Big 12 Football Preview: Week Eleven

Four league games are on tap this week in the Big 12, with another pair of Top 15 showdowns and more fights for conference standing highlighting the week's action.


BOWL BOUND?

Five league teams have earned bowl bids, leaving three with varying chances of earning postseason play. Oklahoma State, which is off this week, needs one more victory in its final three games to earn a spot. Texas (4-5) must earn two more wins, and faces West Virginia at home in a critical game for both sqauds. Texas Tech (3-6) is still mathematically alive, but with games against Oklahoma and Baylor, the odds aren't good for an extra game.


CLOSE AND COMPETITIVE

Four of the five Big 12 games played thus far between Top 25 teams have been decided by no more than four points. Baylor-Oklahoma and Kansas State-TCU could well add to those totals this week, and showcase the strength of the conference. So too does the recent roster of league champions -- over the last five years, five different schools have won or shared the league title.


TOUGHEST REMAINING ROAD?

While every league school has at least a couple of difficult games remaining, Kansas State probably has the toughest. The Wildcats have road games at TCU, West Virginia and Baylor left to negotiate, along with a home date against Kansas. Oklahoma State's might be just a notch below that, with games against Texas, Baylor and Oklahoma to go.


PICKS

  • Baylor comes off a bye week and travels to Oklahoma to face the Sooners, who righted the ship last week after two consecutive losses. OU will try to execute West Virginia's blueprint to contain the Bears' explosive offense, but Baylor will be able to put up enough points to secure the road win.

  • Will it be offense (West Virginia) or defense (Texas) that seizes the day in Austin? WVU has some questions after a fourth quarter brownout against TCU, but should be able to keep the Tower dark for the second consecutive time.

  • In the battle of the basement, Iowa State should be able to prevail over Kansas in one of the least-watched games of the season.

  • In primetime, TCU will defend its home turf to defeat Kansas State and create a three-way ties atop the league standings.



    Baylor

    7-1 / 4-1
    at Oklahoma
    Sat Nov 8
    120 PM E / 11:00 AM C
    FosSports1
    The top off ense in the Big 12 rolled up 669 yards of total offense last Saturday with a balanced attack of 343 yards through the air and 338 on the ground. Baylor averages 590.2 yards a game.

    Baylor has won 14 straight games at home, which is tied with Auburn for the longest such streak in the country.


    Iowa State

    2-6 / 0-5
    at Kansas
    Sat Nov 8
    3:30 PM E / 2:30 PM C
    Fox Sports Net
    Iowa State has the second-best red zone scoring offense in the country, having converted for points on 24-of-25 trips inside the opponent’s 20, good for a 95.6 conversion percentage.

    Sam E. Richardson recorded two interceptions from the corner position on Saturday, giving him a team-high three on the season. Richardson is the first Cyclone with multiple picks in a game this season.


    Kansas

    2-6 / 0-5
    vs Iowa State
    Sat Nov 8
    3:30 PM E / 2:30 PM C
    Fox Sports Net
    Senior linebacker Ben Heeney leads the Big 12 in tackles with 11.9 per game. Heeney recorded the 17th double-digit tackling performance of his career with 10 at Baylor.

    Quarterback Michael Cummings threw for a career-high 288 yards at BU, and is the first KU quarterback since 2009 with four consecutive games of at least 200 yards passing.


    Kansas State

    7-1 / 5-0
    at TCU
    Sat Nov 8
    7:30 PM E / 6:30 PM C
    FOX
    Senior wide receiver Tyler Lockett moved into second place in school history in receiving yards and touchdown receptions. His father Kevin leads in both categories.

    K-State is 39-of-42 in the red zone this season, including a perfect 25- of-25 effort in the last five games.


    Oklahoma

    6-2 / 3-2
    vs Baylor
    Sat Nov 8
    12:00 PM E / 11:00 AM C
    FoxSports1
    Oklahoma had three 100-yard rushers last Saturday in Trevor Knight (146), Alex Ross (144) and Samaje Perine (110). The last time the Sooners had three 100-yard rushers was against Missouri in 1992.

    Kicker Michael Hunnicutt became the Big 12’s all-time career leader for field goals made with 72.


    Oklahoma State

    5-4 / 3-3
    Open Date
    Next Game
    Sat Nov 15
    vs Texas
    Tyreek Hill scored his first rushing touchdown of the season against K-State, and racked up 189 all-purpose yards. Hill has one rushing touchdown, one receiving touchdown and two scores on kickoff returns.

    Jordan Sterns’ blocked punt against K-State was his second blocked kick of the season. OSU has four blocked kicks this season, ranking first in the Big 12.


    TCU

    7-1 / 4-1
    vs Kansas State
    Sat Nov 8
    7:30 PM E / 6:30 PM C
    FOX
    With last Saturday’s win, the Horned Frogs have opened the season 7-1 for the fourth time in the last seven seasons and seventh time in 14 years under head coach Gary Patterson.

    TCU had two sacks and two interceptions last week, extending its nation’s-best streak to 10 consecutive games with at least one sack and one interception.


    Texas

    4-5 / 3-3
    vs West virginia
    Sat Nov 8
    3:30 PM E / 2:30 PM C
    FoxSports1
    The Longhorns racked up a season-high 241 rushing yards last week. After averaging 120.5 rushing yards in their first four games, Texas has posted 172.0 over the last five.

    Receiver John Harris posted a career-high 165 yards receiving on just five catches last Saturday, including 123 yards in the first half. Harris’ performance ranks No. 18 on the UT all-time single-game list.


    Texas Tech

    3-6 / 1-5
    Open Date
    Next Game
    Sat Nov 15
    vs Oklahoma
    Braden Jackson’s first quarter fumble recovery for a touchdown against Texas was the first by a Red Raider since Will Smith did it against Texas State in September of 2013.

    Pete Robertson picked up his ninth sack of the season in the first quarter last week. Robertson is the first Red Raider in 16 years to record a sack in six-consecutive games.


    West Virginia

    6-3 / 4-2
    at Texas
    Sat Nov 8
    3:30 PM E / 2:30 PM C
    FoxSports1
    Terrell Chestnut’s third quarter fumble return for a touchdown last Saturday was West Virginia’s first fumble recovery of the season.

    The Mountaineers have scored points in 33 of 36 quarters this season. Against TCU, they did not score in a second quarter that saw both teams fail to put up any points.


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