The Big 12 Report: Week 6 Previews

A preview of this week’s Big 12 games, featuring Texas and Oklahoma.

TCU Horned Frogs (3-2, 1-1) vs. Kansas Jayhawks (1-3, 0-1)
What Happened Last Week for TCU: Oklahoma 52, TCU 46
What Happened Last Week for Kansas: Texas Tech 55, Kansas 19
Location: Memorial Stadium | Lawrence, Kansas
Date and Time: Saturday, October 8th at 11:00 am
Television: ESPNU
Line: TCU -29.5

Brian: At one point last Saturday, TCU was up 21-7 and seemed to be rolling. Then OU tossed the boot from their throat and went on an absolute tear, all while choking off the Frog running game down to 65 total yards. Kenny Hill was able to throw the Frogs back into the game, but they still ended up just short of pulling off the comeback (hat tip to Big 12 refs). Kansas has the defensive line to cause the somewhat exposed TCU OL last week, but then again, Kansas isn’t Oklahoma when it comes to personnel. The Horned Frog defense isn’t near as good of a Patterson unit as what we’re used to, but after witnessing the Kansas QB play from last week, this would be a great game for them to get their run defense back in check (260 yards & 5 TD’s last week) to let the Jayhawks try to beat them through the air. Luckily for Kansas the game this week is in Lawerence, but that may not be enough for them to cover the spread.

Texas Longhorns (2-2, 0-1) vs. Oklahoma Sooners (2-2, 1-0)
What Happened Last Week for Texas: Oklahoma State 49, Texas 31
What Happened Last Week for Oklahoma: Oklahoma 52, TCU 46
Location: Cotton Bowl | Dallas, Texas
Date and Time: Saturday, October 8th at 11:00 am
Television: FS1
Line: Oklahoma -6.5

Seth: The Longhorns are reeling and the Sooners bounced back nicely against TCU last week. Oklahoma has the better offense and the Sooner defense has shown propensity to stop some opponents at time, while the Texas defensive coordinator has been demoted and Charlie Strong is taking over play-calling duties for the defense. It seems like a given that the Sooners would win this game going away, but I would have thought the same thing last year too. My thought here is that Oklahoma wins this going away. The Longhorns appear to be in complete disarray and the Longhorn faithful already have it written that Tom Herman will be their next head coach. Perhaps we won’t see many more #LetsRide hashtags for the rest of the way, which would be a bonus for everyone else involved. Still, it would be all sorts of delicious to have Texas upset Oklahoma, giving Charlie Strong some breathing room and I would guess that it would increase the flames on Mike Stoops at defensive coordinator (he appears to be the guy that gets the blame pretty much no matter what). The line opened with Oklahoma favored by 6.5 and has now moved to 10 to 10.5 depending on the book, I’m guessing after Monday’s fallout and Vance Bedford’s demotion. That’s a lot of points. My head tells me to take the Sooners with all those danged points.

Iowa State Cyclones (1-4, 0-2) vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys (3-2, 1-1)
What Happened Last Week for Iowa State: Baylor 45, Iowa State 42
What Happened Last Week for Oklahoma State: Oklahoma State 49, Texas 31
Location: Boone Pickens Stadium | Stillwater, Oklahoma
Date and Time: Saturday, October 8th at 2:30 pm
Television: ESPNU
Line: Oklahoma State -16.5

Brian: You almost did it, you toothy birds. A heartbreaking field goal at the end of the game belied the fantastic 3+ quarter effort against a Baylor that feels like it’s not 5-0. With the effort put up by Mason Rudolph against the Longhorns last week, the -16.5 line feels a bit right, but ISU’s pass defense is good enough to keep them in the game and have OSU focus on the ground. If Joel Lanning performs at all like he did against Baylor, this still suspect Cowboy D could be in for a long afternoon, even more so if Mike Warren steps up to take advantage of the porous Poke run D. Basically, everybody in the dang conference is bad at defense. Particularly run defense. Except for K-State and maybe WVU. But still, it’s been easy sledding out there for offensive coordinators.

Baylor Bears (5-0, 2-0)
Opponent: BYE
What Happened Last Week for Baylor: Baylor 45, Iowa State 42

West Virginia (4-0, 1-0)
Opponent: BYE
What Happened Last Week for West Virginia: West Virginia 17, Kansas State 16


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