset defeat at the hands of the Longhorns a year ago. The Schooner rolls often in this one.

  • West Virginia has to win a couple of road games and beat the bottom half of the league if it is to return to a bowl game and prove its worth in the conference. Texas Tech won't be an easy out by any stretch, but the Mountaineers are the pick to put up just enough points to win this one.

  • Iowa State steps out of conference for a date with Toledo -- the last non-conference contest in the leagus this season.. The Rockets won the last meeting some seven years ago, but the Cyclones are due tor a win after a tough start.

  • The marquee matchup of the day is TCU - Baylor, not the Red River Rivalry. When was the last time that happened? In a classic case of offense vs. defense, the Bears get a narrow nod.

  • The last game of the day is a snoozer. Somehow Oklahoma State holds just a four game edge in the overall series with Kansas, but it will comfortable extend that margin to five in Lawrence.



    Baylor

    5-0 / 2-0
    at TCU
    Sat Oct 11
    3:30 PM E / 2:30 PM C
    ABC
    Baylor boasts the Big 12’s top scoring and total offense, as well as the top scoring and total defense. The Bears are averaging 590.6 yards of offense per game, while giving up just 267.2 yards.

    Running back Shock Linwood put up a season-high 148 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries against Texas. The Bears did a majority of their damage on the ground, totaling 278 yards on 60 attempts.


    Iowa State

    1-4 / 0-3
    vs Toledo
    Sat Oct 11
    3:30 PM E / 2:30 PM C
    Cyclones.tv
    Defensive backs Sam Richardson and Nigel Tribune each recorded interceptions against Oklahoma State. The Iowa State secondary has picked off passes in their last three games.

    Senior linebacker Jevohn Miller leads the Big 12 in tackles with 55 on the season, an average of 11.0 per game.


    Kansas

    2-3 / 0-2
    vs Oklahoma State
    Sat Oct 11
    4:00 PM E / 3:00 PM C
    Fox Sports 1
    The Kansas special teams units blocked a WVU field goal attempt, recovered a fumble on a punt return and had a 74-yard punt return for a touchdown (by Nick Harwell).

    Senior punter Nick Pardula booted 14 punts against West Virginia, six of which traveled 50 yards or more. Both numbers are career highs. Pardula rankes first in the Big 12 with a punting average of 45.0 yards.


    Kansas State

    4-1 / 2-0
    Open Date
    Next Game
    Sat Oct 18
    at Oklahoma
    Quarterback Jake Waters put up 290 yards passing and 105 yards rushing in K-State’s win over Texas Tech. It was the second time this season he has thrown for 200-plus yards and rushed for 100-plus (at Iowa State).

    Wide receiver Tyler Lockett became the first Wildcat to record 11 100-yard receiving games in a career, with 125 yards and two touchdowns last week.


    Oklahoma

    4-1 / 1-1
    vs Texas
    Sat Oct 4
    12:00 PM E / 11:00 AM C
    ABC
    Sterling Shepard had seven catches for a career-high 215 yards and a touchdown at TCU. Shepard’s 215 receiving yards are the second-most in school history in a single game.

    The Sooners have forced a turnover in nine straight games after recording three last Saturday. They have 25 takeaways over that span, 16 of which are interceptions.


    Oklahoma State

    4-1 / 2-0
    at Kansas
    Sat Oct 11
    4:00 PM E / 3:00 PM C
    Fox Sports 1
    Saturday’s 37-20 win over Iowa State marked the third-straight game in which the Cowboys have trailed in the first half, but come back to win. OSU scored on seven consecutive possessions to seal the win.

    Senior linebacker Johs Furman had a breakout game against Iowa State, recording a career-high 10 tackles to go with two sacks and two tackles for loss.


    TCU

    4-0 / 1-0
    vs Baylor
    Sat Oct 11
    3:30 PM E / 2:30 PM C
    ABC
    With a 37-33 win over No. 3 Oklahoma, TCU recorded their third win against a team ranked in the AP Top 5 since 2010. In that time, TCU is 3-1 in such games.

    Trevone Boykin was 20-of-38 passing against Oklahoma for 318 yards and two touchdowns. The junior added 77 yards on the ground. Boykin ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 in total offense with 359 yards a game.


    Texas

    2-3 / 1-1
    vs Oklahoma
    Sat Oct 4
    12:00 PM E / 11:00 AM C
    ABC
    The Longhorn defense held Baylor, the nation’s No. 1 offense, to 389 yards of total offense. It was just the second time in the Bears’ last 45 games that they posted less than 400 yards of total offense.

    The Longhorns registered three sacks against Baylor. Entering the game, the Bears were one of just two teams nationally not to have given up a sack this season.


    Texas Tech

    2-3 / 0-2
    vs West Virginia
    Sat Oct 11
    12:00 PM E / 11:00 AM C
    Fox Sports 1
    Sophomore quarterback Davis Webb ranks third in the Big 12 in total offense (330 yards/game) and second in passing yards (320.6 ave/game). Webb thew for 247 yards and two touchdowns against K-State.

    Linebacker Pete Robertson recorded two first-quarter sacks against the Wildcats. Robertson is now tied for first in the Big 12 in the sack department with five.


    West Virginia

    3-2 / 1-1
    at Texas Tech
    Sat Oct 11
    12:00 PM E / 11:00 AM C
    Fox Sports 1
    The WVU defense forced Kansas to punt 14 times last Saturday, setting a Big 12 record. The Mountaineers gave up just 176 total yards, and allowed nine first downs.

    In the Dana Holgorsen era, WVU has been known for their quick-strike offense. The Mountaineers’ last 10 touchdown drives have all been completed in 2:31 or less.


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