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Big 12 Report: Week 7 Previews

We preview week 7 of the Big 12.

Game: Kansas vs. Iowa State
Last Week: Texas Tech 65, Kansas 19 | Iowa State 38, Oklahoma 31
Date & Time: Saturday, September 14th @ 11:00 a.m.
Location: Jack Trice Stadium
Television: FSN
Line: Iowa State -20.5
Expert Commentary: Iowa State did thing, and has firmly cemented themselves as “Problematic.” Usual starting quarterback Jacob Park has taken a leave of absence from the team, so that win against the Sooners was lead by a backup(!) and do-everything senior Joel Lanning. RB David Montgomery has come on incredibly strong for the Cyclones, and while he only notched 144 all-purpose yards against Oklahoma, he’s an elusive runner that’s not afraid of contact. Despite the final score, Kansas did attempt to stay competitive through the 3rd quarter. There’s a chance that ISU could face an 11 AM let down game at home, but I’m worried that’s not the Cyclone M.O. anymore. Lay the points, take the ‘Clones.
Game: TCU vs. Kansas State
Last Week: TCU 31, West Virginia 24 | Texas 40, Kansas State 34
Date & Time: Saturday, September 14th @ 11:00 a.m.
Location: Bill Snyder Family Stadium
Television: FS1
Line: TCU -5.5
Expert Commentary: TCU was initially favored by 4.5 and that’s moved to 5.5, which is a bit surprising because I tend to think that folks that bet give credit to Kansas State because of Bill Snyder.  TCU beat Oklahoma State in Stillwater and then was able to handle West Virginia at home. It wasn’t perfect, but it appears that the defense is really carrying the entire TCU team. Kansas State needs a conference win and nothing would turn the Big 12 on it’s head than the Wildcats upsetting TCU. Kansas State is really pretty underrated, a top 30 offense and a top 50 or so defense so they’re right on the edge of doing something to wreak some havoc on the Big 12. I’ll take Kansas State and the points.
Game: Oklahoma vs. Texas
Last Week: Iowa State 38, Oklahoma 31 | Texas 40, Kansas State 34
Date & Time: Saturday, September 14th @ 2:30 p.m.
Location: Cotton Bowl
Television: ESPN
Line: Oklahoma -7.5
Expert Commentary: The Red River Rivalry may actually be interesting this year! Oklahoma is looking to save face after duffing it against ISU at home last week, and Texas *shuffling papers* it says here that Texas is back. Oklahoma’s defense has been exposed against the spread 2 weeks in a row, and the Longhorns (in theory) have the talent to expose it for a third week. Former anointed savior QB Shane Buechele has been out with a shoulder injury, allowing newly anointed freshman savior QB Sam Ehlinger a chance to shine, putting up 300+ yards passing and 100+ yards rushing against a normally sound Wildcat defense. The Longhorn defense has shown previously that it can be stout, and if Joel Lanning can sack Mayfield, there’s no doubt that Malik Jefferson can cause even more chaos. I don’t know if Lincoln Riley has Bob Stoops’ post-loss vicious leanings, but this game will either be a boring defensive struggle or a shootout. I don’t know who will win but I’ll take the 7.5 points.
Game: Baylor vs. Oklahoma State
Last Week: Baylor – Bye | Oklahoma State – Bye
Date & Time: Saturday, September 14th @ 2:30 p.m.
Location: Boone Pickens Stadium
Television: FS1
Line: Oklahoma State -25.5
Expert Commentary: I’ve underrated Baylor for the season and I think that they are better or are improving. Rhule has a really tough job and the games are closer than what I thought they would be and have covered the spread a couple of times. Both teams are coming off of a bye week and I think that’s going to favor Oklahoma State more so than Baylor.  Baylor just isn’t getting more healthy, but with Zach Smith at the helm, I think there’s a pretty good chance that they’ll be better than offense than they were earlier in the year. I’ll take Oklahoma State here, but I’ll be watching to see if the Bears can keep it close.
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