The Big 12 Report: Week 10 Previews

A look back at week 9 and a preview to the week 10 Big 12 games.

All lines are opening lines. See each link for updated lines.

Oklahoma Sooners (6-2, 5-0) vs. Iowa State Cyclones (1-7, 0-5)
What Happened Last Week for Oklahoma: Oklahoma 56, Kansas 3
What Happened Last Week for Iowa State: Kansas state 31, Iowa State 26
Location: Jack Trice Stadium | Ames, Iowa
Date and Time: Thursday, November 3rd at 6:30 pm
Television: ESPN
Line: Oklahoma -19.5

Brian: It’s gotten to be that time of year where we have to relegate Oklahoma’s 1-2 start as a distant memory and accept that they’re probably going to win the Big 12. (Sigh) Que sera, sera. HOWEVER, there remains a glimmer of hope for a bit more chaos. This game is in Ames, on a Thursday night, Joe Mixon has been suspended for it, and the Cyclones have been shown to be quite zesty at times this season. If the ISU defense can blanket Dede Westbrook, then watch out. Offensively for the Cyclones, the Rotating QB Pendulum of Uncertain Fortune™ has started to swing away from Joel Lanning and towards Jacob Park, who is more of an adept passer. With that OU secondary, watch out for weirdness. I’m taking the points.

TCU Horned Frogs (4-4, 2-3) vs. Baylor Bears (6-1, 3-1)
What Happened Last Week for TCU: Texas Tech 27, TCU 24
What Happened Last Week for Baylor: Texas 35, Baylor 34
Location: McLane Stadium | Waco, Texas
Date and Time: Saturday, November 5th at 2:30 pm
Television: FOX
Line: Baylor -9

Seth: I could certainly see Baylor bounce back a bit after losing to Texas, especially since they are playing at home. I will say that I’m interested in how TCU covers Baylor, maybe more than anything else because I really did think that they had a terrific defensive game plan against Texas Tech. But with TCU, after seeing Kenny Hill play, he just doesn’t have “it”. He’s okay and he really does focus on his first read and then he’s not sure what to do after that.  I think the TCU offense isn’t as bad as it was last week against Texas Tech and it seems like those 9 points are too much. I’ll take TCU and the points, but Baylor to win.

Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-2, 4-1) vs. Kansas State Wildcats (5-3, 3-2)
What Happened Last Week for Oklahoma State: Oklahoma State 37, West Virginia 20
What Happened Last Week for Kansas State: Kansas State 31, Iowa state 36
Location: Bill Snyder Family Stadium | Manhattan, Kansas
Date and Time: Saturday, November 5th at 2:30 pm
Television: ABC/ESPN2
Line: Kansas State -2.5

Seth: I was shocked to read this line but then I read that Oklahoma State had not won in Manhattan since the Nixon administration (this is an exaggeration, but it’s been a long time). For whatever reason, Manhattan is OSU’s kryptonite. After what Oklahoma State did to West Virginia last week, I thought for sure that the Cowboys would be 4 point favorites. But Kansas State has the best defense in the Big 12 and if OSU does the same thing that they did to WVU, then the Cowboys are for real. I still don’t trust the K-State offense to really put up a ton of points, but they seem to do just enough. I’ll take Oklahoma State to beat history (and I’ll probably be incredibly wrong after the game).

Kansas Jayhawks (1-7, 0-5) vs. West Virginia Mountaineers (6-1, 3-1)
What Happened Last Week for Kansas: Oklahoma 56, Kansas 3
What Happened Last Week for West Virginia: Oklahoma State 37, West Virginia 20
Location: Milan Puskar Stadium | Morgantown, West Virginia
Date and Time: Saturday, November 5th at 6:00 pm
Television: ESPN2
Line: West Virginia -31.5

Brian: I can only assume that this game is at 6 because ESPN wants you to spend more time with your families and is some sort of subtle Disney marketing ploy for the holiday season. Oklahoma State is good, but WVU’s loss to them puts their Cinderella season on life support, especially with their #20 ranking by the CFP committee last night. As inept at the Jayhawk defense has been this season, don’t expect them to do any more against a home West Virginia team (in a night game, no less) than they did against the Sooners last Saturday. And while that KU defensive line is good, I think the Mountaineer OL will handle them soundly in both run blocking & pass protection. That’s a massive line, but I think it may be a coin flip and you wouldn’t be crazy to lay the points.


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