The Big 12 Report: Week 12 Previews

Kansas State Wildcats (5-4, 3-3) vs. Baylor Bears (6-3, 3-3)
What Happened Last Week for Kansas State: BYE
What Happened Last Week for Baylor: Oklahoma 45, Baylor 24
Location: McLane Stadium | Waco, Texas
Date and Time: Saturday, November 19th at 11:00 am
Television: ESPN2
Line: Kansas State -2

Seth: This should be a pretty accurate test as to whether or not Baylor truly is crumbling. My thought is that with K-State having a bye the previous week, they’ll be raring to go against an injured Baylor team that just lost their starting quarterback. The other big of good news is that at the very least, we’ll get to see what Baylor has in store on offense. I’ll take Kansas State in this game, but only because I think it may take a game for Baylor to work out their kinks on offense.

Oklahoma State Cowboys (8-2, 6-1) vs. TCU Horned Frogs (5-4, 3-3)
What Happened Last Week for Oklahoma State: Oklahoma State 45, Texas Tech 44
What Happened Last Week for TCU: BYE
Location: Amon G. Carter Stadium | Ft. Worth, Texas
Date and Time: Saturday, November 19th at 11:00 am
Television: FS1
Line: TCU -3.5

Seth: How about that line? TCU is coming off of a bye week, so they’ve essentially had two weeks to plan for Oklahoma State. I wonder if Texas Tech playing Oklahoma State tough had anything to do with the line, but I will say that TCU has shut down two high-scoring offenses in Texas Tech and Baylor and they put up 62 against the Bears, opening up the offense a bit with Kenny Hill running the danged ball. Last week, I thought that Oklahoma State was the hottest team in the Big 12 behind Oklahoma and I still think that, but for whatever reason, I think TCU is going to have OSU’s number in regards to the stopping the Cowboys. I think TCU is going to win, but not by 3.5.

Texas Longhorns (5-5, 3-4) vs. Kansas Jayhawks (1-9, 0-7)
What Happened Last Week for Texas: West Virginia 24, Texas 20
What Happened Last Week for Kansas: Iowa State 31, Kansas 24
Location: Memorial Stadium | Lawrence, Kansas
Date and Time: Saturday, November 19th at 2:30 pm
Television: ABC/ESPN2
Line: Texas -21

Seth: This will get Texas to bowl eligiblity and then it will put the big money donors at a difficult spot because they’ll then have to decide whether or not they want to retain Charlie Strong or hope that Tom Herman is the be-all end-all of college coaches and they’ll have to make sure and actually land him too. I don’t know that I have a ton to write about this game. Carter Stanley is the starting quarterback for Kansas and he was a kid that Texas Tech had offered a preferred walk-on in the class where they didn’t get a quarterback. I expect Texas to roll so I’ll take all of those points.

Oklahoma Sooners (8-2, 7-0) vs. West Virginia Mountaineers (8-1, 5-1)
What Happened Last Week for Oklahoma: Oklahoma 45, Baylor 24
What Happened Last Week for West Virginia: West Virginia 24, Texas 20
Location: Milan Puskar Stadium | Morgantown, West Virginia
Date and Time: Saturday, November 19th at 7:00 pm
Television: ABC
Line: Oklahoma -4.5

Brian: This is it, the Biggest Big 12 Game of the Season (unless the Sooners win, which will make Bedlam the Biggest Big 12 Game of the Season). After starting 1-2, Oklahoma has done the Oklahoma Thing™ where they remember who they are and start running roughshod over everybody. Perine is back in the mix at RB, so now teams can’t hope Joe Mixon just wears out, which, spoiler, he doesn’t anyway. And the Westbrook/Mayfield combination is a thing of beauty, affiliations be damned. Have no doubts, Lincoln Riley as figured things out in Norman. And, after having kerosene poured all over his resume against Tech this past year, Mike Stoops’ defensive squad has slowly started to come together as well. As for the ‘Eers, the Holgo-ffense® is still managing to click with Sklyer Howard under center, though an injury to Rushel Shell that didn’t quite go away last week against Texas could end up hurting. However, true freshman RB Kennedy McCoy stepped in and did a slightly more than respectable job against the Horns. This team, however, has been winning with defense. The most points they’ve given up all season was to Oklahoma State (37), and we saw how good that group was first hand. They’re talented enough to blanket receivers and keep contain on mobile quarterbacks, so Westbrook will need to turn in a James Washington-like performance against the Mountaineers. I think Howard & the WVU receivers have what it takes to go at the Sooner secondary, but OU is just clicking at this point in the season. I think this game is a toss up, but I hope Milan Puskar gets weeeird on Saturday night.

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