Big 12 Preview: Week Five

Big 12 Preview: Week Five

Half of the Big 12 takes the week off before diving into conference play in earnest during the first week of October. The four games involving league teams will wrap up early this weekend, as no night games are on Saturday's slate.

DOING MORE WITH LESS

Oklahoma is the only league school to possess the ball for more than half of its games this year. The Sooners had held on to the rock for an average of 34:07 per game this season. TCU is second with a 29:56 per game possession average.

However, it's not always what you have, but what you do when you have it that counts. Oklahoma State has had the ball for just 24:33 per game, and Baylor for 26:05. Those teams, though, have combined for a 6-0 record thus far.


MAXIMIZING CHANCES

Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk is averaging 11 yards per carry through three games. Among the league's top ten rushers, his closest competitot is Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh, who is tallying 7.3 yards per attempt.


YOUTH MOVEMENT

114 freshmen, combining both true and redshirt varities, have seen action in the first four weeks of the season.


NOT SO GOOD

The big 12 is a middling 19-8 in non-conference games this year. It's most impressive win is Oklahoma State's 21-3 victory over Mississippi State, which isn't exactly the kind of win a league can hang its hat on.


PICKS

  • In the recent past, Tulsa would get the pick here, but their fortunes have fallen considerably this year. Iowa State, in the meantime, at least looks respectable. In the battle of the extreme weather events, the Cyclones get the nod over the Golden Hurricane.

  • Oklahoma State moves the ball plenty. West Virginia can't move it at all. Even with WVU's much-improved defense, the Mountaineers have little chance unless it can figure out a way to score 30 points. Given that it's averaging 3.5 per contest against respectable competition, that doesn't appear likely. OSU gets its first-ever win in Moargantown.

  • The battle for the Dallas City Championship might not be much appreciated outside the confines of Texas, but this one has a lot of meaning for both teams. TCU's defense figures to be the difference in this one, but it will be no surprise to see the Mustangs take the Horned Frogs to the limit.

  • Oklahoma would dearly love to repay Notre Dame for the home loss the Sooners absorbed last year. It's always tough to win in South Bend, as the Irish get more calls at home than Kentucky and Duke in basketball combined, but OU appears to have found a quarterback that can move its offense. The Sooners are the pick.


    BAYLOR
    3-0 / 0-0
    Open Date
    Next Game
    Sat 10/5
    vs. West Virginia
    Baylor became the first FBS team to score 60-plus points in its first three games of the season since LSU in 1930.

    QB Bryce Petty completed 18-of-27 passes for a career-high 351 yards and a career-high four touchdowns. He's thrown for 300-plus yards and 2-plus TDs in all three of his career starts.


    IOWA STATE
    0-2 / 0-0
    at Tulsa
    Thu 9/26
    7:30 PM E \ 6:30 PM C
    FOXSports1
    Iowa State and Tulsa met twice in the 2012 season. The Cyclones won the first meeting 38-23 in Ames, while Tulsa beat the Cyclones 31-17 in the Liberty Bowl.

    ISU's defense has gone 22 games holding an opponent to under 40 points, the best active streak in the Big 12.


    KANSAS
    2-1 / 0-0
    Open Date
    Next Game
    Sat 10/5
    vs. Texas Tech
    QB Jake Heaps' 28 completions against La. Tech was more than he completed in the first two games combined and set a single-game best for the junior.

    Matthew Wyman's game-winning field goal, a 52-yarder, was the longest of his career. Wyman's kick was the first 50-plus field goal for the Jayhawks since 2009.


    KANSAS STATE
    2-2 / 0-1
    Open Date
    Next Game
    Sat 10/5
    at Oklahoma St.
    WR Tyler Lockett caught a career-high 13 passes for a school-record 237 yards at Texas. He broke the single-game yardage record held by Jordy Nelson, who went for 214 yards at Iowa State in 2007.

    Running back John Hubert rushed 12 times for 41 yards and two touchdowns. He now has 2,183 rushing yards in his career to move into eighth place in school history.


    OKLAHOMA
    3-0 / 1-0
    at Notre Dame
    Sat 9/28
    3:30 PM E / 2:30 PM C
    NBC
    During OU's eight-game regular season winning streak, the Sooners have outscored their foes by an average margin of 37.9-24.8 and have outgained those opponents by 127.3 ypg.

    The Sooners lead the Big 12 in total defense (291.3 ypg), third-down defense (12-44, 27.3%) and rush defense (100.7 ypg).


    OKLAHOMA STATE
    3-0 / 0-0
    at West Virginia
    Sat 9/28
    12:00 PM E / 11:00 AM
    ESPN
    OSU has won four straight games dating back to the victory over Purdue in last year's Heart of Dallas Bowl. This is the longest winning streak since 11 straight wins from the 2010 Alamo Bowl through 2011's defeat at Iowa State.

    OSU has at least one touchdown drive of faster than two minutes in each of its last 25 games and in 41 of its last 42 contests.


    TEXAS
    2-2 / 1-0
    Open Date
    Next Game
    Thu 10/3
    at Iowa State
    With Kendall Sanders' 63-yard touchdown catch from David Ash, Texas has scored six touchdowns this season on plays of 50 yards or longer and they have been spread around among six players.

    Jaxon Shipley moved from 10th to 8th on the UT career receptions list (127).


    TCU
    1-2 / 0-1
    vs. SMU
    Sat 9/28
    12:00 PM E / 11:00 AM
    FOXSports1
    The Horned Frogs hold a 45-40-7 edge over SMU in a series that began with a 43-0 TCU win in Fort Worth in 1915.

    The Horned Frogs' 92 meetings with the Mustangs trail only its 108 vs. Baylor.


    TEXAS TECH
    4-0 / 1-0
    Open Date
    Next Game
    Sat 10/5
    at Kansas
    Senior wide receiver Eric Ward joined the Texas Tech top-10 list for career receptions with 190 catches. Ward moved past Lloyd Hill who had 189 receptions from 1990-93.

    Junior placekicker Ryan Bustin had a career night against Texas State as he tied the school record for the most field goals in a game with four.


    WEST VIRGINIA
    2-2 / 0-1
    vs. Oklahoma St.
    Sat 9/28
    12:00 PM E / 11:00 AM
    ESPN
    Dreamius Smith's 51-yard rush in the fourth quarter against Maryland was the third-longest WVU play from scrimmage in 2013.

    Will Clarke posted a game-best two sacks against Maryland, giving him three for the season.

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