#6 TCU @ Kansas State
Saturday, October 14th 11:00 AM CT, FS1
#6 TCU (5-0) is on an absolute roll right now, with strong wins against Arkansas, Oklahoma State, and West Virginia. This looks like it could be one of Gary Patterson’s best teams, and I predicted them to win the Big 12 in last week’s preview. With Oklahoma losing and TCU picking up a big win, I don’t see anything that makes me want to change that prediction. Kansas State (3-2), on the other hand, is trying to bounce back after a close, overtime loss to Texas. I think this will be a tough game for the Horned Frogs, but TCU will win it in the end.
#24 Texas Tech @ West Virginia
Saturday, October 14th 11:00 AM CT, ESPNU
This is a battle between two teams that keep flirting with the top 25. #24 Texas Tech (4-1) entered the top 25 this week after a lopsided victory against the Jayhawks. West Virginia (3-2) exited the top 25 after a loss to TCU. Both teams are still struggling to turn okay seasons into potentially great seasons. I’ve been surprised with Texas Tech’s play this year, primarily with how serviceable their defense has been. I’ll take the Red Raiders in this match up, but I could see it going either way.
Kansas @ Iowa State
Saturday, October 14th 11:00 AM CT, FSN
Honestly, I think this is going to be a blowout victory for Iowa State (3-2). They showed what their potential is by beating then #3 Oklahoma on the road with a third string, walk on quarterback as their starter. Kansas (1-4), on the other hand, has not shown any life this season, getting blown out by all of their Big 12 opponents. Unless Iowa State is in too much of a honeymoon phase after their historic win, they’ll win big at home against the Jayhawks
#12 Oklahoma vs. Texas
Saturday, October 14th 2:30 PM CT, ESPN
This week features the Red River Showdown, where a rebounding Texas (3-2) will face off against a hurting #12 Oklahoma (4-1). Texas has been slowly picking up momentum this season, gaining a critical overtime win against Kansas State last weekend. Oklahoma is trending the opposite direction, after a devastating home loss to Iowa State. In years past, this has been a stumbling block game for Oklahoma. However, I think the Iowa State loss will focus the Sooners with more urgency than they had before. I think they’ll be ready for Texas and win by a touchdown or two.
Baylor @ #14 Oklahoma State
Saturday, October 14th 2:30 PM CT, FS1
Finally, the game we all care about this week. Baylor (0-5) is looking to secure its first win of the season, while #14 Oklahoma State (4-1) is trying to keep itself in the race for the Big 12 championship. Baylor currently holds a three game winning streak against the Cowboys, including a strong victory last year against the Cowboys before the wheels came off that team. I imagine Oklahoma State is sick of losing to Baylor and will come out firing. However, if Oklahoma State doesn’t take Baylor seriously because of its record this year, they could be in for a shock. I’m going to choose Oklahoma State in this game, but I could see the Bears surprising a lot of people in Stillwater. Sic ‘em!