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Big 12 Football Preview: Week 8

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A spooky weekend of Big 12 football!

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 09 Baylor at TCU Photo by Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

#16 Kansas State @ West Virginia

Saturday, October 31st 11:00 AM CT, ESPN2

#16 Kansas State (4-1, 4-0) travels to Morgantown to take on West Virginia (3-2, 2-2). The Mountaineers suffered a discouraging defeat to Texas Tech over the past weekend while Kansas State annihilated instate rival Kansas. The Wildcats looked fine without quarterback Skylar Thompson, but they should get a real test against the Mountaineers. Somewhat surprising to me, West Virginia is favored by 3.5 points in this game. I’m going the opposite way, I think KSU wins this one.

27-23 Kansas State

#23 Iowa State @ Kansas

Saturday, October 31st 11:00 AM CT, FS1

#23 Iowa State (3-2, 3-1) took a tough loss in Stillwater last week. They now get a nice bounceback game against Kansas (0-5, 0-4). After keeping it somewhat close against West Virginia, the Jayhawks got blown out by Kansas State. Not great when you’re trying to build momentum. Iowa State is definitely winning this game, the real question is if they cover the 28.5 point spread. That seems just a bit steep in my book.

45-17 Iowa State

TCU @ Baylor

Saturday, October 31st 2:30 PM CT, ESPN2

We might have another low scoring, defensive barnburner in the making here folks. TCU (1-3, 1-3) and Baylor (1-2, 1-2) have both had fairly disappointing seasons up until this point that have looked eerily similar: strong defense, poor offense. TCU got handled by Oklahoma last week without showing much sign of life. Baylor was getting blown out by Texas but had some fight down the stretch. In this game, I’m banking on Baylor to build off of that late offensive push. I want to believe that some of the drama of the week might actually help the Bears change things up a bit, because things were certainly not working offensively against Texas. I’ll take Baylor, even though TCU is favored by 2.5. Will this game end with a higher score in regulation than the 9-9 posted by both teams last year? We’ll see.

13-9 Baylor

Texas @ #6 Oklahoma State

Saturday, October 31st 3:00 PM CT, FOX

Texas (3-2, 2-2) got a much needed win over Baylor last week, although they took their foot off the gas later in the game. They now travel to Stillwater to take on #6 Oklahoma State (4-0, 3-0) who sits atop the Big 12 after a huge win over Iowa State. OSU is definitely the team to beat in the conference this season and I think they keep trending that way against a very mediocre Texas squad. I’ll take the Cowboys to cover the 3.5 point spread in their favor.

40-28 Oklahoma State

#24 Oklahoma @ Texas Tech

Saturday, October 31st 7:00 PM CT, FOX

#24 Oklahoma (3-2, 2-2) has gotten a bit of its groove back after dropping its first two conference games. They beat Texas and then took out TCU in fairly definitive fashion. Texas Tech (2-3, 1-3) got its first conference win of the season last weekend by defeating West Virginia. That was an essential win to boost morale after things were starting to look fairly bleak for the Red Raiders. Is that enough for Tech to get over the 14.5 point spread in favor of Oklahoma? Probably not. Sooners get another win here.

38-28 Oklahoma