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Big 12 Football Preview: Week 5

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Baylor is off this week but we still have three exciting Big 12 matchups!

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#22 Texas vs. Oklahoma

Saturday, October 10th 11:00 AM CT, FOX

This might very well be one of the lowest excitement Red River Rivalry games in recent memory. Oklahoma (1-2, 0-2) is unranked for the first time since 2016 and #22 Texas (2-1, 1-1) is a failed onside kick away from also having zero conference wins and a 1-2 overall record. Neither team has looked good, so in this rivalry matchup I’m going to go with the team that has a quarterback that won’t get rattled by the pressure. Sam Ehlinger has played in this game a number of times already, Spencer Rattler has not. And through three games, Rattler just... doesn’t look all that good, especially in crunch time. I’ll take Ehlinger and the Longhorns, even though Oklahoma is favored by 2.5 points.

42-38 Texas

#24 Iowa State vs. Texas Tech

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

#24 Iowa State (2-1, 2-0) is back to being ranked after a roller coaster of a season. They opened with a bad loss to Louisiana before beating TCU and Oklahoma back to back. Now they host Texas Tech (1-2, 0-2) who needs anything to go right for them. The Red Raiders barely beat Houston Baptist in their opener, and have since lost to Texas and Kansas State. Alan Bowman is, once again, hurt for Texas Tech and it is unclear if he will play against Iowa State. Backup Henry Colombi performed admirably in his place, completing 30-of-42 pass attempts for 244 yards and two touchdowns with only one interception. Still, I will again take experience at quarterback with Brock Purdy, especially at home and with the better defense, over quarterback uncertainty. Cyclones win, but might not cover the 12.5 point spread.

35-24 Iowa State

Kansas State @ TCU

Saturday, October 10th 3:00 PM CT, FOX

TCU (1-1, 1-1) got itself back on track with a critical win over Texas last weekend. They now host Kansas State (2-1, 2-0) who, like Iowa State, has looked great after suffering a season opening loss to a Sunbelt team. Somewhat surprisingly, Vegas hasn’t come back around on the Wildcats yet, as TCU is favored by 8.5 points. Much of that might have to do with quarterback Skylar Thompson being questionable after an injury he suffered in the last game. Speaking of quarterbacks, TCU’s Max Duggan finally looked like a consistent threat in their game against the Longhorns, where he completed 20-of-30 pass attempts for 231 yards, as well as rushing for 79 yards and two touchdowns. As seems to be the theme this week, I’ll take the team that is avoiding quarterback controversy and has homefield advantage.

28-20 TCU