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Big 12 2016 Football Previews - Week Fourteen

Bedlam decides the Big 12 champion, accompanied by a pair of other games that could change bowl pecking order in the final week of the regular season.

Bedlam decides the Big 12 champion, accompanied by a pair of other games that could change bowl pecking order in the final week of the regular season.

THE NOTES

Oklahoma hopes to close out the regular season with its ninth league win of the year. If the Sooners can defeat Oklahoma State, they will become the first team since the advent of the round-robin league schedule to go undefeated.

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Six Big 12 teams have earned bowl eligibility. At 5-7, Texas and Texas Tech could possibly be selected if not enough teams are available to fill all of the bowl spots. The Big 12 has seven contracted bowl spots, so unless the shortage occurs the league will not fill one of its positions.

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With K-State’s win last Saturday, head coach Bill Snyder became the 26th all-time FBS coach with 200 career victories. Snyder is just the sixth coach to reach the 200-win mark and coach at only one school in his career.

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Barring an offensive blackout, Oklahoma will finish the season with more than 400 points in conference games, and 500 points overall. Oklahoma State would require 56 points to reach the latter standard.

Kansas scored just 160 points in its nine league games – 89 fewer than Texas, which will almost certainly finish in ninth place in that stat with 249 points. The Longhorns stumbled home after averaging 44 points in its three non-conference games to open the season.

THE PICKS

Kansas State visits TCU to determine fourth place in the conference. A Wildcat win would give them a 6-3 league mark, while a Horned Frog victory would pull the Ft. Worth squad even with K-State at 5-4, and give them the nod by virtue of their head-to-head win. Bill Snyder's team has won four of its last five, and is the pick to get another victory on the road to close out the regular season.

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Oklahoma hosts Oklahoma State with a trip to the Sugar Bowl on the line. The Cowboys will need multiple turnovers and scoring conversions to win this one, but it's tough to see that happening to an OU group that is playing its best football of the season. OSU had narrow escapes in two of its last three wins, and that mojo runs out on its trip south to Norman.

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West Virginia is at home against a downtrodden Baylor team, which might be looking for a way to get the season over with. It's possible that the Bear seniors could summon one more big effort to close out their season and show what might have been, but there hasn't been any evidence of that spirit in recent games. WVU becomes one of two league teams to finish the regular season with ten wins as it gets the victory at home.


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