TCU @ Baylor
Saturday, November 17th 11:00 AM CT, FS1
Baylor (5-5) returns to Waco for its final home game of the season against rival TCU (4-6). Baylor took a tough loss in Ames last weekend, where emotions ran high. Still, the Bears are one win away from bowl eligibility. TCU has to win out to reach a bowl game, which would include wins against Baylor and Oklahoma State. If Baylor can win this game, they’d simultaneously achieve bowl eligibility and knock TCU out of the running. So there’s a lot of post season implications at play here. It’s also a SAILOR BEAR BLACKOUT. The crowd is going to be amped. The players will be amped. Baylor has a stronger offense than TCU’s particularly turnover prone offense, yet TCU has an edge defensively. I still think Baylor’s offense gets enough done to get this win by a touchdown or two, especially if Charlie Brewer is on his game.
#9 West Virginia @ Oklahoma State
Saturday, November 17th 2:30 PM CT, ABC
#9 West Virginia (8-1) travels to Stillwater to take on Oklahoma State (5-5) in a game that could have big implications on the conference championship game. As it stands right now, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Texas, and Iowa State are all legitimately in the running for a spot in the championship game. West Virginia needs to win out to be able to make it in. That starts with this trap game in Stillwater before a home-stand against Oklahoma. Oklahoma State has definitely played up to the level of its competition this year and was a two point conversion away from beating the Sooners in Norman. I think they’ll give West Virginia all they can handle this weekend. Whether or not West Virginia wins or loses will hinge on how much they’ve been peaking ahead to their match-up with Oklahoma. I think coach Dana Holgerson is smart enough to largely avoid that trap.
35-28 West Virginia
Texas Tech @ Kansas State
Saturday, November 17th 2:30 PM CT, ESPNU
Texas Tech (5-5) and Kansas State (4-6) are both in a fight to make it to 6 wins and bowl eligibility. A loss for the Wildcats here would knock them out of the post season. A Tech loss would mean they’d be in a must win situation heading into their neutral site game against Baylor. That being said, Tech’s defense is really solid this year and even though starting quarterback Alan Bowman is still questionable, Jett Duffey looked a lot more comfortable in Texas Tech’s last second loss to Texas last week. Kansas State just isn’t all that good this year, which showed itself after narrowly beating KU. The Snyder magic seems to be fading, sadly.
24-7 Texas Tech
Kansas @ #6 Oklahoma
Saturday, November 17th 6:30 PM CT, FOX
Kansas (3-7) put up a tough fight against Kansas State last weekend before ultimately falling short. They now travel to #6 Oklahoma (9-1) who is coming off an absolute nail-biter against Oklahoma State. While this could be the makings of a legendary trap game, I just don’t see the Jayhawks getting this one done. Sooners win big.
#16 Iowa State @ #15 Texas
Saturday, November 17th 7:00 PM CT, Longhorn Network
Believe it or not, this game has huge implications on the Big 12 championship race. #16 Iowa State (6-3) can make the championship game if they beat #15 Texas (7-3) and Kansas State (and OU beats WVU). Texas makes the championship game if they beat Iowa State and Kansas (and WVU beats OU). Both of these teams have been impressive, with Texas gaining a last second win against Texas Tech. Iowa State is still undefeated since Brock Purdy started playing at QB (that’s a 5 game winning streak). Iowa State has the #1 total defense in the Big 12, while Texas has the #7. Texas has the #6 total offense in the Big 12, Iowa State has the #8. Both teams have some of the best receivers in the conference. While Texas has the home field advantage, I think Iowa State’s defense has been strong enough to keep Texas bottled up. This will be a really fun game that barely anyone gets to see because it’s on the Longhorn Network.
Cyclones squeak out a close one.
24-21 Iowa State