The Big 12 Report: Week 13 Previews

As the season winds down, there are three games on the schedule for this week.

TCU Horned Frogs (5-5, 3-4) vs. Texas Longhorns (5-6, 3-5)
What Happened Last Week for TCU: Oklahoma State 31, TCU 6
What Happened Last Week for Texas: Kansas 24, Texas 21
Location: Memorial Stadium | Austin, Texas
Date and Time: Friday, November 25th at 2:30 pm
Television: FS1
Line: Even

Seth: I’m so glad that you listened to me and my predictions last week because if you did then I’m so sorry because if you actually bet on my thoughts, you lost a ton of money. Back to this game. On one hand, I can absolutely see the Longhorns playing the game of the year and absolutely whipping TCU, their last home game of the year and most likely Charlie Strong’s last game as the head coach. Never discount emotion and I do believe that the players that suit up for Texas love Strong. They’ll play their tails off and I’m not sure that TCU has the same type of motivation. Yes, they are also playing to be in a bowl game, but I’ll take Texas here because it would be bonkers for the Longhorns to win and figure out who coaches in a bowl game.

Kansas Jayhawks (2-9, 1-7) vs. Kansas State Wildcats (6-4, 4-3)
What Happened Last Week for Kansas: Kansas 24, Texas 21
What Happened Last Week for Kansas State: Kansas State 42, Baylor 21
Location: Bill Snyder Family Stadium | Manhattan, Kansas
Date and Time: Saturday, November 26th at 11:00 am
Television: FS1
Line: Kansas State -24.5

Brian: Alright, Kansas. This season you’ve gotten to rush the field (twice!). You beat Texas for the first time since Art Deco was a widely adopted art form. Now it’s time for the hat trick: taking down your in-state rival. Any mere passers-by would look at this match-up and think “well clearly those EMAW boys can relax during Thanksgiving break and waltz through this one.” And honestly they’re probably right, because your offense is awful. HOWEVER, you scrappy Jayhawks, your defensive line can be pretty danged good, and the rest of your defense isn’t too shabby either. The Wildcats shouldn’t throw anything too exotic at you, and you don’t have to face D’Onta Foreman again. If your offense can find some sort of competency, you can easily beat that spread and possibly find yourselves a 3rd win.

West Virginia Mountaineers (8-2, 5-2) vs. Iowa State Cyclones (3-8, 2-6)
What Happened Last Week for West Virginia: Oklahoma 56, West Virginia 28
What Happened Last Week for Iowa State: Iowa State 66, Texas Tech 10
Location: Jack Trice Stadium | Ames, Iowa
Date and Time: Saturday, November 26th at 2:30 pm
Television: FS1
Line: West Virginia -9

Brian: Well, West Virginia’s defense was fun while it lasted. The Mountaineers let a group of plainsfolk walk into their stadium and run roughshod over them, and in a snow storm no less. Meanwhile, Iowa State, the most formidable team in the nation and atop the Big 12 (shhhh please don’t ruin this coping mechanism for me), strangely had another bye week last weekend and didn’t play. Super strange, I know. Anyway, the Cyclones have gotten better and better as the year goes on, and are never a team to sleep on. We’ll see if WVU let’s Oklahoma “beat them twice,” and how much of a hangover ISU has after Saturday. I don’t think the Park/Lanning QB hydra will work against the Mountaineer defense, so I would expect them to try to ride Park’s arm moreso than Lanning’s legs. The ‘Eer offense has also been running into health issues with their RB’s, so Howard will have to find some traction with his receivers against a quite competent Cyclone secondary. I think WVU comes out on top here, but 9 seems like a big spread.


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