#6 Oklahoma @ Kansas
Saturday, October 5th 11:00 AM CT, ABC
#6 Oklahoma (4-0, 1-0) welcomes Kansas (2-3, 0-2) to what will likely be a nationally televised bloodletting. Oklahoma has looked so impressive with Jalen Hurts not missing a beat from his two previous Heisman predecessors. Kansas has looked better this year, but not nearly improved enough to take down the Sooners. The one thing I could see maybe giving the Jayhawks a thin chance is the lookahead letdown possibility. Oklahoma plays their rival Texas next week... that distraction could make this game a three touchdown win instead of a seven touchdown win, I suppose.
#21 Oklahoma State @ Texas Tech
Saturday, October 5th 11:00 AM CT, FS1
I’ll say it, #21 Oklahoma State (4-1, 1-1) has the best running back in the country in Chuba Hubbard. Yes, that includes being better than Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor. Hubbard is 62 yards away from breaking 1,000 yards on the season in only 5 (!!!!) games. The guy is absolutely electric. Kansas State couldn’t slow him down last week, and I highly doubt Texas Tech (2-2, 0-1) will be able to either. Which is really what OSU’s season rests on... the rest of Oklahoma State’s team is pretty average, but Hubbard is a certified game changer. Texas Tech had a rough week against Oklahoma last weekend, I don’t think it goes a whole lot better this week, especially with the quarterback turmoil the Red Raiders are dealing with.
38-17 Oklahoma State
TCU @ Iowa State
Saturday, October 5th 11:00 AM CT, ESPN2
TCU (3-1, 1-0) is entering this week after a rebound win against Kansas. Iowa State (2-2, 0-1) comes off a heartbreaking loss to Baylor. Defensively TCU has looked good (other than in their game against SMU). Offensively they’ve looked... not great. Iowa State has been in a very similar situation, with the defense playing hard and the offense having some issues. Iowa State’s main problem seems to stem from a lack of consistent running game. David Montgomery was an incredibly stabilizing force last season. This year, no clear leader has emerged. The best runner might very well be quarterback Brock Purdy? TCU has a little bit of a flipside issue, with freshman quarterback Max Duggan taking some time to get used to the system. Iowa State is in a very similar position as last season, losing to Iowa and their conference opener to dig themselves into a hole. Yet, they turned it around and had a pretty strong season finishing third in the conference. I think they have similar potential this year and it starts with TCU. Iowa State has enough of an edge offensively to break the stalemate here.
28-24 Iowa State
#11 Texas @ West Virginia
Saturday, October 5th 2:30 PM CT, ABC
#11 Texas (3-1, 1-0) travels to West Virginia (3-1, 1-0) in a similar letdown lookahead spot to Oklahoma. Statistically, the Longhorns should win this game. West Virginia has looked somewhere between bad and below average this season. Texas has looked good, hanging around with LSU and cleaning up Oklahoma State. But, the long road trip to Morgantown with Oklahoma looming could spell danger for the Longhorns. ESPN actually gives West Virginia nearly a 25% chance to win, which is higher than I would’ve expected. I’ll say this is where the conference chaos really kicks into gear, and West Virginia knocks off Texas on a last second field goal.
38-36 West Virginia
Baylor @ Kansas State
Saturday, October 5th 2:30 PM CT, ESPN2
Baylor (4-0, 1-0) is off to a hot start after holding on for a big win over Iowa State. They now face another upper-mid conference foe in Kansas State (3-1, 0-1). Kansas State couldn’t move the ball much on Oklahoma State’s defense last week. They also couldn’t bottle up Hubbard. While Baylor doesn’t have as good of a rushing attack as OSU, I do think Baylor’s defense is better than the Cowboys. That should give the Bears a strong possibility to shut down the sputtering KState offense. This will be an interesting game to see how the Bears handle a rowdy road environment and some growing expectations. The Wildcats have been a historically scary out. I think that’s still the case, but some of the magic has at least temporarily left with the departure of coach Bill Snyder. Also worth noting, Charlie Brewer has over double the touchdowns of KState quarterback Skylar Thompson with over 300 more total yards. Baylor’s top receiver, Denzel Mims, also has three more touchdowns and 200 more yards than Kansas State’s top receiver, Dalton Schoen. So Baylor’s passing game should certainly outclass the Wildcats, especially when KState will be playing probably its toughest defensive foe. Baylor gets the win in Manhattan.