Texas Tech @ Kansas
Memorial Stadium (Lawrence, KS)
11:00 AM CT (Sat.), FS1
Line: Texas Tech (-31)
You know the drill by now. I don't write about Kansas. Enjoy this dance mix.
Prediction: Texas Tech 65 Kansas 21
#19 Oklahoma @ Kansas State
Bill Snyder Family Stadium (Manhattan, KS)
2:30 PM CT, ABC
Line: Oklahoma (-4)
Two teams coming off of major disappointments meet in Manhattan to try to get their seasons back on track. Oklahoma is looking to rebound from another embarrassing performance in the Red River Rivalry while K-State has to pick itself up off the mat after blowing an 18 point second half lead against TCU. For the Sooners, they simply need to get back to basics and win the line of scrimmage. The OU bigs were mauled by Texas last week, which played a huge part in the upset loss in a game which most people (myself included) thought would be a laugher in favor of the crimson and cream. Oklahoma has the skill position players on both sides of the ball to be an excellent team and perhaps a conference title contender. They just need their offensive and defensive fronts to hold up their end of the bargain. As for K-State, they are five games into the season and I don't know if anyone has a firm grasp on what the Wildcats are this season. We know they are capable of getting out to big leads against quality competition but have yet to show staying power for a full 60 minutes. Can their defense hold up against OU's playmaking wide receivers? Can their running game put the pressure on Baker Mayfield to make the most of limited possessions? I think we will find out a lot about the character of both teams in this one. And even though the Sooners had to wait through an EIGHT HOUR DELAY to board a plane for this game, I think the talent discrepancy pushes this game in OU's favor.
Prediction: Oklahoma 28 Kansas State 20
#3 TCU @ Iowa State
Jack Trice Stadium (Ames, IA)
6:00 PM CT, ESPN2
Line: TCU (-20.5)
Trevone Boykin is good at football. Josh Doctson is good at football. Aaron Green is good at football. KeVontae Turpin is good at football. Iowa State's defense is not good at football. This does not bode well for Iowa State. Sure, TCU has had its issues on the road this season, but I just don't see any way that the Cyclones make this competitive. Sam Richardson and the ISU offense will need to get out to a hot start and maintain throughout the course of the game to have a chance to pull off a monumental upset. Let's just get out in front of this and say it ain't happenin.
Prediction: TCU 53 Iowa State 24