Oklahoma State @ Baylor
Saturday, November 3rd 11:00 AM CT, FS1
Well, there’s not really a pretty way to put this. Baylor (4-4) got annihilated in Morgantown last Thursday. It was a complete, momentum derailing loss. It’ll be tough for the Bears to bounce back from that, but they’ve had a longer week to get themselves prepared for their homecoming game against Oklahoma State (5-3). The Cowboys had almost the exact opposite week. After going 1-3 in their previous four games, Oklahoma State scored a massive upset over then #6 Texas to seemingly reignite their season. There are still plenty of weaknesses Baylor can exploit against Oklahoma State and the Bears will have a home field advantage. But, the question will be how the Baylor offense will look with Charlie Brewer potentially sidelined in concussion protocol. Honestly, I don’t think it can look much worse than the first half against WVU. My head tells me Oklahoma State will squeak out a close win, but Baylor certainly has some talent match ups to win this game. It will likely all depend on where they are mentally.
31-27 Oklahoma State
#24 Iowa State @ Kansas
Saturday, November 3rd 11:00 AM CT, FSN
#24 Iowa State (4-3) has put themselves in a great position after a gutsy win against Texas Tech last week. Barring some bizarre circumstances, the Cyclones more or less control their route to the Big 12 Championship. They need to win out and that continues against Kansas (3-5), who secured their biggest win of the season over TCU. While the Jayhawks are riding an immense high, the new look Iowa State led by Brock Purdy is leagues ahead of the Jayhawks. Iowa State wins this by a decent margin.
35-10 Iowa State
#13 West Virginia @ #17 Texas
Saturday, November 3rd 2:30 PM CT, FOX
#13 West Virginia (6-1) is firing on all cylinders after dismantling Baylor. They face #17 Texas (6-2) who got functionally dropped out of the playoff race after a loss in Stillwater. The Longhorns couldn’t get anything going in the first half, and when they started scoring in the second half it was too little too late. This ought to be quite the battle, with Will Grier seeming to be back to form after a terrible performance in Ames. I think on a neutral field West Virginia wins by a field goal. But, with this game being in Austin, I’ll give Texas the slight edge.
Kansas State @ TCU
Saturday, November 3rd 2:30 PM CT, FS1
Kansas State (3-5) just got smacked by OU. TCU (3-5) just lost to Kansas. The loser of this game is looking at a very uphill battle to getting to a bowl game. The winner, while still not in a great position, has a decent chance. The Kansas game made a few things clear for TCU: The off-field drama is affecting the team and the offense has practically no identity or consistent play makers at this point. I don’t think those issues will be resolved enough, especially after a meme-worthy defeat, to beat the Wildcats.
17-10 Kansas State
#7 Oklahoma @ Texas Tech
Saturday, November 3rd 7:00 PM CT, ABC
#7 Oklahoma (7-1) is once again the flag-bearer for the Big 12 after Texas’s loss last week. They now face Texas Tech (5-3) who suffered a hard loss to Iowa State in their previous game. This match up always seems to be high scoring, with the last meeting in Lubbock accumulating almost a mile of total offense. I think Texas Tech’s defense has improved enough since then to maybe keep this one a little more manageable. I learned my lesson last week when I picked Oklahoma to get upset. I’m not going to do that again this week (but I do think a nationally televised night game in Lubbock could get interesting).