Big 12 Football Notes and Picks: Week Thirteen
Two types of races highlight the final weekend of the Big 12 regular season.
On Friday night, Texas, Oklahoma and West Virginia play for the two spots in the Big 12 Championship game. It’s win and in for all three squads, as the Sooners and Mountaineers are head up for one slot, while Texas faces Kansas.
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Oklahoma State became the fifth league squad to earn bowl eligibility last week by rallying to defeat WVU. Baylor, Kansas State, TCU and Texas Tech all need victories to join them, but the maximum number will be three, as the Bears and Red Raiders square off against each other on Saturday.
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Oklahoma defended its home turf in unblemished fashion this year, recording a 7-0 mark. West Virginia, at 5-0, is the only other league team with the chance to do so this year.
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Iowa State will also be playing on Championship Saturday, albeit not in the league title game in Arlington. After the Cyclones’ Sept. 1 game against South Dakota State was cancelled, they almost immediately picked up a replacement game against Incarnate Word, which will take place three months to the day after the weather-cancelled opener. (Bonus Pick: ISU wins that one.)
That leaves West Virginia as the only team that will not play 12 games – the Mountaineers elected not to try to find a make-up for its Sept. 15 cancellation vs. N.C. State.
Texas at Kansas
Fri Nov 23 11:00 AM* FS1
The Longhorns complete a nice run to the Big 12 Championship game by winning their final three contests, including this one over Kansas. The last two games came in front of a combined TV viewership of some 700 fans, what with those being broadcast on the Longhorn Network and FS1.
Oklahoma at West Virginia
Fri Nov 22 8:00 PM ESPN
The Sooners are getting beaten up for their poor defense, but they have won five in a row after their only loss of the season to Texas. West Virginia’s offense should be able to put up some points, but if WVU couldn’t stop Oklahoma State’s Taylor Cornelius in the run game, how can it slow Tyler Murray? The Sooners are the selection.
Baylor vs. Texas Tech
Sat Nov 24 12:00 PM FS1
Head up for a bowl berth, with the loser getting the unwanted head start on 2019. Texas Tech could be down to its fourth quarterback of the year, and that, combined with a lack of momentum (the Red Raiders have lost four in a row) gives the edge to Matt Rhule’s squad. Baylor, despite being on the road, is the pick.
Kansas State at Iowa State
Sat Nov 24 7:00 PM FS1
The Wildcats looked like they were left for dead, but have rallied behind head coach Bill Snyder to win their last two games. Iowa State can’t get into the Big 12 Championship game, so how much does this game really mean to the Cyclones? At this stage in the rebuilding of their program, every win is still important. ISU is banged up, but it still should have enough defensive chops to hold down K-State’s offense, which has scored fewer total points than any other league counterpart.
Oklahoma State at TCU
Sat Nov 24 8:00 PM FOX
The Cowboys aren’t on a wanted poster, but they are the poster boys for inconsistency. This game hollers upset, with TCU needing it to get to the postseason. However, if OSU is paying any attention, it should outscore one of the most challenged offenses in the conference.
* All Times Eastern