The Big 12 is back to a full slate of games today, although just nine conference teams are in action. BYU is stepping in for West Virginia, who is on a bye, to give us a preview of what the future of the conference might look like. The Cougars are making a trip to Waco to play Baylor in the lone non-conference game in the Big 12 this weekend. The other four games will have ramifications on the conference standings. Here’s our ranking of the Big 12 action for Week 7.
5. Texas Tech At Kansas
|3:00 PM||Big12|ESPN+||Texas Tech -18.5||68.5|
Give us a few months and this will be a heck of a basketball matchup. As it stands now it’s an absolute must win for Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells. The Red Raider literally got run over by TCU last weekend at home which squelched the momentum that Wells had built with the win at West Virginia. Kansas is a coach killer in as much that a coach who loses in Lawrence doesn’t really hang around much longer.
Texas Tech Player to Watch: Henry Colombi (942 passing yards, 3 TDs)
Kansas Player to Watch: Jason Bean (291 rushing yards, 852 passing yards, 7 TDs)
4. Iowa State at Kansas State
|6:30 PM||ESPN2||Iowa State -6.5||50.5|
This game is huge for both sides. A loss would pretty much eliminate Kansas State from the Big 12 title race as it would put them at an 0-3 start to conference play. Iowa State has the opportunity to jump fully back in the mix with a win in Manhattan. The Cyclones seem to be the team that people have forgotten about but they could definitely refresh some memories with a win on the road.
Iowa State Player to Watch: Breece Hall (551 rushing yards, 5.29 YPC, 8 TDs)
Kansas State Player to Watch: Deuce Vaughn (444 rushing yards, 206 receiving yards, 7 TDs)
3. #19 BYU At Baylor
|2:30 PM||ESPN||Baylor -5||51.5|
With just one loss on its record, Baylor is still very much in the hunt for a spot in the Big 12 championship game. The Bears are also knocking on the door of a Top 25 ranking and a win over BYU would most likely place them in the national polls.
BYU Player to Watch: Tyler Allgeier (642 rushing yards, 5.38 YPC, 8 TDs)
Baylor Player to Watch: Gerry Bohanon (1,332 passing yards, 11 TDs)
2. TCU at #4 Oklahoma
|6:30 PM||ABC||Oklahoma -13.5||64|
Caleb Williams or Spencer Rattler? That’s the storyline that supersedes this game and it’s the biggest decision that Lincoln Riley will make since becoming the head coach.
Outside of the quarterback drama, TCU is bringing an offense that rushed for nearly 400 yards last week in Lubbock, Texas and a defensive scheme that is prepared for whichever signal caller the Sooners put on the field. If the Sooners spend too much time looking in then they could find themselves in another slug out.
TCU Player to Watch: Zach Evans (586 yards, 7.91 YPC, 5 TDs)
Oklahoma Player to Watch: Marvin Mims (400 receiving yards, 21 YPC, 2 TDs)
1. #12 Oklahoma State at #25 Texas
|11:00 AM||Fox||Texas -3.5||61.5|
The Longhorns need a bounce back game after last weekend’s epic collapse at the Cotton Bowl. A win at home puts Texas right back in the thick of the Big 12 title hunt and would allow them to start eyeing a possible rematch with Oklahoma in Arlington.
Oklahoma State can command some serious respect with a win in Austin. The Cowboys join the Sooners as the only unbeatens in the conference and will have a strong case to step into the Top 10 nationally with an upset. Meanwhile, Texas would surly drop from the Top 25 with a loss.
It’s not just about national rankings though. The winner of this one will be in the driver’s seat for a spot to play in the conference championship game.
Oklahoma State Player to Watch: Jaylen Warren (512 rushing yards, 4.5 YPC, 6 TDs)
Texas Player to Watch: Bijan Robinson (795 rushing yards, 6.36 YPC, 8 TDs)
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