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Big 12 Football Week 11 Preview

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TCU @ #9 West Virginia

Saturday, November 10th 11:00 AM CT, FS1

TCU (4-5) got a critical rebound win last week against Kansas State, thanks to a missed PAT by the Wildcats. They travel to Morgantown to take on #9 West Virginia (7-1) who is fresh off a shootout victory in Austin. TCU has to win 2 of their last 3 games to make it to a bowl game. West Virginia needs to win out to have a shot at the Big 12 Championship and the College Football Playoff. This isn’t where TCU gets one of their two needed wins, Mountaineers win big.

45-17 West Virginia

Kansas @ Kansas State

Saturday, November 10th 11:00 AM CT, FSN

For the first time in what seems like forever, the Sunflower Showdown actually has some intrigue behind it... but not necessarily in a good way. Kansas (3-6) and Kansas State (3-6) are both sitting with identical records. Each have only one win in conference play. Kansas got just about shut out by Iowa State last week, while Kansas State blew their game against TCU thanks to a missed PAT. If this game was in Lawrence I would probably pick the Jayhawks, but I don’t think Snyder’s team loses to their instate foe at home.

24-21 Kansas State

Oklahoma State @ #6 Oklahoma

Saturday, November 10th 2:30 PM CT, ABC

This year’s Bedlam match-up features two teams with vastly different stories behind their seasons so far. #6 Oklahoma (8-1) is sitting atop the Big 12 with a sole loss to Texas. Oklahoma State (5-4) is in a fight for bowl eligibility. They got a big win against Texas before squandering a 10 point 4th quarter lead to Baylor last weekend. Oklahoma State has a notoriously bad track record against the Sooners and I doubt that changes in Norman. Kyler Murray will light up the Cowboys defense.

48-24 Oklahoma

Baylor @ #22 Iowa State

Saturday, November 10th 2:30 PM CT, FS1

#22 Iowa State (5-3) has been on a major hot streak since switching to true freshman quarterback Brock Purdy. The Cyclones were 1-3 before Purdy started. Since taking over, Iowa State has been on a four game win streak, including two top 25 wins. Iowa State’s defense is the best in the Big 12 and their offense has enough consistent firepower now to score points. Baylor (5-4) is also trending positively, after getting a much needed confidence boost from an incredible homecoming win over Oklahoma State. This game will likely come down to the match-up between Baylor’s offense and Iowa State’s defense. Baylor’s offense looked awful against West Virginia, and lack luster early in the Oklahoma State game. But after Charlie Brewer entered the game, the Bears went on three straight touchdown drives to close out the win. Iowa State’s defense is much stronger than Oklahoma State’s, especially against the run. Baylor will likely surprise Iowa State some and score more than many might expect. Still, the Cyclones should be able to make Baylor more one dimensional than they’d like and do enough to get a close victory on a cold day in Ames.

38-35 Iowa State

#19 Texas @ Texas Tech

Saturday, November 10th 6:30 PM CT, FOX

Both of these teams are licking their wounds after losing winnable games. #19 Texas (6-3) lost in a high scoring shootout to West Virginia. Texas Tech (5-4) looked like they could beat the Sooners early. However, their quarterback Alan Bowman was once again hospitalized after the first half when his lung partially collapsed again. The Red Raiders offense is just not the same without him. With Bowman likely sitting out the Texas game as well, I have to think the Longhorns will have too much offensive fire power for Tech to keep up.

38-20 Texas