Big 12 Football Notes and Picks: Week Thirteen
Seven of the ten teams in the Big 12 are bowl eligible and have winning records. Texas Tech can become bowl eligible with a win over Texas. The bottom two teams in the league really drag perception down, but the percentages tell a different story. The eight teams in the Big 12 would likely win a majority of the games they played against the top eight teams from any other conference.
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Even with all the competitive balance, Oklahoma still stands atop the league in terms of program strength. This has to rankle Texas and Oklahoma State mightily, but the Sooners own the only undefeated conference season (2016) since the Big 12 was formed, and is 24-1 in its last 25 league games.
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Owing to a pair of neutral site league contests, only three league teams (Oklahoma State, Kansas and Kansas State) played five league games at home.
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The league scoring title is now a one-point affair. WVU wide receiver David Sills has 112 points, while Oklahoma State kicker Matt Ammendola as 111.
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Baylor (1-10 / 1-7) at TCU (9-2 / 6-2) Fri Nov 24 12:00 PM* FS1</p
TCU has all the motivation in this one as it plays for a spot in the Big 12 Championship. Baylor might put up a better than expected fight, but the talent gap is just too much. The Horned Frogs get a second shot at Oklahoma in the title game with a win on Senior Day.
Texas Tech (5-6 / 2-6) at Texas (6-5/ 5-3) Fri Nov 24 8:00 PM FOX
Tech needs a win to get bowl eligible. Is that enough to overcome the Horns’, who have to be feeling good after securing their own post-season date against a Will Grier-less West Virginia? The Red Raiders have enough offense to throw the ball on UT, and won’t waste time trying to run it. Against conventional wisdom, Tech gets a win on the road to add one more game to its schedule.
Kansas (1-10/ 0-8) at Oklahoma State (8-3 / 5-3) Sat Nov 25 12:00 PM FS1
Oklahoma State may not have bene paying attention last week, and was tripped up by K-State, which has the habit of doing that to any team that doesn’t come ready to play.That won’t be enough for this week, but the damage has already been done. OSU gets its ninth regular season win – a fine accomplishment – but a bit short of what it was hoping for.
Iowa State (7-4 / 5-3) at Kansas State (6-5 / 4-4) Sat Nov 25 3:30 PM ESPN2
This game will get zero attention, and that’s a shame, because it’s a good match-up of two teams built on fundamentals. The Wildcats showed surprising scoring punch a week ago, while the Cyclones again relied on defense to win. It’s tough to pick against K-State at home, but that’s the call. Iowa State continues its excellent year and moves up a notch in the bowl pecking order.
West Virginia (7-4 / 5-3) at Oklahoma (10-1 / 7-1) Sat Nov 25 3:45 PM ESPN
Oklahoma might be without quarterback Baker Mayfield for a series or two after he was hand-slapped for his crotch grab at Kansas. West Virginia will be without Will Grier for the entire game. With an offense that had been battling consistency issues prior to his loss, there’s little to point to a Mountaineer upset. Oklahoma moves within one step of a CFP appearance with a win.
* All Times Eastern