Week 9 of the college football season brings us another full slate of Big 12 action. With four teams firmly entrenched in a battle for the two spots at the conference championship game in Arlington, Texas each weekend brings more added pressure to perform and to win. Here’s how we rank this weekend’s Big 12 games from worst to first.
5. Kansas at #15 Oklahoma State
|6:00 PM||FS1||Oklahoma State -30||54.5|
Somehow this game got slotted for a primetime kickoff on FS1. The Jayhawks had everyone’s attention last weekend when they shut the Sooners out in the first half but it’s extremely unlikely that something like that happens again this week, especially at Oklahoma State’s homecoming. This will more than likely be a lopsided affair throughout.
Kansas Player to Watch: Jason Bean (1,178 passing yards, 364 rushing yards, 8 total TDs)
Oklahoma State Player to Watch: Jaylen Warren (781 rushing yards, 6 TDs)
4. TCU at Kansas State
|2:30 PM||ESPNU||Kansas State -3.5||58.5|
If you’re just a fan of the game of football and want to enjoy a back-and-forth affair than this one is for you. I think that this will be the closest game that the Big 12 has to offer this weekend and should be a ton of fun to watch.
TCU Player to Watch: Max Duggan (1,593 passing yards, 14 TDs)
Kansas State Player to Watch: Deuce Vaughn (595 rushing yards, 7 TDs)
3. #22 Iowa State at West Virginia
|1:00 PM||Big12|ESPN+||Texas Tech -7.5||48|
This game has huge implications for both teams. West Virginia head coach Neal Brown is coaching to save his job and a win here would go a long way towards that. The Cyclones pulled even with Oklahoma State and Baylor in the race for a spot in the championship game and need to keep winning in order to remain there.
Iowa State Player to Watch: Breece Hall (818 rushing yards, 11 TDs)
West Virginia Player to Watch: Leddie Brown (533 rushing yards, 9 TDs)
2. Texas Tech at #4 Oklahoma
|2:30 PM||ABC||Oklahoma -19||67|
Oklahoma’s defense is in a bad way in terms of health. There is the legitimate possibility the the injury report lists more members of the defensive secondary than what Alex Grinch has available in terms of healthy bodies. Jalen Redmond is back for the Sooners up front but the secondary is probably looking after the bye week before they start getting healthy. The Red Raiders would love nothing more than to pull the upset in Norman as a parting gift for Matt Wells.
Texas Tech Player to Watch: SaRodorick Thompson (361 rushing yards, 8 TDs)
Oklahoma Player to Watch: Kennedy Brooks (767 rushing yards, 9 TDs)
1. Texas at #16 Baylor
|11:00 AM||ABC||Baylor -2.5||61.5|
Regardless of the outcome here, someone is going to have their conference title hopes diminished. This is basically an elimination game for the Longorns. A third conference loss could prove to be an insurmountable task in terms of making it to Arlington. The Bears are deadlocked with Iowa State and Oklahoma State with just one conference loss and dropping this game would put them on the ropes.
Texas Player to Watch: Casey Thompson (1,274 passing yards, 15 TDs)
Baylor Player to Watch: Gerry Bohannon (1563 passing yards, 12 TDs)
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