So if I told you that six weeks into the season that the Big-12 would have two of the top six teams in the nation, you probably would have said Oklahoma and Texas. Maybe Oklahoma State? How about Kansas State and West Virginia? Yeah, that’s what we got on our hands. The Big-12 itself is stacked, with 8 of the 10 teams having just one loss. Let’s dive a bit deeper.
The big game last week was #5 West Virginia taking on the Big-12 juggernaut #15 Texas. Many thought this would be the unraveling of Geno Smith, but he still has yet to throw an interception, and the Mountaineers took the game with a hard fought 48-45 win. At this point, no one is close to Geno Smith on the Heisman ballot. That might change come December, but I wouldn’t count on it.
#6 Kansas State is the other highly ranked team in the conference, and they had little trouble dispatching in-state rival Kansas 56-16. We will find out very soon who will be the front runner for the Big-12: Kansas State and West Virginia face off next week.
TCU‘s decided to go to the Big-12 in order to play some of the best teams in the country. They were undefeated going into last week, and were surely hoping to be undefeated going into the last month of the season, where they have four top 15 teams at the end. However, following the DUI arrested and suspension of starting QB Casey Pachall, the Horned Frogs fell 37-23 to Iowa State of all teams.
Wrapping up the games from last week, #13 Oklahoma bounced back from their tough loss to Kansas State last month by beating up Texas Tech 41-20. It was a good sign for a struggling Sooner offense, but against Texas Tech, alot of offenses will look impressive. The other two teams in the Big-12, Baylor and Oklahoma State, had byes.
We have a full slate of Big-12 games this week, as all teams will be in action. However, there is one game that stands far and above the rest: The Red River Showdown.
#15 Texas vs #13 Oklahoma– Both teams are surely upset to be coming into this game with a loss, but it’s still a storied rivalry, and on paper, this one appears to be a close one. Texas fell to West Virginia last week, whole Oklahoma dropped their game to Kansas State. The Sooner offense is just not that good, and because of that, I like Texas in this matchup, even though Oklahoma has owned this rivalry in recent years.
Texas wins a close 27-21.
#5 West Virginia at Texas Tech– So let me get this straight. You have the hottest quarterback in NCAA history, going up against Texas Tech, a team that has never had a threatening defense. This is a recipe for another 5-6 TD performance from Geno, in a game that will start off as a shootout before becoming a one sided affair.
West Virginia cruises 49-27.
#6 Kansas State at Iowa State– Iowa State is coming into this game with a ton of confidence, as they just knocked off TCU last week. Meanwhile, this could serve as a big trap for Kansas State. Last month, the Wildcats went through the motions against North Texas, their opponent just before Oklahoma. They won the game 35-21, but it was 21-13 going into the 4th. My guess is this game is strikingly similar, as Kansas State has West Virginia next week. This one stays close for a while, before the Wildcats win by double digits.
Kansas State wins 31-21.
To finish off the week, I like Baylor to knock off TCU assuming Pachall is out again, and I like Oklahoma State to beat Kansas.
Who do you think will win the Red River Showdown? Do you think West Virginia or Kansas State will have slip ups this week? Let us know in the comments!