Iowa State @ #3 Oklahoma
Saturday, October 7th 11:00 AM CT, FOX
So on paper, this game should be a blowout. The line is set at 28 points in favor of Oklahoma (4-0). Iowa State (2-2) had an absolutely abysmal offensive showing against Texas last week at home. But, that being said, I think this game will be closer than most predict. Lost in the utterly boring game between ISU and UT last week was the fact that Iowa State’s defense actually played pretty dang good. If their offense can find any sort of footing this week I think they hang around within a touchdown or two and make Oklahoma sweat it out some. But, I don’t think this is the game for Iowa State to add a W to their 5 all time wins against Oklahoma. Sooners win.
Texas Tech @ Kansas
Saturday, October 7th 11:00 AM CT, FS1
Texas Tech (3-1) showed flashes of being a strong football team against Oklahoma State last weekend. Surprising to many, their defense has actually been passable this year. Kansas (1-3), on the other hand, is still just not very good. They haven’t shown much life this season and I don’t expect that to change this weekend. I’ll take the Red Raiders.
#23 West Virginia @ #8 TCU
Saturday, October 7th 2:30 PM CT, FS1
The marquee matchup in the Big 12 this week, #23 West Virginia (3-1) visits #8 TCU (4-0). College Gameday will be in Fort Worth and Amon G. Carter will be rocking. TCU has looked electric on defense and Kenny Hill seems to have finally gotten his act together on offense. West Virginia looks good but is still largely unproven. They lost their season opener to Virginia Tech then beat ECU, Delaware State, and Kansas. This ought to be a good measuring stick for the Mountaineers: Are they ready to compete for a spot in the Big 12 Championship this year? While I think they have the potential, I don’t think they start that bid well here. Having watched both OU and TCU extensively this year, I think TCU is my favorite to win the Big 12 at this point. Time will tell. But, back to the matter of the game this weekend, I think TCU wins by a touchdown or two at home over the Mountaineers.
Kansas State @ Texas
Saturday, October 7th 6:00 PM CT, FS1
This might be one of the most Big 10 style Big 12 football games of the entire season. Texas’ (2-2) offense looked very underwhelming against Iowa State last week. Kansas State’s (3-1) offense had its typical clock bleeding run game against Baylor last week, which was also aided by Bears turnovers and mistakes. I think Kansas State is the more fundamentally sound team at this point in the season, while Texas has the higher overall ceiling. Bill Snyder doesn’t typically let teams find their ceiling against his team, however. I’m going with the Wildcats.