Big 12 Football Notes and Picks: 2020 Week Six

Last Sunday evening, the Big 12 Conference announced the postponement of the Saturday, Oct. 17, Oklahoma State at Baylor football game.

Upon the recommendation of medical advisors, Baylor is suspending football operations temporarily after multiple positive COVID-19 test results. The BU-OSU game has been rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 12.  The Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship remains tentatively scheduled for Dec. 12 or 19 pending game results needed to determine the championship game participants.

That change leaves the Kansas-West Virginia game as the sole league contest this week. The other six Big 12 schools were scheduled for open dates this week after playing last week.

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In this most unsettled of seasons, it’s even tougher than normal to predict events, but at this point it is hard to imagine that the Big 12 Championship game won’t have to be moved to Dec. 19. The Pokes look pretty solid, and if they are within a win of second place, then the Baylor game will have to be played, which would force a pushback of the title contest.

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Iowa State is 12-1 in the month of October since 2017, the most such wins by
any Power 5 team during that span. While some of that may be attributable for the vagaries of the way the schedule lays out, 12 wins in any stretch of 13 games, let alone conference contests, are very good.

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Texas Tech is the only remaining league team without a field goal. The Red Raiders are 0-3 through four games this season.

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Even just a few years ago, fourth down conversion attempts on the college level were a sign of desperation when trailing late, with a few very short yardage attempts in other situations sprinkled in. Now, with data analytics backing the practice as a sound move in a much wider range of situations, the numbers are up.

Big 12 teams are 33-57 on fourth down so far this year – a success rate of 58%. Kansas State leads the conference at 83.3% (5-6). Kansas and Oklahoma also have five successful conversions this year.


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THE PICK

Kansas (0-3/0-2) at West Virginia (2-1/1-1)
Sat Oct 17      12:00 PM*      FOX

Both teams were off last week, and focused on improving areas that showed some problems during the first three games of the season. For West Virginia, that included its downfield passing and pass protection. For Kansas, it was pretty much everything. WVU can’t sleepwalk through this game, and knows that it is in the midst of a four-game stretch that will go a long way in determining a potential bowl destination. The Mountaineers are the selection at home.


* All game times Eastern

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