Big 12 Football Notes and Picks: Week Twelve
Oklahoma State’s Justice Hill is running away with the league’s rushing title. At 119.8 yards per game, he stands more tha 26 yards per contest clear of number two-ranked David Montgomery of Iowa State.
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No teams earned bowl eligibility last week, and now things are getting tight. Texas has the best remaining chance, with games against West Virginia and Texas Tech. The Red Raiders have that Longhorn game, plus TCU this week – that’s problematic at best. K-State has Oklahoma State and Iowa State, the toughest remaining pair in which to get one win. Iowa State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU and West Virginia are all bowl eligible.
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Oklahoma has won five games in a row. Kansas has lost nine straight. No other team in the league has consecutive streaks of more than two wins or two losses.
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Teams are getting more aggressive in going for conversions on fourth down. Big 12 teams are 89-174 year, a success rate of 51%.
TCU (8-2 / 5-2) at Texas Tech (5-5 / 2-5) Sat Nov 18 12:00 PM* FSN
Texas Tech has a puncher’s chance here, and after Oklahoma lit up its defense there might be a few questions to be answered. The Red Raiders are fighting for bowl eligibility too, but does that really matter to many players? Are they more concerned with who their coach might be in 2018? Without an all-in effort, it’s tough to see Tech mounting an upset, even though TCU has to be down after seeing its CFP hopes disappear. The Horned Frogs hold the home turf with a win.
Texas (5-5/ 4-3) at West Virginia (7-3 / 5-2) Sat Nov 18 12:00 PM ESPN
For the second consecutive week, West Virginia can prevent a foe from reaching bowl eligibility. Texas continues to roll out solid defensive play despite losses due to injury and discipline, while WVU’s offensive attack continues to be feast or famine. The Mountaineers make one more offensive play than the Longhorns for their third consecutive win.
Iowa State (6-4 / 4-3) at Baylor (1-9 / 1-6) Sat Nov 18 12:00 PM ABC\ESPN2
The Cyclones have had an excellent season. Can they bounce back from two straight defeats where they had realistic chances to win? Baylor hasn’t given up, but if ISU continues to play with the passion it has all year, the Bears will close out the season without a home win. Iowa State is the pick.
Kansas State (5-5 / 3-4) at Oklahoma State (8-2 / 5-2) Sat Nov 18 12:00 PM ESPN2
K-State is in the same boat as Texas Tech, but typically the Wildcats can be trusted to give all-out effort. Is that enough against the Cowboys? Not with OSU’s passing attack, which will have an excellent day against Kansas State’s suspect pass defense. Like Tech, the Cats will need a win in their season finale to earn a bowl bid.
Oklahoma (9-1 / 6-1) at Kansas (1-9/ 0-7) Sat Nov 18 8:00 PM FOX
There are some very interesting and competitive match-ups this week in the Big 12. This isn’t one of them. Oklahoma gets a walk-through to prepare for its home finale, the Big 12 Championship game and a spot in the CFP.
* All Times Eastern