West Virginia @ #5 Oklahoma
Saturday, October 19th 11:00 AM CT, FOX
#5 Oklahoma (6-0, 3-0) is coming off their huge Red River victory over Texas as they host West Virginia (3-3, 1-2). The Mountaineers got handled in their home stadium by the Cyclones last weekend. While this could very well be a let down spot for the Sooners after their emotional win last weekend, I don’t see it happening against a pretty not great West Virginia squad. Expect Jalen Hurts to put together another nice game.
Iowa State @ Texas Tech
Saturday, October 19th 11:00 AM CT, FS1
Iowa State (4-2, 2-1) is trending back up in the conference after their opening conference loss to Baylor. Since then, they have picked up convincing wins over TCU and West Virginia. They now travel to play a mad Texas Tech (3-3, 1-2). Tech coach Matt Wells let the media know that he thinks his team got screwed against Baylor and I assume will carry that pissed off attitude throughout practice this week. Does that translate to a home win against the Cyclones? I don’t think so. Iowa State has had Tech’s number the past few years, and while it’s a new coaching staff, the play of Brock Purdy still outclasses Jett Duffey. Plus Iowa State has the defensive prowess to keep the Raiders even further in check.
35-24 Iowa State
TCU @ Kansas State
Saturday, October 19th 1:30 PM CT, FSN
After getting blown out by Iowa State, TCU (3-2, 1-1) had a bye week to figure itself out. Similarly, Kansas State (3-2, 0-2) had a chance to work on its own issues after a convincing home loss to Baylor. In a battle of not good offenses and pretty good defenses, I suspect Gary Patterson and TCU have the edge. This is going to be a really ugly game, but if Max Duggan can show a little growth from the bye week, the Frogs get it done.
#18 Baylor @ Oklahoma State
Saturday, October 19th 3:00 PM CT, FOX
This is a huge game for #18 Baylor (6-0, 3-0) where a lot of questions coming out of last week’s game against Texas Tech will be answered. The biggest question mark is clearly what the defense will look like with the season ending injury to star linebacker Clay Johnston. The defense looked like it took a step down after that blow in the game last weekend. Can Matt Rhule and Phil Snow do enough prepping the defense this week to get the job done? Luckily, Oklahoma State (4-2, 1-2) has a much weaker passing attack than the Red Raiders. Not luckily, they have an incredibly potent running attack behind star running back Chuba Hubbard. The loss of an all-American caliber MLB clearly doesn’t help Baylor’s new look defense in stopping the run. I expect Hubbard will break one or two loose. The real question, then, is if the Baylor offense can play two full halves of football. They have been really on one half and really off the other for the last four or so games. Charlie Brewer and company really need to step it up, which I think they can against OSU. OSU’s defense is about a point worse than Tech’s according to SP+. But beyond that, the Bears know their offense hasn’t been up to snuff and the loss of Johnston makes the team keenly aware that it is no longer guaranteed that they can count on the defense to bail them out. I think that motivates the offense just enough to sneak a win out in Stillwater. Also, even though Johnston is out, the Bears still have one of the elite defensive lines in the country and ought to absolutely cause trouble for young quarterback Spencer Sanders, who has a bad habit of throwing interceptions.
Kansas @ #15 Texas
Saturday, October 19th 6:00 PM CT, LHN
#15 Texas (4-2, 2-1) is licking its wounds after getting beaten by a more physical Sooners squad. They now turn around and host Kansas (2-4, 0-3). While Kansas certainly does not possess the raw talent that the Longhorns do, they have looked improved this year under Les Miles. Further, Miles fired offensive coordinator Les Koenning going into the bye week and Brent Dearmon has taken over. It’s difficult to say what that will do for the offense in such a short time, but the bye week timing was extremely convenient. With this game having a combination of a let down spot and the new offensive looks the Kansas offense might throw at the Longhorns, maybe they push Texas late into the 4th quarter? The Jayhawks did keep up with the Sooners for a couple quarters, after all. Texas wins, but it might be a bit close for comfort.