Big 12 Football Preview: Week Ten

The Big 12 swings into the final month of the regular season with a full slate of games -- and no off weeks -- remaining.

FULL DOWN THE STRETCH

Week 10 features a full week of Big 12 play with every team in action. The Big 12 is the only of the power leagues that will not have a break from conference action through the rest of the season. Every game remaining features conference matchups.


PERFECT SO FAR

IOwa State has not missed a placekick yet the year. Cyclone kicker Cole Netten is a perfect 24-24 on extra points and 8-8 on field goals.


BOWL ELIGIBILITY

Four teams (Kansas State, West Virginia, Baylor and TCU) have earned the six wins to wualify for a bowl, while two others (Oklahoma and Oklahoma State) are just one win away. Texas and Texas Tech still have a chance, but at just three wins each have to go on a roll in November in order to travel in December.


TOP BOOTERS

With all the focus on Big 12 offense, punters often lack attention. Has there ever been a better collection of them than the league boasts this year, though? Nine of the league's ten punters average at least 42 yards per attempt, with the tenth still on the plus side with a 40.2 yard average. Experience reigns across the league, with eight of the ten residing in either the junior or senior class.


PICKS

  • Oklahoma has reeled a bit of late, but Iowa State is the perfect tonic, even on the windswept plains of Ames. The Sooners get bowl-eligible while resetting themselves for the conference stretch run.

  • TCU makes its first trip out of the state of Texas this year, and that, plus the tough road environment and cold weather in West Virginia, could be factors. Still, the Horned Frogs appear to be a bit better defensively overall, and get a narrow selection to take hom a critical win.

  • After a week off to dress up some narrow misses against WVU, Baylor gets well in a tuneup at home against Kansas. The Jayhawks have some good defensive players, but nowhere near the offense to keep pace with the Bears.

  • Texas Tech has all but collapsed after an encouraging start, and the Red Raiders' motivation has to be in question after yielding 82 points to TCU. Texas struggles to score, but has good defensive chops of its own. It's an all-but elimination game for bowl eligibility, and one where motiviation and effort could decide the outcome. Against logic, Tech is the upset pick.

  • Kansas State will hold on to its conference lead with a home win over Oklahoma State, setting up a huge showdown with TCU next week.



    Baylor

    6-1 / 3-1
    vs Kansas
    Sat Nov 1
    4:00 PM E / 3:00 PM C
    FoxSports1
    Wide receiver Antwan Goodley accounted for over half of BU’s receiving yards at West Virginia, catching 9 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown.

    Shock Linwood is the leading rusher in the Big 12 after putting up a game high 81 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries at WVU. Linwood is averaging 99.4 yards and has nine touchdowns on the year.


    Iowa State

    2-5 / 0-4
    vs Oklahoma
    Sat Nov 1
    12:00 PM E / 11:00 AM C
    FoxSports1
    TE E.J. Bibbs caught a career high 10 passes for 73 yards and 2 TDs at Texas. It marked the first time a Cyclone registered 10 or more catches in a game since 2010.

    Jevohn Miller’s scoop and score at Texas was ISU’s first defensive touchdown since Dec. 31, 2012. It was the Cyclones’ first fumble return for a touchdown since Nov. 12, 2005.


    Kansas

    2-5 / 0-4
    at Baylor
    Sat Nov 1
    4:00 PM E / 3:00 PM C
    FoxSports1
    Senior linebacker Ben Heeney leads the Big 12 in tackling at 12.0. Heeney has recorded at least 10 tackles in the first half of KU’s last two games. He racked up 21 stops and an interception against Texas Tech.

    Quarterback Michael Cummings threw for 235 yards and two touchdowns, while running for another against the Red Raiders. It was the first game of the junior’s career with multiple touchdown passes.


    Kansas State

    6-1 / 4-0
    vs Oklahoma State
    Sat Nov 1
    8:00 PM E / 7:00 PM C
    ABC
    Saturday’s 23-0 win over Texas was win No. 500 in school history. In the program’s first 93 years, K-State averaged 3.2 wins per year. In the last 26 years, the Wildcats have averaged 7.7 wins per year.

    Saturday’s win marked the first shutout for K-State in a conference game since Nov. 8, 2003. It was the first shutout at home since Nov. 20, 1999, a 66-0 win over Missouri.


    Oklahoma

    5-2 / 2-2
    at Iowa State
    Sat Nov 1
    12:00 PM E / 11:00 AM C
    FoxSports1
    Wide receiver Sterling Shepard caught a career-high 15 passes vs. K-State, tying the OU single game record. He became the seventh player in OU history to surpass 2,000 receiving yards for his career (2,135).

    Oklahoma totaled 533 yards of total off ense against K-State, the team’s second-best output of the season. It was the third time in 2014 the Sooners eclipsed the 500-yard mark.


    Oklahoma State

    5-3 / 3-2
    at Kansas State
    Sat Nov 1
    8:00 PM E / 7:00 PM C
    ABC
    Defensive lineman Emmanuel Ogbah is tied for first in the Big 12 in sacks with eight after recording five tackles, a sack and a forced fumble against West Virginia. OSU has at least two sacks in nine consecutive games.

    Following a 40-yard field goal against West Virginia, place kicker Ben Grogan has made 16 of his last 17 field goals. Grogan leads the nation with 18 field goals made on the season.


    TCU

    6-1 / 3-1
    at West Virginia
    Sat Nov 1
    3:30 PM E / 2:30 PM C
    ABC / ESPN2
    TCU set a Big 12 record for a conference game, scoring 82 points last Saturday. The Horned Frogs also set school records for total yards (785) and passing touchdowns (Trevone Boykin - 7).

    For the first time in its history, TCU had a 400-yard passer (Trevone Boykin, 418), two 100-yard rushers (Aaron Green, 105; Trevorris Johnson, 105) and a 100-yard receiver (Deante’ Gray, 165).


    Texas

    3-5 / 2-3
    at Texas Tech
    Sat Nov 1
    7:30 PM E / 6:30 PM C
    FoxSports1
    The Texas defense held K-State to its second-lowest offensive output of the season at 367 total yards. Hassan Ridgeway had 2.5 TFLs and one sack. He leads the team with 5.0 sacks on the season.

    Longhorn punter William Russ attempted 7 punts on Saturday for 260 yards, including a long of 56 yards. Russ also pinned three punts inside the 20 yard line.


    Texas Tech

    3-5 / 1-4
    vs Texas
    Sat Nov 1
    7:30 PM E / 6:30 PM C
    FoxSports1
    Sophomore quarterback Davis Webb had 300 yards passing and two touchdowns against No. 10 TCU on 15-of-30 passing, for an average of 20 yards per completion.

    Ryan Bustin was 2-for-2 kicking field goals, giving him seven on the season, and 47 in his Red Raider career. He is one field goal shy of tying Alex Trlica’s (2004-2007) school career record.


    West Virginia

    6-2 / 4-1
    vs TCU
    Sat Nov 1
    3:30 PM E / 2:30 PM C
    ABC / ESPN2
    Running back Wendell Smallwood had a career-high 132 rushing yards in WVU’s victory over Oklahoma State. Smallwood averaged 5.7 yards per carry as he eclipsed his previous career best of 123 yards.

    The Mountaineers had scored in 28 of 29 quarters during the 2014 season prior to a scoreless second quarter on Saturday. West Virginia went on to outscore the Cowboys 20-0 in the second half to secure the victory.


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