Big 12 2016 Football Previews - Week Six

The Big 12's two undefeated teams are off this week, leaving four battles for positioning as the meet of Saturday's league schedule.


Big 12 teams show just four road wins on the season against ten losses. Baylor (two), TCU and Oklahoma own those wins. West Virginia has yet to play on the road, although it does have a neutral site victory.

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Texas running back D’Onta Foreman has a commanding early lead in the race for the Big 12 rushing title. Averaging 145.3 yards per game, Foreman stands 53.8 yards per game clear of teammate Chris Warren. Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes enjoys similar leads in total offense and passing yardage per game, holding leads of some 60 yards over TCU QB Kenny Hill in each category.

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Iowa State is showing marked improvement over the past two weeks, averaging 43.0 points and 484.0 yards of total offense after putting up just 14.3 points and 317.7 yards in its first three outings.

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No Big 12 team is on the plus side of time of possession this year. Much of that can be attributed to the rapid pace of some offenses, while quick scores against outmatched opponents and offensive struggles are also factors. Still, it’s odd that no team has possessed the ball more than 30 minutes per game. Oklahoma State (29:56), West Virginia (29:29) and Texas Tech (29:28) top the list.


Texas has been more up and down than a rollercoaster at Six Flags, while Oklahoma's performance, while not quite as mercurial, has likewise been less consistent than its fans would like. In balance, though, the Sooners have lost to better teams than the Longhorns, and appear to be a better squad overall. That didn't make much difference in last year's Red River Shootout, but it will in this one, which is the 112th renewal of the venerable match-up. OU is the pick.

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Kansas actually played better against Texas Tech last Thursday than the 55-19 final score would indicate, but as sworn after being dusted off by Ohio and Memphis, such showings aren't going to fool again. TCU, which is an excellent road team, will travel to Lawrence and get a win heading into its off week.

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On the other hand, there's Iowa State, which had control for much of last week's game against Baylor before giving up the final 17 points of the contest to lose by three. One game aberration, or a sign of improvement? ISU does look like it is on an upward arc, but that won't be quite enough to get a win on the road at Oklahoma State.

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It's the most pronounced offense-defense battle of the season at Texas Tech takes is aerial show on the road to Kansas State. The Red Raiders have scored 238 points in four games, while K-State has allowed just 50. In its two games against quality competition, however, the Wildcats have scored just 29 points, which won't be enough even if they hold Tech to half its normal output. Tech is the selection, even if quarterback Patrick Mahomes is out.

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