The Big 12 Report: Week 7 Previews

Kansas State Wildcats (3-2, 1-1) vs. Oklahoma Sooners (3-2, 2-0)
What Happened Last Week for Kansas State: Kansas State 44, Texas Tech 38
What Happened Last Week for Oklahoma: Oklahoma 45, Texas 40
Location: Memorial Stadium | Norman, Oklahoma
Date and Time: Saturday, October 15th at 11:00 am
Television: ESPN
Line: Oklahoma -13

Seth:  I think Kansas State really needs to have a terrific game running the ball against the Sooners, both from an offensive standpoint, but also from a standpoint that it will help keep the ball away from the Oklahoma offense. I didn’t think that the K-State running game last week was all that great (obviously good enough to beat Texas Tech), but the line, the running backs and Ertz all need to have fantastic games.  I will be interested to see how Baker Mayfield matches up with that zone defense that Idid think was effective against Texas Tech.  I like Oklahoma here, but I like the points for Kansas State if they can get the running game rolling. I’m not sure that the Wildcats can do that, but 13 is still a ton of points. I’ll take the Cats and those points. As an aside, I hope you’re not actually following my lead on betting football games. I’ve never bet on a game in my life.

Kansas Jayhawks (1-4, 0-2) vs. Baylor Bears (5-0, 2-0)
What Happened Last Week for Kansas: TCU 24, Kansas 23
What Happened Last Week for Baylor: BYE
Location: McLane Stadium | Waco, Texas
Date and Time: Saturday, October 15th at 2:30 pm
Television: FS1
Line: Baylor -35

Brian: As I said last week, the Kansas defense really isn’t half bad! If not for 3 missed field goals in the second half (#FieldGoalsSuck), the Jayhawks were in the hyper-real position to beat TCU, and goodness if that wouldn’t have been a hoot. The Kansas DL caused some more havoc last Saturday, and I expect them to make their presence known again against Baylor if the Bears don’t establish RB Linwood early on. However, it’s not the defense that’s the problem with Kansas so much as the offense, but against a Bears team that gave up 465 yards & 6 touchdowns to ISU, they may have a chance to find a spark. As for Baylor, they’ve played to their competition all year, looking great in the second half versus OSU and decidedly. . . less so against most other teams for usually 2 to 3 quarters. At this point in the season, you kind of get the feeling that Baylor is just going to Baylor its little heart out and outlast/out-athlete most teams for 4 quarters instead of consistently dominating an entire game. But they’re really good at that!

Iowa State Cyclones (1-5, 0-3) vs. Texas Longhorns (2-3, 0-2)
What Happened Last Week for Iowa State: Oklahoma State 38, Iowa State 31
What Happened Last Week for Texas: Oklahoma 45, Texas 40
Location: Royal Texas Memorial Stadium | Austin, Texas
Date and Time: Saturday, October 15th at @ pm
Television: LHN
Line: Texas -14

Brian: Again, for the second straight week, you almost did it Iowa State! It’s like Paul Rhodes never left (PS he’s proud of you). The Cyclones are still running with the 2 QB system with Lanning & Park, and play-calling has developed to the point where the ball is getting to the right hands in the right situations. However, as is the case with a few teams in the conference, ISU just lacks the horses to press for all 4 quarters, and it’s then that the deeper Cowboy roster came back and allowed the Mason Rudolph narrative to continue (he’s a very good quarterback; not the best, but very good). The Cyclone defense has been pretty decent this year, and will need to remain sound to see if Horns QB Buechele will make some more of the freshman mistakes he’s been prone to this season. D’Onta Foreman is probably UT’s best weapon, and shutting him down will be a key for ISU. For the Longhorns defensively, the secondary is a bit ramshackle and could have their hands full with the emerging ISU receiving corps & Allen Lazard. If this game were in Ames I think it would be church for ISU, but with the game being in Austin, I think UT lets them hang around for 3 quarters before putting them in the casket in the 4th.

Oklahoma State (4-2, 2-1)
Opponent: BYE
What Happened Last Week for Oklahoma State: Oklahoma State 38, Iowa State 31

TCU Horned Frogs (4-2, 2-1)
Opponent: BYE
What Happened Last Week for TCU: TCU 34, Kansas 23

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