Big 12 Football Preview: Week Fourteen

It's again down to the wire in the Big 12, where this week's games serve as a mere warm-up for the conference-deciding contests on the first weekend in December.


Four Big 12 football players were named finalists for major college football awards, which will be presented on Thursday, Dec. 11:

Biletnikoff Award (Outstanding Receiver)
Kevin White, West Virginia

Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award
Josh Lambert, West Virginia

Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award
Trevone Boykin, TCU

Outland Trophy (Outstanding Interior Lineman)
Malcom Brown, Texas


While Big 12 basketball teams hold a decided home court edge, the same is not true in football. Home teams have one just one more game than visiting squads in league play this year. Is that indicative of the parity that permeates much of the league, or are Big 12 venues just not that tough to play in?

Overall the ten league teams are 24-20 on the road this year.


Despite a string of unsuccessful seasons, Iowa State fans still get out to support their team. The 2-8 Cyclones have drawn an average of 52,553 fans per game this season to Jack Trice Stadium (capacity 55,000).


  • TCU travels to resurgent Texas on Thursday night, but the talent disparity is too great for the Longhorns to overcome. A persistent myth is that UT is overloaded with ability, but that's just not the case when compared with the upper echelons of the league.

  • In a game where neither team has much to play for other than personal pride and a win, bowl-bound West Virginia is the choice over Iowa State, assuming the interest level is the same on both sides.

  • After a bit of a midseason "slump:, Baylor looks to be ramping up as the seaosn winds down. Texas Tech's defense has little chance of slowing the Bear onslaught, making for a nice Baylor visit to Jerry World in Arlington, Tex.

  • Kansas State gets its chance to rough up the Jayhawks after they yielded a gazillion rushing yards to Samaje Perrine of Oklahoma a week ago. The motivation of a rivalry game might help KU, but not enough to stay close to the Wildcats.


    9-1 / 6-1
    vs Texas Tech
    Sat Nov 29
    3:30 PM E / 2:30 PM C
    Baylor has won a school-record 15 straight home games (tied for nation’s best) and hasn’t lost in Waco since Oct. 13, 2012, vs. TCU. The Bears have won 28 of their last 31 home games.

    Defensive end Shawn Oakman recorded two sacks last Saturday against Oklahoma State. Oakman ranks third in Big 12 sacks with 8.0 on the season. He has 10.0 in his career.

    Iowa State

    2-8 / 0-6
    vs West Virginia
    Sat Nov 29
    12:00 PM E / 11:00 AM C
    Running back Aaron Wimberly recorded his second 100-yard rushing game of the season (102) and the fourth of his career. Wimberly also rushed for two touchdowns.

    Tight end E.J. Bibbs caught five passes for 43 yards and a touchdown last Saturday. Bibbs has caught a pass in 22 consecutive games, tying him for the second-best streak in school history.


    3-8 / 1-7
    at Kansas State
    Sat Nov 29
    4:00 PM E / 3:00 PM C
    Cassius Sendish’s 63-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the third quarter last week was KU’s first defensive touchdown since 2013 against TCU.

    The Kansas defense held Oklahoma to three pass completions for 39 yards. It was the lowest since the Jayhawks held Nebraska to four completions for 33 yards on Oct. 25, 1997.

    Kansas State

    8-2 / 6-1
    vs Kansas
    Sat Nov 29
    4:00 PM E / 3:00 PM C
    Senior quarterback Jake Waters was 22-of-34 passing for a career-high 400 yards in K-State’s 26-20 win over West Virginia. He has thrown for at least 200 yards in each of the last 11 games, the longest by a Bill Snyder-coached quarterback.

    Tyler Lockett’s 48-yard punt return was Kansas State’s 95th non-offensive touchdown since 1999; no team has more non-offensive TDs since then.


    8-3 / 5-3
    Open Date
    Next Game
    Sat Dec 6
    vs Oklahoma State
    Freshman running back Samaje Perine set the FBS record for rushing yards in a single game with 427 yards on 34 carries, including 161 and 156 yards in the second and third quarters, respectively.

    Perine’s five rushing touchdowns of 49, 33, 34, 66 and 27 yards gave him 19 on the season, becoming OU’s leader for TDs in a season by a freshman, surpassing Adrian Peterson (15) in 2004.

    Oklahoma State

    5-6 / 3-5
    Open Date
    Next Game
    Sat Dec 6
    vs Oklahoma
    Larry Stephens and Ramon Richards both had interceptions for the Cowboys against Baylor, marking the first time in BU quarterback Bryce Petty’s career that he threw multiple interceptions in a game.

    Freshman quarterback Mason Rudolph got his first collegiate start last Saturday against Baylor. He was 13-of-25 passing for 281 yards and two touchdowns in his debut.


    8-1 / 5-1
    at Texas
    Thu Nov 27
    7:30 PM E / 6:30 PM C
    The Horned Frogs have recorded a 9-1 record or better for the fourth time in the last seven seasons and sixth time in 14 years under head coach Gary Patterson.

    QB Trevone Boykin set the single season TCU record for total offense during the KU game. He has 3,586 yards, breaking the previous mark of 3,292 by Andy Dalton in 2010.


    5-5 / 4-3
    vs TCU
    Thu Nov 27
    7:30 PM E / 6:30 PM C
    Tyrone Swoopes connected on 24 of 33 passes for 305 yards and two touchdowns in Texas’ 28-7 victory over Oklahoma State. It was the third 300-yard game of the year for Swoopes.

    In the first half at OSU, the UT defense forced four three-and-outs and allowed just 51 total yards as Texas built a 19-0 halftime lead.

    Texas Tech

    4-7 / 2-6
    vs Baylor
    Sat Nov 29
    3:30 PM E / 2:30 PM C
    DeAndre Washington became the first Red Raider to rush for 1,000 yards in a season since 1998. Washington’s 186 rushing yards against Iowa State were also TTU’s most in a single game since 1999.

    Patrick Mahomes was 23-of-35 passing for 328 yards and four touchdowns against Iowa State. Mahomes is the first freshman in school history to have back-to-back games with four touchdown passes.

    West Virginia

    6-5 / 4-4
    at Iowa State
    Sat Nov 29
    12:00 PM E / 11:00 AM C
    West Virginia held K-State’s rushing attack (averaging 141.7 yards/game) to just one yard. It was the lowest total given up by WVU in the Dana Holgorsen era.

    The Mountaineers tied a season-high with 10.0 tackles for loss against K-State, led by K.J. Dillon with 2.5 TFLs. Dillon also led the team with 8 total tackles and a career-high 7 solo stops.

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