The Big 12 Report: Week 4 Previews

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Conference Games

Oklahoma State Cowboys (2-1, 0-0) vs. Baylor Bears (3-0, 0-0)
What Happened Last Week for Oklahoma State: Oklahoma State 45, Pitt 38 (Box Score)
What Happened Last Week for Baylor: Baylor 38, Rice 10 (Box Score)
Location: McLane Stadium | Waco, Texas
Date and Time: Saturday, September 24th at 6:30 pm
Television: FOX
Line: Baylor -10

I feel like Oklahoma State has been inconsistent at best.  The lack of a running game continues this year and may not improve as one of their better backs, Chris Carson, is out for an extended time. The Cowboys lost a game they shouldn’t have to Central Michigan, but as lots of folks have said, they were outplayed that game and they were playing at home. That game never should have been that close. Meanwhile the Bears continue to be in the news for the wrong reasons, someone allowed Shawn Oakman into the locker room on Saturday after their win over Rice (someone on that staff should have known better), Oakman having been indicted on sexual assault charges, while Art Briles sat up in the stands, which feels creepy to me. as to Baylor’s performance on the football field, they’ve done exactly what they’re supposed to do, beat all three less than stellar opponents, although I would have thought they would have beaten Rice by more than 28. I think on Saturday, we’ll see a ton of points and we’ll also see if Baylor’s new defense has the horses to keep pace with a quality opponent.

Non-Conference Games

Iowa State Cyclones (0-3, 0-0)
Opponent: San Jose State (1-2)
What Happened Last Week: TCU 41, Iowa State 20 (Box Score)
Location: Jack Trice Stadium | Ames, Iowa
Date and Time: Saturday, September 24th at 11:00 am
Television: FSN Affiliates
Line: Iowa State -6

Much like some of the other opponents, I don’t know a thing about San Jose State, but they are 1-2 on the year and this stands to be ISU’s best chance at a win during their non-conference portion of the season. I would have thought that Matt Campbell would have settled on a quarterback, but the quarterbacks have made that increasingly difficult.

Kansas Jayhawks (1-2, 0-0)
Opponent: BYE
What Happened Last Week: Memphis 43, Kansas 7 (Box Score)

Kansas State Wildcats (1-1, 0-0)
Opponent: Missouri State (2-0)
What Happened Last Week: Kansas State 63, Florida Atlantic 7 (Box Score)
Location: Bill Snyder Family Stadium | Manhattan, Kansas
Date and Time: Saturday, September 24th at 6:10 pm
Line: No line

Kansas State should roll and absolutely pour on the points. There was some thought that the Wildcats would take it easy on Florida Atlantic last week, but nah, Bill Snyder likes points too.

Oklahoma Sooners (1-2, 0-0)
Opponent: BYE
What Happened Last Week: Ohio State 45, Oklahoma 24 (Box Score)

Texas Longhorns (2-1, 0-0)
Opponent: BYE
What Happened Last Week: California 50, Texas 43 (Box Score)

TCU Horned Frogs (2-1, 0-0
Opponent: SMU Mustangs (2-1)
What Happened Last Week: TCU 41, Iowa State 20 (Box Score)
Location: Gerald J. Ford Stadium | Dallas, Texas
Date and Time: Friday, September 23th at 7:00 pm
Television: ESPN
Line: TCU -24

Attention! This is a Friday night game, so make sure and set your DVR’s for the timeless tradition of TCU vs. SMU, where TCU should absolutely roll as well given that SMU will be starting Ben Hicks, the freshman quarterback that was choosing between Texas Tech and SMU and eventually chose the Mustangs.  TCU’s defense should feast on the inexperienced SMU offense.

West Virginia Mountaineers (2-0, 0-0)
Opponent: BYU Cougars (1-2)
What Happened Last Week: BYE
Location: FedEx Field | Landover, Maryland
Date and Time: Saturday, September 24th at 2:30 pm
Television: ESPN2
Line: West Virginia -3.5

Maybe the best game, on paper, this week, other than the conference game.  BYU has struggled thus far, going only 1-2 on the year, but they’re BYU and you have this expectation that they’ll be better than their record represents. Meanwhile, West Virginia is coming off of a bye and really haven’t beaten anyone of note, although they did beat Missouri to start the year, but beat the Fighting Pelini’s only by 17. The West Virginia offense may not be as good as it has been, but the defense is playing really well.


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